I knew I was going to have a great night Tuesday the moment I walked into Avalon to hear Classixx’s “I’ll Get You” blasting in the background. With a solid triple billing that included the aforementioned Classixx, Dragonette, and The Presets (whose awesomeness I’ve discussed in length several times previously), my usually quiet Tuesday night was happily traded in for a more raucous one.

The evening was kicked off by LA-based electronic duo Classixx, whose easygoing yet danceable tracks commanded the dance floor. Despite their being a local act, I’ve somehow managed to miss Classixx every time they’ve been around, and I was glad to have caught a little bit of their set, albeit shortened due to my tardiness. Mixing up tracks from their newest release, Hanging Gardens, and their signature breed of top-notch remixes, Classixx was a perfect appetizer to lead into the night’s festivities.

Next up were Canadian electronic darlings Dragonette, whose frontwoman Martina Sorbara livened up the night with her distinctively adorable voice and seemingly unending stamina. Although I’m only somewhat familiar with their songs, I was taken by the strong performance they delivered.

Dragonette

With Martina bouncing around the stage frenetically, Dragonette blazed through their songs with a ferociousness I would not have expected from a group with such a cheerful sound. I particularly enjoyed their live renditions of “Animale,” “My Legs,” “Run Run Run,” and “Let It Go,” but the crowd was undoubtedly most enthused when they dropped “Hello,” their collaborative track with Martin Solveig.

Dragonette

Following Dragonette’s electrifying performance, co-headliners The Presets had some pretty big shoes to fill, but they managed to do so effortlessly, which might have surprised me had it not been my third time seeing them live.

The Presets

Their setlist was very similar to the set I caught at Club Nokia last October and, once again, drew very heavily from Pacifica, which grew on me considerably after I heard its songs performed in a live setting. The orchestral quality of “Fall” is infinitely more apparent when it’s being performed live, while the constant build up in “Youth In Trobuble” is all the more tantalizing. I’m admittedly partial to “Fast Seconds” for its ability to deftly work the crowd into a frenzy.

Tracks from their older albums never fail to impress me live, particularly Beams’ hauntingly lovely “Girl And The Sea” and Apocalypso’s “This Boy’s In Love.” “Kicking And Screaming” still manages to have the same hold over me that it had when I first gave Apocalypso a listen, while “My People” is nothing short of an intense yet awesome punch to the face.

The Presets

Several reworks of their older tracks also made appearances, including a lyrically comprehensible “I Go Hard, I Go Home” and reconstructed versions of “If I Know You” and “Talk Like That,” and while I immensely enjoyed the set, I admittedly would have preferred more change-ups in the setlist. Still, as frontman Julian Hamilton told me a couple weeks ago, The Presets are sticklers for playing what they like, and their passion for the tracks they play is apparent in the raw energy they channel while on stage. Their music is intensely forceful, and the urge to dance along to it is undeniable. I had more than a couple friends who had never listened to them before make remarks about how incredible they are live.

The Presets

Between the laid-back grooves of Classixx, the poppy punch of Dragonette, and the danceable intensity of The Presets, my Tuesday night at Avalon was one well spent. The next time any of those acts makes a return stop to our fair city, you’d be wise to check them out.

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