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There are a few musical genres in which one could expect to hear a piece of sheet metal being bashed repeatedly in the interest of creating a grating, percussive roar. Trance is not one of those genres. But Dutch dance act Adept, which garnered attention in the Netherlands with the release of its self-titled disc last year, has no problem adding a bit of metal (substance, not style) to its looping techno drumbeat. In Adept’s weird combo of club music and cacophonous crashes, dance-floor friendly thumps give way to factory-floor clangs as innocuous vocal lines warp into distorted shouts. The band, mystifyingly, goes about this fusion in a way that doesn’t resemble anything that might be considered industrial dance. Not extreme noise but home to some extreme noisiness, Adept has a gimmick that could amp up crowds as it confuses them, or vice-versa.
Adept performs with Abiku at the red & the black at 9:30 p.m. Monday, March 17, 1212 H St. NE. $8. (202) 399-3201.