SHARAM'S DEEP-DISH HOUSE MUSIC
House music is almost like the blues of modern club music: a venerable genre that hasn't changed much over the last three-plus decades. Still, in a crowded field of DJs and producers working in this style, Sharam has proved to have amazing durability. He became a star in the '90s with Deep Dish, a Washington, DC, duo featuring his fellow Iranian expat Dubfire (Ali Shirazinia). Sharam has shown a remarkable ability to produce popular vocal-driven tracks (anybody for a remix of Bruno Mars's "Treasure"?) and edgier, trippier material for after-hours high jinks. For a Thursday night at Q, we just might see both sides of his prodigious talents. With Wesley Holmes, Darrius, and Foofou. Q Nightclub, 9 pm, $15, 21+.
ECLECTIC EXCELLENCE FROM WNDFRM, SKIDMORE, RACCOON ACID
At the risk of sounding like a stuck record, Bonkers! has another essential night of left-field electronic music to lovely up your first Friday. Wndfrm (Portland producer Tim Westcott) is one of the country's most accomplished purveyors of Basic Channel/Chain Reaction–style dub techno. I implore you to listen to his live performance at Sensory on Soundcloud (soundcloud.com/wndfrm) and bask in the microgranular texture and sublime, hypnotic propulsion of it all. Raccoon Acid (Nils Elde) makes mad, spastic IDM full of wonkily cantilevered beats that may dislocate your pelvis if you try to move too literally to them. To cap it all off, Bonkers! lured Greg Skidmore—now a licensed massage therapist—out of retirement to flex his impeccable taste in electro and IDM and his precise mixing skills for the first time since around 2010. It should be noted that Bonkers! also has some of the weirdest and most hilarious visuals—courtesy of Pleasure/Vision—flickering along with the crazy sounds. With Neural Net. Re-bar, 10 pm–3 am, $5 before 11 pm/$10 after, 21+.
THE GLITCH MOB'S BIG-BUDGET EDM
One of Los Angeles's biggest electronic groups, the Glitch Mob leverage blockbuster beats and outrageously distorted synth bass riffs to create Burner-friendly jams. They're on tour supporting their new album, Love Death Immortality, their first since 2010's Drink the Sea. LDI sounds very expensive and ready to grace Hollywood thriller movie soundtracks. The Glitch Mob are very good at what they do, generating bold, un-nuanced moods with dramatic dropouts and buildups. But an inescapable sense of hollow bombast pervades the album. Maybe that's why this show is sold out? With Ana Sia and Penthouse Penthouse. Showbox at the Market, 9 pm, $21.50 adv/$25 DOS, all ages.