In this column,
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.
Sublimate is a monthly bass night featuring local artists who usually requisite a âdrum andâ prologue. Not so for Obvious, who favors trap music as seen through the Internetâs sprawling and directionless lens. But itâs the jukey explorationsâlike the SoundCloud-released â!ÍÍÌ¿ÌÍÌÍÌ»ÍÍÌ¯Í!ÌÌÍÍÍÍÌÌÌÌ°ÌÌ¢!ÍÌÍÍÌ½ÌÌÍÌ±Ì¼Ì¤Ì¢ââthat will really entice on Thursday at the Rose. (9 pm, free, 21+)
Speaking of trap, which continues its dubstep-esque ascent to the top of Hard As Tower, Loudpvck is coming to the Whiskey Bar on Friday. After landing a minimix on Brillzâs Twonk Team compilations late last year, Loudpvck cemented themselves at the top of that nasty tower, subtlety be damned. Iâll give credit to anyone who can make Nervo even more festival-friendly, though. (9 pm, $10-15, 21+)
Youâve come back from the club, but the classic baby-making sounds of DâAngelo just arenât weird enough for you, here, in 2014. L.A.âs Shlohmo makes R&B beats that are fun and sexy but canât really be located in the club or in the bedroom. That transience is what makes his tracksâlike âNo More,â a collaboration with Jeremihâso appealing. Heâll be getting hot and odd at Branx on Friday. (9 pm, $15, 21+)
Exotic Clubâs Remi Boille and Simon Lowzy make the kind of punky darkwave that itâs taken this country three decades to fully digest. The duo have recently tried their hand at reworking synth pop into house, most recently turning TrÃ©sorsâs melancholy âWhite Beastâ into a smooth, melodic house cut. Though theyâre performing a live set at East End on Friday, Iâll be hoping to hear some of those remixes as well. (9:30 pm, $5, 21+)
Blankstairs founder Nathaniel Young, whose hazy lite-rave beats are released as Floral, guests at this monthâs Paradise alongside residents DVST and Lord Baby. Open Spaces, released last year, is a showcase of a wide range of BPMs and Youngâs serious ear for samples. Catch Paradise on Wednesday at Black Book. (10 pm, free, 21+)