New Rave Body Shakedown

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Well, the hype machine is at it again. [Klaxons], the quintessential leaders of the “New Rave” movement, predictably denounce the genre label and consider themselves something much bigger. The crowd at [Studio B]( in Greenpoint Saturday night shared the same sentiment.

The club was packed with Brooklynites anticipating the London-based act, hoping for a live reproduction of their debut album Myths of the Near Future, a disc that's extremely danceable. What they received was an hour-long set of tightly performed yet dull “dance” tracks. Of course, the die-hard fans had fun singing along to all the songs they knew, but overall the Klaxons were disappointing. In fact, the live replication of Myths was almost too spot-on. The music was together in every way, but as far as the performance went, they mailed it in.

The opening act did quite the opposite; they performed their heads off, but didn’t have the musical ability to back it up. [Bonde Do Role], a trio of Brazillian club hip-hop-cum-rockers, also failed to deliver up to their hype. Screaming in Portuguese over old-school hip-hop and new-school rock beats, the three performers got a few bodies shaking, but generally just filled the 30-40 minutes before the Klaxons were to perform.

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