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Data Breaker

Synth Sorcerers Panabrite and Os Ovni, Industrial Gods ohGr

Data Breaker

Dan Santoni

NIVEK OGRE

FRIDAY 12/2

HEIRS TO THE DRONE: PANABRITE AND OS OVNI

Seattle synthesizer wizard Panabrite (aka Norm Chambers) has racked up some deserved column inches here and on The Stranger music blog Line Out for his celestial hymns that elevate new-age tropes to an exalted realm where the output of deities like Laraaji, Iasos, JD Emmanuel, and mid-'70s Tangerine Dream hovers. (No hyperbole, bro. It's a shame Carl Sagan's not around to revel in this music.) Panabrite's expansive, stardusted compositions will both dwarf and complement those of Austin, Texas' Os Ovni, who go for a more concise take on synthcentric songcraft. "Mindship," for example, leverages and warps a beautiful, crystalline guitar snippet from Talking Heads' "Mind" to launch a Silver Apples–like ditty of unearthly oddness. These Os Ovni folks—Logan Owlbeemoth and Omebi Velouria, who, I imagine, wear all-white jumpsuits and stoic expressions at all times—are masters of the airily eerie, enchanting melody embedded in a matrix of analog-circuitry tone poetry. The music's textures somehow evoke warmth and coolness at the same time. And Os Ovni's cover of Kraftwerk's classic cautionary-tale ode "Radioactivity" will charm the silicon out of your computer. With Midday Veil. Cairo, 7 pm, $5, all ages.

SATURDAY 12/3

OHGR: SORT OF LIKE SKINNY PUPPY'S WEIRDER, YOUNGER BROTHER

You know ohGr main man Nivek Ogre (aka Kevin Ogilvie) from his gruff, menacing vocal tactics with industrial-music hardasses Skinny Puppy. He's also loaned his ravaged pipes to genre compatriots Ministry, KMFDM, Revolting Cocks, Pigface, and others. But Ogre's main focus since 2000 has been ohGr, who've taken a more unconventional rhythmic approach than Skinny Puppy ever have. With production help from multi-instrumentalist Mark Walk, ohGr have released three albums that inject macabre atmospheres and disjointed rhythms into IDM's sometimes prim antisepticness. With the new unDeveloped full-length, though, ohGr opt for a more straightforward attack that mutes their more outré textural and rhythmic tendencies. They emphasize melodies you can growl along to while slightly toning down the aggression that marked their earlier works. Sure, ohGr retain a degree of edginess, but the beats are a bit flabbier and the tones are graying at the temples. El Corazón, 8 pm, $22 adv/$25 DOS, all ages.

 

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