Written by: Amy Powell
Tonight is BLVD’s third annual winter showcase at The Independent in San Francisco. Just six days after
New Year’s Eve, winter takes a turn for the warmer while locals take the popular venue by storm. All
guests are in rare form, including an unwavering party-ready honey badger centered prominently on the
show flier- “Honey badger don’t care… honey badger just wants to get down!”
House lights dim to dark and three slender silhouettes slip on stage. A methodical pulse hits through the
kick drum as the stage is swept over by a rich peach glow that illuminates the members of BLVD– Dylan
McIntosh, drums/samples, Curtis Sloane, electric guitar/samples, and Tripp Bains, bass/keyboard. For the
next ninety minutes, BLVD takes their audience– both local fans and long-time friends– on an euphoric
rollercoaster of synthesized jams, mashed up remixes, electro pop riffs, and energized arrangements that
showcase classic BLVD genius; one epic dance party.
Their set– built on covered samples from Michael Jackson, Kaskade, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ghostland
Observatory, Foster the People, Empire of the Sun, LMFAO, Foals and Calvin Harris– is peppered with
signature beats and new rhythms ranging from original Cuban Sahara to popular Miami cool. BLVD makes
conscious effort to feature melodies that celebrate their initial blend of unique synthesized melodies and
unpolluted instrumental technique– eerie X-Files cadence glittered with angelic beats that give way to hardhitting wah-wah bass.
Center stage, under sporadic projections of Japanese characters and pulsing heart rate monitors, McIntosh
shoots a smirk to Bains at stage right and then looks to Sloane at stage left before announcing the next
selection in their set, BLVD’s first-written song, “Again in the Light.”
BLVD is nine years deep, three men strong, four albums produced, and thousands of fans deserved. With a
reinvented sound full of energy, sophisticated attitude and just enough pop culture to keep critics on their
toes, BLVD still holds electronic legacy to make fans– and even a ferocious honey badger– get down.