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STS9 brings the groove back home

Notes from the Music Farm concert

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STS9
Music Farm
March 10

After a decade of transition, from down-tempo trance music to hip-hop to explosive builds to computerized thump (that eventually took away from their live beats, among the best in the biz), STS9 seems to have come home.

Come home to Charleston, in one sense, treating us to their best Lowcountry performance since October, 2003. Come home to their fans, in this tour's return to playing two set lists, after two years of one long set in the name of "continuity" that couldn't help but feel smug. But most importantly, come home to their own songs.

From the old school "Wika Chikana" opener to "Blu Mood" to set two's "Breathe In," the STS9 stuck to their roots on Wednesday, avoiding tracks off their new Ad Explorata record, with the exception of the well-played an appropriate "Heavy" encore. But lest haters of the new school leave with grumbles, the show ended with "Circus," perhaps their most beautifully uplifting and universally-liked song. Cheers STS9 — we felt 21 again, gettin' down on the Farm.

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