KRAKT'S COCK BLOCK EDITION: ESTROGENIC TEKNO HEAT
KRAKT, the hell-raising techno night that happens every other first Friday, sidesteps the usual male-dominated lineup for an all-women bill. KRAKT organizer Kristina Childs has been ruling on the decks in a variety of styles for so long, one could be forgiven for taking her for granted. But her way-above-average taste and technical skills command deep respect. Portland's MissVixen (aka Tracy Why) has been running an all-female-DJ house/techno night called Cock Block for the last two years while also holding a residency at SubSensory's Static monthly. Immerse yourself in Vixen's many hours of mixes on her Soundcloud and you'll come away impressed by her seamless transitions and keen selections of strange, minimal techno that still drives the dance floor into a lather. With DJ Saigon. Electric Tea Garden, 10 pm–4 am, $10, 21+.
JULIO BASHMORE SKEWS UP YE OLDE HOUSE MUSIC
Whoa, this is the best Q booking in a minute. Julio Bashmore (Bristol, England, producer/DJ Mathew Walker) is one of ye olde house music's most dynamic and interesting producers—and a catalytic figure in UK garage circles, as well. In releases for great labels like Dirtybird, 3024, and Futureboogie, Bashmore puts subtle hitches in his rhythms to keep you literally on your toes and introduces all sorts of skewed textures and odd dynamics into his tracks to inspire you to make your movements as weird as possible. With Samo Sound Boy and Pezzner. Q Nightclub, 9 pm–3 am, $15, 21+.
BLACK HAT, GOOD WILLSMITH, WHITE BOY SCREAM
Some of the city's best electronic events happen at the tiny all-ages boutique Cairo. Here's another one. You've probably seen me rave about Black Hat (Seattle producer Nelson Bean) in these pages before. If you're just tuning in, Black Hat finds novel ways to mesh abstract techno, industrial music (the really smart kind), and noise into exhilarating compositions that sound like power stations melting down, rhythmically. Chicago trio Good Willsmith erect compelling, staticky atmospheres with guitar, bass, synth, voice, and electronics. It's seriously cinematic in scope, desolately drifting into the eerie ether. White Boy Scream is a memorable name for a solo project (especially one by a woman—Micaela Tobin of Thousand Statues), and this Seattle musician's cryptic musique concrete–ish pieces, augmented by electronically warped chants, cast an unsettling spell, like a less drama-queeny Diamanda Galás. Cairo, 8 pm, $5, all ages.