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The Day My Mind Exploded: Glitch Mob at The Roxy, 7/25/09

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I hate crowds. Rather, I hate being in the middle of them. At most shows, I prefer to be the boring one who likes to hang in the back and just listen.

Unfortunately, at last Friday's Glitch Mob show, this was not the case. I wanted nothing more than to be part of the hot sweaty mess that was rocking the floors of The Roxy. And it was the most enjoyable hot sweaty mess I have ever endured, as I participated in this "full body audio visual" mind blowing exploding experience.

Nalepa - "Monday (The Glitch Mob Remix)"
Glitch Mob is the three member (formerly four) DJ collective individually known as edIT, Ooah and Boreta. The self-proclaimed "crowd slayers" took the stage around midnight, after standout opening sets by both Daddy Kev and LA's own Nosaj Thing.

The second they started dropping their signature bass-heavy, glitched, hip-hop sampled, beats, it was impossible to resist the desire for more...and louder...and more...and louder, to the point where it became so much that you had to take a step back and say "my mind really might explode". Hours and even days later I found myself listening to my headphones, full-volume and pressed into my ears, just trying to relive the experience. The set included edIT's remix of The Grouch's "Artsy", "Certified Air Raid Material" and "The Game Is Not Over". They were relentless. And after the crowds were thoroughly slayed, they came back for one more and dropped their ridiculous remix of Nalepa's "Monday". A few minutes into the set my friend turned to me and said "these guys are just so....professional" and they are. They are creating a new type of electronic music and adding new meaning to the definition of "laptop dj" as they improvise a majority of their shows.

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How do you describe a mind exploding experience and do justice? I have no idea, but Glitch Mob is the future.

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