Rusko, Marquee Theatre, 11/11/12

Categories: EDM, Last Night

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Melissa Fossum
Sam Grooves

Sam Grooves played a bass-driven set that included bits of hip-hop. One of his best mixes, "Diamonds," is available on his Soundcloud page. A couple of sissy bounce tracks were sprinkled in, and unlike the "classic booty breaks" tag on his profile, there wasn't nearly enough booty bouncing going on. An unexpected twist of Grooves' set was a sample of The Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There." The dubstep-hungry crowd may not have appreciated it, but I sure did.

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Melissa Fossum
Benito Lugo

The transition between Sam Grooves and Benito Lugo was so smooth that I didn't even notice it, which may or may not be a good thing. In a club setting, no breaks is definitely appreciated, so I'll go with it being a great thing. Lugo had a strong start, sampling a robotic version of Eurhythmics' "Sweet Dreams." Later on, he used bits of Cedric Gervais' completely ridiculous song "Molly," which was a crowd favorite.

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Melissa Fossum
Rusko

Rusko got on the ones and twos around midnight and the crowd was at his mercy. Fans supplemented their over the top dance moves by mirroring Mercer every time he threw his arms in the air or pointed gun hands at the audience.

Rusko's set was a little remix-heavy, which ended up being a lot of fun. He didn't shy away from hip-hop either, adding tons of bass and dubstep beats to songs like Splack Pack's "Shake That Ass Bitch" which is turning out to be prime fooder for mashups/remixes (see also: Girl Talk).

There were also some subtle twists such as the first few seconds of Kanye West and Jay-Z's "Who Gon Stop Me Now," which worked quite well with the added bass. It may be unorthodox, but a Watch the Throne dubstep album would definitely be interesting.

Rusko's original material had the strongest reaction, as the audience went wild to songs like "Woo Boost" and "Cockney Thug," partying until the house lights came on.

Critic's Notebook:
Last Night: Rusko at Marquee Theatre.
Personal Bias: The Hood Internet still does it better.
The Crowd: Half dressed girls who were probably freezing.
Overheard in the Crowd: Fans were strangely fascinated by the monopod sticking out of my backpack. I was asked if I was carrying a nightstick or a sword, or if I was a ninja. It definitely made for some interesting conversation.


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730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

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