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Review: Infected Mushroom electrifies The Paramount

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Infected Mushroom at the Paramount

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Saturday night raged until 2am at the Paramount this past weekend, as Israeli trance gods Infected Mushroom made their first-ever Long Island appearance and brought a wild electronica party with them.

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DuvDuv and Erez, the duo behind Infected Mushroom’s 20 year career, directed a stunning audio visual overload from inside giant white orbs on the Paramount stage (see my photos to the left). Throbbing beats and head-spinning effects kept fans on the floor dancing and jumping around while high-def projections took us on a psychedelic trip through jungles, outer space, underwater and other hypnotizing environments.

The midnight crowd was a bit small for an act this well-regarded, but that just meant more room on the spacious Paramount floor for everyone to dance. Glowing hula hoops, multi-colored LEDs and Israeli flags could be seen in almost every corner as the party bounced to the music and the 18-and-up crowd raved for all they were worth.

Previous Infected shows (read my 2012 New Year’s Eve review here) saw the band bringing extra instrumentalists with them, including guitars and drums, but Saturday night’s two-man show meant DuvDuv was the full focus of attention as he popped out of his pod to jump around on stage, hyping up the crowd from every corner of the stage while Erez directed the light & sound show.

The Paramount’s 2am curfew brought the night came to an abrupt end after about only 90 minutes, but it was a clear case of quality over quantity. Infected Mushroom hit several longtime fan favorites like Cities Of The Future and I Wish, and fans could be seen singing along to almost every song.

As pioneers of what has now exploded into the EDM movement, Infected Mushroom remain at the top of the genre and are clearly committed to staying there. With their East Coast runs limited to once or twice a year, keep an eye out for the next Infected shows because this is a spectacle no trance fan can miss.

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