When: Sun., Dec. 30, 8 p.m. 2012
Even though he’s a young musician working in a milieu where big, broad gestures and world-obliterating sonic overload are valued above all else, EDM producer Porter Robinson—born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, more than six months after the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind—is a surprisingly subtle composer. See for instance his 2010 single “I’m on Fire,” with its seemingly randomly distributed one-beat silences that suck the air out of its room-filling sound for a split second at a time—and add a shrewd kind of frisson to the more obvious walloping-bass rhythms his contemporaries lean on so hard. His Spitfire EP, released in 2011 on Skrillex’s OWSLA label and reissued this year with a handful of remixes, is kids-these-days EDM through and through, full of arena-size trance synths, eight-bit chiptune chirps, and of course glitchy, head-banging dubstep. But there are also nods to vintage Euro-style house (“Unison”) and even a stab at reggaeton-derived moombahton (the noisy but well-constructed “100% in the Bitch”), which have won over some of the less snobby citizens in dance music’s more refined corners. —Miles Raymer See also Monday. Hardwell and Deniz Koyu open.