Mano Le Tough, Dirtyphonics, Flume, Natasha Kmeto, DJAO
IRISH HOUSE-MUSIC SOFTY MANO LE TOUGH
Berlin-based Irish producer/DJ Mano Le Tough (aka Niall Mannion) is a master of tuneful, bubbly house music: The name of his monthly party at Berlin's Loftus Hall, Passion Beat, neatly encapsulates the vibe of his sets. His new album on Permanent Vacation Records, Changing Days, reveals a mind teeming with ideas on how to make a nearly 30-year-old genre sound fresh and vital. Warped melodies oscillate over oddly timbral percussion and rhythms that often deviate from house's typical 125-bpm and 4/4 template. Shelter, the weekly Wednesday night party at Q curated by Cody Morrison, continues to fly high. With Slowpøke. Q Nightclub, 9 pm, $5 adv/$10 DOS/$5 students, 21+.
FILTHY FRENCH DRUMSTEP MOFOS DIRTYPHONICS
French quartet Dirtyphonics are one of those groups that take their name literally. They've pretty much cornered the market on fusing drum 'n' bass, dubstep, and heavy metal. That covers a lot of the youth market right there, which is why Dirtyphonics are headlining the cavernous Showbox Sodo. A signature track like "Walk in the Fire" combines d&b's heavyweight-champ beats, dubstep's bowel-rupturing bass frequencies, and metal's shredding guitar animosity. They call it "drumstep," which is better than "brostep." The result is more bombastic than the most over-the-top Nuremberg Rallies—and rather ballistic, too. Bring your Kevlar vest, just in case. With Crizzly, Nerd Rage, and MCFunk Brothers. Showbox Sodo, 8 pm, $16.50–$26.50, 16+.
GET A FUTURE R&B FIX WITH FLUME, NATASHA KMETO, AND DJAO
Sydney, Australia, producer Flume (aka Harley Streten) reportedly began making music at age 13 after finding a production program in a cereal box. Crunchy! Now the Down Under prodigy is creating that smoothly staccato future R&B that's most of the rage with tech-savvy youth. If you dig Toro Y Moi, Hudson Mohawke, or TokiMonsta, you'll probably bend your knees to Flume's sly, heart-fluttering cuts. Portland's Natasha Kmeto is a prodigiously talented vocalist and producer of spacey and funky torch songs that rarely do the expected thing. If she's not a star by the end of 2013, I will shake my damn head, very slowly. I've written a bunch about Seattle's DJAO, because his gift for melodic, emotive, post-Dilla sampledelia ranks among the loftiest in the region—and because of the Chiltonwave thing (google it). Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, 9 pm, $15 adv, 21+.