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D'ARCANGELO

On their terrific recent album, Shipwreck, brothers Fabrizio and Marco D'Arcangelo add a new dimension to the notion of a vanity label: the way they mix overloaded-circuit beat science with ethereal, sometimes quasi-classical electronic melodies is a page right out of the book of Aphex Twin, aka Richard D. James, who put out the record on his Rephlex imprint. The album's opener, "Tunemx II," alters the formula a bit, employing what seem to be oboe samples instead of gooey synth or string parts. And as twitchy and relentless as their rhythms can get, the brothers reveal a patience that's been lacking in the work of their patron for quite a while, content to savor the tension this juxtaposition creates instead of perpetually sabotaging it. But there's still way too much stuff going on to keep a dance floor filled. Fabrizio's performing alone here, but he won't be lonely: also on the bill, another installation of Mike Javor's "/bin" series, is Passarani 2099, aka Marco Passarani, a fellow Italian who's released music by D'Arcangelo on his Nature label. Friday, 10 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western; 773-276-3600. PETER MARGASAK

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