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Tim Hecker 

When: Tue., March 24, 8:30 p.m. 2015
Price: $20-$25
Tim Hecker — an eminent figure in the realm of electronic music that involves elaborate conceptual conceits and very few beats — tends to get booked in churches. His followers tout these spaces’ resonant qualities. Ravedeath, 1972, his 2011 full-length, is a benchmark in a field crowded with revered artists such as William Basinski and Ben Frost. Recorded in an Icelandic church, naturally, the album sounds spectral and impressionistic, while Virgins, from 2013, is more forthright and chilling, probing the low thrum of analog drones with electronic needles. He’s often called an “ambient” artist, but that’s largely overstated, especially in regard to his live performance, such as an upcoming appearance at The Independent (628 Divisadero St., San Francisco) on Tuesday, March 24. Recent gigs have involved pitch-black darkness and punishing bass. His followers would loath the contrast, but if dubstep’s moments of assaultive low-end are “the drop,” Hecker’s live set trawls the pit.
— Sam Lefebvre


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