Legowelt | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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These days most jet-setting electro artists seem more concerned with showing off their designer clothes than creating new sounds, but Dutchman Danny Wolfers (aka Legowelt) still puts his music ahead of his image. His Web site includes a geeked-out list of everything in his studio with a brief description of each piece of gear ("sometimes nothing beats the warmth of tape saturation")--a symptom of his dorky dedication to the details of his craft. In the past four years he's released eight gut-punching records as Legowelt, many for Bunker Records, a label in the Hague that's notoriously contemptuous of trendy, fashion-driven electroclash (in an obvious dig at DJ Hell, Bunker claims its "nihilism is poised to overthrow hedonism"). While there's not much thematic differentiation or musical development from one record to the next, all Wolfers's tracks bear his signature raw-silk, near-disco beats and heart-wrenching, lost-in-inner-space melodies. For the most part the formula is simple--steady kick drum, shimmery synths, stripped-down structures--but Legowelt's music isn't the type of brainless club fodder that makes me sorry when it sticks in my head all day. Instead it makes me throw my purse on the floor, close my eyes, grin real wide, and dance like a ninny. This traveling bill, which Bunker is calling its "Dirty Brown World Tour," also includes live performances from Orange Sunshine and Wolfers's sometime partner in crime Orgue Electronique, as well as DJ sets from TLR (aka Mr. Clavio) and label founder Schmerzlabor. Friday, September 13, 9 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western; 773-276-3600.

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