DROP SOARS WITH PEZZNER
Lo-Fi's esteemed house-music monthly Drop comes to vivid life tonight with Seattle producer/DJ Pezzner, whose profile's been rising internationally in recent years, proving that sometimes cream rises to the top in a world where the exact opposite usually happens. He's trimmed some of the freakier tendencies of his Jacob London output and streamlined his tracks into foxy yet functional floor fillers. Pezzner's tracks are classy without being stodgy, and sexy without being blatant or cheesy. Bonus: He is funnier than you are. With Booty Resin, Brian Lyons, Wesley Holmes, Jeromy Nail, Mendicants, Awggie, Innerflight resident DJs. Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, 9 pm, $10, 21+.
USC'S 14TH-ANNIVERSARY RAVE-UP
Local rave troupe United State of Consciousness celebrates its 14th year of facilitating mass dancing in large spaces with a huge blowout at Everett's Comcast Arena. A procession of big names with populist tendencies—including Benny Benassi, AC Slater, Laidback Luke, and Donald Glaude—will keep things moving with a smoothness and efficiency that would make the Mercedes production line envious. The most interesting artists on the bill, though, are Welsh drum 'n' bass DJ/producer High Contrast, whose FabricLive 25 from 2005 remains one of the more finesseful mixes of the genre's last several years, and British junglist Andy C, whose RAM label has been pumping out rugged, malevolent, top-shelf drum 'n' bass since 1992. They're brute forces to be reckoned with. Everett Comcast Arena, 8 pm–4 am, $47, www.uscevents.com, 16+.
NOSAJ THING, EMO-WIZARD BEATMAKER
A key component in Los Angeles' wildly creative future-bass crucible, Nosaj Thing (aka Jason Chung) wields one of the most nuanced production touches in that hypercompetitive scene. A master of understated funkiness and melodic complexity and beauty, Nosaj is a rarity: a highly emotive, wizardly technician. With Blonde Redhead. Neumos, 8 pm, $20 adv, 21+.
SMOOTH DRUM 'N' BASS OPERATOR MARCUS INTALEX
British drum 'n' bass DJ Marcus Intalex is a master of the smooth, soulful groove that won't cause you to lose your cred (or lunch) due to its cheesiness. He's another Fabric club–sanctioned jock, so he brings that London knowledge and the fabulous dubplates (or MP3s of dubplates) customary of such exalted territory. (Intalex is the third d'n'b artist mentioned in Data Breaker this week; 1997 called and wants its cutting-edge beats back.) With John Glist and Charly vs. Aksion. Baltic Room, 9 pm, $5 adv/$7 DOS, 21+.