Liquid Stranger @ Monarch Theatre

Watchu know about Liquid Stranger? In reality, probably not as much as you think. Sure, you've probably heard a tale or two about the reclusive, enigmatic producer/DJ over the years, but most of it likely is untrue. For instance, despite the sinister dubstep-influenced sounds and ultra-mysterious aura he cultivates, the Swedish-born EDM artist who goes by Martin Stääf when he isn't performing or producing is actually a nice guy. Though it's true he's highly trained in multiple martial arts, he's admittedly "just a fuzzy nerd at heart" who prefers to spend most of his time in his North Scottsdale studio dabbling away on his banks of synthesizers. "I think I have different sides and different faces," Stääf says. "There's a lot more to me and to my music than most people think." And although he's become internationally known for his face-melting and ear-assaulting dubstep grinds, he's been working on more ambient electronica sounds as of late with his Anomaly series. "When I play shows, I play music that's very in your face or that basically commands the people to dance," he says. "You need music that really grabs the people's attention." Stääf will attempt to do just that when he makes a rare local appearance on Saturday, June 7, at the Monarch Theatre, 122 East Washington Street. Grandtheft is scheduled to open the night, which begins at 9 p.m. General admission is $15, VIP access is $35. See www.relentlessbeats.com.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.