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When: Sat., April 10, 10 p.m. 2010

Thanks to the insatiable and capricious appetites of Jamaican music consumers, as well as dancehall producers' constant search for new sounds and hybrids, the island is a hotbed of musical experimentation. Which, for mad-scientist types like Diplo and Switch—the pair behind M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" and a bevy of tweaked-out remixes—makes it an ideal environment. Last year, as Major Lazer, the duo released Guns Don't Kill People . . . Lazers Do (Downtown), a giddy, ADHD-jumpy tribute to dancehall's throw-it-at-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks spirit. Though they recruited about a dozen deejays (as MCs are called in JA), ranging from gangsta-leaning superstar Vybz Kartel to goofball oddity Prince Zimboo, the focus on Guns is the beats, which include two of the most bizarre dance tracks of last year, "I'll Make Ya" and "Pon de Floor." The former is a stream-of-consciousness assemblage of surf guitar, horse whinnies, and vibrating cellphones over a stuttering dancehall beat, while the latter is based on drum rolls and a wordless vocal digitally stretched into the most naggingly addictive whine since Dre stopped making G-funk. —Miles Raymer

Price: Sold out; 18+.

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