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Electronic Music Onstage

by Philip Sherburne

Electronic Music Onstage


Justice have a new album out this week -- a live album. That might seem like a strange format for an electronic act, but the title, Access All Arenas, suggests the extent to which the duo ia easily as "rock" as it is "dance," no matter what kind of instruments are routed through those Marshall stacks (and no matter, in fact, whether those guitar amps are anything more than stage props). What's stranger is that this is actually Justice's second live album, after 2008's A Cross the Universe -- but then, their mentors Daft Punk also released two live albums, Alive 1997 and Alive 2007, so it only figures that Ed Banger's in-house headbangers would once again follow in the robots' footsteps.

As it turns out, concert albums are more common in electronic music than you might think. In the '70s and '80s, they were a natural fit for capturing prog-minded performers like Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze in all their epic glory. In the '90s, they were a means of capturing rave culture's spontaneity for acts like Orbital, Sun Electric and The Orb. And as bands like The Knife and Simian Mobile Disco have developed cutting-edge live shows, concert albums have helped them break through the wall that divides the studio from the stage.

Get your electronic concert fix with the great live albums below, or hop between virtual festival tents with our playlist, Electronic Music on Stage.

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