THURSDAY 1/16

RICHIE ALDENTE: THEY'RE NO UNITED STATE OF ELECTRONICA

Seattle sextet Richie Aldente remind me of another local outfit, albeit one that's been on extended hiatus: United State of Electronica. But Richie Aldente lack the ineffable sense of wonder that U.S.E exude, as well as their glittery, heart-piercing melodic abilities. Like U.S.E, Richie Aldente are a big group of great players making dance music and using distorted vocals, but there's something generic and corny at the core of the latter's songs—like RA are trying to leverage them into some imaginary TV movie of the week. They released their second album, Disco Baby, in September; you can make up your own mind about it on their Bandcamp. Maybe, like the one and only Jason Mraz, you'll love it. With Supersonic Parachute and F2D. Barboza, 8 pm, $10, 21+.

FRIDAY 1/17

BASK IN LIGHT YEAR'S DEEP OZ HOUSE MUSIC

One great recent development in Seattle's electronic-music scene is the Monkey Loft becoming a more active and overground venue. Another fab development is Australian producer/DJ Light Year making his Northwest debut in said Sodo space. A favorite of DJs like Erol Alkan, Tiga, and 2manydjs, Light Year pumps out tracks that find the sweetest spots between deep, soul-inflating house and hypnotic techno. And his pneumatic remix of Tame Impala's "Be Above It" could be a gateway drug for psych-pop kids getting into dance music. If you need one track to clinch your love of Light Year, check out the low-riding, bass-and-bleepy techno noir of "Bliss." With Xan Lucero and Kadeejah Streets. Monkey Loft, 10 pm–4 am, $12 adv, 21+.

AUTHOR & PUNISHER'S INDUSTRIAL DOOM AND BOOM

This might sound crazy, but I'm going to recommend that you go to a show headlined by a metal legend at El Corazón. Data Breaker first! For some reason, Phil Anselmo—singer for Pantera, Down, and Superjoint Ritual—asked industrial-doom/drone producer Author & Punisher (San Diego's Tristan Shone) to open for him and his band. Actually, it does make some kind of sense: A&P's Women & Children album pummels and snarls at times with the intensity of the orneriest heavy metal. Fans of Godflesh and Kevin Martin's powerful Ice project and people who think Nine Inch Nails are Pollyanna lightweights will also bang noggins to A&P's crushing, clattering helltunes. Feel the megahertz, rivethead. With Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals and Hymns. El Corazón, 8 pm, $22 adv/$25 DOS, all ages. recommended