Untold, Switch, TJ Max, Patternmaster, Goodwin, Panabrite
UNTOLD'S BASS MUSIC IS UNSPEAKABLY GREAT
Untold (UK producer Jack Dunning) is among the most exciting musicians working in the febrile zone where future bass music and techno converge. He's part of a wave of intelligent dubstep artists who expanded their sound palettes when the genre began to sound like a 13-year-old playing with his first Roland synths. Untold's humid, tumescent tracks for important labels like Hessle Audio, Hotflush, and his own Hemlock Recordings bustle spasmodically yet elegantly into pretzel-logic rhythms, augmented by an array of odd textures. Listening to Untold is like being slammed into the future, with your own sweat easing you into unknown realms. Shelter, a new weekly at Q run by Decibel operative Cody Morrison, looks like it's going to be a valuable addition to Seattle's clubscape. With Sounds in Silence. Q, 9 pm, free, 21+.
FIDGET TO SWITCH'S TWITCHY HOUSE MUSIC
British producer Switch (Dave Taylor) is one of the foremost practitioners of "fidget house," an especially twitchy, coked-up strain of house music. His discography includes production credits on M.I.A.'s Arular and Kala, Major Lazer's Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do, and tracks for Beyoncé, Amanda Blank, and Santigold. The man has this moving-the-crowd thing down to a science—a very fun-intensive science. With Sean Majors, Josh Quest, Jame$ervin, and 8btCrsh. See Sound Lounge, 9 pm, $14 (first 100)/$22, 21+.
MOTOR IV, ANOTHER EXPERIMENTAL-ELECTRONIC DEBACLE (THE GOOD KIND)
Organized by Debacle Records boss Sam Melancon, Motor continues to keep the local experimental-electronic scene bubbling with its fourth installment. Tonight marks a rare live appearance by TJ Max, the analog-synth-freaking duo of Timm Mason (aka Mood Organ) and Jayson Kochan (aka Airport), who play guitar and bass in Seattle psych-rock group Midday Veil. TJ Max create tense, eventful disco that throbs somewhere between John Carpenter and Goblin. Patternmaster is Brain Fruit keyboardist Jonathan Carr's more techno-oriented project, which in live contexts sometimes adds his BF cohorts; this time Chris Davis will be joining in. This is squelchy, potently acidic stuff that rends holes in the space-time continuum. Data Breaker readers should know about the sublimity of Seattle ambient-music producer Panabrite (Norm Chambers), so I'll just point you to his Bandcamp (panabrite.bandcamp.com) and let you get on with it. Portland's Goodwin (former Stranger music intern Scott) explores the microscopic properties of sound and has been known to manifest a deep drone or dozen, while his work with Avalon Kalin in Polonaise leans toward minimal-house music. Goodwin's compositions balance academic rigor with loose-canon [sic] adventurousness. With DJ Slow and Dr. Troy. Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, 9 pm, free, 21+.