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.
â Thursday night brings L.A. post-bass adventurer Kingdom to the Rose Bar for the one-year anniversary of Club Chemtrail. Itâs been a meteoric rise for the Chemtrail crew, who have locked down one of the best monthlies in Portlandâespecially 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+)
â Another Southern Californian, Justin Jay, guests at Rotture on Friday night for a fusion of house and hip-hop, celebrating the fact that the world, uh, didnât end last year. Justin Jay is a younginâ and a goodinâ, proving his deep-house chops this year on Claude VonStrokeâs Dirtybird Records and most recently on LAâs Culprit. (9 pm, $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+)
â I will tell you everything I know about Portlandâs 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 schizophrenicâs 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 âRefrigerated (dub),â 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. Itâs Saturday at Slabtown if youâre 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 moreâwhich 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.