BANCO DE GAIA
Banco de Gaia (Toby Marks) has been cranking out quality ethnodelic electronica long after his peers vanished into civilian life; the title of his 2002 retrospective, 10 Years, seemingly admits Marks' own disbelief at his longevity in a notoriously transient scene. Weaving Middle Eastern and Asian instrumentation and vocals into his trance-inducing techno, Marks has staked out communal ground where hippies and ravers can find sonic nirvana--and mingle BO. I * Shiva brings Marks into town for a DJ set. With Dahlia and Peter Madril. Chop Suey, 1325 E Madison St, 324-8000, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, $10 adv.
Downtown Fader residents Cali Mike, Mark M., and special guest Jon Lee spin deep house, which will help you burn calories after you consume the complimentary sushi laid out on a naked chick's bod at midnight. Really. Bonzai, 704 First Ave, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, women free before 11:30, men $5.
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 30
This LA DJ looks like the girl next door--if said archetype could tear your head off with jungle dubplates. One of America's most inventive and savage drum 'n' bass spinners, Speed zips into Seattle to promote Life After Dark (Breakbeat Science), her skillfully paced new mix disc, which can hold its own with London's ruffneck elite. Baltic Room, 1207 Pine St, 625-4444, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, $7.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 1
British chanteuse/keyboardist Alison Goldfrapp paid her dues singing on tracks by Tricky, Orbital, and Add N to (X) before hooking up with brilliant composer-instrumentalist Will Gregory. The duo Goldfrapp proceeded, with their 2000 debut, Felt Mountain, to crowd Portishead and Björk for coffee-table space in hipper households. Flaunting wide-screen melancholy like John Barry on 'ludes, Gregory invented suavely lush backdrops over which Goldfrapp delivered dry-ice torch songs. Felt Mountain made you at once teary-eyed and dreamy. Its 2003 follow-up, Black Cherry, swerves onto the dance floor with askew elbows and twitching hips. Now Alison's luscious voice sinuously navigates through shiny, synthetic riffs and angular beats like that of a European Donna Summer, as Goldfrapp try to have it both ways--moving you with songcraft and prodding you with extroverted grooves. They've lost some subtlety, but perhaps they've won new fans who don't own coffee tables. With Brookville. Chop Suey, 1325 E Madison St, 324-8000, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, $13 adv/$15 DOS.