FRIDAY 8/9

ZOMBOY AND EPTIC PLAY THAT YOUTHQUAKING DUBSTEP

DUBSTEP, motherfuckers! Zomboy (British producer Joshua Mellody) brings that hyperkinetic, wacky-textured brand of it in the Skrillexicon of the day. When old electronic-music heads grumble about the music kids today listen to, Zomboy is the sort of thing they're referring to. I don't like his ham-fisted take on dubstep, but at least it's not dull. There is a helluva lot going on dynamically and tonally. Same deal with Belgium's Eptic (Michaël Bella), except he's 19. The sheer obnoxiousness of both artists' music is a selling point for many and shows the eternal need of youth to treasure something their elders just can't understand. With Just One, McFunk Brothers, and Innit. Showbox at the Market, 8 pm, $23.50 adv/$29 DOS, 18+.

SATURDAY 8/10

SAGANTIC SYNTHS: PANABRITE, GUENTER SCHLIENZ, AND CELESTINO

Regular Data Breaker readers know by now that Panabrite (Seattle musician Norm Chambers) is one of the country's most acute mesmerizers on the synthesizers. Any time he plays out, you're guaranteed high-flying, fathoms-deep ambient exploration. Joining him on the bill is German composer/modular-synth master Guenter Schlienz, an obscure figure whom it is our pleasure to finally have in our midst. A prolific producer since 2010, Schlienz comes strong with the cosmic, healing tones of the omniverse. Fans of early Tangerine Dream, JD Emmanuel, and Iasos will shudder with unbearable tenderness to Schlienz's astral/beatific keyboard emissions. Missouri's Celestino traffics in more dystopian atmospheres, evoking pitiless vistas of unsettling desolation—right in my goddamn wheelhouse. If Carl Sagan were alive, lived in Seattle, and didn't have any pressing commitments, he'd surely go to this show. Cairo, 8 pm, $5, all ages.

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NOISEGASM + DISTORRENT ARE DOING THEIR OWN VERY DISTINCTIVE THINGS

Well, it took long enough, but I've finally heard the music of local Noisegasm and Distorrent. Electronic duo Noisegasm (Brad Anderson and Greg Weber) create subtly ominous scores for imaginary art-house films saddled with convoluted plots. Let it be known that Noisegasm are not all that noisy; however, they're doing something quite distinctive, and that may trigger orgasm in some listeners. Distorrent (Anderson and Clonal Machina) combine morose, post-punk guitar riffing that sounds like it could've come off a Factory or 4AD release circa 1981 with widescreen synth washes and microcosmic tactile granularity. This night promises to be intriguing. Chapel Performance Space, 8 pm, $5–$15 sliding scale, all ages.

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