Anytime people write about Autechre they always call them complex, which is about as good a description as there is. The Warp and Skam recordings duo, composed of Sean Booth and Rob Brown, has a bastardized post-electro sound that can sometimes make you feel like you’re getting beat up by beats or else doing difficult mathematic equations to the sound of music, but they occasionally let some beauty and light filter through. They are playing live—which means a lot of indie-rock nerds who would otherwise never like techno, standing perfectly still and looking dourly at the stage. Sunday @ 7:30, Webster Hall, 125 E 11th, 212-353-1600
Rude Movements, the monthly jam at APT, has gotten so big, it’s now on both floors of the club. And even better, residents Karl Injex, Gamall, and Tyler Askew have nabbed Detroit techno producer Carl Craig as a headliner. Craig, a “second generation” DJ from Detroit, produced some slamming records over the years (my favorite is Throw under his Paperclip People moniker), often taking more left-field chances than his other compatriots, trying his hand at experimentalism and fusing jazz with electronic compositions.
Every year I swear I’m gonna go, but every year, I miss the Montreal techno fest Mutek. This year the Bunker and Mutek folks join forces to bring a flavor of the fest to us lazy New Yorkers. The Mini-Mutek NYC features headliners who will not be in Montreal, including Akufen, Deadbeat, Crackhaus, and Hearthrob, all of whom are performing live. That sound you hear is my head exploding. Saturday @ 9, subTonic, 107 Norfolk, 212-358-7501
Finally, I just have to give a shout out to Junior Boys. I love love love them. They are playing twice this week with Caribou (Wednesday @ Bowery Ballroom and Thursday @ Northsix. See the Short List for more details), and their show at Joe’s Pub a few months ago was one of the most delightful, enjoyable evenings spent in a long while.