Atiba Jefferson
THURSDAY 8/28

SSLEAZE'S S&M SYNTH PUNK WHIPS YOU INTO A FRENZY

Los Angeles trio Ssleaze push a strident strain of synth punk, aggro vocals and all. They seem to play with a perpetual sneer on their mugs and probably find Throbbing Gristle to be too genteel. It's as if Ssleaze are channeling the disdainful attitude of the cast of Liquid Sky into their craggy, cranky songs. They sound like particularly nasty dominatrices who'll leave welts on your ears. Fellow LA peeps Egrets on Ergot play uptight, frantic new-wave rock that has similarities to early-'80s groups like Pylon and the Lines—and it's damned danceable. Seattle's Ononos make for an ideal opener. What's curious about these glamorous minimal-synth malcontents is that they have only two songs online and no official releases. Five years deep into their existence, one would think, Ononos should have a sizable discography. But this just makes their club appearances all the more special. They're one of this city's most riveting live acts. This extra-raunchy edition of Jimi Jaxon's Disco Droppings night also includes Jaxon DJing with Dorsia, DJ Guano, and Mascara. Kremwerk, 8 pm, $5, 21+.

AVEY TARE'S SLASHER FLICKS' DAY-GLO-FI ELECTRO POP

You probably know Avey Tare (aka Dave Portner) as a key member of Animal Collective, who have taken their wonder-struck electronic-pop eccentricity to a shockingly popular level. His latest side project, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks (featuring ex–Dirty Projectors guitarist Angel Deradoorian and former Ponytail drummer Jeremy Hyman), shares some of the frantic, maximalist tendencies as Animal Collective's last album, Centipede Hz, but it's a more razzle-dazzle and playful take on that style. The band name is deceptive: Instead of provoking horror, the music on their recent Enter the Slasher House has a cartoonish Day-Glo sheen that will either charm all your clothes off or induce diabetes. Listen for yourself at entertheslasherhouse.com. With Raleigh Moncrief and DJ Explorateur. Neumos, 8 pm, $15 adv, all ages.

SUNDAY 8/31

LUST STRENGTH'S SINISTER TECHNO AND AMBIENT WEIRDNESS

Sunday nights at Kremwerk typically skew toward the weirder end of the electronic-music spectrum, because that's how the Lord would want it. Right? Tonight the local trio Lust Strength (Crypts' synth magus Nick Bartoletti, Chris Blohm, and DJ Beautiful Horse) rule the sound system with iron fists. Their approach includes live modular psychedelic visuals, audio synthesis, and DJ sets of a particularly morbid hue. Noisy techno and dark ambient tracks prevail here, with artists like Mika Vainio, Demdike Stare, NON, Rrose, Drexciya, Lustmord, and Silent Servant figuring heavily in the mix. With DJ Mascara. Kremwerk, 9 pm, free, 21+. recommended