LOOP'S LAST STAND

(Chop Suey) It’s been 24 years since the reunited Loop have appeared in the States, and if you’re into heavy, noisy psych rock, you’d be a chump to miss this final appearance (they mean it; no more touring once this is done). Over three potent albums and several more EPs, the British group created a perfect fusion of the Stooges’ ravenous ferocity and Hawkwind’s interstellar trance mantras, augmented with tensile explorations of krautrock (Can’s “Mother Sky” and “Brittle Head Girl,” which is essentially a rewrite of Faust’s “Jennifer”), brutish postpunk (the Pop Group’s “Thief of Fire”), and relentlessly bleak synth punk (Suicide’s “Rocket USA”). Expect a career retrospective of sorts tonight, and pay respects to the band that challenged Spacemen 3 for UK psychedelic supremacy during that dark last half of the ’80s. With Kinski, Fungal Abyss and DJS Explorateur and Veins. DAVE SEGAL
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A DIVERSE AND EXCELLENT LINEP OF LOCAL TALENT: KATIE KATE, PILLAR POINT AND ERIK BLOOD

(Neumos) This all-local bill is like a primer on excellent new and/or upcoming albums from three reputable Seattle artists. Headliner Katie Kate’s upcoming Nation further demonstrates her diverse styles with improved takes on her crossover electronic/rap/R&B jams. Pillar Point, the new solo project of Scott Reitherman (former frontman of the now-defunct indie outfit Throw Me the Statue), gets even synth-ier and poppier than anything his old band ever released while retaining their signature melancholic lyrics. And from what I’ve heard, producer/multi-instrumentalist Erik Blood’s new material from his forthcoming album supposedly sounds nothing like his 2012 Touch Screens, but completely outdoes it. Don’t be late to this one. MIKE RAMOS
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A DUBSTEP/TECHNO CLASH BETWEEN SKREAM AND MOVE D

Well, this is an odd match-up… but only a fool would complain about it. The Studio 4/4 crew are bringing in UK dubstep icon Skream and German techno maverick Move D. Skream established himself in the mid ’00s as a first-wave dubstep star back when dread, subtlety, and dub ruled the genre. He dropped the club smash “Midnight Request Line” in 2005 and a potent debut LP, Skream!, the next year. Skream (Ollie Jones) wobbled off the righteous path with 2010’s patchy, occasionally hollowly bombastic Outside the Box, but he British DJ/producer is still only 27, though, and he rebounded with last year’s more menacing dubstep opus, Skreamizm Vol. 7. Move D (David Moufang) linked up for a live gig with Juju & Jordash last year as Magic Mountain High and blew my mind like it’s rarely been blown with the sort of mad-scientist techno that still remembers to tickle pleasure centers and keep (m)asses moving. Moufang has about 20 years of experience in Germany’s vibrant, intelligent club scene, so you can expect precision-tooled dance cuts full of tonal brilliance and stoic soul. With Bgeezy. DAVE SEGAL
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