Josef Gaard

WEDNESDAY 4/15

DUB-TECHNO DEMIGOD DEADBEAT COMES ALIVE AT RE-BAR

Few producers can fuse dub with techno with more panache than Berlin via Montreal's Deadbeat (aka Scott Monteith). His hybrids just seem really natural, with Jamaican bass pressure and Germanic rhythmic precision locking in with laid-back passion. For some of the best specimens in this style, check out 2008's Roots and Wire and 2012's Eight. Just say "Jah jah"—which means "God yes" in Rastakraut patois—to Deadbeat's minimal, soulful tracks. With Rob Noble and Selecta Gro. Re-bar, 8 pm, $10 adv, 21+.

THURSDAY 4/16

UPPER-ECHELON SPACE-OUT AND RELAXATION MUSIC WITH SIMON SCOTT

Slowdive drummer Simon Scott is another shoegaze-rock musician who's branched out later in his career into other styles. He's also maintained a solo career where he explores ambient, drone, field recordings, and minimalism with a delicate beauty and breathtaking sense of space. Check out his 2012 album Below Sea Level for a transcendent dose. With Marcus Fischer. Hollow Earth Radio, 8:30 pm, $5–$10, all ages.

MONDAY 4/20

KAITLYN AURELIA SMITH'S DELIRIOUSLY DELIGHTFUL SYNTHCRAFT

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith burst into the underground-electronic scene with 2015's Euclid (Western Vinyl), an enchanting exhibition of synthesizer-intensive songcraft and sound design. There's a fluidity and graceful beauty to her compositions that recall early synth group Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Co. as well as more modern artists like Nobukazu Takemura, Palmbomen II, and Seattle's own analog-synth savant Panabrite, who's also on this bill. Smith's quasi-angelic singing and vibrantly smeared tones lend her work a delirious, carnivalesque aura that, against the odds, never descends into gimmickry. With the ever-improving Seattle minimal-techno producer Bardo:Basho. Kremwerk, 9 pm, $5, 21+.

TUESDAY 4/21

SPANISH TECHNO SMOOTHIES JOHN TALABOT AND MARC PIÑOL VS. DARKSIDE TECHNO LOCAL JOSEF GAARD

Yes, headliners John Talabot and Marc Piñol are Spanish masters of smooth, melodic techno that makes you shiver as much as it makes you sweat. But it's imperative that you get to Q early to catch Seattle's Josef Gaard (aka Nathan Levenson). He's just released his debut EP, Obsidian Falls, on Portland's Blankstairs label, and it may be some of the starkest, darkest, and most exhilarating techno currently emanating from our fertile scene. The five tracks here—including a remix of the title cut by fellow local producer Archivist—generate a subtle sense of impending catastrophe while tensely urging you to move. Josef Gaard layers industrial-malfunction sounds and textural warpage into tracks that take you on a chilling night ride to oblivion. Q Nightclub, 9 pm, $15 adv/$20 DOS, 21+. recommended