DEORRO DROPS HOUSE-MUSIC BOMBAST FOR THE PANDA FUNK TOUR
Some weeks in Data Breakerland, the shows just don't inspire much enthusiasm. This, unfortunately, is one of them. Our column begins with the Seattle stop on the Panda Funk Tour, headlined by Deorro. The LA native's a wildly popular house-music producer/DJ who does big numbers on Beatport, the massive electronic-music retail outlet that serves as a barometer for what's pleasing the punters at any given moment. Deorro makes bombastic, acidic house anthems that trigger all the rote responses with tried-and-true tricks (hands in the air during the high-pitched synth parts when the beat drops out, air punches for the coming-back-with-a-vengeance beats, shouts for the accelerated buildups, etc.). Dude's giving the not-so-demanding people what they want and making bank, but this stuff gives me hives. With Zoofunktion, Dirty Audio, and IEZ. Showbox Sodo, 7 pm, $37.50–$45.50, 18+.
DIPLO HAS BASS FOR YOUR ASS(HOLES)
Hard to believe now, but I used to like Diplo—back in the mid '00s when he was a wild-ass DJ in Hollertronix and putting out weird down-tempo records on Ninja Tune subsidiary Big Dada. Now he's the random white dude who's everywhere, glomming onto myriad hot international styles and converting them into global smashes, producing tracks for Madonna, and collaborating with Skrillex as Jack Ü. His latest work's all about big-room, alpha-male, bass-centric choons that center on moving asses—literally, if you consider "6th Gear," a recent cut with Alvaro that serves as the soundtrack for the "Official Fraules Team Twerk" video. How the whitey has risen... Big Bang World Tour with Laidback Luke, Bro Safari, and Branchez. Tacoma Dome, 8 pm, $68, 18+.
GERMAN LABEL GIEGLING SHOWCASES SHIVER-INDUCING TECHNO AND HOUSE
Okay, here's a gig that redeems the week. Decibel, secondnature, and Blue Spectral Storm team up to bring us the German triumvirate of Giegling label recording artists Kettenkarussell, Leafar Legov, and Konstantin. Kettenkarussell (Legov and Herr Koreander) create understated techno that weaves acoustic guitars, vibes, keyboards, and odd noisemaking toys for a seamless, shiver-inducing synthetic/organic vibe. The effect is moody yet tranquil. What little music I've heard by Legov solo sounds like a more intimate iteration of the Knife—creepy, quasi-gothic, and more about enticing textures than danceability. He shows a light touch for haunting melodies and calmly chugging rhythms. Finally, Konstantin's a house DJ/producer of similarly subtle sublimity. If you want to immerse yourself in Giegling's levitational aesthetic, tonight's the night. With Archivist and Joel Pryde. Re-bar, 10 pm–4 am, $15 adv, 21+.