On September 9th, Thievery Corporation will light up the stage of the Greek Theatre with world lounge dub-beats and expand your mind in politically progressive ways you were unsure existed. None other than LA natives and Billboard Heatseekers Chart-toppers Fritz and the Tantrums will support.
Thievery’s been in the game for 16 years now, developing a culturally-influenced sound that’s as eclectic as Barack Obama’s Twitter following. Mixing sounds from Brazil to India, and styles of hip-hop with bossa nova, the DJ duo of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton hail from one of America’s hottest melting pots: Washington, DC. Throughout the years, the languages sung or spoken on their albums have included English, French, Persian, Romanian, and Hindi, and they continually collaborate with world-renowned artists – including American sensations David Byrne and The Flaming Lips. A live show for the duo usually consists of them center stage, supported by a full band of world instruments and continuous guests throughout the night.
Set apart by their DIY take on the music industry, Thievery has let nothing stand in their way from filling eager ears with the sounds they so want to hear. In 1995, the duo formed their own music label and, in June of this year, released their sixth LP studio album: Culture of Fear. In congruence with their straight-from-the-studio plan, Thievery has released their entire album and music videos on their website for free streaming or downloading. In our instant-gratification age, a feat that a few years ago only seemed marketable from a Radiohead worldview is now being cultivated by some of the forerunners of today’s club world. You can get the album here.
Never shy with their political callings, Thievery has been taking a stand for human rights and slandering exploitative trade and war since 2002, with their album The Richest Man in Babylon. But their newest studio incarnation harkens to a deeper emotion. They claim that nearly a decade after 9/11, “everyone is afraid of everything.” Hilton says, “People are living like wimps. The terror level is always at orange. Now we’ve got body scanners in airports. Somehow the whole country’s been spun into this pointless web of fear.” Adds Garza: “People have learned to be subservient to the system, automatically taking their shoes off at airports. Our message with this album is that there really is nothing to fear. The things we’re being told to fear aren’t what we should fear. The intrusion into your day-to-day rights and privacy are a whole lot scarier.”
This socially conscious attitude, matched with infectious beats and a slew of international guests, makes a live Thievery show a night to be alive for. Catch them at the Greek and be sure to get there in time for Fritz and the Tantrums’ indie pop dance tunes. Even your wine bottle will be shaking it!
plus special guest Fitz & The Tantrums / AM & Shawn Lee
Friday, September 09, 2011 at 7:30 PM
Price: $65.00 / $55.00 / $42.50 / $35.00
Get more information and purchase tickets here.