In this new column, WW music calendar and contributing writer Mitch Lillie helps the discerning club-goer put together their weekly calendar by compiling Portland's best dance-music options for the next seven days. Turn up, tune in, drop the bass.
night brings L.A. post-bass adventurer Kingdom
to the Rose Bar
for the one-year anniversary of Club Chemtrail. It’s been a meteoric rise for the Chemtrail crew, who have locked down one of the best monthlies in Portland—especially given that it's always around $5. The Night Slugs/Fade to Mind vet should ring in their new year nicely. Listen to "Bank Head" below, which is on everyone and their mothers' Top Tracks lists. (10 pm, $6, 21+)
— Another Southern Californian, Justin Jay,
guests at Rotture
night for a fusion of house and hip-hop, celebrating the fact that the world, uh, didn’t end last year. Justin Jay is a youngin’ and a goodin’, proving his deep-house chops this year on Claude VonStroke’s Dirtybird Records
and most recently on LA’s Culprit
. (9 pm, $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+
— I will tell you everything I know about Portland’s Gangster Computer God
: He is not the equally small-time producer with the same name living on the East Coast. He is named for a schizophrenic’s colorful conspiracy theories
. He owns gangstercomputergod.com
and hasn't updated it since the Alhambra Theater
was the Mt. Tabor Theater. He only has a few tracks online, like “Refrigerated (dub),” a beeping, swirling and not altogether unpleasant downtempo number. Most importantly, though, he's performing a tribute to the often-overlooked but cultly-iconified Muslimgauze
, the late British artist who chopped together found Middle Eastern sounds and made them dark, ambient and wholly unlike Putamayo's crass, Starbucksified appropriations
. It’s Saturday
at Slabtown if you’re feeling adventurous. (9 pm, Not sure on price, 21+
Special Beats Per Last Week edition: Wednesday night's show at Rotture
looked to be pretty smoking, so we checked it out. Rustie was all that aquacrunk promises and more—which is to be expected since it's a genre he's invented. He turned out all the hits (namely the super hot "Triadzz
" and "Slasherr
") as well as a rework of fellow Scot Hudson Mohawke. The crowd was about as filled-out and hyped-up as can be on a Wednesday, and Rustie was definitely feeding off the energy.
Rustie getting warmed up.