Beat Connection, Wampire, Devonwho, D33J, Lorn, Miike Snow
BEAT CONNECTION, WAMPIRE, BLOOD VIBES
Fresh-faced Northwesterners Beat Connection (Seattle) and Wampire (Portland) play that naive-melodied, chill-vibed electronic pop that our nation's youth casually love with all of their hearts. It's positively adorbs, as the kids say. Blood Vibes is the new secret (for now) project of a local sonic luminary that—judging from the two tracks I've heard—deviates from his established style into swanky, light-footed house music with enough soul to light up Kenny Dixon Jr.'s skeptical eyes. Look for a Blood Vibes 12-inch on LA's burgeoning 100% Silk label in the near future. Chop Suey, 8 pm, $10, all ages.
LORN'S BRILLIANTLY DARK POST-DUBSTEP
Midwestern producer Lorn recently signed to Britain's revered Ninja Tune label, which will be releasing his Ask the Dust album on June 26. Its first single, "Ghosst," is a real slugfest of ill bass frequencies, mastodon-stomp beats, and what sounds like the Bee Gees circa Saturday Night Fever singing under duress. Better than most in the crammed post-dubstep milieu, Lorn keeps things brooding and heavyweight-punch brutal without descending into corny tropes; check his Nothing Else LP on Brainfeeder for further proof. With Dolor, Omega Clash, and Ill Cosby. Chop Suey, 9 pm, $5 adv/$8 DOS, 21+.
BEATS MONTHLY GOES SF WITH DEVONWHO AND D33J
Vermillion's Beats monthly comes through again with a stellar booking. Devonwho—who's remixed tracks by dope post-hiphop producers like Dibiase and Shlohmo, among others—is a San Francisco beatmaker with a knack for rhythmic trickery and outer-spacey melodic panache akin to the emanations heard at LA's Low End Theory: electronic music for head and rump. Look for his Strangebrew EP on All City April 2. Fellow SF producer D33J (Djavan Santos) puts a disorienting, playful spin on instrumental hiphop without getting too fey and whimsical (anything but that, right?). With Kel, Al Nightlong, Diogenes, and Absolute Madman. Vermillion, 9 pm, $3, 21+.
MIIKE SNOW'S SWEDISH ORCH-DANCE POP
A Swedish trio who include an American transplant, Andrew Wyatt, Miike Snow make tidy, anthemic, dance pop somewhere between Erlend Øye and Hot Chip. Orchestral ambitions and melodic elegance trump massive grooves with Miike Snow, but they still know how to keep a floor thrumming. Their new album, Happy to You, is streaming now at www.rollingstone.com, and, guys, I feel really conflicted about that. Paramount, 7 pm, $25.75 adv/$29.25 DOS, all ages.
This article has been updated since its original publication.