Yesterday, we gave you a rundown of Noise Pop's best rock shows that haven't sold out. Today, for all of you with beat- and bass-hungry ears, we're telling you which electronic shows and DJ sets you need to put on your radar. If you're up for the Craigslist hunt, then keep your eyes peeled for tickets to Porter Robinson and Matthew Dear.
Big Black Delta, Thursday, 9 pm, Rickshaw Stop
Why do we dig Big Black Delta? Because they generate a well-blended mixture of industrial and ambient sounds. Themes of science fiction and even abandoned space stations come to mind upon listening in. The drum loops are heavy and the vocals add a layer of emotion throughout their work. This show will be punchy and high energy. Recommended for new wave fans, synth fanatics and those longing for a futuristic version of epic ‘80s power ballads.
There is a haunting yet attractive pull to the sound of SF-bsed oOoOO that totally explains their growing cult following. Piercing wails, glitchy fills and howling echoes on one tune, hand claps and boogie synthesizers on another. This act is exciting, combining elements of trip-hop, funk and dubstep in warm, organic arrangements. This hometown-hero producer opens for Grimes, making for a show awash in other-worldly sonics. Tickets are sold out, but hunting on craigslist wouldn’t hurt.
Born Gold spares no analog sound in their music. With a blend of Gameboy-like samples, steady and upbeat grooves, these guys fuse dance-heavy elements to electro and post-punk with just the right amount of pop. For those attending this show, be prepared for a lot of sweaty bouncing around, thanks to Canada-based Born Gold. For people who thought Dance Punk was dead, rejoice. Born Gold's about to set it off again.
One of my favorite groups, Glass Candy, will be the headlining act on this night. Formed by Johnny Jewel (also of The Chromatics) and Ida No, Glass Candy bridges hip hop beats, No Wave and Italo disco. Since its early days 15 years ago, the band has continued to evolved, dipping into various styles and genres to create a hybrid of soulful dance numbers. Ida No’s voice is both soothing and peppy.
The Chromatics broke into the collective consciousness with "I Want Your Love" on their 2007 album Night Drive. Way before that, The Portlandian Chromatics began putting out stellar disco-laced tracks in 200, which attracted a hefty following to their live shows. Ruth Radelet’s voice channels romance and longing in a dreamlike fashion. Their set will be of the hook and they are one talented band that straddles the dance floor and the rock club evenly.