Yuksek, X-Bit 1 Chiptune Showcase, Caspa, Emancipator
Quentin De Briey
THE SWEET SOUND OF YUKSEK
French producer Yuksek (aka Pierre-Alexander Busson) makes happy-go-lucky electro-house tunes for people who like to let it almost all hang out. His tracks have two main modes: either relentlessly upbeat, feel-good bangers with affinities with the Ed Banger label's love for larding things with wacky FX or more conventionally structured electro-pop confections with earnest vocals. One hopes that Yuksek opts for the nonstop party-starting 4/4 beats coated in layers of distortion and ultra-high and -low frequencies. With Johnny Fever, Flat Black, and BGeezy. Neumos, 8 pm, $13, 21+.
X-BIT 1 CHIPTUNE SHOWCASE, NINTENDO MOFOS!
Some people can't get enough of chiptune music, sounds derived from outmoded video games from the '80s. The chintzy, bleepy tonalities resonate with those who came of age with synthesizer-enhanced toys during the Reagan era, and their cutesy bubbliness generally creates love/hate reactions in listeners. Jonny Nero Action Hero augments his chiptune flurries with rock guitar flourishes, while Stenobot brings a more typical electronic-dance punch to the Nintendophonic sphere. This sort of thing doesn't really push my buttons, but it may yours. With MCFiredrill and Abducted by Sharks. Pink Gorilla, 8:30 pm, $10, all ages.
CHAMPION SOUND: 'NUFF BASS WITH CASPA, DESIGNER DRUGS, REID SPEED, ETC.
Champion Sound is a basstastic rave with many of the area's most clued-in curators of low-end sensations on the decks, including the names in all caps above. Caspa is a UK dubstep pummeler from way back who likes to punish ears with menacing atmospheres and rugged, methodical beats (key track: "Riot Powder"). New York duo Designer Drugs serve up aggro, amphetamine'd electro punk that packs 10 pounds of attitude into a five-pound bag. With Reid Speed and so many others. King Cat Theater, 8 pm–3 am, $25–$45, all ages.
EMANCIPATOR'S SOFT-FOCUSED, ORCH-POP ELECTRONICA
Portland's Emancipator is a young producer/arranger of sophisticated, orchestral electronic compositions. They're all very tastefully misty, watercolor-y, and middlebrow'd for delicate NPR sensibilities. With Shigeto, Marley Carroll, and the New Law. Neumos, 8 pm, $13, 21+.