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Called “folktronica” for his collagist, mixed-genre approach in the mid-2000s, Four Tet’s Keiran Hebden has quietly grown into a legitimate dance-floor threat. Through collaborations with dubstep pioneer Burial, an entry in the “DJ-Kicks” series, and a residency at London’s famed Plastic People nightclub, his left-of-center music has found real groove and buoyancy. Hebden’s stage show, previously a choppy, kaleidoscopic affair, has also become more focused and propulsive. Tonight, in celebration of U Street Music Hall’s second anniversary, he takes over the club’s walloping sound system for a live (not DJ) set, building tunes on the fly via an array of laptops, mixers, and samplers. Opener FaltyDL (Drew Lustman), from New York, should provide a nice complement: Known for a slew of remixes for dance-pop heavyweights including The xx and Holy Ghost!, Lustman shares Hedben’s genre-agnostic approach, mixing hip-hop, deep house, and U.K. garage into his solo material. Expect heavy beats with a dreamy, psychedelic twist—capable of moving both mind and body.
Four Tet and FaltyDL perform at 9 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $20. ustreetmusichall.com. (202) 588-1880.