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Thievery Corporation, City Of The Sun

  • Orpheum 216 State Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
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Thievery Corporation, which is Rob Garza and Eric Hilton but also the collective of recording musicians around them, will play here behind their 2017 album, the sunny, dubby, ode-to-Jamaica The Temple Of I And I. Partially recorded in Port Antonio, the record finds the core duo delivering some jams, especially when featuring fierce vocals from Kingston musician Raquel Jones, whom Thievery discovered while recording there. Yet while all of Thievery Corporation’s albums have a spacey quality, they increasingly lack the variety necessary to hold a listener's attention for very long (including Temple). And that’s a shame, because Garza and Hilton shine precisely in their ability to weave seamless, unpredictable transitions between disparate musical styles and traditions. They've had that knack from the beginning, when they were co-owners of DC nightclub the Eighteenth Street Lounge and decided to start a label there, too. So frankly, rather than leaning too heavily on Temple, I’m hoping to hear Garza and Hilton deliver a solid DJ set akin to their earlier albums and collaborations. Ideally, there’ll be elements of Latin and lounge, drum & bass and bossa nova, trip-hop and experimental pop, downtempo and—yes—dub. —Chali Pittman

Earlier Event: October 5
Macbeth (free)
Later Event: October 5
Tony Malaby, Anthony Cox, JT Bates