The Canyoneers 12:30 p.m., Jan. 17
There’s something ephemeral about most dance music, making it harder to appreciate in its recorded incarnations than it is to move and groove with a live performance. The gap between stage and studio is fairly well bridged on the fourth full-length from Moving Units, Damage with Care, a booty-shaking slice of 21st-century disco punk that marks their first album in three years. Sole founding member Blake Miller has always been inclined toward indie and punk rock, going all the way back to the debut Units EP in 2002, but the hard edges didn’t always mesh with the soft electronica. This was more than evident at live shows often booked by promoters who were clueless as to whether to stage them with, say, Franz Ferdinand or Steve Aoki, resulting in sometimes fiery clashes with audience members unhappy to be challenged by a band serving both fish and fowl, as it were.
It’ll be interesting to see who comes out to see them at the Casbah, with Miller having alienated many of the band’s original fans in 2012 by taking on the Moving Units name without approval from the other original members. That dispute was quickly resolved, but it’s more evidence of how far Miller has strayed since he first set out to make modern dance music for aging, and presumably maturing, ravers.
- Age limit: 21+
- When: Saturday, December 16, 2017, 8 p.m.
- Cost: $15