J.Phlip, Judge Jules, Dil Withers, Nice Nate, DJAO, Pezzner
J.PHLIP'S ELEGANTLY DIRTY TECHNO
J.Phlip (aka Jessica Phillippe) is one of the mainstays of the great American label Dirtybird, which is renowned for its loaded stable of eccentric techno and house artists. Phlip splits her time between San Francisco and Berlin, two of the world's hottest dance-music spots, and it's no surprise that she's one of the most reliable floor-filling DJs on the circuit. She's also probably one of the few jocks who can bridge the chasm between cerebral Decibel Fest heads and affluent Belltown denizens who couldn't care less who's on the decks, as long as they play tracks that'll help 'em get laid. That is a rare skill, people. With Astronomar, Recess, Trinitron, and Jameson Just. See Sound Lounge, 9 pm, $10 adv, 21+.
THE JURY'S STILL OUT ON TRANCE DJ JUDGE JULES
Britain's Judge Jules is one of those bafflingly popular (to me, anyway) DJs who spin big-room trance cuts to thousands of punters per gig. His preferred style is bloated, sentimental anthems that go down a storm the world over, especially with people who frost their tips. We as a species have a lot of evolving to do. Foundation, 9 pm, $11.50 adv, 21+.
NICE NATE, DJAO, AND DIL WITHERS OFFER A GREAT DILLA
You all read The Stranger's feature on Nice Nate and DJAO, right? So you already know that these two Seattle bedroom producers are extrapolating the flavor of J Dilla's Donuts into woozier, woodier Northwestern zones. They're provoking some of the headiest nods in the city at the moment. The more obscure Dil Withers is another local beatmaker (Tacoma, if you're keeping score) under the spell of James Dewitt Yancey who'll make your snapback twirl around your noggin. Mr. Withers's SoundCloud page (soundcloud.com/dilsound) abounds with some of the coolest, rain-descending-on-windows, jazz-funked-up productions in the region. Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, 9 pm, $5, 21+.
TECHNO DON PEZZNER LANDS ON MONSTER PLANET
One of the city's most in-demand producers and remixers, Pezzner brings his sleek, slightly skewed techno chops to Monster Planet. This is somewhat surprising, as Monster Planet is a monthly synth and laptop jam session, usually ambient-centric, improvised before cheesy-as-hell B-movies manipulated by wizardly Seattle video artist Leo "Killing Frenzy" Mayberry. It should be interesting to see how a dance-floor master like Pezzner adapts to this more abstract, atmospheric environment. With Blake Peterson, Kads Baker, Grizzle, and guests. Can Can, 9 pm, free, 21+.