Daedelus, Ryan Hemsworth, Kris Moon, ((Pressures)), Dr. Troy
DAEDELUS'S MAXIMALIST MONOME MUSIC, RYAN HEMSWORTH'S BOUDOIR HOP
Dressed like a Victorian dandy onstage, Daedelus (LA producer Alfred Darlington) taps out melodically sophisticated and rhythmically galvanizing dance cuts via his Monome unit. From his origins in IDM and underground hiphop (check The Weather, his bizarre 2003 full-length with Busdriver and Radioinactive), Daedelus has morphed into a hard-to-classify musician whose melodies possess an almost prog-like complexity and richness, while his beats confound conventional head and booty movement. Whatever you want to call it, it's maximalist, fun electronic music that makes Homo sapiens sweat. Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth looks like an American Apparel model and makes hiphop tracks that seem like they could help you get laid sooner rather than later. His music twinkles and oozes in a muted red glow, usually bumping cushily at not much over 60 bpm, and Main Attrakionz MC Squadda B raps over a lot of 'em. Hemsworth's also done dulcet, melancholy remixes of Grimes's 'Genesis' and Frank Ocean's 'Thinkin bout You.' With Two Fresh and Samo Sound Boy. Crocodile, 8 pm, $14, all ages.
KRIS MOON BRINGS MONTUCKY TECHNO NUGGETS TO KRAKT
Kris Moon was one of Seattle's prime techno movers and shakers in the '90s and '00s before he moved in 2008 to Missoula, Montana—where he became that city's electronic-music king. You can get an earful of Moon's unimpeachable taste via his two-hour Moon Bass radio shows, which he airs every Wednesday on KBGA and archives at krismoon.com. Seriously, dip into any of his sets, and you'll hear expertly mixed new and old tracks from electronica's crème de la crème. Because this is KRAKT, Moon will likely be dropping his hardest, roughest techno tracks. With Jay Zoney and Child's Play. Electric Tea Garden, 10 pm–4 am, $10, 21+.
((PRESSURES)) MAKE COLD RETRO-FUTURIST SYNTH WAVES AT RX
Rx is a new night helmed by Dr. Troy, owner of Medical Records, one of the world's premiere reissue specialists of obscure '70s and '80s minimal wave, Italo disco, and synth pop. (Disclosure: I've written liner notes for Medical.) Besides his aesthetic/business acumen, Dr. Troy has a dazzling record collection, which he flaunts at this monthly event. For this edition, he's bringing in New Orleans duo ((Pressures)), who've mastered those ice-cold, steely atmospheres and sense of blasted desolation and crushed romance that sound like they could be emanating from a European bunker circa 1981. Excellent support comes from Philadelphia's Void Vision and Portland's Futility. Electric Tea Garden, 9 pm, $5, 21+.