Soul, Funk, R&B, & Hip-Hop, World, Latin, & Reggae

Bang Data

When: Sat., March 16, 9 p.m. 2013

In terms of sheer visibility, Bay Area rap-rock trio Bang Data's big moment came when its song "Bang Data" was featured in an episode of AMC's hit series Breaking Bad (it played during a scene in which a meth kingpin invites a slew of bikini girls out by the pool, right before a bloody shoot-out). But even without this dose of publicity, Bang Data organically grew a strong following for its ever-morphing mezclaof sounds influenced by rock, hip-hop, Latin, and dub reggae. When the trio recently performed a cover of Radiohead's "Optimistic," at a show at Rickshaw Stop that featured all Radiohead covers, it was easily the night's most original reinterpretation: What started out as a loud, straightforward cover quickly transformed into a dub reggae groove with Spanish hooks, thick bass, and rap interludes; the charismatic showmanship of bilingual vocalist Deuce Eclipse reeled the audience in, and the expert musicianship of Juan Manuel Caipo and Dave Lopez kept them interested. Fall under Bang Data's spell when it performs with Candelaria, Dos Four, and DJ Leydis at The New Parish (579 18th St., Oakland) on Saturday, Mar. 16. 9 p.m. $12, $15.

Lenika Cruz

Price: $12-$15

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