DETROIT SWINDLE AND MOTEZ'S INSTANT-PARTY HOUSE MUSIC
The Studio 4/4 weekly gets very international tonight with the Netherlands' Detroit Swindle and Australia's Motez. Detroit Swindle's Lars Dales and Maarten Smeets are in the business of making house music sound like a thousand-watt smile. They've collaborated with Motown-esque soul dude Mayer Hawthorne on the swanky club hit "64 Ways" and remixed his song "The Stars Are Ours" into a radiant, rolling slice of organically funky house. There's nothing complicated or innovative about Detroit Swindle; they just bring the instant-party vibes and springy funk with efficiency. Baghdad-born Motez Obaidi pumps out house jams in the same vein as Detroit Swindle, but with a bit more girth in his bass and beats. Motez also has racked up an impressive discography of remixes and re-edits, if mainstream R&B and hiphop's your thing (Frank Ocean, Justin Timberlake, Iggy Azalea). With Vagabond Superstar. Q Nightclub, 10 pm, $12 adv, 21+.
ZOOLAB AND IG88'S SENSITIVE-GUY ELECTRONIC MUSIC
Zoolab (Seattle producer Terence Ankeny) is part of Seattle's recent wave of young producers working in the hazy realm where hiphop entwines with nightbus, that vaporous, downcast strain of bass music birthed from Burial's fertile imagination. Zoolab's music makes you nod your head while befogging it with gray clouds of synth, although ebullient rays sometimes shoot through the mist. This show is the release party for his Trestles EP, which Jimi Jaxon's Seattle label 7 Deadly is releasing. IG88 (Branden Clarke, frequent collaborator with rising R&B diva Shaprece and beatmaker Chance Random) creates icy, dream-dazed cuts that can pass as hiphop productions in this post–Lil B world. His melodies are to cry for. With Pillar Point. Barboza, 8 pm, $5 adv, 21+.
SQUALL ABOUT IT: CATHARTECH, FFEJ, NOISEPOETNOBODY + SISIUTL
The nascent Squall evening at Kremwerk is shaping up to be an essential convocation of noise- and drone-oriented musicians—even though its Monday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. time slot is tough for working people to make. Nevertheless, this bill's worth delaying your dinner for. Cathartech (AJ Lindner) is a veteran treblemaker in the experimental scene whom I'd lost track of. My mistake. His recent work abounds with sublime, metallic drones that induce an edgy sort of meditativeness. Ffej is both a writer of cantankerous electro-rock songs and an experimental composer. We'll likely hear the latter side of his output tonight. Ffej's overlooked 2007 gem Patterns in the Storm recalls the infernal pulsations of Conrad Schnitzler and the malevolent atmospheres of Gil Mellé's Andromeda Strain soundtrack. NoisePoetNobody + Sisiutl's 2013 album Flecks of Mica combines hurdy-gurdy with stark, rippling modular analog synth emissions to form madly detailed and compelling drone constructions. Fans of Pauline Oliveros and pre–Velvet Underground John Cale, take note. With King Coconut Tree and His Monkey Men 5. Kremwerk, 6 pm, free, 21+.