Nervous Curtains, Kaytranada, Jerome LOL, Glasser
NERVOUS CURTAINS' WIRED SYNTH ROCK
Besides being one of the foremost synth-music DJs in the city, Dr. Troy is the head of the Seattle-based Medical label, which specializes in reissuing exceptional, obscure records from the '70s and '80s in the minimal-synth and Italo-disco veins. His ear for these sounds is acutely sharp, and that helps him to book modern bands that are mining these styles with panache. Case in point is Dallas band Nervous Curtains. They have a tune on their Fake Infinity album called "Wired to Make Waves" that encapsulates their rousing yet tuneful way with aggressive synth composition. With the Bismarck. Highline, 9 pm, $6, 21+.
THE ODDLY ANGLED PARTY MUSIC OF KAYTRANADA AND JEROME LOL
Montreal's Kaytranada is one of those producers who excel at several styles—e.g., house, hiphop, disco, and R&B—without sounding like a hack in any of them. He balances experimental textures and song structures with beats that should inspire unconventional dancing. Kaytranada's bootleg remixes of tracks by greats like Danny Brown, Janet Jackson, and Missy Elliott have further enhanced his reputation among people who like to move their bodies rhythmically to music. LA DJ/producer Jerome LOL is a member of LOL Boys, who appear to be on hiatus. On his own, Jerome continues with the freewheeling, oddly angled party music that skitters among genres with poise. With Tony Goods. Chop Suey, 8 pm, $15 adv/$20 DOS, 21+.
GLASSER'S ELECTRO-POP DECOR IS IMPECCABLE
Glasser (aka Cameron Mesirow) debuted with the impressive 2010 album Ring, which took some of the demonstrative vocal techniques of Björk and Zola Jesus into some exotic realms where goth pop intersects with tribal electronic music. (That sort of fusion rarely happens.) Now Glasser's supporting her new album, Interiors. It wasn't inspired by the 1978 Woody Allen film of the same name, but rather by architect Rem Koolhaas's book Delirious New York. What I've heard of Interiors (not much, sadly) sounds more polished than Ring; she's working with producer Van Rivers (Blonde Redhead, Fever Ray) and the sound is luxurious, with Glasser's crystalline voice matching that richness. With the Tempers and Dutty Widlerness. FRED Wildlife Refuge, 8 pm, $16 adv, 21+.