Tonight! Starkey Skewers Dubstep for Pop Purposes at Respectable

Dubstep triggers either immediate body-jostling or a dismissive smirk.

Either way, it's impossible not to react to Philadelphia producer

Starkey's approach to the genre, which is more akin to skirting it.

Making bass-heavy music is the easy part, but adding enough pop twists

to keep it compelling is something else altogether. Starkey released his

second album, Ear Drums and Black Holes, in April via Planet

Mu, and nobody's smirking now.

With nods to U.K. grime and a wealth

of downtempo funk, Starkey "started on some street shit, took it to

the club," to quote the album's "Club Games." Each track explores

different textures by combining the rawest Atari-influenced bleeps with

more-sophisticated synths. And don't forget about the throbbing,

pounding, thundering, wobbling, toenail-chattering bass. Starkey's stop

at Respectable is his last on U.S. soil before he jets off for a date in


Starkey. 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, at Respectable Street, 518 Clematis

St., West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $10. Call 561-832-9999, or click here.