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Bassnectar brings the noise to the Ashland Armory

Lorin Ashton (aka Bassnectar) has been crafting a dance-savvy brand of electronic music for over a decade in the San Francisco club scene; much to the acclaim of ravers, DJs, dub enthusiasts, bumper sticker activists and recovering Deadheads nationwide.

Bassnectar will present his electronic show at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Expect the requisite assembly of art-damaged dancers, dreadlocked caf&

233; dwellers and hip-hop devotees to be there. Also appearing is the percussive ensemble Zilla and the avant-garde puppet masters, the Funginears.

Bassnectar's 2005 dual disc "Mesmerizing the Ultra," which featured collaborations with Guns N' Roses' guitarist Buckethead, hip-hop pioneer KRS One and The String Cheese Incident's Micheal Kang, resulted in an underground club sensation, eliciting critical acclaim and the much more highly sought after (in the dance genre especially) fan base.

His latest album, "Underground Communication" on Om Records, is set to hit shelves in April and further expands on Bassnectar's exploration of hip-hop, including contributions from up-and-coming rhymesters such as Seasunz, Persia, Souleye E. Note, Nibu and KristinaMaria.

Listeners will encounter an uplifting contrast to the tired gangsta and thug posturing that dominates most commercial rap these days, with many of the new CD's emcees' flexing rhymes with socially-conscious &

or poetry for poetry's sake &

nuances recalling the work of De La Soul, MC Lyte, and A Tribe Called Quest, all set to a soundtrack of throbbing bass, rhythmic tempos and a kaleidoscope of samples.

According to Bassnectar's press release, the new album's title pays homage to the uprising of independent media sources and social activism on the Internet and beyond &

elements that combine to form an underground network of information and entertainment sharing, counteracting the corporate consolidation of media. His efforts have already garnered the praise of Bay Area independent media stalwarts such as the San Francisco Weekly and San Francisco Bay Guardian (which awarded him "Best DJ" honors), and with his tour now under way &

with dates stretching from Texas to Canada &

he can be expected to further expand on his hype.

Tickets cost $15 in advance; $18 the day of the show. See bassnectar.net to order advance tickets. The show is open to all ages.