Tycho, DJ Heathered Pearls

When: Tue., Oct. 2, 9 p.m. 2012

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Every four years or so, Tycho puts out an album perfectly calculated for chilled-out circumspection. Without a doubt, the best of these is last year's Dive—which is fortunate, since we'll likely be waiting a while for its follow-up. Will Dive change your life, bring tears to your eyes, and catalyze a super-deep epiphany? No, thank god. But it will make your bad days better and your good days seem a couple notches cooler. Tycho is the alter ego of a San Francisco-based graphic designer named Scott Hansen, and it's probably not a coincidence that his ambient electronic tunes sound more designed than they do composed. It's easy to like richly textured, decadently layered synth music, but Tycho opts instead for elegant minimalism—lovely melodies over meditative beats. Nothing extra, nothing missing, Dive is an island of self-assured calm amid the chaos. REBECCA WILSON

Price: $15

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