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Thievery Corporation

PHOTOS

With their first releases in the late ’90s, Thievery Corporation defined a new genre of electronic music. “Blending vocal theatrics, spiritual exploration and subtle songcraft” (Popmatters), Rob Garza and Eric Hilton have become the standard-bearers for creativity and innovation in electronica.

Thievery Corporation create a “deft merging of all things dub, electronica, and bossa nova, creating sweet and savory tracks” (Billboard). Borrowing from the sounds of their favorite Brazilian bossa nova, Jamaican dub reggae, vintage film soundtracks, and psychedelic rock to forge into new sonic territory. “Our deepest source of inspiration comes from our record collections,“ said Garza.

The duo caught the ears of underground DJ’s with their first two 12“offerings and their 1997 debut Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi. The highly acclaimed The Mirror Conspiracy, released in 2000, contained the seminal international hit “Lebanese Blonde.” 2005’s The Cosmic Game broke new ground for the band with high-profile collaborations with The Flaming Lips, Perry Farrell and David Byrne for a release that critics say is “so darkly delicious you have to admit it’s their masterwork (All Music Guide).”

With a long discography of independently distributed and self-produced CDs, including several remixes of classic songs, Thievery Corporation are among the most adventurous and compelling artists of the genre. Rolling Stone wrote “Together, Hilton and Garza explore foreign cultures with wide-eyed curiosity and a taste for the unexpected. Then they lock themselves in a studio and record songs that tell stories of a better world.“

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