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Morcheeba 

When: Sat., March 5, 9 p.m. 2011
Price: $28-$30
Not unlike its peers in Portishead, Morcheeba came into being during the great UKelectronica boom of the mid-1990s that spawned the likes of Goldie, Tricky and Faithless. Whereas Portishead'sBeth Gibbons provided forlorn vocals for the band's chilled-out gems, Skye Edwards lent a sweeter and more soulful touch to what the Godfrey brothers were trying to achieve in Morcheeba. Edwards left the group in 2003 but returned for last year's Blood Like Lemonade. Thanks to songs like the atmospheric opener "Crimson" and "Self Made Man," with its abundance of undulating beats and throbbing synth washes, this most recent project served as a bookend to the band's 1998 classic sophomore outing, Big Calm. Morcheeba's original lineup will be making its triumphant return to the Bay Area at the Warfield (982 Market St., San Francisco) on Saturday, Mar. 5. 9 p.m., $28-$30. TheWarfieldTheatre.com
— Dave Gil de Rubio

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