What you have to ask yourself this weekend is whether you want to rock out or dance. A hard question, but for those opting to “bust a move,” Big Gigantic would be a solid choice. The latest project of composer/saxophonist Dominic Lalli (the Motet, Juno What?) and drummer Jeremy Salken, Big Gigantic falls into the burgeoning genre of live electronica. Alongside intricately made beats Lalli and Salken display their instrumental skills, resulting in a show with the complexity of DJ-based electronica and the vibrancy of a full band. Also unlike much dance music, melody plays a large role in Big Gigantic’s sound. Drum and bass loops are still the crux of it, but keyboard arrangements and sax solos are given room to play around, making for a gig that’s atmospheric and funky while intelligently jazzy. But the focus on melodic composition shouldn’t dismay the rave-hungry: Big Gigantic hasn’t been receiving buzz for tame beats, and their instrumental longings bring a welcomed human touch to the genre. The gig starts at 10 pm on Saturday (Jan. 30) at Soundlab with special guests Big Basha and AreHouse *Live* PA.
9pm. Soundlab, 110 Pearl St. (bigorbitgallery.org/soundlab).