SYNTH CLUB, KUMA, MERCIR
Synth Club feature Reggie Watts, Nordic Soul (Sean Horton), Steve Scalfati, and Daniel Spils. Guess what? They all play synthesizers. Thankfully, they're not as generic as their name suggests. Maktub's Watts occasionally sings soulfully over the sophisticated, lushly melodic house and future-funk foundations while Nordic Soul improvises beats from Ableton Live software. With DJ Kristina Childs. Chop Suey, 1325 E Madison St, 324-8000, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, $7.
The Backwards Records crew kicks off a new monthly series where local bands playing "real" instruments perform a set, which electronic musicians then digitally masticate and spit back in altered form. Modern technology's wonderful. Tonight ambient space rockers Tableland get mutated by Syphilis Sauna (Patrick Urn), practitioner of black-hearted, post-industrial soundscapes that often sound like the amplified bleatings of insects the size of the Seattle Center. If you're interested in playing at Cross-Pollination, contact Urn at email@example.com. Living:Room, 4301 Fremont Ave N, www.livingroomseattle.org, 7:30 pm-10 pm, 21+, $5.
SATURDAY JANUARY 8
Shameless residents Recess, the perfect cyn, Derek Fisher, and Scorpio reunite for a collision course in electro, techno, disco, and punk ecstatics (ecstasy + schematics). David Chandler (Orac recording artist Solenoid, AKA DJ Brokenwindow and 010805) plays the role of the funky drummer, using electronic drum pads. Plus, visuals by FOC:EYE and MCing by Anton Bomb. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St, 233-9873, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, free before 11/$5 after.
Denver industrial luminaries Blackcell rummage in the charred debris left by Skinny Puppy and Download. Locals Sporadik and Nogunri deliver merciless beats and forbidding textures that may cause you to pass your Tazo Tea through your nasal passages. Living:Room, 4301 Fremont Ave N, www.livingroomseattle.org, 7:30 pm-10 pm, 21+, $5.