DON’T TOUCH THE RED BUTTON | To use a disproportionately high-stakes analogy, today’s music-lovers might think of dubstep as previous generations observed the Cold War: a protracted, victimless war of attrition where allied forces battle a mysterious and alien other for the hearts and minds of its followers. It’s far from over, but the result of this one might diverge from historical precedent. Dubstep, particularly its more populist and unsubtle Western iterations, is a tireless and beguiling foe. Its devotees — who beget disorienting colors and aromas, rehearse their gesticulations in oversized uniforms, and seemingly only strike at night — appear legion, and have proven to be alarmingly adept at reproducing their thunderous, unifying hymns in clever, almost imperceptible variations. As the day of reckoning approaches, one such chorale leader, the DJ/producer known as PHUTUREPRIMITIVE from Portland, Oregon, rallies the local delegation tonight at the Empire Dine and Dance, with a set from the native, bass-driven producer OF THE TREES. 9 pm; $12 at 575 Congress St. 207.879.8988.
Of the Trees