Pantha Du Prince, Dreamweapon, HOM, Israel Vines
MINIMAL-TECHNO SAGE PANTHA DU PRINCE TRIPLES YOUR PLEASURE
Berlin producer Pantha Du Prince is one smooth mofo. In the minimal-techno realm, few can concoct a more beautiful, bell-toned melody than the mensch known to his accountant as Hendrik Weber. When you hear PDP's music in a club, you can't help moving with significantly lighter steps and greater gracefulness. His work may have the rigor of an academic composer, but Pantha Du Prince cares just as much about the pleasure principle as he does an advanced tonal vocabulary. For this tour, he's debuting new material, to be realized by his Triad group, featuring American guitarist Scott Mou and Norwegian drummer Bendik Hovik Kjeldsberg. Pantha Du Prince has earned our trust that this new approach will yield rich dividends. Neumos, 8 pm, $15 adv, 21+.
MOTOR PRESENTS THE DARK AND DEMENTED DREAMWEAPON AND HOM
Sam Melancon's MOTOR event is up to episode 12, and its quality control remains lofty. This time, he's brought in Dreamweapon, a weird, wired techno combo that features members of the staggeringly great Minnesota kraut-dub/shoegaze unit Food Pyramid. Dreamweapon's Living in Hell on Earth cassette sounds like house music as heard through a DMT filter. It's twisted and filthy. MOTOR also has a label (it's a subsidiary of Melancon's Debacle Records), and Olympia producer HOM has a great newish 12-inch on it, Bound/Somn. It contains two tracks (plus remixes of same) of furrowed-brow, gritty techno redolent of a world on the brink of damnation. It's dance music that wants to grind your bones to dust. Go talk about it on your anti-social media sites. With Chris Davis, Patternmaster, and DJ Degenerate. Kremwerk, 9 pm, $5, 21+.
ISRAEL VINES, BLACK HAT, JOSEF GAARD ATTAIN A NEW BLEAK
The Secondnature team is at it again, booking a stacked lineup of electronic greatness. I've written much about Black Hat and Josef Gaard lately; suffice it to say, they're two of the area's leading proponents of postindustrial ambience and techno, understatedly morbid stuff that paradoxically lifts your spirits. However, Israel Vines, the headliner from LA, is a new name to me. His tracks have been charted by some of the greatest DJs in the world (Surgeon, Silent Servant, RØDHAD, etc.), and he's appeared on a release with Donato Dozzy, so lavish respect on the man. Turns out Vines also has 15 years of vinyl-centric DJing experience and his tastes appear to run toward the bleaker end of the techno and ambient spectra. These dreadful times call for this sort of imminent-doom sound. It's cathartic, innit? With Archivist. Kremwerk, 9 pm, $10, 21+.