THE ODD TRIO: MOUNT KIMBIE, HOLY OTHER, AND VINYL WILLIAMS
Mount Kimbie—London producers Kai Campos and Dominic Maker—were post-dubstep media darlings around the release of 2010's Crooks & Lovers. Back then, I wrote in these pages: "The album abounds with strange but addictive melodies, cleverly tweaked vocals, artful frequency manipulating, and fluxy, funky rhythms that'll force you to invent new dance moves." However, Mount Kimbie's new Cold Spring Fault Less Youth album breaks with that approach; it features more emphasis on "song"-like tracks—meaning more guest vocalists, more conventionality, and more popularity (probably). Not sure yet that this change suits Mount Kimbie, but live, they always bring the hedonistic heat. Tri Angle Records artist Holy Other is one of the planet's preeminent witch-house purveyors. The Manchester producer's slithering tracks hover into earshot with halos of ectoplasmic synthesizers and spectral, warped voices of indeterminate gender. They're great for weeping rhythmically to. Vinyl Williams are an LA-based quintet led by Lionel Williams who play, in their words, "teal pop." Translation: They sound like Slowdive with a bit of energy drink in their tanks, augmented by the dreamiest, breathiest female vocals—courtesy of Nikita Arefkia—this side of Bilinda Butcher. Seems like an odd fit on a bill with Mount Kimbie and Holy Other, but I'm not complaining. Neumos, 8 pm, $15 adv, 21+.
ROB GARZA TEMPORARILY BOOGIES AWAY FROM THIEVERY CORPORATION
Rob Garza has spent much of the last 18 years as half of Thievery Corporation, whose immaculately produced downtempo electronic music amalgamates loungey sophistication, triphop bohemianism, mild dub pressure, bossa nova lite, and other tangy tropes from the globe's sonic marketplace. He recently moved from Washington, DC, to San Francisco and has been focusing on DJing and remixing deep house, boogie, and nu-disco with his patented warm, organic touch. Garza's also a spokesperson for the United Nations World Food Programme. Good man, good music. With Nordic Soul and Toast. Neumos, 8 pm, $15, 21+.
NGUZUNGUZU'S HIGHEST UNCOMMON DENOMINATOR BASS MUSIC
Los Angeles duo Nguzunguzu (Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda) use bass music—that grab-you-by-the-collar, low-end sound all the advanced kids are bumping in their Beats by Dre 'phones—as a trampoline to vault into variations on dancehall, kuduro, house, and grime. No matter what stylistic backstreets Nguzunguzu traverse, they keep their rhythms tight and torqued and their melodies oddly attractive. They're proof you can make fun dance music that doesn't pander to people's basest instincts (although it will totally cater to a bassist's instincts). Barboza, 8 pm, $10 adv, 21+.