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Synthesis: J. Alvarez, Centrikal, Audioelectronic, Acid Farm 

When: Sat., Jan. 19, 10 p.m. 2013
Price: $5
Not to be confused with the reggaeton singer of the same name, J. Alvarez—also known as 214—is the moniker of electronic music composer extraordinaire Chris Roman. A Seattleite by way of Miami, this Puerto Rico native and veteran DJ has been at it long enough to know how to stack some serious beats. Following the progression of his music for the last five years, I have seen it morph from genre-specific electro, able to find a home among even the most scrupulous of curators, to an unclassifiable form—Alvarez is a chameleon paying homage to an amalgam of influences, at once distinctly danceable and yet entirely innovative. Exotic rhythms and alien atmospheres are par for the course in this extravagant celebration of sound, and they are not to be missed. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD

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