DJ SPOOKY, SONIC SCAVENGER PAR EXCELLENCE
Always a crafty shape-shifter behind the turntables or laptop, DJ Spooky (aka Paul D. Miller) has been one of the most interesting sonic scavengers for nearly 20 years. I've seen him DJ Iannis Xenakis to Harry Smith animations, reconfigure the powerful soul music of the Wattstax documentary, and "remix" D.W. Griffiths's 1915 silent film The Birth of a Nation. Furthering his eclectic credentials, Spooky has also recorded with dub legends Lee Perry and Mad Professor, jazz pianist Matthew Shipp, and Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo. What's he going to do tonight? Dunno, but with a catalog as diverse and deep as Spooky's (the primordial avant-ambient soup of Viral Sonata? The blistering drum 'n' bass of Synthetic Fury? The illbient funk of Songs of a Dead Dreamer? The Antarctica-inspired electronic/orchestral hybrids from Of Water and Ice?), it's probably going to be riveting. Barboza, 8 pm, $20 adv, 21+.
A TRIBE CALLED RED'S POW WOW STEP
Ottawa, Canada, trio A Tribe Called Red have swerved into their own lane, combining traditional Native music (i.e., "Pow Wow") with hiphop, dancehall, and future bass. One of their standouts is "Woodcarver," a harrowing, rugged dubstep-ish track that recounts Seattle police officer Ian Birk's fatal shooting of Native American John T. Williams. A Tribe Called Red's brash, brutish, and bracing fusions represent a legitimately (ab)original development in electronic music. With DJ Toast and DJ Tang. Barboza, 8 pm, $13, 21+.
RARE AIR: AMBIENT/NEW AGE NIGHT DRIFTS INTO Q
Conflict-of-interest alert: Along with DJ Explorateur and No Sleep, I (aka Veins) am helping to put on this event. But this is an extraordinary situation—and the fulfillment of a long-percolating dream: It's the first time, that I know of, a night devoted to ambient and new age music is happening on Capitol Hill. (In the early '90s, a night called 7 BPM dedicated to experimental and mostly beatless music took place at Re-bar, but unfortunately it ended way before I moved to Seattle.) Anyway, in addition to the cosmic, healing, and sinister cuts Explorateur and Veins will be spinning (stuff like J.D. Emmanuel, Emerald Web, Laraaji, Demdike Stare, etc.), local synthesizer magus Panabrite will perform live. Over the last few years, he's issued several hours' worth of sublime, science-fictional atmospheres worthy of gracing episodes of Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey. Renowned Seattle video/graphic artist Christian Petersen of I Want You provides visuals. Q Nightclub, 9 pm, free, 21+.