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Kid Koala's 12-Bit Blues, Eric Duncan at Trouble, Mount Kimbie

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WEDNESDAY 11/7

KID KOALA'S GOT THE 12-BIT BLUES

Kid Koala (Montreal DJ/producer Eric San) loves a cute concept and a clever gimmick. Now, both of those qualities normally irk me something fierce, but in Kid Koala's dexterous hands, juxtaposing, say, Hawaiian slack-key-guitar lullabies with nostalgic reminiscences of old hi-fi gear sounds golden. On albums like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Some of My Best Friends Are DJs, KK combines quirky spoken-word chatter; hyperkinetic scratching; deft pitch-bending; dusty jazz, blues, and pop samples; and good ol' funky beats for charming ADD thrills. Koala's new album for Ninja Tune, 12 Bit Blues, ushers that old, earthy genre into the quick-cut realm of turntablism and makes it strut with renewed vigor, even as it's being slowed and warped into a molasses-y menace. Tonight's date is part of the Kid's 12-Bit Blues Vinyl Vaudeville Tour; don't expect a po-faced re-creation of the album, but rather a fun, interactive experience that will inspire responses like "Adorbs!" With Adira Amram & the Experience. Neumos, 8 pm, $13 adv, 21+.

FRIDAY 11/9

DISCO DON ERIC DUNCAN RETURNS TO TROUBLE

Trouble moving to Q is a serious boon to Seattle's disco fans. Helmed by the DJ known as Trouble (former Line Out contributor Terry Miller), this night is for disco aficionados who dig much deeper than "I Feel Love" and "Love Hangover" (not that there's anything wrong with those classics). Headliner Eric Duncan has racked up an impressive discography and rep through his mixes as Dr Dunks and with Rub-N-Tug and via recordings by Still Going and other projects. Once Duncan gets behind the decks, it's an ever-ascending rhythm odyssey. With Justice & Treasure, Trouble, and Lux Collective. Q Nightclub, 9 pm–3 am, free before 10 pm, $10 after, 21+.

SATURDAY 11/10

MOUNT KIMBIE'S SLY-DEVIL BASS MUSIC

Just because Decibel Festival is over doesn't mean the Decibel organization is hibernating. Nope, Sean Horton and company are still booking essential gigs, including this Mount Kimbie/Cedaa/Jimi Jaxon blowout. The London duo of Dominic Maker and Kai Campos made a profound splash with their 2010 debut album, Crooks & Lovers. Their sound is an elusive blend of dubstep (the nuanced kind, not the arena-wobbling sort), low-lit hiphop, uneasy ambience, and UK garage. It's pretty peculiar and introspective stuff, not geared for mass, manic fist-pumping—maybe more surreptitious bumping and grinding. It's sly-devil bass music, strictly on the down-low. Chop Suey, 9 pm, $12 adv/$15 DOS, 21+.

 

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