Birmingham's Surgeon crafts techno that takes as much from Coil and Faust as from Jeff Mills and Kraftwerk. His sets are dark and hard but more cathartic than intimidating. 430 West Records founders the Burden Brothers (a/k/a Random Noise Generation, a/k/a Octave One) provide a sharp contrast. From their classic "Blackwater" to the new "I Need Release," the duo have used strings, subtle tropical influences, and diva vocals to push toward heaven. With Hrdvsion (Wagon Repair), Jan Krueger, Eric Cloutier, and residents Derek Plaslaiko and Spinioza.
Fri., Sept. 4, 11 p.m., 2009