Crystal Method bang it out again at Ruby Skye

Can’t San Francisco just adopt The Crystal Method?

San Francisco is a sister city for the Los Angeles-based electronic music duo, playing one of its last local dates of the year Friday at Ruby Skye. Ken Jordan and partner Scott Kirkland hit the downtown club often. They played two megafestivals in San Francisco in 2012, and a number of private gigs around the Bay Area this year.

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“If it wasn’t so expensive to live there, we’d be there,” said Jordan, on the phone from the group’s L.A. studio, Crystalwerks. “We’re up there a lot. We love playing Ruby Skye. We love the whole Burner community up there.”

“[The San Francisco crowd] I would say, is much less douchey than Los Angeles. That’s the best way to describe it.”

Known for big, populist bangers, The Crystal Method formed in Las Vegas in 1993 and released the platinum “Vegas” in 1997. The 2004 LP “Legion of Boom” led to a Grammy nomination.

The duo’s eighth and most recent LP, “Divided By Night” from 2009, preceded a load of singles and film projects.

The band spent 2012 touring on weekends and recording; plans are to hunker down this winter to finish the first new LP in three years. The single “Sling the Decks” will come out before the LP’s debut in spring.

In the game for almost 20 years, Jordan has seen two dance music booms in America now.

“We saw the ’90s version, which didn't really take over the states, and then the new version which has definitely taken hold in the states.”

The second wave is coming from North American artists, he says, but technological changes in music distribution and consumption are also driving the art form.

“The success of Skrillex could not have happened under the old system,” Jordan said. “No matter how good it was, he wouldn’t have had a chance because he sounds so completely different from popular music.”

In that vein, The Crystal Method hosts a weekly radio show, “Community Service,” on SiriusXM at 9 p.m. Wednesdays.

Jordan says he’s inspired by the state of music and politics in America right now.

“I get frustrated with America as a whole, then Skrillex gets big, and we vote in same-sex marriage all over,” he said. “Sometimes this place surprises me.”

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