THURSDAY OCTOBER 20
ROBO.TRASHThe legendary ROBO.trash night returns for a limited engagement at the Mantra Lounge, the superb sound system of which will be severely tested by tonight's lineup. Helping techno bon vivant/bass-bin monster Jerry Abstract celebrate his birthday will be Kris Moon, Nordic Soul, and Kuri Kondrak with random electroclash, old- and new-school techno cuts. Mantra Lounge, 210 S Washington St, 652-0981, 9 pm–2 am, $5, 21+; Division list members get in for $3, or $5 with a guest.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 25
JAKE FAIRLEY, STRATEGY, SOLENOIDCanadian Jake Fairley has been enlivening DJs' sets the last few years with 12-inch after 12-inch of ramrodding schaffel (shuffle) and leadfooting-it-down-the-autobahn techno for labels like Kompakt, Sender, and his own Dumb Unit. Cat kills it live, too, with some sly Jesus and Mary Chain–style vocals occasionally coasting above the Dirty North groove maneuvers. Portland's Strategy (Paul Dickow) is a true versatile head who can blaze up some compellingly tranquil ambient dub or get hedonistically housey on your unsuspecting ass. Fellow Rose City producer Solenoid (David Chandler) cannily coaxes sleekly funky electro and whimsically tuneful IDM with some old-school gear that could fetch astounding figures on eBay. Baltic Room, 1207 Pine St, 625-4444, 9 pm–2 am, $6, 21+.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 26
LE VIDESpearheaded by DJ Wm. F. Buckley, Jr. (local avant-garde aficionado Davey Schmitt, not the conservative pundit), Le Vide has been offering platforms for the last year or so for Seattle's seething underbelly of sonic subversives on the final Wednesday of each month. Shamefully, I've yet to attend this tantalizing showcase of, as DJ WFB delineates, "death-metal acts, power electronics, acoustic improv, electronic improv, electroacoustic improv, pieces scored for multiple tape recorders, solo synth performances, art-rock damage, theatrical tomfoolery, chamber ensembles." I'll try to remedy my slovenly ways tonight, as the Sea Donkeys (with their debut release out now on Abduction Records), noisician Matt Shoemaker (who records for the acclaimed Trente Oiseaux label), No Tomorrow resident DJ Tawney (best Coil collection in the city), and your host Buckley keep it surrealistically highbrow all night long. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St, 233-9873, 9 pm–2 am, $3, 21+.