THE BUG ROLLS DEEP INTO POST-DUBSTEP DANGER ZONES
Avant-beatsmith and low-end sensei Kevin Martin is making seismic waves in the underground again with the Bug. He has a quarter-century history of testing sound systems to their utmost with crucial groups such as God, Techno Animal, Ice, King Midas Sound, and Curse of the Golden Vampire. Martin is one of the ultimate alchemists of dub, hiphop, dubstep, dancehall, and grime. His latest album as leader of the Bug, Angels & Devils, finds him again working with an array of vocalists, toasters, MCs, and rappers, including Death Grips, Flowdan, Warrior Queen, Gonjasufi, and Grouper (Liz Harris). The constants are Martin's massive bass pressure, foreboding rhythms, and pervasive sense of imminent doom. The Bug's music captures the creeping, calamitous vibe of 2014, yet it still manages to be exultant. With MC Manga, Kid Hops, Selecta Element, Dubtek, and Gangjaology. Nectar, 8 pm, $13 adv/$17 DOS, 21+.
EXCELLENT, ECLECTIC ELECTRONIC MUSIC FROM ENGLISHMEN JOY ORBISON AND BEN UFO
England's Joy Orbison (aka Peter O'Grady) is another DJ/producer messing with the DNA of dubstep, house, garage, and techno (the latter with production partner Boddika) to create vibrant dance tunes that conspire to move you in unexpected ways. Clubbers are still flipping over Orbison's 2009 smash single on Hotflush, "Hyph Mngo," an urgently skittery, soulful banger worth dislocating your hips for. Stranger freelancer Michaelangelo Matos called it "pretty much the dance record of the year" back then, and he pretty much nailed it. Orbison's just been getting better ever since. Ben UFO is cofounder of Britain's prodigious font of forward-thinking bass-oriented music, Hessle Audio, and a deeply respected DJ. Check his mixes for the Rinse and Fabriclive series for proof of his eclectic excellence on the decks. This is another winning bill for the Studio 4/4 weekly. With Nordic Soul. Q Nightclub, 9 pm, $15, 21+.
TORO Y MOI ATONES FOR LES SINS, HIS NEW CLUB-CENTRIC ALIAS
You know Toro Y Moi, aka Chaz Bundick, the smoov, chill R&B lothario who soundtracked the conception of several dozen indie-pop babies over the last few years, right? Well, now he's pushing his more overtly dance-oriented persona, Les Sins. Bundick's debut LP under this handle, Michael, abounds with extroverted, slightly off-kilter house, electro-funk, and footwork tracks full of party-starting vocal samples and hooks you can bank on. What a sexy mofo. Q Nightclub, 9 pm, $10, 21+.