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The Crystal Method is an Electronic music duo, comprising Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland. Along the same lines as The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, and Fatboy Slim, they specialize in breakbeat and big beat styles of music. Formed in 1993, they do all of their production work in an underground shelter lovingly referred to as "The Bomb Shelter" in the front yard of the house they share as roommates.

L.A.'s Crystal Method have been referred to as America's answer to the Chemical Brothers. A dance-based electronic duo with a definite rock band feel, the comparison would seem appropriate, although it tends to erase what makes the group distinct: a solid base in American hip-hop, rock, soul, and pop.

Formed in 1993 by Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland, Crystal Method is the most recent stop in a string of projects that led them from their native Las Vegas (and some forgettable four-track stabs at vocal house music), to the early-'90s L.A. rave scene. Drawn in by its youthful idealism, Jordan and Kirkland became absorbed by L.A.'s underground club culture and began knocking out tracks inspired by their experiences. On the strength of one of their demos, Crystal Method signed to Steve Melrose and Justin King's City of Angels imprint in 1994, and their debut single, "Keep Hope Alive," appeared soon after. The title was in reference to L.A.'s waning rave scene (burdened by constant police pressure and a string of random violent incidents) and became something of an anthem due to the endless barrage of remixes and alternate versions that appeared.
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Mar 3 Sat 8:00 PM Crystal Method Crown Uptown Theatre
Wichita, KS
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Ventura, CA
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Mar 22 Thu 9:00 PM The Crystal Method The Lincoln Theatre - Raleigh
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Mar 23 Fri 9:30 PM The Crystal Method Zydeco
Birmingham, AL
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Mar 30 Fri 8:00 PM Crystal Method Middle East - Downstairs
Cambridge, MA
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Apr 7 Sat 9:00 PM Crystal Method Beachland Ballroom
Cleveland, OH
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Apr 27 Fri 8:00 PM The Crystal Method Alex's Bar
Long Beach, CA
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Ashland, OR
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Jun 9 Sat 9:00 PM Crystal Method The Republik - Honolulu
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The pair's demand to be taken seriously as a band (as opposed to the enforced anonymity of most techno acts, and something of a new concept for American dance producers) extended to incessant live performances, and Crystal Method's increasing popularity both in the clubs and among radio jocks led to a deal with Geffen affiliate Outpost Recordings in 1996. The group's debut LP, Vegas — an unabashed party record bathed in acid, funk, rock, and big beat hip-hop — appeared in mid-1997.

The scope and scale of The Crystal Method's music can best be expressed by the list of instruments used to create it. The instrument perhaps best associated with The Crystal Method is the Clavia Nord Lead, which provides many of the grittier leads and buzzes in the music and was the primary source of sound for Vegas (1997).

Instrument List
Access Virus
Akai MPC3000
Apple G4
Arp 2600
Big Briar MF101
Big Briar MF102
Clavia Nord Lead
Clavia Nord Mod
E-mu Audity 2000
E-mu E4
E-mu XL-7
E-mu Xtreme Lead
E-mu E-64
Fender Guit/Bass
Korg Electribe/S
Korg Electribe/R
Korg MS2000
Korg Prophecy
Moog MemoryMoog
Roland JP-8000
Roland Jupiter 6
Roland SH-101
Sherman FilterBank
Waldorf MicrowaveXT
Yamaha DX7
Yamaha CS20
Yamaha CS80
Eventide H3000

Vegas (1997)
Tweekend (2001)
Community Service, an album of remixes (July 23, 2002)
Legion of Boom (January 13, 2004)
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