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Plaid / the Square Root of Evil
Biltmore, Vancouver BC November 21
By Alan Ranta
Although she assumes the personality of mild-mannered Vancouver native Jen Pearson by day, by night the Square Root of Evil becomes another beast entirely. Though her cat-laden visuals and T-shirt may fool casual observers at a glance, Pearson does not make "girly" electronic music, the kind of vocal-centered cafe music or synth pop that has become so cliché for electronically inclined women. Rather, the Square Root of Evil produces an aggressively beat-driven blend of tribal, 8-bit, techno and glitch that some would categorize as IDM, becoming the sort of pulsing brain dance of which Rephlex would certainly approve.
Pearson seemed a little tense when she first appeared behind her laptop, MIDI controller and mixer. …