Jel, FreQ Nasty, Autoerotique, Panabrite, Widesky, Early Atoms
FREQ NASTY'S GOT THE DANCE FLOOR ON DREADLOCK
If FreQ Nasty's music were as complicated and crazy as his hair (a tangled turban of dreadlocks), he might be one of my favorite electronic-music producers. Alas, the Nasty one's sound is more crowd-friendly than that scenario suggests. "Not Givin' In," his new single on Skint Records (home of many of the bangingest Big Beat artists during the '90s), is a digital dancehall/jungle hybrid featuring MCs Tippa Irie and Solar Lion. It's kind of weak compared to FreQ's earlier, wonkier, funky-breaks releases on Botchit & Scarper. But maybe you can console yourself with his remix of Die Antwoord's "I Fink U Freaky." Also, why isn't FreQ playing Q? Missed opportunity. With Nit Grit, Andreilien, and guests. Neumos, 8 pm, $18, 16+.
AUTOEROTIQUE ARE RAVING MAD
Toronto duo Autoerotique (Keith Robertson and Dave Henderson) make heavy, distorted outdoor-rave-friendly choons for alpha males and females. They're the dance-music equivalent of extreme sports. It should be interesting to see how they'll go down in the Belltown affluent-sophisto magnet known as See Sound Lounge. With Just One, Gritty, Jon Lee, Jeromy Nail, and Justin Collins. See Sound Lounge, 9 pm, $10–$22, 21+.
ANOTHER AMBIENT BLISSFEST AT GALLERY 1412
If you're looking for music that will absolutely center you and induce inner peace on a Saturday night, you can't do better than this bill. Early Atoms (Daniel Tyler)—from the brief samples of his work I've heard—rambles with finesse on acoustic guitar in a post–John Fahey /James Blackshaw–esque avant-folk manner. Not very Data Breaker-y, admittedly, but there's also Panabrite (Seattle synth magus Norm Chambers), who, I reiterate, is one of the world's finest purveyors of aquastellar ambience. New Mexico's Widesky (Seth Chrisman) evokes his name with a panoply of guitar and keyboard tones woven into contemplative swaths of tranquility. Imagine zoning out on a desert highway in the American Southwest while the universe's master generator hums in the distance. Om sweet om. With scintillating guitarist/oudist Derek Monypeny. Gallery 1412, 8 pm, $5–$15 sliding scale, all ages.
MPC MAESTRO JEL BEATS AGAINST THE GRAIN
Of all the many odd figures in the anticon. camp, Jel (Jeffrey Logan) is one of the most compelling. Besides being the sonic architect for Themselves, Subtle, and Deep Puddle Dynamics, he's produced underrated eccentric solo works like 10 Seconds and Soft Money, both of which abound with off-kilter funk and surprising arrangements. Watching him rigorously tap wickedly quick, tricky beats on the MPC is one of the most holy-shit-exclaiming live-hiphop experiences you can have—even if you don't wear a backpack to shows. With Astronautilus and Busdriver. Vera Project, 8 pm, $13, all ages.