WEDNESDAY 6/26

KILL THE NOISE'S NAME paradox

Kill the Noise has released tracks on Deadmau5's Mau5trap label, Skrillex's OWSLA, and Steve Aoki's Dim Mak, which tips you off to the sort of crowd-pleasing brand of electronic music this LA producer makes. His nearly 234,000 likes on Facebook also speak of the skeleton-face-bandanna'd beatmaker's populist inclinations. Kill the Noise actually makes a lot of it—sometimes it takes the form of electro house, sometimes dubstep, sometimes drum 'n' bass, sometimes moombahton. Whichever style he's executing, Kill the Noise stresses the extreme ends of the frequency spectrum and strives to maximize excitement. His music is more about visceral thrills than cerebral chills, which is why he makes the big money and you're still struggling to get a gig outside your neighborhood dive bar. With Fury, MC Dino, Dig-Dug, and Just One. Foundation, 9 pm, $10 adv, 21+.

TAKE A SUDDEN VACATION WITH GIRAFFAGE AND MISTER LIES

Giraffage (San Francisco producer Charlie Yin), who was just here in February, returns to bring you more of that airbrushed, moisturized R&B you love like a lover. His 2013 album, Needs, is probably the slickest thing on the great Alpha Pup label. Its chill vibe, artfully time-stretched vocals, and deceptively tricky rhythms don't exactly scream "floor fillers," but Needs is good head-nodding/special-person-holding music. Mister Lies (20-year-old Chicago musician Nick Zanca) also released an album earlier this year, titled Mowgli (Lefse Records). This debut full-length highlights Zanca's facility for meditative electronic soul and understated dance cuts that don't neatly fit into any generic cubbyholes (thankfully). Honestly, Mister Lies creates tracks that sound way more accomplished and emotionally resonant than his youth would lead you to believe. He reportedly made the album in states of insomnia and homesickness, and the wistful ache from those conditions seeps into the record. Sudden Vacation tour with Beat Connection DJs. Barboza, 9 pm, $12 adv, 21+.

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SATURDAY 6/29

BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT HEADLINES QUEER CARNIVAL

Orchestrated by disco savant DJ Trouble, this event is part of the Gay Pride celebration and includes "circus tricks and party tricks and cheap tricks, a burlesque affair surely full of strippers, aerialists, and knives." That's a daunting prospect for any musician to contend with, but Trouble assures us that UK heartthrob Bright Light Bright Light—whose suave, sparkling electronic-pop songcraft should get rabid Pet Shop Boys fans hot and bothered—is going to be up for the challenge. Queer Carnival with DJ Trouble, Justice & Treasure, Futurewife, Nark, Ivy Winters, Can Can Castaways, and guests. FRED Wildlife Refuge, 9 pm, $20, 21+.