Hard Tour @ The Electric Factory 08/18/2010

Published on August 19th, 2010

 

Photo by Michael Murray

For more awesome photos of the show, be sure to check out our friend The Calcutta Blog.

Philadelphia may not be a city known for its electro scene, but you never would have known based off of the turnout for the HARD Tour on Wednesday. The Electric Factory was packed with electro fans, grateful for the chance to finally get down to some dirty beats in the city of brotherly love. Destructo opened, followed by a long set by Sinden to get the crowd excited. Towards the end of it, Rusko joined Sinden on stage for a few tracks. After that, there was then a bit of a wait until Rusko appeared for his own set. From the beginning, it was clear that Rusko was a natural performer. Even on top of a huge setup of lights, his stage presence was undeniable. His British accent rang through the crowd, getting everyone hyped up with cries of “This is for all you Philly dubsteppers!”. A particular highlight was his mix of “Hold On”, the single featuring Amber Coffman from his most recent EP, O.M.G.

After Rusko, you could feel the anticipation rising for Crystal Castles. When they finally took the stage, the entire Electric Factory went nuts. They opened with “Fainting Spells”, and that was only the beginning of a ridiculous set. Alice Glass dominated the stage, screaming/singing over top of glitchy beats. She had her typical fifth of whiskey on stage with her, but she still had complete control over her audience. At one point crowd surfing and at another throwing her mic into the crowd, Alice was one of the most both entertaining and intense performers I’ve ever seen. It also almost seemed unreal that so much complex sound was coming from just her and Ethan Kath, only backed by a drummer. Despite an exhausting night of dancing, the crowd raged throughout the entire performance. They wrapped things up with an awesome version of “Black Panther”, and my only complaint about the show is that there wasn’t an encore. In short, HARD Tour was one of the best electro events I’ve been to, here’s hoping it continues next year.

Have a listen to some of our favorite Rusko and CC tracks and remixes below.

Raver’s Spesh – Rusko

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Pro Nails (Rusko Dubstep Remix) – Kid Sister

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Thoughts (Crystal Castles/Empathy Remix) – AudioDax

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Intimate – Crystal Castles

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