Concert Preview: DARKSIDE at 9:30 Club

Just incase you’re running out of ways to procrastinate for your first slew of midterms, DARKSIDE is coming to the 9:30 Club Feb. 5. Not to be confused with other dark sides, the duo of electronic musician Nicolas Jaar and guitarist Dave Harrington will be stopping in D.C. as part of their tour following the release of their debut album, Psychic (ranked the 11th best album of 2013 by Pitchfork).

“I thought I was making a dance record,“ Jaar said. “I thought I was making a rock record, “ said Harrington. “We both failed.” The result is something greater than the sum of its parts. This debut album is an exploration of sound and emotion, described by Jaar as “body music,” music that appeals not only to conscious listening but produces a wholly consuming deep listening experience.

The beautiful hybrid of psychadelic rock and electronic music fused flawlessly in DARKSIDE’s work owes its success the two artists’ musical experience. Harrington started his musical career as a bass player, playing jazz and exploring New York City’s rich jazz culture. Jaar, the mastermind of the collaboration, draws his influence from the New York City techno scene. Son of Chilean artist Alfred Jaar, he lived in Chile from age two to eight before moving to New York. The two met as students at Brown University and since 2011 have been making stunning music together.

Before this current project, Jaar’s music got a great deal of attention worldwide. His 2011 debut solo album, Space Is Only Noise was ranked #1 album of the year by Resident Advisor, Mixmag, and Crack Mag. In 2012, Jaar performed his BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, which was later voted ‘Radio 1’s Essential Mix Of The Year 2012,’ securing a great deal of attention and support.

DARKSIDE’s live performances never disappoint and their music has just the kind of deep listening, introspective pizazz that every stressed Georgetown student can use as the semester’s work is just starting to pick up.

This show will be better than sleep and more fun than studying so grab a ticket now before they’re all gone. The concert is at 8:00 p.m. on Feb. 5 at the 9:30 Club and tickets are going for $25.

Photo: Paul Narvaez via Flickr

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