DARKSIDE'S JAARINGLY GOOD ELECTRONIC-NOIR SONGS
So Matador Records is getting back into electronic music again? The long-running bastion of indie rock showed great taste in the '90s by signing acts like Techno Animal and Pole. But that era didn't last long and it was soon back to its bread and butter. But with Darkside's Psychic, Matador proves its electronic-music acumen's still sharp. Consisting of techno producer Nicolas Jaar and guitarist Dave Harrington, Darkside conjure a crepuscular netherworld of sexy intrigue and elegant chaos. Psychic moves in the same mongrel electronic/blues-rock/noir-jazz space as some of Matthew Dear and Air's work, but it disperses into more astral abstraction and eerie ambience than those artists do. Bonus: They hang a seven-foot rotating mirror above them onstage. With High Water and Nordic Soul. Neumos, 8 pm, $20 adv, sold out, 21+.
DECONSTRUCT TECHNO/HOUSE LORDS LEVON VINCENT AND ANTHONY PARASOLE
The High & Tight crew continue their quest to secure MVP honors in Seattle's electronic-music scene for this booking, two of New York's deepest techno and house heads: Levon Vincent and Anthony Pasarole. These hombres—who run the Deconstruct Music label—typically pack out the most discerning dance clubs in Europe, so we're lucky to get 'em in an intimate space like Re-bar. Both cats worked for Brooklyn's revered Halcyon record shop last decade, so their knowledge is supreme. Vincent's exceptionally skilled at crafting minimalist, mesmerizing techno with a vast array of unusual textures. Check out "Games Dub" or "Woman Is the Devil" for master classes in how to maximize a few elements into gripping dance-floor burners. With Tyler Morrison. Re-bar, 10 pm–6 am, $15 adv, 21+.
JAMES FLAVOUR'S SOPHISTICATED HOUSE, JEFF SAMUEL'S CHALLENGING TECHNO
Re-bar's hella-hot weekend continues tonight with Berlin/Vancouver DJ/producer James Flavour and Berlin-via-Seattle-via-Cleveland DJ/producer Jeff Samuel. Flavour is another one of those house-music mavens who push a sophisticated and sensual sound. The line between sublime and corny in this realm is thinner than a record store's profit margins, but Flavour keeps it in the black and very deep, as you'd expect from a Dirt Crew Recordings artist. Samuel is simply one of the best techno DJs I've ever seen—and I've seen more techno DJs than you've made botched transitions. He's always brought the challenging, unconventional tracks (Cristian Vogel, Si Begg, etc.) and still kept bodies moving. I hope he hasn't gone all Pete Tong in the five or so years since I last saw him perform. (Kidding, Jeff.) With Gato Negro. Re-bar, 10 pm–3 am, 21+.