|BLEACHED performs on the World Stage at Culture Collide 2013.|
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|Bleached headlined the World Stage during day 2 of Culture Collide.|
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|Jennifer Clavin of Bleached|
After the high, energetic set from Bleached, it was time to take it down a notch with Belgium's Float Fall. The duo consisting of Rozanne Descheemaeker and Ruben Lefeverhas been riding high off their addictive single "Someday," a dream-pop song with free floating, whispy vocals by Rozanne and layered with electronic sound-scapes that'll make you believe you can fly.
Then it was off to The Church, a perfect setting for the return of '90s shoe-gaze band Secret Shine from Bristol, England. Their fuzzy guitars and dreamscape melodies were as colorful as the setting sun shining through the church's stained-glass windows. And with a vibrant, kaleidoscopic light-show projecting against the walls and ceilings, watching Secret Shine felt like a religious experience or drug induced fantasy. And although their influential album, Untouched was released 20 years ago, by listening to Secret Shine, you wouldn't have guessed that the band has been around for two decades, their songs still sounding as fresh and new as ever.
Thursday's Adi Ulmansky show at the Taix Lounge got off to a rough start with technical glitches which is why I wanted to see her again - this time down the hall in the Champagne Room, a much bigger room more fitting for Adi's dance-hall, EDM-laced music. She didn't disapoint. Fusing rap, hip-hop with pop and rock, Israel's Adi's vocal stylings remind me of M.I.A. and Niki Minaj with the electric-shape-shifting sounds of Grimes. No wonder her debut mixtape Shit Just Got Real has been heralded by music tastemakers abroad and beyond.
Pack A.D. came as advertised. Loud, fast playing with echoes of classic rock that's hard to believe such a big sound can come from this Canadian duo. Watching Becky Black and drummer/songwriter Maya Miller, both seemingly reserved and mild, setting up onstage before their set was a stark contrast from the feral and lighting quick duo the crowd saw as soon as they set sticks and picks to their instruments.
|Deer Tracks closes the day 2 in Taix's Front Lounge.|
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