WE ARE NOT WORTHY, BUT THIS DIRTYBIRD DJ IS
A Washington, DC, rave veteran, Worthy moved to San Francisco in 2001 and hooked up with Claude VonStroke's renowned Dirtybird label—and eventually started his own, Anabatic. Worthy's antic tracks bump somewhere between electro's stutter-step momentum and house music's streamlined chug, with plenty of low-end frequencies to make you weak in the knees. With Kadeejah Streets and Trinitron. Electric Tea Garden, 10 pm, $8, 21+.
The reliable dudes behind the DROP monthly bring in Santa Cruz duo AntAcid (Mark Pauley and Kyle Griffin). As their handle suggests, AntAcid traffic in music that emphasizes the elastic bass twangs that the Roland TB-303 box—especially with help from Trax Records' Chicago house pioneers—has been generating since you were complaining about Ronald Reagan. They tweak (in real time!) manifold gradations of the 303's trademark rubber-band plunking to extremely funky and psychedelic ends. Seattle's top electro export, the ever-clever 214, is not to be missed, either. With Joe Bellingham and Innerflight residents. Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, 9 pm, $10, 21+.
AFRIKA BAMBAATAA STILL PLANET ROCKIN'
In the 1970s, ex–Bronx gang leader Afrika Bambaataa emerged as one of the first breakbeat-sensei DJs and later made huge waves with 1982's "Planet Rock" and "Looking for the Perfect Beat," space-dusted Kraftwerk homages that rocked dance floors worldwide. Bam's 1984 collab with PiL's John Lydon, Time Zone, yielded the agitational underground electro smash "World Destruction," which, sadly, never doesn't seem relevant. Tonight, the Universal Zulu Nation leader and electro-funk dignitary will help celebrate 206 Zulu's eighth anniversary. This show is part of the National Hiphop Summit happening February 17–19 (www.206zulu.com/anniversary.html). Washington Hall, 8 pm, $10, all ages.
TECHNO BRAINIACS MIKAEL STAVÖSTRAND AND RANDY JONES
On a much different tip, Los Angeles–via-Sweden producer Mikael Stavöstrand has been making highly evolved minimal techno for more than a dozen years. He's gradually shifted from lab-tested, dub-inflected tracks to more revelry-friendly ones without sticking even a baby toe into the cheese. Similar lofty quality control comes from Seattle's electronic-music Renaissance man/tech-house savant Randy Jones. He seldom plays out anymore, but every appearance's output is worth preserving on your hard drive. Bang-up job, SpaceRock Saturdays' organizers. With Ctrl_Alt_Dlt and Roddimus. Electric Tea Garden, 10 pm–5 am, $5 before midnight/$10 after, 21+.