CONTAINER'S FILTHY TECHNO REVS UP MOTOR
Container's Seattle show in March fell through, so he's making it up tonight at the 13th edition of MOTOR—and, of course, I'll be out of town for it. But you should not miss this Providence, Rhode Island, producer (aka Ren Schofield) who records for the fantastic Spectrum Spools label. Container is part of that recent worldwide movement of musicians who are roughing up techno's clean, linear lines and manicured beats with serrated synth edges and more bludgeoning kick drums. His style borrows from industrial music, but in a subtle way, without industrial's inclination for vocal histrionics. It's more Cabaret Voltaire and Severed Heads than Ministry or NIN. Portland's GOODWIN is a brainy techno/house producer who makes his custom-made analog synths speak in elegant and hedonistic tongues. As always with MOTOR, local support is strong: the moonbooted, high-IQed cosmic disco of TJ Max (Midday Veil members Timm Mason and Jayson Kochan, cop their Wrong to Run CD on Debacle), the fun-maximizing electro shape-shifting of Bankie Phones, and the vastly knowledgeable DJ Slow. Kremwerk, 9 pm, $10, 21+.
MULTICULTI MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST FILASTINE FUSES WORLDS
Grey Filastine used to rake muck with Seattle agitational sonic troupes ¡Tchkung! and Infernal Noise Brigade. But he moved out of here many years ago, and his noise ain't so infernal anymore. His previous two albums—Burn It and Dirty Bomb—were unpredictable, aggressive fusions of dub, dubstep, drum 'n' bass, reggaeton, and rap with Middle Eastern devotional songs. The new Aphasia EP enters your headspace with more refinement and melodic grace; "Murka" in particular is a sinuous beauty. Filastine's tracks are still too texturally thorny and rhythmically jagged to garner Starbucks airplay, but the multiculti multi-instrumentalist is slightly reining in the extreme frequencies. Note: His live shows always scorch hotter than his records do. With Kaminanda and Joro Boro. Nectar, 8 pm, $10 adv/$12 DOS, 21+.
A DIVERSE NIGHT OF ELECTRONIC ENTERTAINMENT WITH JAMES PANTS, TRUCKASAURAS, AND VOX MOD
You never know what you're gonna get with a James Pants live set. Over the past seven years, the Stones Throw mainstay has spun distinctively vibrant variations on electro, new-wave rock, boogie, and new age, winning fans like Flying Lotus and Tyler, the Creator. Pants is a brilliant, versatile live entertainer, too. He couldn't have asked for more complementary openers in Seattle electro party rockers Truckasauras (every Truck show is better than the last) and Vox Mod, whose new, sci-fi-influenced, electronic-pop/galactic-IDM album, The Great Oscillator, made Charles Mudede giddy. 2312 Gallery, 8 pm, $10 adv, 21+.