Front 242; En Esch, Guenter Schulz, Raymond Watts, and Mona Mur performing selections of KMFDM; Rights of the Accused; DJs Tom Pazen, Dave Roberts, Gary Jacobson, Sean Joyce, and Heather Robinson | Metro | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Front 242; En Esch, Guenter Schulz, Raymond Watts, and Mona Mur performing selections of KMFDM; Rights of the Accused; DJs Tom Pazen, Dave Roberts, Gary Jacobson, Sean Joyce, and Heather Robinson Recommended Member Picks Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Fri., April 15, 8 p.m. 2011

The 33 and 1/3rd anniversary of local label and cultural institution Wax Trax! is bringing several eminences from industrial music's heyday out of the woodwork. If you had to pick a single act to embody the whole industrial thing, Front 242 would be a fine choice. Their "electronic body music" represents the point at which drum machines and keyboards left glittery clubland and got into some serial-killer shit, transforming the thump of disco's 4/4 beat into something more felonious and replacing its hedonism with an unsettling cold-eyed stare. On top of that, they're just ridiculously Belgian; they've got severely slicked-down hairdos, a fashion sense defined by black turtlenecks, and push a fucked-up, art-damaged video aesthetic that the SNL skit "Sprockets" actually toned down a little. No wonder they're worshiped by everyone from Trent Reznor to that IT guy at work who still wears platform biker boots even though he's pushing 40—come on, those things are ridiculous. Front 242 headlines nights one and three of the three-day Wax Trax! Records Retrospectacle; see also Sunday. Rights of the Accused play first, followed by En Esch, Guenter Schulz, Raymond Watts, and Mona Mur performing the music of KMFDM. Tonight's DJs are Tom Pazen, Dave Roberts, Gary Jacobson, Sean Joyce, and Heather Robinson. —Miles Raymer

Price: Sold out, 18+.

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