Truckasauras, OC Notes, Eddie Fowlkes, Wolfgang Gartner
CITY ARTS FEST'S BILL OF LOCAL ELECTRONIC ALL-STARS
This here is one of City Arts Fest's best bills—and it's all homegrown local shit. Introcut's been holding down the front lounge at Lo-Fi's Stop Biting hiphop weekly with aplomb since you were in middle school. The interstellar techno of Vox Mod—a favorite of the astute Stranger columnist Trent Moorman—keeps getting better, more complex, and out-there. Calling it now: The versatile, voluble OC Notes is in the running to become Seattle's next musical Genius. His recent Vermillion Gallery gig with Vox Mod, Moorman, Erik Blood, and Thomas Carter backing him hints of great things to come: a classy fusion of spacious jazz funk in the CTI Records vein, revamped Barney Miller theme music (Bing it), and Steely Dan if they recorded at Paisley Park Studios. For Truckasauras, this is the release party for the quartet's best work yet, 2012. The album contains Truck's most advanced compositions to date, without losing their party-rocking punch. Let's hope they do the epic "Bothell Trance," which sounds like masterly minimalist composers Arnold Dreyblatt, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass jamming during their respective peaks. What a manic mantra. Fred Wildlife Refuge, 7 pm, $8 adv/$10 DOS, 21+.
DETROIT TECHNO OG EDDIE FOWLKES
Those knowledgeable gents who run DROP have gone beyond the call of duty again with the booking of Eddie "Flashin'" Fowlkes. Hailed as the "godfather of technosoul," Fowlkes came up with the Belleville Three (Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson), but never received the attention and kudos that they did. Fowlkes's collabs with 3MB (Thomas Fehlmann and Moritz von Oswald) stand as some of the greatest deep techno of the '90s. One of Fowlkes's most inspirational tunes is titled "Music Is Hypnotising," and he proves it repeatedly in his sets. With Ctrl_Alt_Dlt, Murdoc, Sounds in Silence, Rhines, Audrey Horne, and Manos. Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, 9 pm–3 am, $10, 21+.
JUST ANOTHER FAUX-GERMANIC MONDAY WITH WOLFGANG GARTNER
If you're in the techno-house game, calling yourself Wolfgang Gartner sounds way more impressive than, uh, Joey Youngman. So that's what Mr. Youngman did, and, hell, I thought dude was German before I looked him up. Regardless of the nomenclature, this Gartner is a mensch with the pulverizing 4/4 beats and full-range frequency-splatter with which he adorns his peak-time bangers. With Pierce Fulton and Popeska. Showbox Sodo, 8 pm, $25 adv/$30 DOS, all ages.