Gel-sol knows how to maximize excitement in beatless music.
THURSDAY 2/26

CHECK OUT CROWN HILL REPEATER'S NEW, BIG-BRAINED TECHNO

This is a big fucking deal: Seattle's Crown Hill Repeater are celebrating the release of their new Pleasure Boat Recording LP, The Patient Sessions Vol. 2. With this record, CHR—Eric Moon and William Collin Snavely—prove they belong in the pantheon of Northwest electronic producers. Although they mostly hunker down in the lab, CHR lately have been appearing on the live circuit and proving that their bizarre take on techno and IDM demands the attention of the headiest of heads. Their unfathomably deep and intricate inner-space jams jack up your nervous system into sixth gear and make most other efforts in the genre seem like the dabblings of simpletons. Check out CHR's weird science at Pleasure Boat Records' Bandcamp page. With RM Francis, Your City Sleeps, and DJ Veins. Kremwerk, 8:30 pm, $4, 21+.

SUNDAY 3/1

TRUCKASAURAS AND ENSEMBLE ECONOMIQUE SYNTHESIZE FUN AND DARKNESS AT FALSE PROPHET

Seattle quartet Truckasauras have been keeping a fairly lower profile lately, but it's always worth catching them in the flesh. Their last album, 2012's 2012, represents Truck's best fusion of geeky gear-hound tinkering, Kraftwerk-ian melodic beauty, and body-rocking electro beats. I've said this before, but you need to hear the staggering "Bothell Trance," Truckasauras's grandiose minimalist masterpiece. Surely in the last two-plus years they've conjured some more studio magic to unveil onstage. Ensemble Economique (California producer Brian Pyle) established a rep for creating eerie, suspenseful imaginary soundtracks that flash a white knuckle toward the scores of John Carpenter, Goblin, and Lalo Schifrin. EE's newest full-length, 2014's Melt into Nothing, edges ever so closer into lighter synth-pop mood-mongering, although "Make-Out in the GDR" retains some of the harrowing atmospheres of his past work. No matter in which sonic mode EE works, he generates special shivers. With Vice Device, Sharlese, and Kate. Kremwerk, 9 pm, $8, 21+.

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TUESDAY 3/3

GEL-SOL PSYCHEDELICIZES AMBIENT, TIM HELD REJUVENATES IDM

This might be the best electronic show at the High Dive... ever. Gel-Sol (aka Andy Reichel) has been filling clubs and occupying bandwidth with sublime and ridiculous ambient music and hilarious Plunderphonics for more than a decade. He also contributes to the great surreal, audiovisual headfuck monthly Monster Planet at Re-bar, the best Monday night out in Seattle. This man knows how to maximize excitement in beatless music. Check out his SoundCloud page where his transcendent live set from last April's Rare Air resides. You should also check out Zetaworld, Gel-Sol's 2014 cassette/digital release on Seattle's Further Records; it's his heaviest and most eventful album. Fellow local Tim Held is one of the few 206 producers making IDM sound vital and inventive. His new album on Spin Cycle Records, TypicalHaunts, abounds with hyperactive, funky tracks that keep the diversion level high. Held has a surplus of ideas and most of them jell into gripping sounds. With Phaedra. High Dive, 8 pm, $6, 21+. recommended

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