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And finally this hour, a style of music called psychedelic trance. It's club music, repetitive and electronic. The beats are fast, and the goal is to make you dance.

But as Nate Plutzik reports, an Israeli band with the name Infected Mushroom wants to give you reasons to stop and listen.

NATE PLUTZIK: Remember your last trip to the mall, walking past that teen clothing store and hearing this sound?

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PLUTZIK: Electronic dance music is not something that appeals to everyone, says Will Hermes, a senior critic for Rolling Stone.

Mr. WILL HERMES (Senior Critic, Rolling Stone): To people who aren't dance music fans, it sounds awfully repetitive. It might just sound like thump, thump, thump, thump, thump, thump, thump. It's about something that's going to work on a dance floor, that is physical. It's music that's intended to be played really, really loud in dark rooms for people who have had a few drinks in them or something else...

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Mr. HERMES: ...in their system, and that's its function.

PLUTZIK: The members of the Israeli band Infected Mushroom would take issue with that statement. Keyboard player Erez Aizen says he and his partner Amit Duvdevani want to bring the world around them into the nightclub.

Mr. AMIT DUVDEVANI (Musician): The Israeli music that we grown up on, even if we didn't like it, we will always have Israeli influences or Arabic influences that you can hear, especially on our latest tracks, a lot of Arabic scales and stuff like that.

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PLUTZIK: Duvdevani recalls a show a few years ago at a Toronto nightclub.

Mr. DUVDEVANI: Six thousand people looking at me like this. They didn't move. For one hour, they didn't move. I was trying everything because it was me and him doing wha, wha, wha, wha, and everybody was, like, and I said, you know what? The Canadians, they're stupid. They don't understand our music. Then came Armin Van Buuren, destroyed the place, you know?

PLUTZIK: Even Aizen and Duvdevani were bored by their music. Amit says it's hard to make dance music interesting.

Mr. DUVDEVANI: Like, to write a trance track is the same as to write a normal song and sometimes it's even more hard because it's in one note.

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Mr. DUVDEVANI: Imagine that you have to make people interested only with one note, no lyrics, no catchy frames, only with one note. So to do a good trance track is 100 times harder than to do a song because there's only one note.

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PLUTZIK: So to make things more interesting, Aizen and Duvdevani began adding real instruments to their voices and keyboards.

Mr. DUVDEVANI: We became a full band onstage and got much more reaction in places that didn't know electronic music, you know? In the electronic scene, that was not taken so well, you know, because this is a DJ scene.

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PLUTZIK: According to critic Will Hermes, Infected Mushroom isn't the first band to make this transition, but Hermes says that the group's diverse sound makes it stand out from the others.

Mr. HERMES: They certainly have songs that are pretty similar to '80s-style synthpop. And they also have stuff that really sounds a lot, to me, like prog rock, that doesn't sound all that different from Rush or Styx or even latter-day Pink Floyd. They might disagree, but I think that some of their use of electronics is not strictly dance floor oriented.

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PLUTZIK: But Erez Aizen and Amit Duvdevani say they still have to deal with the thump of the electronic kick.

Mr. DUVDEVANI: Which is harder, you know? You're doing, duh, duh, duh, duh all the time.

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Mr. DUVDEVANI: I think a jazz or a classical fan that will listen into Infected Mushroom and pass the whole kick thing will like us.

PLUTZIK: Now living in Los Angeles with a new album just released, Erez Aizen and Amit Duvdevani hope people will look beyond the stereotypes and listen.

For NPR News, I'm Nate Plutzik.

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