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Sound Tribe Sector 9

With Sub-ID. Monday, September 18, at House of Blues.

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If funkmaster Isaac Hayes ever decided to join post-rocker Tortoise, they might sound a lot like the psychedelic dub of STS9. Mixing metaphysical interests like Maya mysticism with jazz aesthetics and electronica, the Georgia five-piece is identified with a spacey jam-band rock that's original, danceable, and completely captivating. Cosmic guitars, crackling laptop effects, robotic drums, and jazzy keyboard and bass riffs ebb and flow in a funky nebula of synth psychedelia.

Songs like the dub-and-bass "Tokyo" and the sputtering effects of "Trinocular" swim in colorful clouds of hazy moondust, where you'll encounter the jam-band ghosts of Phish, Disco Biscuits, and LTJ Bukem, smoking a spliff, reading books on Maya codices, and noodling on instruments as diverse as a Japanese 13-string koto and a Moog Voyager synthesizer. Onstage, the siren sounds of STS9 will beckon a crowd as diverse as its influences (from glowstick-waving ravers to moondancing hippies), all worshiping the next musical evolution of funkified electro-rock.

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