Arts Desk

Weekend Music Roundup: Screen Vinyl Image, Modern Skirts, the Go-Go Awards

The Best of Friday:

Screen Vinyl Image is everything you want to listen to right now. The duo's new "Ice Station" 7-inch is awash in heady synths, notes of somber melancholy, and pyschy guitar that hints at their wintry Alcian Blue roots. With Counterfeit I, and Phonic Riot. 10 p.m. show. $8. Velvet Lounge.

It's taken Modern Skirts a few years to find their legs. The redneck outfit crept onto the Athens scene with 2005's Catalogue of Generous Men, a pleasant enough piano-pop debut that drew lots of comparisons to Ben Folds. Yeah, the Skirts weren't too crazy about that association, either. Highly finessed tunes meant for earbud listening have been replaced by home-mixed, doubled-up vocals ("Rebecca St. Claire") on this year's EP, Happy 81.  See them at the Iota Club with Deleted Scenes. 9 p.m. show. $12.

Canyon. Vandaveer. The Deadmen. John Bustine. Brandon Butler. 9 p.m. $12. Black Cat.

The Best of Saturday:

Two-time Grammy Award winning vocalist Diane "Deedles" Schuur plays at Blues Alley. Check out a recording of "September in the Rain" from the the 11-year old Shuur in 1964. Blues Alley. Call for time and cost.

Also Saturday: Colombian artists Alejo Aponte and LaTonera describe their collaborative Gente as "a cinematic record that tells the story of a man who wanders through the world discovering new roads, sounds, and faces." Ehh, I'd substitute "man" for the newest Amazonian find, the Caquetá titi monkey. Gente has a documentary-soundtrack feel, like it should be IMAX-ed out, playing alongside a 50-foot-tall 3-D Caquetá titi who's trekking dangerous savannas in search of new turf. No monkeys, no surround sound, just the band along with Elikeh at The Red Palace. 10 p.m. show. $15.

Chuck Brown. Rare Essence with James Funk. Suttle Thoughts. 10:30 show. $30-$50. 9:30 Club.

The Best of Sunday:

Go-Go Awards and Hall of Fame Induction. 7:00 p.m. $30-$60. Lincoln Theatre.

The Frames. With Jake Clemons. 7:00 p.m. doors. SOLD OUT. 9:30 Club.

Cannibal Corpse. Dying Fetus.Vital Remains. Devourment. 7:45 p.m. $18/ $22 door. Rock and Roll Hotel

The Rest of Friday:

Maceo Parker and Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. 8pm doors. $29. 9:30 Club.

Jason Kao Hwang's Edge Quartet. Free. 7:30 p.m. Quartet features Wang Guowei on erhu, Sun Li on pipa, Steve Howell on trombone, and Joseph Daley on tuba. Freer Gallery.

Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra Music Center 8 p.m. Call for price. Strathmore
Tony Martucci.  9 and 11 p.m. Also Nov. 20. Call for price. Twins Jazz.

Florencia en el Amazonas (Florencia in the Amazon): Mexican composer Daniel Catán’s  score features classic operatic plot elements, including disguised lovers, mistaken identities and dramatic natural disasters. 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $25. To Nov. 23. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Girlyman. Bluegrass trio. 8 p.m. Call for price. Wolf Trap.

The Rest of Saturday:

Ravi Coltrane Quartet. 8 p.m. $30. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $35. Harmony HallWPFW Benefit with Little Margie (from the Jewels), Jacques Johnson. Halo. SOLD OUT. Solar Eclipse.

Raas Chaos. Intercollegiate Dance Competition. 7:00 p.m. $23. Lisner Auditorium.
The Kennedys. 7 p.m. Jammin Java.

Eric Sommer 9 p.m. Donation based. BloomBars.

Cheryl Wheeler. 7:30 p.m. $29.50. Birchmere.
Chaise Lounge. 7:30 p.m. Call for price. Wolf Trap.

All Mighty Senators. Midnight Hike. Ivy Rose. 9:30 show. $10/$12. Rock and Roll Hotel.

The Rest of Sunday:

New Orleans night with Allen Toussaint, Nicholas Payton, and the Joe Krown Trio.  7pm. $22 – $44. George Mason Center for the Arts.
The Washington Chorus: The Essential Rachmaninoff. 5:00 p.m. $15 – $65. Kennedy Center.
Jazz Pianist Keiko Matsui. 7:30 p.m. $39.50. Birchmere.
The Jet Age. Dot Dash. $8.Black Cat.
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