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    Pantha du Prince Reboots His Experimental Techno With the Triad

    Is Pantha du Prince's Hendrik Weber unpredictable? Count on it. How do you peg a mercurial German producer who's been content to spend the last few years collaborating with Norway's chime-centric Bell Laboratory? For fans waiting on a follow-up to 2010's critically acclaimed Black Noise, the move has left more than a few asking, "Was der fick?"But it turns out dragging a 50-bell carillon around the globe inspired the minimalist techno composer to give his solo project an overhaul. Villa Aurora, an exclusive Los Angeles/Berlin-based artists' retreat (which up to now only accepted writers and filmmakers) recently lifted the gate and let Weber — the first modern musician — in. This helped him create "The Triad" with guitarist Scott Mou (Jane, Queens) and drummer Bendik Hovik Kjeldsberg (Bell Laboratory).Their current seven-date micro-tour of the U.S.

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    Delta Spirit Kick Off U.S. Tour in San Diego

    Even though Tuesday night marked the start of their 37-date U.S. tour and the release of new album History From Below, Delta Spirit took the stage at San Diego's jam-packed Belly Up without saying a word and immediately got down to business. By the time the band ended sing-along opener "People Get Ready" with a crashing wave of feedback, the sold-out crowd knew they meant it. And by the mid-set high point of "People C'Mon" and "White Table," the band was proving that this night was more than a warm-up for better shows somewhere on down the tour line. Throughout the set, singer-guitarist Matt Vasquez bounced back and forth between a gravelly croon and wildcat yowl, while also keeping things interesting between songs.

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    Switchfoot Open U.S. Tour With Hometown Gig

    So much for taking the easy road. Recently, the five members of Switchfoot decided to start every night of their new U.S. tour by playing their Nov. 10 release, Hello Hurricane, in its entirety. But backstage before Sunday night's sold-out tour opener at San Diego's East County Performing Arts Center, the decision was becoming an anxiety-producing reality. "This is the most challenging thing we've ever done," admitted frontman Jon Foreman. "I mean, we're starting our shows with nearly 50 minutes of music people haven't heard yet." From the moment the lights went out and Foreman ran into the packed theatre using a bullhorn to sing the first lines of "Needle and Haystack Life," the hometown crowd clearly didn't mind. The band ripped through every song on their new record, in order, stockpiling a few firsts along the way.

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    Puscifer's Tricks Are a Treat in San Diego

    Maynard James Keenan -- the freak-show ringmaster of Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer -- perpetually promises to design spectacles that go well beyond what people expect from a rock show.

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    Incubus Kick Off U.S. Tour

    It was apparent early on that Incubus' tour-opener in San Diego Thursday night wasn't going to include a whole lot of messing around. The band that expertly juggles the move from Ozzfest to Gap ads utilized that same dexterity throughout their 90-plus-minute set. While alternating between funk-metal blasts like A Crow Left of the Murder's "Megalomaniac" and pop ballads like Light Grenades' "Love Hurts," frontman / heartthrob Brandon Boyd let his songs do the talking and kept chatter with the audience to a minimum. The set's midpoint, however, found Boyd open up a little prior to a deafening sing-along. "I've known this guy since we first had pubes," Boyd joked before he and guitarist Mike Einziger played an acoustic version of "Drive." The audience sang the gentle hit so loud that Boyd stepped away from the mic and let them take the lead on its last verse.

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