DJs in concert

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November 14, 1996|By J.D. Considine

Because trip-hop is not band music, some people think it will never succeed in a concert format. As they see it, how exciting could it be to watch a couple of DJs?

Obviously, these folks have never seen the Chemical Brothers. Although this British duo -- Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands -- work with the usual assortment of samples and loops, they approach trip-hop with a rock and roll attitude, emphasizing aggression as much as groove. In fact, the group's current single, "Setting Sun," quotes "Tomorrow Never Knows" and boasts a vocal from Oasis' Noel Gallagher. So when the Chemicals take the stage with their racks of electronic gear and keyboard samplers, they give the sense of offering a real show. Even though what you see is just two guys punching keys as twiddling knobs, what you feel is full-band excitement.

The Chemical Brothers perform at the Capitol Ballroom tomorrow at 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door. Call (202) 554-1500 for more information.

Pub Date: 11/14/96

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