6Blocc, Paradiso Festival's Knife Party, Curumin, eLan
6BLOCC WILL ROCK WICKED DUBSTEP—IF HE CAN GET OUT OF MEXICAN JAIL
As I type, revered LA jungle/dubstep OG 6Blocc (aka Raoul Gonzalez) is being detained in Mexico for unclear reasons. However, LoDubs' promoter/artist Jon AD believes that the producer will make it to ETG; if he does, Gonzalez will likely have some crazy anecdotes to relate. Let's hope Mexican authorities are fans of powerful, dread-filled jams. With Djunya, Jon AD, and Bleed. Electric Tea Garden, 10 pm, $10, 21+.
PARADISO FESTIVAL: AVICII, AFROJACK, KNIFE PARTY
With headliners like Avicii and Afrojack, Paradiso Festival is firmly in the tradition of giant outdoor festivals geared for mainstream tastes—and folks with a lot of disposable income. It'll cost you dearly to find out, as the fest's tagline goes, "Where digital meets nature." If you like up-tempo, optimistic, wave-your-hands-in-the-air house, electro, and disco, Paradiso will deluge you with that sort of sugary, cheesy fodder. However, Australian duo Knife Party (featuring Pendulum's Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen) bring a rawer, rougher sound with their grossly distorted and churning dubstep/house hybrids. Along with Digitalism and Craze, they're my picks for Paradiso highlights. Take note of this Gorge policy: "The use or possession of any illegal drugs will not be tolerated anywhere inside or outside the venue." So you're gonna have to make do for several hours on beer, wine, and energy drinks. Good luck, brave dancers. With Above and Beyond, Excision, Donald Glaude, LA Riots, others. Gorge Amphitheatre, 2 pm–2 am, $65–$125, 18+.
CURUMIN'S COOL, EQUATORIAL PARTY MUSIC
Brazilian vocalist/producer/multi- instrumentalist Curumin (aka Luciano Nakata Albuquerque) creates a suave blend of bossa nova, samba, down-tempo funk, dub reggae, and soul that efficiently and gracefully gooses your pleasure centers; song lengths average less than three minutes. His new album, Arrocha (Six Degrees), flaunts Curumin's rich, pliable, Jorge Ben–like vocals and fragrant, breezy melodies over varied rhythmic templates. Think of this as world-class equatorial party music to which you won't even break a sweat because it's too full of cool-browed poise. With Céu. Triple Door, 8 pm, $30, all ages.
ELAN'S FLOWERY FUNK
Seattle's weekly hiphop/b-boy summit meeting Stop Biting continues its influx of California talent booking with San Diego producer eLan. His music is in the vein of flowery, post-hiphop beatmakers like Daedelus and Baths: It flirts with cutesy melodiousness, but things stay just edgy enough in his tracks to avoid saccharine OD. With Introcut, WD4D, AC Lewis, and Absolute Madman. Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, 9:30 pm, $5, 21+.