Marie Davidson

WEDNESDAY 4/8

JEROME BAKER'S INTENSE, MESMERIZING TECHNO

If it's Wednesday, it's time again for Release, Roman Zawodny's up-and-coming techno/house weekly. Boss of Urban Kickz Recordings, Zawodny has made Corbu Lounge a prime destination on Seattle's club circuit while showcasing his roster's talent. Tonight, Jerome Baker comes in from Chicago to drop some of his intensely mesmerizing techno weapons. He keeps his mixes throbbing and seething with implied menace and pleasure. There's something to be said for favoring subtlety in your quality dance-floor burners. As for his own tracks, Baker has earned spins with hall-of-fame DJs like Green Velvet, Derrick May, and Dave Clarke. With Sone and Zawodny. Corbu Lounge, 10 pm, free before 10:30 pm/$5 after, 21+.

SATURDAY 4/11

LAPTOP BATTLE RETURNS FROM THREE-YEAR BREAK

Zach Huntting (aka Seattle producer Zapan) has brought back the Laptop Battle after a three-year hiatus, and that's good news for people who like fun electronic-music events that bring out the zany extrovert in normally introverted producers. He's assembled 13 competitors from the Northwest's fertile PowerBook movement: Naturebot, WD4D, Suttikeeree, Adrian Rowe, KFO, Erictronic, Hetrik, Chaach, Meta Meme, Aaron Daniel, Graz, Photonic Boom, and Pterodactyl Tits. Each contestant gets three minutes to dazzle the judges and crowd, using one MIDI controller, one sound card, and his/her imagination. In addition to the head-to-head rounds themselves, Laptop Battle cofounder Kris Moon will perform, Introcut will DJ, Killing Frenzy (of Monster Planet and Decibel fame) will provide visuals, and Mista Chatman will MC. You need to attend at least one of these beat bacchanals in your life. FRED Wildlife Refuge, 9 pm, $12, 21+.

SUNDAY 4/12

FALSE PROPHET GETS DARK AND ARTY WITH SYNTH SORCERERS MARIE DAVIDSON AND BOAN

Sharlese and Kate's False Prophet monthly goes big again with Marie Davidson and BOAN. The Montreal-based Davidson is a compelling producer, vocalist, and poet (she mostly sing-speaks in French) with a few strong releases to her name: Marie Davidson, Perte d'identité, and Un Autre Voyage. If this were 1975, Davidson—especially on the first two aforementioned releases—would be on the same wavelength as outliers like Annette Peacock: a distinctive singer-songwriter who reconciles artfulness and accessibility in drone-based and melodic pieces that demand repeat listens. On 2015's Un Autre Voyage, Davidson engineers a more club-friendly style of electronic songcraft that splits its time between dance and romance, without relying on any cheesy gestures. There's a prog-rock sensibility here, too—particularly on "Balade Aux USA," which sounds like Heldon's Richard Pinhas is adding guitar radiation—that lends gravity to Davidson's haunting music. Judging from what I've heard by BOAN—Mariana Saldaña and José Cota, formerly of Texan minimal-wavers Medio Mutante—they're still slanting their songs downward while their melodies swirl toward the macabre. Yeah, it's kind of goth, but in a Chris & Cosey–go-hard-in-the-paint kind of way. With Dr. Troy of Medical Records. Kremwerk, 8 pm, $8, 21+. recommended