Dance music on tap in Bend

Beats, DJs and more at bass-happy gigs this weekend

Published Feb 14, 2014 at 12:11AM

This weekend has a couple of very strong options for those of y’all that enjoy the electronified danceable soundbyte proliferations. Or, for short, EDM / DJ shows. Check it:

• Tonight at the Domino Room (51 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend), the Slipmat Science crew is putting on “Bass Love” for all the Valentine’s Day partiers out there. (Remember, date or no date, everyone is single on the dance floor!)

There are like three headliners at this thing. One is Vibesquad, a Colorado-based master of the squiggly digital dance music whose new album “Spinning Gears and Making Things” is a bracing, mind-bending listen.

Another is Thriftworks, a Bay Area dude who likes to sprinkle plenty of experimental glitch and soul samples over his beats. And then there’s JPOD the Beat Chef, a British Columbian creator of vibrant, melodic bass-bounce.

All sound like a good, futuristic time, and tonight, they’ll be supported by Ill Effekt and a dance duo called Deezee. 9 p.m. $15 at the door or $25 for couples.

• Way back in February of 2007, I wrote about Portland DJs Anjali and The Incredible Kid when they brought their popular, globally flavored Atlas party to The Grove in Bend.

They may have been back over here to perform since then, but if so, I didn’t know about it. And so it’s with a huge cry of “Finally!” that we welcome the duo back to Central Oregon on Saturday night, this time at Dojo (852 N.W. Brooks St., Bend).

Anjali and the Kid have been massively important and influential presences on Portland’s nightlife scene for more than a decade. They are the team behind the long-running Andaz bhangra/Bollywood dance party as well as Atlas, a night dedicated to international bass music such as kuduro, reggaeton, urban desi and beyond.

In Bend, they’ll be spinning world-inspired house music for a party called Purnima, which is the Indian word for full moon. Expect “a sultry night of beats and bass,” according to the poster, with additional sounds provided by DJs Ilko, Moksha, bPollen, Byrne1 and who knows who else. 9:30 p.m. $5.

— Ben Salmon