FRIDAY APRIL 22
The world's fourth-most popular trance/progressive-house DJ brings his exclusive new white labels, old classic breaks tracks, and expert mixing skills to Element's swank environs. The recently reissued triple disc of Sasha & John Digweed's Renaissance: The Mix Collection reminds us that this superstar jock once spun sets encompassing Leftfield, OMD, Inner City, Fluke, 2 Bad Mice… and EMF. Unbelievable. Sasha commands steep ticket prices, but you'll be in the hands of a master, so what do you care, balla? Element, 332 Fifth Ave N, 441-7479, 9 pm-4 am, 21+, $22/$27.
SUNDAY APRIL 24
SON OF ROSE, BOOKMOBILE
Two of my favorite local microsound/IDM artists enliven No Tomorrow's vaunted weekly dissemination of dark, distorted sonic viruses. Son of Rose uses the PowerBook to paint meticulous, pointillist tableaux of glitch and drone. Crafty duo Bookmobile ramble all over the electronic map, hitting many choice landmarks with unerring finesse. These producers are future Mutek material, straight up. Baltic Room, 1207 Pine St, 625-4444, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, $5.
TUESDAY APRIL 26
M83, ULRICH SCHNAUSS
Berlin producer Ulrich Schnauss hit upon the grand idea of setting Boards of Canada's slow-motion triphop and synth chords to sheer swathes of Slowdive-like guitar. The resultant twinkling, lulling sound has become a meme for the Morr Music label and its many followers. Thankfully, Schnauss brings more funk (he loves to death the immortal "Funky Drummer" beat) and sublimely soaring melodies than do his peers. Schnauss' latest full-length, A Strangely Isolated Place, is a vertiginous piece of sonic skywriting.
M83's new album, Before the Dawn Heals Us, inflates the gaseous grandiloquence of their 2003 breakthrough album, Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts, to levels not witnessed since Styx filled hockey arenas and Ultravox erected virtual opera houses. Led by Anthony Gonzalez, these synth-lovin' French shoegazers have a simple goal: To make you cry enough tears to fill the Atlantic, thereby making schlocky Hollywood soundtrackers sound restrained by comparison. Yes, M83's music is ambitious, but it's also bathetic--you may die from angelic-choir overdose. Bring hankies. Chop Suey, 1325 E Madison St, 324-8000, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, $12 adv.