WHOLE LOTTA BRAINFEEDING GOIN' ON WITH FLYING LOTUS, THUNDERCAT, TEEBS
About 19 million words have been written about post-astral-jazz-hop producer Flying Lotus, including some by The Stranger's Charles Mudede, in this issue's Stranger Suggests. If you don't love FlyLo's music by now, seek help. Let's focus on billmates/fellow LA studio rats Teebs and Thundercat, both of whom record for Mr. Lotus's Brainfeeder label. The former makes delicately beautiful electronic music imbued with the DNA of both underground hiphop and shoegaze rock. Back in 2010, I wrote that Teebs's emotionally resonant output falls somewhere between that of Boards of Canada and Nobody, and I'm sticking to that. Thundercat (Steve Bruner) is a first-call session bassist who can get as fluttery and rococo as jazz-fusion giants Jaco Pastorius or Stan Clarke when the mood strikes, but he also can program calculus-level rhythms and sing some gangbuster falsetto. Thundercat's new album, Apocalypse, takes electronic music into some seriously proggy and frou-frou territory. Fuck being hard; Thundercat is complicated. Showbox Sodo, 9 pm, $26.50 adv/$28 DOS, all ages.
MINIMAL-TECHNO NIRVANA WITH MICHAEL MAYER AND CHLOE HARRIS
Cody Morrison and Jeremy Grant's weekly Wednesday night at Shelter has left Q Nightclub and relocated to the basement milieu of Barboza. The downsize in dance-floor real estate is a shame, but no need to mope when you have a boss like Kompakt Records cofounder Michael Mayer headlining your inaugural night in a new space. Mayer's Immer mixes have been key, vastly influential documents of melodic, minimal techno, but live, Mayer's been known to break out of his trademark cool-browed steez and get hot and tropical. He will control your soul for as long as he's on the decks. Seattle DJ/producer Chloe Harris coruns the experimental-electronic label Further Records and creates a rugged, challenging strain of left-field techno under the name Raica. Her tastes and skills as a DJ are wide-ranging and impeccable, too. Barboza, 9 pm, $10, 21+.
MAGIC MOUNTAIN HIGH'S PEAK-TIME TECHNO
Magic Mountain High—the supergroup of Germany's Move D and the Netherlands' Juju & Jordash—live up to that lofty nomenclature. These veteran producers are masters of the subtle buildup and the soul-inflating melody while keeping the beats stealthily propulsive. This is Juju & Jordash's first appearance in Seattle, and if you consider yourself a connoisseur of interesting, intelligent dance music, you'll be there, with leg muscles already stretched. With Joe Bellingham. 1927 Events, 9 pm, $12 adv, 21+.