FRIDAY 1/13

UK SCIENTIST MAX COOPER'S (ABSTR)ACTION-PACKED DANCE CUTS

Decibel begins a new monthly at Re-bar with British scientist turned producer/remixer Max Cooper. Recording for labels like Traum and Systematic, Cooper is renowned as much for his remixes of tracks by Portishead, Hot Chip, Ripperton, FC Kahuna, and many others as he is for his own agile, brainiac productions. Adept at both creating beatless atmospheres and cheese-free dance-floor fillers, Cooper is slated to do a live set that we hope will showcase all facets of his highly nuanced productions. With Cyanwave and Nordic Soul. Re-bar, 10 pm, $12 adv/$15 DOS, 21+.

SATURDAY 1/14

MOTOR CITY DRUM ENSEMBLE'S FUKENGRUVEN GERMAN ENGINEERING

Hallelujah! Germany's auto capital, Stutt-gart, has produced something awesome besides environment-killing vehicles: Motor City Drum Ensemble (aka producer/DJ Danilo Plessow). MCDE proved his mettle with Raw Cuts Vol. 1, a collection of absurdly sexy house tracks that conflated "funk" and "fuck" like no other underground club music in recent memory. (Careful, his bass frequencies can impregnate men.) With MCDE's entry in !K7's venerable DJ-Kicks series, Plessow proves he can sling together an eclectic mix that stimulates mind and body with equal vigor. Starting with some astral soul jazz by Sun Ra, MCDE traverses much ground with Afrobeat greats Tony Allen and Geraldo Pino & the Heartbeats flitting among an all-star cast of techno (Robert Hood), house (Mr. Fingers, Recloose), dub (Rhythm & Sound), and disco (Loose Joints, Arts & Crafts) creators, plus an early Aphex Twin track, just to eff with your mind. Swank. Re-bar, 10 pm, 21+.

GALLERY 1412'S AMBIENT BLISS OUT

I've written about Panabrite (Norm Chambers) about five times in the past year, so you should know the score: Some of the Northwest's loftiest tone drift emits from his machines of loving grace. Early Atoms (aka Seattle's A. R. Daniel Tyler) conjures imaginary-film dream sequences with guitar and maybe a computer. The effect, happily, is quite like Emeralds and Fennesz. Seth Chrisman's Widesky project generates ambient serenity through shimmering guitar, subtle effects, and keyboard sighs and gurgles (no new age). With Cody Yantis. Gallery 1412, 8 pm, $5–$15 sliding scale, all ages.