June 26th, 2014 | by MITCH LILLIE Music | Posted In: Beats Per Week

Beats Per Week

Portland's Best Dance Music Options, June 26 - July 3

     
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basscubeBass Cube is Friday at Whiskey Bar with Gang$ign$, Token and Sidestep.
In this column, WW music calendar editor 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.

Jungle has become somewhat of a stand-in for harsh pink noise on 2010s dance floors: it’s loud, in your face and a little grating to the untrained ear. Before you clear the floor at the Rose on Thursday, try getting down to the pumped-up beats of New Orleans’ Chump Change and Spamm Kidd. (8:30, $5, 21+)   

Though his hyper-modern logo may not seem to agree, L.A. techno producer David Flores, aka Truncate, is absolutely a retroist. The project has the ambiguousness (the name is both a label and Flores’ artist moniker) and the visual style (many releases are simple white labels with hand-stamped names) of first-wave techno, with the simple, pounding Kraut rhythms of millennial Berlin. 2014, though, has brought new influences of bass on Truncate’s Pressurize EP, just released on Modeselektor’s 50Weapons label. Catch him Friday at Rotture. (9 pm, $10 advance, $15 day of show, 21+)  

Here’s a little nightclub math for you. What is bass cubed? Let’s see, sum Gang$ign$, Token and Sidestep and then divide by a free Friday night at Whiskey Bar… I’m getting the word “trap” in 200 pt. font. (10 pm, free, 21+)    

While maybe not the most dance floor-friendly act out there, Bristol’s Fuck Buttons flirt with a wide range of categorical bachelors. From dark techno to heavy industrial, the duo simply overpower listeners with sheer inertia. Get blown away on Wednesday at the Star Theater. (9 pm, $15, all ages) 
 
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