Best High Fructose Rave Syrup: The PC Music Showcase
The U.K. dance label's super-packed Thursday night showcase at Empire Garage was more fun than binging on a gigantic bag of candy — all the dizzy sugar rush with no crash afterward. Each of the 11 artists on the bill staked out a unique piece of PC Music's hyperactive sound, from GFOTY's Spice-Girls-gone-punk tantrums to label architect A. G. Cook's sped-up house heaven ("Beautiful" was divine) to Hannah Diamond's teen heartbreak anthems to the blissed-out infomercial-core of QT's "Hey QT." The 1:30 a.m. closing spot went to Sophie (who isn't formally part of PC Music, but has worked closely with its artists). His relentless set featured the hardest rhythms of the night.