WHO IS MORE NIGHT BUS: JACQUES GREENE, EVIAN CHRIST, OR KID SMPL?
You'd think Evian Christ would be headlining tonight, what with his production credit for Kanye West's "I'm in It" and suchlike. But no. New York–based Canadian producer Jacques Greene has that honor. He's been a steady favorite in Seattle over the last few years for his Burial-on-happy-pills brand of night-bus-inflected techno and house. The British-born Evian Christ (aka Joshua Leary) works at hiphop's slower tempos and has forged a style that contrasts punishing bass plunges with gothic keyboard atmospheres that range from tenderly poignant to grimly chilling. Oddly, EC's most interesting track, "Duga-3," doesn't have any beats. If you bet on Clams Casino, I'd wager you'll like Evian Christ. Seattle producer Kid Smpl is supporting his new Silo Tear EP on Hush Hush Records. It's more of his deeply, deeply heart-wrenching ambience but buttressed with the most rugged array of beats—fractured drum 'n' bass style—in his catalog. Every Kid Smpl release should come with tissues for your waterworks. With Dutty Wilderness. Q Nightclub, 9 pm, $15 adv, 21+.
MØ'S SWEET DANISH ELECTRO POP
Who is MØ and why has she sold out the Crocodile? She's a Danish electronic-pop diva/producer who released a debut album, No Mythologies to Follow, earlier this year that's full of youthful brio, instantly catchy synth melodies, and assertive coquettishness. Imagine a Scandinavian Grimes and you're close to grasping what's going on here. It's safe to assume MØ is massively popular with the 16 to 24 demographic. I'm not saying you have to be in that age range to enjoy her slick, slinky, sugary pop, but it probably helps. With Erik Hassle. Crocodile, 8 pm, $12 adv, all ages.
DEBACLE FEST'S ELECTRONIC FEAST
Tonight in three venues grouped on the corner of Eastlake and Republican, more than 20 acts from the Northwest will be filling ears at the seventh annual Debacle Fest with a cornucopia of out-there, twisted sounds, some of which oscillate into Data Breaker's domain. Here are a few. Midday Veil/Master Musicians of Bukkake guitarist/bassist Timm Mason plays analog synths in a way that suggests he's studied masters like Bernard Parmegiani and Iannis Xenakis. He plumbs the granular/molecular potential of his instruments in fascinating ways. LIMITS is Jason Anderson of planetarium-ambient brainiacs Brother Raven. LIMITS has no recordings yet, but his strobing, assaultive website promises "raw sound overload!" and "extreme disorientation!" Yes! Golden Retriever might be my favorite band from Portland right now. Modular-synth guru Matt Carlson and bass clarinetist Jonathan Sielaff meld ambient, solar jazz and Terry Riley–esque minimalist composition into pieces of ¡Impulse! Records soulfulness and austere beauty. DO NOT MISS THEM. Plus so much more. Go to debaclefest.com and scope out the possibilities. Lo-Fi/Black Lodge/Victory Lounge, 7 pm, $10, some stages all ages.