It seems like there are two kinds of music fans these days: those who think all dubstep consists of electro-fusion bass-barf with the tendency to abuse sikk dropz, and those who think that's just true of all American dubstep. But Philadelphia's Starkey nailed down his glitchy, controlled chaos on 2006's Local Headlines EP way back when Skrillex was still trafficking in emo, and he's been going from strength to strength ever since. His successive full-lengths—2008's frenetic, grime-skewing Ephemeral Exhibits and 2010's ravier, more euphoric Ear Drums and Black Holes—traffic in the wobbly bombast and crushing low-end that Stateside audiences have grown to crave, but there's a fine-tuned sense of melodic sweep and percussive sophistication under all that whomp. He's branched out a bit since bro-step broke—the audacious title track of last year's Open the Pod Bay Doors EP sounds like a stealth remix of M83—but everything he's done over the past couple of years is a testament to making the more populist strains of bass music work on pure terms. 18+, $5-$10, 8 p.m. , 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775.
Fri., Feb. 10, 8 p.m., 2012
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