TYCHO'S MOODY, PASTEL DANCE MUSIC, CHRISTOPHER WILLITS'S EUPHORIC FANTASIAS
On his 2011 album Dive, Ghostly International artist Tycho (Scott Hansen) creates pristine, pastel electronic dance music (but not EDM) and Boards of Canada–esque, contemplative reveries for introverted computer programmers. On 2014's Awake, he mostly follows in the same amiable vein, and the sense of sparkly well-being it induces is very agreeable. San Francisco producer/guitarist Christopher Willits has gone from severe minimalist sound design to a brighter, more song-based style of music that seamlessly blends acoustic and electronic elements. However, you can still hear his legacy of microscopic clicks-and-cuts in passages scattered throughout 2006's Surf Boundaries and 2010's Tiger Flower Circle Sun. Fans of Caribou's euphoric, beach-drunk electronic fantasias will especially love the latter record. What we've heard of Willits's forthcoming album, Opening, is beautiful, beatific, Balearic-style chillout funk and neo–new age. As always, Willits's music leads you into the clear light, but not in hokey, simplistic ways. Neptune, 9 pm, $20, all ages.
JUSTIN V PUTS THE !!! IN YOUR DANCE PARTY
If it's a High & Tight party, experience tells us it's worth your time and sweat equity. Tonight, H&T members Cody Morrison and Carlos Ruiz (who are both DJing, too) bring in Justin V (aka Justin Van Der Volgen), who you may know for his production work for the sprawling party machine that goes by the name !!!, as well as for rhythmic post-rockers Out Hud. Justin V also has worked on records by LCD Soundsystem and remixed tracks by Maserati and Alexander Robotnick, so he obviously knows about the mechanics of partying on the dance floor, without coating it in cheese. Kremwerk, 9 pm–4 am, $10, 21+.
HANSSEN GETS SERIOUSLY CHILLED OUT ON NEW HUSH HUSH RELEASE
Seattle producer Hanssen (aka Bob Hansen) established his reputation with Jacob London, a long-running duo with Dave Pezzner. Together they formed one of the few house-music acts that effectively deployed humor in their music and track titles. Since splitting five years ago to focus on their solo careers, Hanssen's been less prolific than Pezzner, but tonight he celebrates the release of his Seven Years Week album on Alex Ruder's Hush Hush label. It's a lush, pacific excursion into down-tempo aquaspherics, and is more invested in warm, buoyant melodies than the funky propulsion that marked Jacob London's work—although "Aquaflexin' (Part 1)" sounds like a 21st-century upgrade of early-'80s Tangerine Dream. In solidarity with his ex-bandmate's musical direction, Pezzner will do a live ambient set. That's sweet, guys. With Secret School and DJ Veins. FRED Wildlife Refuge, 9 pm, $5 suggested donation, 21+.