CEREMONY'S TOTALLY WIRED HARDCORE
Rohnert Park punk act Ceremony are, of course, not the first band to ever drastically change styles during their career. Originally uprooting from hardcore's unforgiving aural garden, the longstanding Bay Area hardcore outfit recently cross-pollinated with totally wired British post-punk. Although now less manic, the band's newer/artier stuff is still thoroughly moshable. You should probably also be completely nerd-jazzed on their Urinals cover ("I'm a Bug"—check it on YouTube!). This show is also sonically blessed with premier local freaks Dreamdecay, who have kept heavy/weird music fans hanging in suspension for their brutal wall-of-power-gaze since last year's NVNVNV. Also with Mysterious Skin, a new Seattle band who keep appearing on cool bills, despite having no internet presence—sometimes you just gotta take the leap of faith. Black Lodge, 9 pm.
CHROME WINDOWS' SPACIOUS TECHNO GRIME
Olympia's Chrome Windows (aka multimedia artist Jean Nagai) produces vast alienscapes ranging from gritty minimalist techno to confrontational industrial noise. These otherworldly electronic transmissions will likely scare off brotastic, neon-wearing EDM die-hards, but that's probably for the best. With Seattle freak-wavers Male/Female and Giancarlo Cateriano's experimental beats. Cairo, 8 pm, $7.
MINIMAL "INDIE ROCK" VETERANS MECCA NORMAL
Formed in 1984, Vancouver, BC, rhythm-section-less two-piece Mecca Normal have no shortage of weird left. Having been lumped into the "indie rock" non-genre over the years, the duo have previously released on cred-building labels such as K, Matador, and Kill Rock Stars. With the upcoming release of their 13th album, Empathy for the Evil (out on M'lady's Records September 16), it's clear that time hasn't dulled their ability to make infernally intimate oddball rock. The new album's guitar- and organ-driven single "Wasn't Said" offers an introspective introduction to their lyrically focused and poignant rock realism. Their set should be a charmingly unhinged, rare treat. With Clearinghouse, an abrasive noise-rock/no-wave quartet I know nothing about (waves conflict-of-interest flag till arm falls off), and #tits, a pummeling, lady-fueled noise duo featuring former members of Unfair Parents and WaMu. Hollow Earth Radio, 8 pm.