GOING GAGA OVER PORTER ROBINSON'S "COMPLEXTRO"
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, phenom Porter Robinson has rocketed to prominence and a deal with Skrillex's OWSLA label at the tender age of 19. Robinson's dubbed his music "complextro," which I guess is a portmanteau for "complex electro." Actually, Robinson's music isn't really that complex, but it is commercial, with the single "Language" topping iTunes' dance charts and selling more than 10,000 copies (in this economy yet!). Lady Gaga and Avicii have tapped Robinson for remixes, so you know he's got what mainstream electronic dance music is salivating over. Porter also has a knack for big, slamming dubstep and Moombahton productions, so he should be golden with trend-jumping youths for at least another year. With Mat Zo and the M Machine. Showbox at the Market, 8 pm, $26.50, 18+.
OUT-SHADOWING SHADOW WITH BLOCKHEAD AND THE NEW LAW
The Innerflight posse running DROP scores big this month with Blockhead, the New York–based, Ninja Tune– affiliated producer. Famous for his production work for underground-hiphop icon Aesop Rock, Blockhead has gone on to forge an impressive solo canon abounding in ingenious, soundtracky funk instrumentals. Dude out-Shadows DJ Shadow at times. Blockhead's supporting his fifth album, Interludes After Midnight, another collection of inventive, sampledelic head-nodders that unexpectedly trigger strong emotions, including the bittersweet "Meet You at Tower Records" (RIP). Seattle's the New Law (Adam Straney and Justin Neff) have their own 2012 opus to flaunt, The Fifty Year Storm, which is full of magnificently widescreen compositions blessed with a dazzlingly diverse instrumental palette. Peep it at www.thenewlaw.bandcamp.com. With novaTRON, Chris Null, Loki, and Innerflight residents. Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, 9 pm–3 am, $10 before 10:30 pm/$15 after, 21+.
CATCH RISING STAR JONTI BEFORE GOTYE BLOWS HIM UP
This is nutty: Australian producer Jonti—who records for modest indie label Stones Throw, cop his Twirligig LP—originally was slated to play the tiny Vermillion gallery, but, for boring reasons, the show was moved to Neumos. Now comes word that Jonti will be the opening act on international superstar Gotye's next tour. Will Gotye's fans warm to Jonti's skewed post-chillwave/hiphop hybrids and their oddly tropical funkiness? Dunno, but let's hope they at least scratch their heads on the 2 and 4. Supporting are Sonnymoon (space cadets Anna and Dane), who sound like Nobody and Niki Randa's Blank Blue project—i.e., a female vocalist singing with silky passion over elegantly quirky hiphop productions. With Knxwledge. Neumos, 8 pm, $8 adv, 21+.