Friday, Feb. 29, 2008
Tonight @ the Cactus Club
Unlike so many other abstract hip-hop artists who create only flimsy, vaguely dreamlike soundscapes, Dälek runs the gamut from shoegazey atmospherics to harsh blasts of industrial noise every bit as ferocious as youâ€™d expect from two bulky, barbarous New Jerseyians. Even though the groupâ€™s temper has cooled on recent releases, the threat that their brainy musings could at any moment explode into combative dissonance keeps listeners on their toes. Dalek plays a 10 p.m. show tonight at the Cactus Club with Russian Circles, who throw down muscular, Don Caballero-styled math-rock, and Young Widows, who channel the jagged anger of bands like June of 44 and Rodan.