Drone Not Drones
7 p.m. Fri.-11 p.m. Sat. Cedar Cultural Center • $20-$30
A bumper sticker that became a mantra for Low’s bold, one-song Rock the Garden 2013 set, “Drone Not Drones” is now the name and basis of a daylong, free-form music performance for the second year in a row. Over the course of 28 hours — nonstop! — the event will feature ambient loops, droning distortion, reverberating hums, etc., played by more than 50 musicians, including Alan Sparhawk, P.O.S., Dosh, Paul Metzger, BNLX, Flavor Crystals, Chatham Rise, members of Dead Man Winter (or “Drone Man Winter”) and Brokeback, a project by members of Chicago instrumental kings Tortoise and the Sea and Cake. Pillows are seriously encouraged. Look for a schedule and webcast info at www.dronenotdrones.com. Organizer Luke Heiken donates it all to Doctors Without Borders. Chris Riemenschneider
9 p.m. • 7th Street Entry • 18-plus • $10
As we’ve come to expect of most releases on Minneapolis label Totally Gross National Product, Roniia’s eponymous debut EP is awash in impressive electronic soundscapes and jagged sonic experimentation, helmed in this case by Mark McGee, a Marijuana Deathsquads cast member and former co-leader of To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie. However, the seven-track collection offers less than what’s expected of singer Nona Marie Invie. The dramatic Dark Dark Dark and Anonymous Choir leader barely gets above a moan and has an unusually flat presence throughout these mostly downbeat, zoned-out songs. The release party will also feature aptly named VU-echoing pop trio the Velveteens and Joel Kujawa’s high-pitched one-man dance machine Breakaway. C.R.
8 p.m. • the Loft at Bar Fly • 18-plus • $15
When they enrolled at prestigious Berklee College of Music, little did Kenny Beats and aspiring jazz pianist Ryan Marks know they’d have a future as EDM-trap heavy hitters. The formidable 808-happy duo with big-room influences began producing together as Loudpvck and climbed the trap ranks remixing the likes of Adventure Club and Nervo. Last year, the New York/L.A.-based pair released booming collaborations with future bass stud Paper Diamond and Gladiator. A proper album is in the works. Clayzer, MVNIV, Knuckl3s and others also play this installment of Twin Cities Dubstep’s Real Trap Shit series. Michael Rietmulder