THE UNBELIEVABLE INTENSITY OF TECHNO DJS HYPERACTIVE AND TRENCH
Huntington Beach via Chicago DJ Hyperactive (aka 4 Track Records boss Joe Manumaleuna) earned a sterling rep in the '90s for his remorselessly banging, acidic techno on elite labels like Drop Bass Network, Communiqué, and Planet of Drums. Check out "Venus" for perhaps the zenith of Hyperactive's peak-time heaters. The intensity of the rhythm and the synth stabs is almost off the scales. Trench, who splits his time between Seattle and Detroit, should complement well Hyperactive's set with his own rugged, pressurized, and funky techno. Q, 9 pm, free, 21+.
OMFG, ACID-HOUSE PIONEER DJ PIERRE!
DJ Pierre was part of Phuture, one of the definitive Chicago house-music acts to push the Roland TB-303-powered acid sound, which kick-started the global acid-house phenomenon. Check out Phuture's epic 11-minute "Acid Tracks" for a seminal seminar on how to make a piece of gear squelch in tongues and wring nearly infinite, infinitesimal permutations of twangy oscillations while keeping asses moving. Legends of DJ Pierre's stature don't glide through town very often, so treat this performance like the bucket-list event that it is. As his ebullient 2003 club smash with Byron Stingily and Paul Johnson puts it, "Get Ya Buzz On." With Almond Brown and Karl Kamakahi. Q, 9 pm, $10, 21+.
GHOSTS ON TAPE'S DEPRAVED DEEP RAVE MUSIC
Ghosts on Tape, who puts on the Icee Hot parties in his home base of San Francisco, says he makes "DEEP RAVE music for tripped out weirdos," proving that sometimes artists are their own most accurate critics. Thanks, Ghosts on Tape. Some of GOT's output would fit right in on Q's Wednesday night bill, actually. He keeps the tempos pretty high (usually between 128 and 140) and the textures well warped, the way you pill-poppin' fiends like 'em, and the dynamics unslick, the way I like 'em. Q, 9 pm, free before 10 pm/$10 after, 21+.
This article has been updated since its original publication.