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Front 242
Courtesy of Das Bunker

Party Pick of the Week: Das Bunker Presents Front 242

"EDM” is for wimps. When it comes to visceral electronic soundscapes, “EBM” goes beyond dance music. It’s “body” music. (That’s what the “B” stands for.)

Belgian beat-drivers Front 242 pioneered the genre with their dissonant grooves and brutal bass lines, and at industrial clubs such as Das Bunker, their dark depths make them a staple in DJs’ crates and laptops. So it’s about time Bunker brings the band back to L.A., to play here live for the first time in more than a decade.

This requires a mega-club environment, and Avalon should fit the bill. To make things extra-bombastic, some clamorous local talent starts the night off, three local noise duos with big followings: Youth Code, known for their clash of punk rock and industrial; High-Functioning Flesh, who maintain a melodic flair even as they maul your eardrums; and Pure Ground, a minimal synth-wave band who spew maximum energy onstage.

A relentless evening all around, this bash is not for every “body.” Expect Avalon to be thumping with hard ragers, not ravers.

1735 N. Vine St. Hollywood | Sun., Sept. 27, 6 p.m. | $34-$40 | all ages |

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