ZOMBIE NATION: LIKE AN EXPLOSION IN A VIDEO ARCADE
If you know the FLASH aesthetic—high-energy electro and tech-house hedonism that doesn't insult your intelligence—then you'll realize that Germany's Zombie Nation (aka Florian Senfter) is an ideal headliner for the weekly event run by Nordic Soul (Decibel founder Sean Horton) and Recess. His new album, RGB, is an inventive, infectious collection of tracks that are as likely to make you dance as they are to inspire gawping at the assemblage of strange noises wreathing them. It's a departure from Zombie Nation's best-known cut, 1999's "Kernkraft 400," a 130-bpm Teutonic techno stomper, moving closer to his ZZT collab with Tiga, "Lower State of Consciousness." If off-kilter funkiness with a surfeit of mangled video-game FX is your bag, Zombie Nation will fill it up. Q Nightclub, 8 pm, $10 adv, 21+.
PHIL WESTERN'S BOOB-OSCILLATING TECHNO
Vancouver producer Phil Western's a techno tripmaster, a dude who probably dosed to Pink Floyd's pre–Dark Side of the Moon output while tinkering with 808s. Tonight's show is the release party for Western's new EP, Ghost in Your Boobs (yup), on local crew Innerflight's imprint. The sound's not nearly as cringeworthy as the title implies; instead, it's low-friction, stardusted techno that that graduated with honors in science fiction from the University of Tarkovsky. With Manos, Kadeejah Streets, Rhines, and Night Train. Electric Tea Garden, 10 pm–4:30 am, free before 10:30 pm/$10 after, 21+.
INDIGNANT SENILITY'S DESOLATE ANTI-LULLABIES
Indignant Senility (aka Pat Maherr, who also records extremely warped hiphop under the name DJ Yo-Yo Dieting) creates some of the era's most foreboding ambient music—last-human-on-earth antilullabies. Check out Consecration of the Whipstain, which makes the Caretaker's catalog seem like radio jingles. Another Maherr strategy involves severely deflating Wagner's opuses into mellifluous murmurs. Don't tell the composer's estate, though. With Black Hat and Crystal Hell Pool. Cairo, 8 pm, $5, all ages.
OCNOTES' ALIVE WITH PLEASURE! RELEASE PARTY
It appears that notoriously prolific Seattle producer OCnotes is not moving to Portland (for now). Good. That means we can enjoy the release of his new Alive with Pleasure! EP (Care Package) in the welcoming confines of Lo-Fi, the city's finest incubator of avant hiphop. This is Otis Calvin's take on trap music, and he imbues those gritty street sounds with the sort of jittery rhythmic verve and outré melodiousness for which he's renowned. Four more jewels in OCnotes' heavy crown. With WD4D, Jason Justice, Ohmega Watts, Introcut, absoluteMadman, and Suntonio Bandanez. Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, 9 pm, $5/women free before 11 pm, 21+.