PROFLIGATE'S SUBTLE INDUSTRIAL-TECHNO ANTHEMS
Debacle Records' MOTOR night of unconventional club music continues to be unmissable with the booking of North Carolina producer Profligate (aka Noah Anthony). He possesses the rare skill to make industrial techno a somewhat accessible listening experience without succumbing to cheesiness. His Red Rope EP pushes subtly sooty, regimented industrial techno for people who think Wax Trax!'s aesthetic was too garish. "Can't Stop Shaking" is a whip-cracking, aerodynamic romp that would segue well after one of Chris & Cosey's harder numbers. "Laughing Song" and "Girl Full of Joy," from Profligate's forthcoming LP, Finding the Floor, increase the tempo while maintaining the understated, chilling vocals that have marked his work. Expect some hardware-generated hardness tonight. With Raica, Encapsulate, Knifecream, and Dr. Troy. Kremwerk, 9 pm, $5, 21+.
DJ VADIM GETS FESTIVELY DUBWISE
In the '90s, DJ Vadim ranked as one of the edgiest and most interesting underground-hiphop producers. His releases for Ninja Tune and his own Jazz Fudge label abound with paranoiac, sampledelic funk and incisive raps from a stable of eloquent spitters and vocalists (Antipop Consortium, Ursula Rucker, Company Flow, Sarah Jones, etc.). Over the years, Vadim's sound has crept toward brighter, more accessible production techniques. His latest full-length, Dubcatcher, lives up to its title, but it forgoes the genre's dread side for a more festive vibe. Still, Vad remains a master of arranging samples, working in a wide array of elements, and deploying singers/toasters/MCs. He'll be joined by vocalist Katrina Blackstone tonight. With Fort Knox Five, Splatinum, and Michael Manahan. Nectar, 8 pm, $12 adv/$15 DOS, 21+.
ABDULLA RASHIM'S COOLLY EFFICIENT AND INHUMANLY GREAT TECHNO
Swedish techno producer Abdulla Rashim crafts tracks that sound at once cool and urgent. Since surfacing in 2011 with a flurry of EPs, he's become a favorite of discerning underground-techno DJs like Donato Dozzy, Silent Servant, and Rrose. Rashim's music bears a subliminal, throbbing intensity with understatedly psychedelic atmospheres haloing the efficiently pumping, up-tempo 4/4 beats. His prodigious skills culminate in the bustling yet depopulated technoscapes of his fantastic 2014 album, Unanimity. Tonight marks Rashim's West Coast debut. With Josef Gaard and Combine b2b TS. Kremwerk, 9 pm, $10 adv/$15 DOS, 21+.
SLOW MAGIC'S RAVE-LITE TUNES
Another electronic musician donning a mask (this one a colorful deer head), Slow Magic refers to his sound as that made by an "unknown imaginary friend." To elaborate, he makes euphoric 21st-century rave-lite tunes with bulging bass frequencies for millennials who want to feel like they're all in this together... and nobody has hygiene issues. Slow Magic's laptop-and-tom-tom approach to dance music is medium-to-high-energy, sparkly, and, yes, probably magical—to people born after 1993. With Kodak to Graph and Daktyl. Neumos, 8 pm, $12 adv, all ages.