Big Bass Thursdays continues the dubstep onslaught by welcoming South London producer, DJ and label owner Distance. The revered Planet Mu label is home to his critically acclaimed singles and albums, but his Chestplates imprint is stepping up the game, offering the style for which he’s best known: dark, brooding elegance fused with less wobble and more fright. With guest spots from genre headliners Skream and Benga, Distance and Chestplates are names to watch indeed. After a slew of hip-hop- and dance-floor-aimed DJs, this Big Bass show promises a welcome shock to the system for dubstep fans. (John Alex Colon)
October 22 at Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark, (773)549-0203, at 10pm.