The recent bathhouse hi-NRG, Italo disco, and minimal techno revivals shared a similar ga-ga exploration of the synth-driven mysteries of the cosmic past.
Local duo Lazer Sword, a.k.a. LL and Lando Kal, are our gunners for the scene. (Ethereal wunderboy Ghosts on Tape and trancey duo Hours of Worship deserve mention as well). LL describes what he and Lando do when they're bent backbreakingly low over their displays as "future-blaps." Yep. The two hit hard on the hip-hop side: their bastard detonation of 50 Cent's "I Get Money" and live robo-raze of Lil Wayne and Birdman's "Stuntin' Like My Daddy" torch floors, while their own stuttery blowout "Gucci Sweatshirt" (from Oakland label Pish Posh's 2007 comp Got Howls) is a c-c-cult classic. Lazer Sword's got an EP dropping on the B.E.A.R. label this spring, they just headlined Turbo Crunk April 26, and you can catch them twice in May. Who's up for sonic bikini waxes?
With XO Skeletons and VC4
Fri/2, 9 p.m., call for price
2811 Mission, SF
With Lazer Sword and Flying Lotus
May 9, 9 p.m.3 a.m., $20
119 Utah, SF