The techno and left-field electronic-artist promoters at Meiotic have an appealing edge to their events, supplementing their minimal and micro-house lineups with retro-futuristic bookings that often connect the dots between current trends and past innovations (like past bookings Metro Area and Egyptian Lover). Tonight, that forward-looking-back formula is once again applied with the acid-lovers at Traxx’s Nation label. James T. Cotton and his big blotter full of acid comes from the same brilliant mind that birthed Ghostly’s hip-hop de-constructor Dabrye and synth-experimentalist Charles Manier, Tadd Mullinex. Tonight he’s joined by the dangerously unpredictable Traxx—who uses his Nation imprint to further his uncompromising mission of spreading distinctive electronic beats that eschew current trends of over-production—along with a live performance from fellow Nation of Jak member Beau Wanzer. For more on Wanzer, check out the oh-so-punk title of his Nation debut, “Fuk U Klaxons.” Prepare yourself for a serious dance floor that’s quite sinister, very electronic and comprised of the best of techno and acid from 1987-2012. (Duke Shin)
James T. Cotton, Traxx and Beau Wanzer (live) at Lava, 1270 North Milwaukee, (773)342-5282, May 9, 9pm-2am, $7 with rsvp to Going.com.