The Canadian duo Crystal Castles is commonly associated with the latest crop of electro-pop/nü rave dance jammers. In addition to appearing one of them Kitsuné compilations (along with Passions and Thieves Like Us), group cofounder Ethan Kath has remixed tracks by Bloc Party and Klaxons. But unlike their fellow hipsters, Crystal Castles doesn't go for slick club grooves or post-modern, neo-Kraftwerk coolness. Instead, the group deals in vintage Atari bleeps, crunchy distortion, jackhammer beats and claustrophobic soundscapes. In fact, Crystal Castles' brand of bouncy juvenilia sounds far more inspired by noise-rock obscuros like Coin and Extreme Animals it does the straight-up electro of Fischerspooner and Adult. Do arrive early and catch Health, who just released a split single with Crystal Castles on the Lovepump United imprint. These freaks are even more spazzed-out than their tour mates! With Health, Past Lives, David Wolf.
-- JUSTIN F. FARRAR
Lifesavas with live band, One Struggle featuring Ras K'deewith, Gabriel Teodros & DJ WD4D
Nectar, $12, 9 pm
On Gutterfly: The Original Soundtrack, DJ Shines and emcees Vursatyl and Jumbo the Garbageman floated up out of Razorblade City's gutters to drop the real talk like other emcees drop brand names. Under the guise of fiction, the Lifesavas take Portland to task, referring to the metropolis as "Razorblade City." In a city that's been consistently saturated with great indie rock acts, it's a struggle for hip hop—even when it's made by artists as talented as the Lifesavas—to get the attention it deserves. Eventually, Portland wised up; now it's the rest of the world's turn. After four years of impatiently waiting for the Lifesavas' follow-up to debut Spirit in Stone, the Lifesavas finally released Gutterfly, an eloquent, catchy record that just so happens to contain cameos from icons like Dead Prez, Fishbone and George Clinton, among others. And even though the music is politically charged, the Lifesavas maintain a positive outlook that might just get these hip hop superheroes the international recognition they deserve. With Gabriel Teodros and DJ WD4D.