NOTHING IS CERTAIN IN DIOGENES'S MUSIC EXCEPT DEATH AND ACID
Tonight's excellent lineup contains four artists who've gotten enough ink in Data Breaker to tattoo every square inch of their bodies, and then some. Tim Held, Raica, Marcus Price, and Panabrite all rule; you can check The Stranger's archives to find out why. Let us focus instead on Diogenes (aka Dax Edword, the guy who heads the great HISSSSSSS cassette DJ monthly at Vermillion), a hiphop producer who has a keen ear for unusual and winning samples, which lends his tracks a memorable and weird funkiness. His new album, Death & Acid, reflects Diogenes's mercurial arranging skills as he ingeniously layers a cornucopia of seemingly disparate elements over 22 concise tracks—none surpassing three minutes. Death & Acid is trippy and disorienting in the manner of underground classics by MPC subversives like DJ Frane and Sixtoo. Head to Digoenes's well-stocked Bandcamp page for this and more aural discombobulation. Barboza, 8 pm, $5, 21+.
AUSSIE ELECTRO-ROCK ROMANTICS CUT COPY TO DJ STUDIO 4/4
Australian quartet Cut Copy are known for their ebullient, romantic electronic rock that resonates with the masses, especially at outdoor festivals. Sometimes, though, these guys like to DJ, because that means they don't have to lug their instruments from Down Under, yet they can still receive a healthy chunk of change for their efforts. To give you an idea what they might spin at Studio 4/4 tonight, check out Cut Copy's newest mixtape on SoundCloud, Forest Through the Trees. It's full of summery, slinky jams that nonchalantly coax you onto the dance floor rather than yank you there. They also have the excellent taste to include Talking Heads' "I Zimbra." With Knightlife. Q Nightclub, 9 pm, $16 adv, 21+.
Some of you may wake up on Sunday feeling fatigued from Substrata 1.5, the three-day experimental/ambient festival that directly precedes this show, but do try to reserve some energy for it. Headliner wndfrm (aka Portland producer Tim Westcott) has cracked the code to creating sublime minimal techno with dub undertones. Many have attempted to achieve this Basic Channel–esque state of grace, but few today in the Northwest do it as well as wndfrm. Live, his sets usually start in ambient stasis and then gradually accelerate into a slyly seductive chugging rhythm, embellished with all sorts of minute textural particles and percussive touches. Wndfrm's 2014 Formal Variant EP wowed notoriously hard-to-please aficionado Charles Mudede, and rightly so. Making his live debut is Monadh, aka Seattle producer/field recordist Jake Muir. If his aptitude for the beatific ambient music found in his DJ mixes is any indication, his own productions should gently lift you onto a higher plane of consciousness. With Mark Henrickson, Vance Galloway, and Josef Gaard. Gallery 1412, 8 pm, $5 suggested donation, all ages.