GET SAPPY WITH MONTREAL DUBSTEPPERS ADVENTURE CLUB
Montreal's Adventure Club (Christian Srigley and Leighton James) used to play in a pop-punk band. Now they're making accessible, vocal-heavy dubstep with tender keyboard interludes, gallingly "uplifting" orchestral flourishes, and commonplace lyrical sentiments. Once in a while, they'll drop a gimmicky, heavier dubstep cut like "Kaboom," but it's the equivalent of Coldplay "going metal"—unconvincing. With DVBBS, DallasK, and Hunter Siegel. Showbox Sodo, 7:30 pm, $25 adv/$30 DOS, all ages.
PICTUREPLANE MEWLS, DJAO RULES
Like many young musicians in the 21st-century electronic realm, Pictureplane (aka Travis Egedy) loves '80s synth pop. You can't swing a Korg without hitting three of these types nowadays, so it takes quite a bit of ingenuity to stand out from the pack. Pictureplane's peppy, twee, innocuous songs—featuring Egedy's grayscale, mewling vocals—are not outstanding. Thankfully, Seattle producer DJAO's music is out of the ordinary. A scrupulous artisan of atmosphere and a master of vocal arrangement and derangement, DJAO (Alex Osuch) creates hazy bass music that accrues beautiful melodies like Fox News spreads falsehoods. His debut album emerges next year on Dropping Gems. You may get glimpses of it tonight. With WD4D. Chop Suey, 8 pm, $10 adv/$12 DOS, 21+.
THE CHEERFUL INSANITY OF BONKERS! RETURNS
Ian Scot Price's beloved Seattle monthly Bonkers! makes a stunning comeback tonight at Re-bar after a three-year hiatus. Price, who also records feisty and charming electronic music as Naturebot, has roped in eight local performers from past Bonkers!eses, all of whom will be playing live. Gel-Sol (Andy Reichel) is one of the local electronic-music scene's biggest prog-rock nerds, but his music leans more toward Orb-esque ambient techno, all blissed-out vistas, serene melodies, languorous tempos, and humorous film-dialogue samples. Your City Sleeps (Miles Kazemian) traffics in similarly lofty atmospheres and beats that rarely top 100 per minute. Go to his Bandcamp page and check out 2012 for some of the region's eeriest and most cinematically epic compositions. Flarelight—the solo project of Splatinum's Adam Houghton—makes what he calls "slippery bass music for sexy people." It's less manic and busy than his work in Splatinum, opting instead for a low-end lasciviousness in which future bass and R&B copulate right in the center of the mattress. Logic Probe are basically Seattle's Autechre (put that in your press kit), with all the intricate, abrasive abstractions that that entails. Hetrik (formerly PotatoFinger) forges absolutely vicious drum 'n' bass and dubstep mutations. The rest of this lineup won't give your brain any respite from its spastic dancing, either. Welcome back, Bonkers! With WD4D and the Ikarus Kids. Re-bar, 9 pm, $5, 21+.