DECEMBER 20

Digital Hardcore Recordings’ ringleader is Alec Empire—Atari Teenage Rioter, multifaceted solo artist, and highly energetic chap. Empire formed Atari Teenage Riot in 1992, along with screamer Hanin Elias and shouter Carl Crack, after witnessing the rave scene in his native Germany become increasingly neo-Nazified. (Hence, the band’s first single, “Hunt Down the Nazis.”) Since techno is to Deutschland’s Top 40 as Puffy is to the U.S. charts, ATR’s self-proclaimed riot beats were about as welcome to most Germans as the KKK would have been at the Million Man March. But slowly Empire bashed his singular message into the hipster consciousness. His thesis is perhaps best summed up by the song “Destroy 2,000 Years of Culture” from ATR’s latest album, Burn, Berlin, Burn, and his singular sound is, at times, a more spastic version of the currently uncool Ministry. DHR, licensed to the Beastie Boys’ Grand Royal here, is now a forum for like-minded (and like-sounding) bands: EC8OR, whose All of Us Can Be Rich… features the entirely earnest “We Are Pissed” and “Discriminate (Against) the Next Fashion Sucker You Meet—It’s a Raver!,” and Shizuo, whose demented Shizuo vs. Shizor blasts along with cuts like “Braindead (Pt. 1)” and “Blow Job.” Both join ATR for a night of sonic car crashes at 7 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $8. (202) 393-0930. (Christopher Porter)