UK DUBSTEP ALL-STARS N-TYPE AND HATCHA
If you learned about dubstep through Tempa and Rinse's influential mix CDs, you'll be stoked to hit this gig with headliners N-Type and Hatcha. Both British dubstep jocks figure heavily in Tempa's Dubstep Allstars series of mixes, which set a high standard for rhythmically tough and texturally adventurous basscentric production. These well-connected blokes have countless tracks that can seriously stimulate your mind... before caving in your cranium. What a wonderful paradox. N-Type and Hatcha are coming through town as part of their Sin City Tour, but you may find low-frequency salvation instead. With MC Crazy D, Dubtek, Grym, and Surpass. Neumos, 8 pm, $10, 16+.
TECHNO GIANTS JUAN ATKINS AND BRYAN ZENTZ DROP IN
The Drop crew really hit the jackpot this month with Detroit techno pioneer Juan Atkins and Portland tech-house dynamo Bryan Zentz. As any electronic-music head should know, Atkins's credentials are world-historically important; he was on the ground floor in the early '80s when techno artists were fusing Kraftwerk's stoic rhythmic precision with George Clinton's freaky funkentelechy. Atkins is no museum piece; he's still alive to new sounds, recently going so far as to remix "Mantis" by drone rockers Psychic Ills. Over the last 15 years, Zentz has pumped out loads of driving, adrenaline-optimizing tracks, explosive and tensile DJ tools you can trust. This is going to be a night of elevated groove science, slated to soar till 3 a.m. With WD4D, Introcut, and Innerflight DJs. Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, 9 pm, $15, 21+.
VANCE GALLOWAY AND CHARLES STANYAN
Vance Galloway is Seattle's Michelangelo of sound, tasked with the important job of overseeing Decibel Festival's sonic technicalities (he used to be Paul Allen's right-ear man, too). Galloway also wields a mean guitar, whose emissions he usually feeds through computer software programs and manipulates into rarefied drone poetry. Charles Stanyan also deals in high-flying, shimmering drones and hypertactile field recordings commingled with experimental chamber music, often thrusting you into alien soundworlds. A man of his word, Galloway says, "Expect anything from the infinitesimal to the enormous." With environmental video and lights by Killing Frenzy and Peter Bill. Chapel Performance Space, 7:30 pm, $5–$15 sliding scale, all ages.