EDM

The Crystal Method

It's been more than a decade since the blockbuster electronica duo of Ken Johnson and Scott Kirkland (a.k.a. The Crystal Method) broke out big-time in 1997, helping to popularize the late-'90s "big beat" EDM sound. And though most alt-music acts from that era have faded into obscurity, Crystal Method is still releasing killer tracks and performing for thousands at gigs like the Ultra Music Festival in Miami. They've also been busy hosting a weekly show on L.A. rock station Indie 103.1 FM, as well as painstakingly working on a currently untitled fifth original studio album. The disc is expected to drop later this year, but you can probably get a preview when the pair visits Myst on Friday, August 8. DJs Justin Michael and Turner & Heit will provide opening sets. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets cost $20. Call 480-970-5000 or visit www.mystaz.com.
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.