Natasha Kmeto, Trus'me, Steve Aoki, Datsik
PORTLAND DIVA/PRODUCER NATASHA KMETO DROPS GEM
Portland producer/vocalist Natasha Kmeto (pronounced "kuh-meh-toe") is celebrating the release of her album, The Ache (on Dropping Gems), at tonight's edition of the Everything Electric weekly. The follow-up to 2010's Expressor, The Ache boldly flaunts flashy R&B diva emoting amid productions that maneuver into Flying Lotus– and TokiMonsta-like future funk, embellished with exotic percussion touches and a panoply of unusual textures. Kmeto is creating what sounds like a bang-up-to-the-minute breed of urban pop tunesmithery that's as rich in emotion as it is in tonal sophistication. With Nordic Soul and Tracer Visuals. Electric Tea Garden, 9 pm, $5, 21+.
TRUS'ME'S HOUSE RENOVATIONS
Trus'me (Manchester, England's David James Wolstencroft) is one of the world's most soulful, funky house-music producers working today. Drawing frequent comparisons to Detroit legend Moodymann, Trus'me has won endorsements from revered DJs like BBC Radio 1 jock Gilles Peterson, Amp Fiddler, and Ashley Beedle. Amid a glut of mediocre house productions, Trus'me's cuts stylishly strut way above the morass in order to move more ass. This is pure, classy, sexy-mofo music that never stoops to corny signifiers. With Pezzner & Hanssen versus Justice & Treasure in a four-deck DJ extravaganza. Re-bar, 10 pm–3 am, $13 adv/$15 DOS, 21+.
STEVE AOKI AND DATSIK'S DEADMEAT TOUR
The son of Rocky Aoki, owner of the Benihana chain of restaurants, Steve Aoki has used his dad's financial might to fund the Dim Mak label and to throw extravagant parties in his LA home base. Aoki has remixed marquee names like Michael Jackson, Drake, Chris Cornell, Weezer, and the Killers, and those commercial instincts come to the fore in his DJ sets, where he plays a ceaseless stream of popular club tunes. Aoki always has two ears cocked toward whatever's blowing up on the circuit, so expect to hear a lot of brostep, electro house, and mainstream hiphop on this tour— dubbed Deadmeat, because kids love rotting flesh, right? Canadian producer/DJ Datsik (aka Troy Beetles) makes sledgehammering dubstep that moves with Andre the Giant–like grace. Dude has a Wu-Tang Clan remix to his credit, though, so hold your disdain for now. With Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike. Paramount Theatre, 8 pm, $35, all ages.