Keys N Krates 

Knitting Factory, March 1

Though the Toronto-based band Keys N Krates turned a decade old this year, and has numerous festival appearances and a Recording Industry Association of America Gold Award-winning single ("Dum De Dum," 2013) under its belt, its debut album dropped just over three weeks ago. Titled Cura (Dim Mak Records), the album sticks to the band's lauded electronic and hip-hop roots, but also puts out feelers into other genres like 70s-era disco and R&B, largely thanks to partnerships with musicians Tory Lanez, Ambre Perkins, Ouici and 070 Shake. Despite the fact that their album leans heavily on electronic and synthesized rhythms, Keys N Krates is known for putting on live shows that are more akin to a traditional rock band, re-creating its tracks using "drums, keys, turntables and live sampling" rather than pre-recorded beats. Grab tickets to the Knitting Factory show to hear for yourself.

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