THE RETURN OF GERMAN SHOEGAZETRONICA ICON ULRICH SCHNAUSS
Better than most in the world, Germany's Ulrich Schnauss has fused the diaphanous textures and oneiric atmospheres of shoegaze rock with the chilled-out funkiness of (shhhh...) triphop. Given those elements, Schnauss might seem to come off as a '90s throwback artist, but his tracks somehow avoid sounding trapped in Clinton-era amber. Rather, they breathe with a kind of timeless, cinematic grandeur, urged on by countless variations on James Brown/Clyde Stubblefield's "Funky Drummer" beat. Schnauss's new album, A Long Way to Fall, may not be his best, but it does capture a swoon-worthy, pastel beauty that's tremendously hypnotic and tranquilizing. With Secret Colors. Neumos, 8 pm, $20 adv, 21+.
FILASTINE'S FAR-FLUNG BEAT AGITATION
Globe-trotting sonic muckraker Filastine returns to his former romping grounds. Now agitating with radical rhythms from Barcelona, Filastine—a former percussive storm trooper with Infernal Noise Brigade and ¡Tchkung!—has dropped some interesting polyglot albums for DJ /rupture's Soot label: Burn It and Dirty Bomb. His most recent album, 2012's Loot, further develops Filastine's humid, extreme hybrids from the global beat banquet. The man has myriad ways to disorient you in all senses of the word. Plus, bonus Noam Chomsky sound bites! Reliable local quartet Truckasauras are perhaps the smartest party-centric electronic act in the city, and they improve with every show (I've been keeping tabs). Have you scored their majestically melodic electro opus 2012 yet? What are you waiting for? Seattle DJ BizZaRa brings that stadium-trembling dubstep biz with which the kids are annoying you. It's the soundtrack for oldsters railing futilely against the folly of youth and the quaking of bass. AIRHORN. With Penny Wide Pupils. Barboza, 9 pm, $10 adv, 21+.
RADIUS ETC. = BOARDS OF CANADA + FLYLO
When the savvy heads who run the avant-hiphop weekly Stop Biting bring in an out-of-town headliner, the results are usually crucial. Such is the case with Radius Etc., a Chicago producer who's new to me—and maybe to you, too. Submersion in Radius's Soundcloud page has revealed a musician who sounds like the golden mean between Boards of Canada and Flying Lotus. Uh-huh, on that level. A sublimely mellow yet intricately jazz-funky style prevails in Radius's output; it's a classic approach, exquisitely executed by the Windy City wiz. If you're an MC looking for beats, hit up Radius, as his new Minimal Chops & Loops in Dub EP Vol. 1 offers a bounty of ear-snagging cuts over which to spit. With Introcut, DJ Fishboogie, and WD4D. Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, 9 pm, $5, 21+.