crystal fighters iheartcomix and echo

When two tastemakers (The Echoplex & IHEARTCOMIX) promote a show together, you know you’re in store for a treat. Tonight’s showcase at The Echoplex features Crystal Fighters and IS TROPICAL, two bands exploding abroad, but still percolating in North America. It’s a familiar story, with a slight twist. While many bands try and break through in the US, few come in with such building appeal.

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Crystal Fighters’ style offers up “percussive folktronica, veering from Fischerspooner-style euphoria to Animal Collective-toned delicacy, underpinned by a progressive contemporary London bass sound” (bio). Their unique blend of Spanish/Basque music with punk, dubstep, and electronica has received popular acclaim from BBC Radio1’s Zane Low, The Guardian (called it “a carnival of rhythms”), Clash Magazine (exclaimed it “unremittingly brilliant”), and NME. Crystal Fighters were even invited to perform on the famed Later With Jools Holland show for their single, “Champion Sound.”

Crystal Fighters – “Champion Sound” (Performance on Later With Jools Holland)

Then you have IS TROPICAL, the viral sensation with their NSFW gangster music video for “The Greeks” (watch). Combine the original aura of Miike Snow’s mystique and the jaw clenching edginess of Justice’s electronic and you begin to unveil the style of IS TROPICAL. Hailing from London, the group’s bass heavy, beat driven, pop-influenced lo-fi dance music will surely add two steps to your two-step.

You can catch them both tonight for free by winning a pair of tickets through our iPhone app. Ready?