DJ & Dance

The Orb

When: Fri., Aug. 15, 8 p.m. 2014

Long-running English electronic outfit The Orb is often credited with spawning ambient house, a minimal, atmospheric, and soothing stylistic foil to dominant strains of rave in the 1990s. Psychedelic music — especially the German take on head music, krautrock — obviously influenced The Orb, while the studio effects on dub reggae records were another clear precedent. Decades and several cataclysms in the world of electronic music later, The Orb returned to its initial influences in the most literal way. In 2010, it collaborated with Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour for the hazy and understated Metallic Spheres. Next, The Orb connected with dub legend Lee “Scratch” Perry to make The Observer in the Star House, with Perry’s vocals atop reggae-infused production. What’s left for innovators to do but go way back?

Sam Lefebvre

Price: $15, $20

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