It’s been a long strange trip for Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland, the L.A.-based duo who (along with The Chemical Brothers) were responsible for putting “Big Beat” electronica on the mainstream map. It all started with the five singles (“Trip Like I Do,” “Busy Child,” “High Roller,” “Comin‘ Back” and “Keep Hope Alive”) that made their 1997 debut Vegas the must-have electronic dance music release of the decade. Just to prove Ken and Scott didn’t live inside a dance floor vacuum, their follow-up album (Tweekend—can we get enough drug references in, guys?) had the duo teaming up with Rage axe-provocateur Tom Morello and Stone Temple Pilot singer (and revolving door rehabber) Scott Weiland. Our guess is the boys wanted to show the alterna-rock kids their Clavia Nord Lead synth was just as loud as a stack of Marshalls. Even the industry types have taken notice as last year’s Divided by the Night was nominated for Best Electronic/Dance Album. To show they still have that crossover edge, that album featured guest appearances by Day-Glo electro-hop duo LMFAO and Judeo-rapper Matisyahu. Want to trip like they do? This set at Silk the Club might get booties shaking faster than you can say “dilated pupils.”
The Crystal Method at Silk the Club, Pechanga Resort & Casino, 45000 Pechanga Pkwy., Temecula, (951) 240-9224; www.pechanga.com, www.thecrystalmethod.com. Fri, May 7. 9PM. General admission starting at $20. 21+.