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Meat Beat Manifesto

With Badawi. Monday, April 21, at the Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights.

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While most of the late-'80s industrial scene focused on the genre's mechanical, dehumanizing qualities, Meat Beat Manifesto took a more adventurous and personal approach to the music. Starting with 1989's Storm the Studio, frontman Jack Dangers turned industrial's playbook inside out, fusing dub, hip-hop, and jazz with the rigid, robotic beats of Kraftwerk and Cabaret Voltaire. Since the '90s, Dangers has been taking his aural experiments even further. Meat Beat Manifesto's latest album, Autoimmune, is a slick convergence of the many styles Dangers has appropriated over the years; most notably, he forces the dub and hip-hop elements to the foreground, while electronica flourishes provide the songs' foundations. Onstage, Dangers creates an audiovisual experience that approaches sensory overload, incorporating a live band and video projections.

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