RAICA AND APARTMENT FOX WEIRD UP MOTOR X
Seattle's preeminent experimental-electronic event and strangest dance party, MOTOR, presents another strong lineup—this time with more female power. Seattle producer Raica (aka Chloe Harris, half of the Further Records brain trust) makes a rare live appearance. Her prolific output ranks among the darkest, most chilling electronic music coming out of this region. Raica's 2013 releases—Lucent Glances and Treh—plumb some of the same dank, unsettling yet oddly beautiful territory as Kompakt's Pop Ambient and Mille Plateaux's Clicks & Cuts series. They also recall the more introspective and enigmatic abstract electronica from the Warp and Lo labels' '90s heydays. Raica goes on first, so get there early! Apartment Fox used to play in Portland's outstanding analog-synth group Operative. His self-titled 2013 album on Beacon Sound proves that he's not lost his knack for off-center dance music that throws off all sorts of wonky textures while still delivering crushing grooves that make you feel indestructible. With ever-stellar local support from Airport, Patternmaster, and DJ Domenica. Lo-Fi, 9 pm, $5, 21+.
ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER ZIGZAGS OUT OF THE BLISS ZONE
Don't know about you, but I've been jonesing for some live Oneohtrix Point Never action ever since his incandescent 2010 Decibel Festival performance. The work of 0PN (aka Daniel Lopatin) has transitioned from a strain of ultra-vivid, eventful power New Age to a more disjunctive, hypermodern kind of Cubist sampledelia on his debut album for Warp Records, R Plus Seven. Parts of it evoke the disorienting corporate exotica and anomic eeriness of James Ferraro's Far Side Virtual—which means it's much harder to get your tranquility on than it used to be to 0PN's music. Only you can decide whether that's a good thing. I'm still adjusting to this new phase, but it is growing on me. Brooklyn's Dawn of Midi are conformed like a jazz trio—bass, drums, piano—but they sound more like minimalist post-rock majors who are minoring in organic dance music. Their intriguing, heady tracks remind me of Archie Pelago's genre-warping creations and Matmos's mesmerizing collab with So Percussion, Treasure State. With the Sight Below and Nordic Soul. Crocodile, 8 pm, $15 adv, 21+.