A funny thing happened on the way to this decade. French duo Daft Punk, somehow rescued from “One More Time” last-dance-at-wedding status, became relevant again. And it was awesome. And then their bastard children started making noise, inseminating themselves into Ed Banger Records, evolving their sound by removing the filtered house and disco influences and replacing them with drunken, amped-up audioSparx, ready to intoxicate and sicken all who drank the chemical garbage. I shudder to think that I once wondered if Scott Bakula’s Dr. Sam Beckett was needed to jump back in time to destroy the wonderful and awesome Daft Punk to simply eliminate their nefarious Ed Banger offspring from being shat into existence. (Ziggy said there was a 89 percent chance that Ed Banger would ruin the face of the electronic music scene of the Aughts). But then, somehow, Ed Banger finally gave birth to something of value: the genius Krazy Baldhead, introduced to the world with the wigged-out, glitch-hop energy of “Applejuice” (an unabashedly fun romp that playfully loops Eve’s pointed inquiries about getting her apple juice drank from “Barbershop 2”), complete with brown-note bass and whimsical hip-hop horn blasts. A rousing live show before Glitch Mob at last year’s Movement Festival in Detroit cemented Krazy Baldhead as more than a flash-in-the-pan talent, on that day providing relief for those drubbed into the ground by a steady, unrelenting diet of Saturday’s hazy shade of K-ed out minimal techno. With rolling breaks, electro blips and well-placed samples, Krazy Baldhead taps his MPC for beats, synth keys for melody, sings into a vocoder and twiddles knobs—all to incite dance-floor near riots. Bob Marley’s justified hate of skinheads aside, this is one Krazy Baldhead you won’t want to chase out of town. (Duke Shin)
May 27 at Smart Bar, 3730 North Clark, (773)549-0203. $8-$10.