Bassnectar blows up Bill Graham again 

click to enlarge Bay Area-bred, internationally renown Bassnectar is happy to be playing a big show in The City. - COURTESY  PHOTO
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  • Bay Area-bred, internationally renown Bassnectar is happy to be playing a big show in The City.
Crunchy demigod of international bass music Bassnectar returns to his old stomping grounds this weekend for a sold-out debut of material from 2014 release “Noise Versus Beauty.”

Among Lorin Ashton’s slew of dates this fall and winter and is a show on Saturday at Bill Graham Civic in The City, with Griz, Lindsay Lowend and Son of Kick.

This time around, it's about recapturing the energy of his last set at the venue in 2012: "F---! The last time I did Bill Graham was an ecstatic experience. I just want to do it again with new music and new people," says the performer, known for his finely tuned, mega-bass experience and state-of-the-art visuals.

Bassnectar's legendary equipment is all in service of the set.

He says, "It's really about the music to me and the atmosphere. It's just so f---ing fun to DJ, and the more music I get in my arsenal, the more new inventions and remixes I can develop, the more I can put on my palette. On stage, it's like going haywire as a collage artist. It's like a playground for me."

Extreme sports soundtrack-ready, “Noise vs Beauty” is pan-genre bleep bloop infused with trap and rap. "Lost in the Crowd" with Zion I finds the wormhole between Dr. Dre's G-funk and EDM. "Now" sizzles with dubsteppy synth and Rye Rye's stylish staccato raps, then drops into downtempo melody before ratcheting back up.

"You could just see that I have trouble making decisions or picking between extremes," the producer, who self-releases his music, says. "Instead of picking a side, I just wanted to explore two very diverse polarizations, then everywhere in between."

Ashton, a San Jose-born, commune-raised former punk rocker and metalhead, keeps reaching new heights. Bassnectar's career predates the rise of the current EDM craze and promises to outlast the bubble as well.

While peers such as Skrillex and Deadmau5e command million-dollar paydays, Ashton says, "On a very personal level I'm disinterested in fame and size. I'm not looking to get bigger."

The globetrotting, internationally known DJ doesn't own an apartment, let alone lease a plane. "People would be pretty shocked at how much we put back into our event. I've never been good at [shopping sprees]. I'd love to just spend more time with friends in the Bay Area.”

"Bay Area – love," Ashton tells local listeners: "There's nothing like you."

IF YOU GO

Bassnectar

Where: Bill Graham Civic Center, 99 Grove St., S.F.

When: 9 p.m. Nov. 8

Tickets: $45

Contact: (415) 624-8900, www.apeconcerts.com

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