When: Sat., April 14, 8 p.m. and Sun., April 15, 8 p.m. 2012
Lately one of the more worried-over subjects in pop music is the notion that increasingly fragmented and personalized media-consumption patterns are affecting pop music's ability to unite listeners from across the demographic spectrum—a capacity that justifies a lot of the utopian thinking about pop. And while it's admittedly hard to imagine another Michael Jackson or Madonna emerging from the pack of millions posting their tracks online, the ideal of unity through music may yet live on in the work of artists such as DJ and producer Bassnectar, whose brand-new Vava Voom (on his own Amorphous label) seems determined to please absolutely anyone who might stumble across a copy. To that end it touches on everything from dubstep, hip-hop, and trance techno to pop punk, death metal, and—as if to drive home the kitchen-sink approach—a field recording of a Ping-Pong game. —Miles Raymer See also Sunday. Vibe Squad opens.