Double Your Pleasure with Two Nights of BonoboApril 2nd, 2010
The British musician and producer Simon Green began DJing under the name Bonobo in the late ’90s. His debut album, the acclaimed Animal Magic, came out in 2000. The disc earned him the reputation of someone who makes chill, downtempo music. But not wanting to be pigeonholed, Bonobo began to employ a wider range of samples, adding funk, hip-hop, jazz and Latin beats—plus a little bit of rock and some serious basslines—to the mix. Since then, he’s released several EPs, a live DVD and three more LPs, the most recent of which, Black Sands, came out last week. You’ll be able to check out some of that new music in person when Bonobo (above, performing “Noctuary”) comes to Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday and The Bowery Ballroom on Monday. But don’t just expect a DJ, because Simon Green doesn’t go it alone: He mainly plays guitar and leads his full band (strings included) from the center of the stage.