Luke Vibert, DJ Warp, DJ Striz, Radiohiro | Smart Bar | Dance | Chicago Reader

Luke Vibert, DJ Warp, DJ Striz, Radiohiro Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Fri., June 17, 10 p.m. 2011

From its insufferably pretentious name to its decades-long case of advanced anhedonia, there's no modern genre as bloodless as "intelligent dance music." So it hurts to see that label applied to Luke Vibert. Like a bunch of other artists who came up in the 90s and got saddled with the IDM tag—Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, Mu-ziq—Vibert strives to make electronic music that's more clever than trance techno but doesn't make you feel like you have to be wearing a black turtleneck and architect glasses to appreciate it. In the past he's done weird and highly entertaining things to drum 'n' bass, trip-hop, and acid house. His recent Ninja Tune album Toomorrow (released under his alias Wagon Christ, which is also how he's billed for this show) combines funky drum breaks, goofy samples from movies and TV, and rude sub-bass—it comes off like a updated incarnation of Steinski's mutant hip-hop. —Miles Raymer

Price: $15 after midnight, $13 before

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