LOW-END THEORETICIANS GO BOOM
Tonight, the savvy British DJ/comp curator Mary Anne Hobbs headlines a potent lineup of American future-bass producers. Milwaukee's Lorn has blackened ears with his forbiddingly dark Nothing Else LP for Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder label, sounding like Scorn's death-hop project updated for the 21st century's more pressure-filled zeitgeist. Anyone who saw ex-Seattle/current LA beatmaker Take slay at Lo-Fi earlier this year or has heard his Only Mountain album knows that he can launch instrumental hiphop to loftily psychedelic zones. Warp Records' Gonjasufi is one of that excellent label's most distinctive artists, an ancient-sounding desert-soul crooner with odd phrasing and melodic sensibilities. He's backed by spicy funk exotica and sandstormy psychedelic productions from comrades the Gaslamp Killer, Mainframe, and Flying Lotus. Baltic Room, 9 pm, $12 adv/$15 DOS, 21+.
TRENTEMØLLER'S LIVE SPECTACLE
With his first two albums, The Last Resort and Into the Great Wide Yonder, great Dane producer Anders Trentemøller established a rep for nuanced, Scandinavian-cool techno infused with melancholic melodiousness. Through the subtleties, though, one could sense potential for inflated drama and rocklike bombast in Trentemøller's meticulously crafted tracks. With this current tour, he's going for an all-out spectacle: full band, dancers, dazzling light show, visuals. Should be a night of brilliant sensory øverløad. With Nordic Soul. Neumos, 9 pm, $16, 21+.
PLEASURE BOAT RECORDS' FULL MONTY
Innerflight presents another dynamite showcase of dance music, with Detroit-based techno DJ/producer Monty Luke headlining. Luke's days in San Francisco brought him into Claude VonStroke's Dirtybird/Mothership orbit, where he honed his off-kilter yet eminently danceable techno style. Now he's releasing on Carl Craig's Planet E Records, a true stamp of quality. Speaking of which, do I still need to tell you how phenomenal Jon McMillion's avant-garde tech-house is? How he's vitally reinvented a wheel that's been spinning for over a quarter century? Have I been shouting into the void these past five years? Come on, people—pay attention! With Naturebot, Relcad, PotatoFinger, Miniature Airlines, Kjalti, Mr. Zillion, and others. Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, 9 pm, $10, 21+.
This article has been updated since its original publication.