You'll have to forgive The Crystal Method for taking a little longer than expected to unveil its latest studio album. Yes, the follow-up to 2009's Grammy-nominated Divided by Night has been more than four years in the making, but the venerable electronica twosome of Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland have a legitimate excuse for their tardiness. Specifically, the fact that latter beatsmith recently endured a fairly serious heath crisis.
In April, Kirkland underwent neurosurgery to remove a benign cyst from his brain after suffering from headaches while he and Jordan were in their L.A. studio wrapping up the project. The affliction, he joked, could've turned into a potentially life-threatening situation due to his "tendency to get a little excited on stage." Hence, they subsequently pushed back the album's release and nixed a number of performances, including a Valley show originally scheduled for May.
Now that Kirkland's fully recovered, everything's back on track. The currently untitled disc will drop later this year while The Crystal Method has resumed its exhaustive tour schedule. On Saturday, July 13, the duo will headline at The Monarch Theatre, 122 East Washington Street. Expect the platinum-selling artists, who've been around the EDM game for exactly 20 years now, to weave some of their newest efforts into their typically epic and bombastic dance mixes of big beats, grinding hooks, and superstar guest vocals.
Locals like DJ J. Paul, Murk, Pneumatic Fist, and Disko Bomb will also perform. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and $40 for VIP access (which includes an after-party). See www.devious-minds.com. — Benjamin Leatherman