Josh Davis, aka DJ Shadow, blew up the game in 1996 with his debut album, Endtroducing
, an influential slab that helped put instrumental hip-hop on the map with its orchestral galaxy of all-sampled tracks mostly of the extremely eclectic and obscure variety. A natural-born trailblazer, he moved on up to other big stuff, like doing all the tracks for the 1998 U.N.K.L.E. album, Psyence Fiction
, and on through his most recent album, The Less You Know, The Better
. These days, Shadow does a lot of big shows with flashy lights and effects and all that kinda biz, and that's cool, but point is the man's a legend whose artistry shines in a way he never gets slack about. If you get a chance to watch Shadow up close tonight, you'll see one seriously athletic DJ earning his hard-working dollar. Also: prime mixology from L.A.'s Team Supreme crew.
Fri., March 14, 8:30 p.m., 2014
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