Richie Hawtin, Gaiser, Dino G Critic's Choice Recommended Soundboard

When: Thu., Nov. 25, 10 p.m. 2010

As Plastikman, his best-known musical incarnation, Richie Hawtin uses a dancing alien logo that to Michiganders of a certain age is, like the Insane Clown Posse's hatchet man, inextricably associated with guys who sold weed in high school parking lots—you'd unfailingly see a sticker of one or the other on the rear windows of their cars. Unlike his Detroit-area neighbors, however, Hawtin made music in the 90s that's aged extremely well. His new Arkives (on his own Minus 100 label) is an ambitious collection available in several formats, from a massive digital download to a slipcase-packaged set of 11 CDs, six LPs, a DVD, and a book. It consists mostly of music from between 1993 and 2003, alongside commissioned remixes and live performances, but it would sound daringly next-level if it were being released today. Hawtin's take on Detroit techno strips the already lean style down to the bone, leaving little more than steady, Kraftwerk-inspired beats, the acid burblings of a Roland TB-303, and the sparsest of synth lines, embellished with reverb and delay. The result recalls Philip Glass in its austerity, but ravers around the world know that when properly amplified it bangs like nothing else. Gaiser and Dino G open. —Miles Raymer

Price: $20

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