Live Tonight: Bill Callahan, Deltron 3030, Steve Aoki, and More

The last time we received a dispatch from Deltron 3030—the supergroup/future-rap trio of Dan the Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien, and Kid Koala—it was the eponymous year 3030 and our hero Deltron Zero, a former mechanical soldier, had just rebelled against his hate-fueled army and gone “searching for knickknacks” and “composing musical stimpacks” (a type of drug that shows up in many sci-fi worlds). As with most sci-fi, this tale of the future commented on the present—specifically, on the state of hip-hop in 2000. Now we have Event II, sent from the year 3040. As a monologue by none other than Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes clear, the group has now set its eyes on larger issues: the economic destruction of the middle class and world domination by corporations. It’s a creative decision that seems particularly pertinent to Seattle in November 2013, as we watch Boeing run roughshod over its machinists for the sake of Wall Street, and anyone who walks the streets of downtown witnesses widespread abject poverty. Deltron Zero is now “avoiding the corporate sector, running with the rebel operatives,” which sounds a lot like what Kshama Sawant’s volunteers did during her campaign. There’s even a timely screed against GMOs, delivered by Momofuku’s David Chang: “If I want to eat a strawberry/They can put a piece of gum in my mouth/Stick something in my nose, and . . . it tastes like I’m eating a strawberry.” To make all these politics palatable, Dan the Automator has crafted another brilliant set of beats that allow those not politically inclined—or worse yet, Republican—to just dance. In other words, the future was well worth waiting for. The Crocodile. 8 p.m. SOLD OUT. DANIEL PERSON

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Steve Aoki This electro-house producer and rave mogul is known for his live sets, which find him spraying fans with champagne and crowd-surfing on an inflatable raft. For this tour, he’s teamed with brostep pioneer Borgore and—in a demonstration of Southern rap’s outsized influence on mainstream electronica—Waka Flocka Flame. With Botnek, Kryoman. The Paramount. 7:30 p.m. $32.75. All ages. ANDREW GOSPE

3OH!3, The Summer Set, Wallpaper, New Beat Fund If there’s one thing these bands have in common, it’s that each makes electronic-infused pop-rock for 16-year-old girls with lots of feelings (or 20-somethings who reminisce about being 16 and having those feelings). Well, that, and they’ve all played the Warped Tour at some point, too. Showbox at the Market. 7:15 p.m. $23 adv./$25 DOS. All Ages/bar with ID. KEEGAN PROSSER

James Blake will make you feel like you’re swimming in an ocean of warm vocals and electronica, and then his smoldering looks will drown you. “Retrograde,” from his second studio album Overgrown, is a must-listen; its background beat will keep you floating through a lazy Sunday morning straight into a chill, relaxing evening. With Nosaj Thing. Showbox SoDo. 8 p.m. $30 adv./$35 DOS. ALICIA W. PRICE

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin For its latest album, Fly by Wire, these indie-poppers went back to the beginning, recording in the same attic it recorded its debut in. But before that, it traveled to Russia at the invitation of the Boris Yeltsin Foundation, a trip lead singer Philip Dickey called a “rebirth of the band.” A documentary based on their travels, Discussions With Russians, is in the works. With Army Navy and Hibou. Tractor Tavern. 9 p.m. $10. 21 and over. AZARIA C. PODPLESKY

 
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