SCOTTISH TECH-HOUSE MAGUS HARVEY MCKAY HITS STUDIO 4/4
Studio 4/4—a weekly event overseen by Sean Majors with booking help from Decibel's Sean "Nordic Soul" Horton, Ed "Kadeejah Streets" Cascavage, and other local DJs—focuses on the dance music that moves at the time signature in its name: techno, house, nu disco, and myriad subgenres thereof. Tonight, they reel in Harvey McKay all the way from Glasgow. McKay's recorded for some of the world's most prestigious labels (Cocoon, Drumcode, Trapez) and won the favor of upper-echelon DJs like Michael Mayer, Adam Beyer, and Richie Hawtin. While McKay's brand of tech-house may not be the most innovative I've heard, it is very sensual and propulsive, with moments of menace, too. With Xan Lucero, Jameson Just, and Mikey Mares. Q Nightclub, 9 pm, $8 adv, 21+.
JACOB PHONO'S ALTERED TECHNO STATES
Well, aren't we spoiled this week? Another great European dude—Danish-born Berlin DJ Jacob Phono—graces our town, this time to spin a three-hour set at the hot new spot Kremwerk. Herr Phono's spun at techno meccas Berghain/Panorama Bar and Tresor and thus demands your respect and rapt attention. He keeps it dark and trippy, and he's been known to sample Jim Morrison from that underrated An American Prayer LP. Rather than opting for easy anthems, Phono goes for the cumulative power of subtler, stealthier material, gradually nudging you into an altered state of mind and body. With Apolinario Ancheta and Nora Posch. Kremwerk, 8 pm, $10 before 11 pm/$15 after, 21+.
ELECTRO SMOOTHIES RED FALCON PROJECTS HEADLINE AN ECLECTIC BONKERS!
Another Bonkers! arrives to scramble your senses. Seattle/Indiana duo the Red Falcon Projects glide in that lofty realm where IDM and electro hook up and take acid together. The music on their newest album, Simply Ravishing, is beautiful and melting around the edges, like some gleaming, squelchy hybrid of Plaid and Luke Vibert. Miniature Airlines (Seattle's Dylan Abbott) won the 2011 Laptop Battle thanks to his inventive beat programming and sweetly infectious melodies. He seemingly has an endless supply of those qualities. Logic Probe remain one of the city's premier proponents of cerebral techno; their tracks restlessly shift off the 4/4 grid with Booth/Brown–like rigor. Bardo:Basho (Seattle producer/vocalist Kirsten Thom) works in the beatific, quasi-tribal mode of late-era Dead Can Dance, with traces of Laurie Anderson's floating, uneasy ambience in the mix. With the jagged, dream-toned electro of Camino Acid (Portland's SciFiSol and Señor Frio). Re-bar, 10 pm, $5 before 11 pm, 21+.