FULL CONCERT AUDIO: www.npr.org The huge popularity of EDM — electronic dance music — has led to a sea change in concerts lately, as huge crowds gather to watch brand-name DJs like Skrillex, Deadmau5 and Avicii. Nothing wrong with that, but it was great to be reminded last night at Celebrate Brooklyn that there are still bands playing dance music the old school way: with multiple human beings and instruments being played in real time. Hot Chip transitions seamlessly between songs, as they did heading from “One Life Stand” into “Night And Day,” which, even divorced from its recent video (which is totally bananas), is still a trippy, catchy piece of dance-pop. The band still does DJ shows, but they haven’t given up on music as a performance art: Their live show is precise and polished. And again, there were plenty of echoes of earlier musical influences — fans of early Depeche Mode and New Order would have been very happy with the show last night. And fans of Fleetwood Mac who were on the ball might’ve noticed that band’s “Everywhere” used as a kind of transition out of Hot Chip’s own “Ready For The Floor,” one of a handful of older songs they played. (Most of the rest of the set came from the new album In Our Heads.) Everything (including our broadcast) had been delayed by a summer storm that brought heavy rain, nickel-sized hailstones, and a dangerously impressive lightning display to the New York area. But Hot Chip made no concessions to the weather or the outdoor venue
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