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Massive Attack & Thievery Corporation @ Gibson Amphitheatre | Live Review, 11/07/10

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The “Monsters of Dub” double-bill of Massive Attack and Thievery Corporation wrapped up two months of co-headlining American tour dates in Los Angeles as part of the “LA 101” event at the Gibson Amphitheatre on Sunday night. The inspired pairing pulled an impressively large crowd that ran the gamut including post-rave survivors, music nerds, a thick swath of the city’s creative class and party people just down for heavy beats and heavier vibes (man).

Thievery Corporation took the stage precisely at their scheduled set time of 8:05 PM, immediately energizing the crowd with recognizable numbers like sitar-powered fan favorite “Lebanese Blonde.” Rob Garza and Eric Hilton charged through a well-rehearsed set featuring a cavalcade of vocalists and rappers alongside a sizable back line of musicians, including a horn section. Being a Los Angeles show, they invited resident and Jane’s Addiction vocalist Perry Farrell to croon through collaboration “Revolution Solution” from their 2005 album “The Cosmic Game.” He did so in elegant fashion, clad in a formfitting suit and basking in the adulation. Thievery Corporation’s set was a groovy, crowd-pleasing dance party that rode on rubbery bass lines and infectious percussion. It’s especially notable given the downcast mood of the night’s headliner.