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Calvin Harris @ the Echo, 9/15

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With a ton of much-deserved hype, Calvin Harris descended on the Echo on Friday night. His debut album has been an official repeater in my studio for the last three weeks. I remember my third or fourth listen one night. I heard a song that I really loved, finished the album, and then went back to find the track, but the entire album was so good that I couldn't find that one track. To say that is rare in the electronic world, and frankly the music world, is a gross understatement.

Needless to say, when I found out that Mr. Harris would be gracing the Echo with his presence, I had to be on the set. I got there at 9:30 and there were about 50 people in the area. By the time Calvin went on, the Echo was as packed as I have ever seen it. With all of the mediocrity out there these days, a jammed Calvin Harris gig in LA in September 2007 is not just heartening; it actually bolsters my faith in humanity.

With all of the ill shit on the record, I was prepared to see a dude singing over a laptop or a CD. But oh no. Calvin Harris represented to the fullest with a full, tight band that put on one of the better electronic shows I have seen.