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Coachella preview: Gang Gang Dance

April 15, 2009 |  4:03 pm


Pop & Hiss will be covering the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., this weekend. There are more than 120 acts on the bill, and in the days leading up to the festival, we'll be selecting some of the best bets -- some on the radar, some flying below.

Who: Gang Gang Dance

Why they’re the band most likely to get pegged “the next Animal Collective”: Fronted by drum-bashing vocalist Liz Bougatsos, New York’s Gang Gang Dance create a hypnotic swirl of boundless psychedelia that incorporates the free-flowing improvisations of organic jam bands with the sample-powered digital bliss of modern electronic music.

Garnering a rabid underground following with wildly experimental albums like their 2004 debut, Gang Gang Dance has honed their sound to a gleaming, progressive (but still warped) dance-pop sheen on their latest release, "Saint Dymphna.” With an inspired cameo from UK “grime” rapper Tinchy Stryder on the dubstep-influenced song “Princes,” next to numbers like the appropriately titled post-electro single “House Jam,” the band’s beat-crazy tribalism sounds more than ready to reach a much wider audience. They’re also sure to elicit the best interpretive dance moves you’ll see all weekend.

-- Scott T. Sterling

Photo: Takahiro Imamura