Feb. 21 - 27 in nightlife: Future Islands, Lady Gaga, Transmodern Festival, Jonathan Richman
The beautiful poster at right? It's to promote that free Future Islands show at the Patterson I blogged about a while ago. The show also celebrates Creative Alliance's artist residency program. Elsewhere this week, there are a surprising number of shows in Spanish, starting tonight. And, at least one show by a Madonna knock-off.
On Monday, tropicalia songwriter Vinicius Cantuaria and guitarist Bill Frisell perform a low-key jazzy set at An Die Musik, 409 N. Charles St. Starts at 8 p.m. $33.
On Tuesday, enjoy a night of Spanish minimal synth at Golden West courtesy of the excellent Argentinian-Berliners Mueran Humanos. This a rare show. Listen to "Cosmeticos para Cristo (Cosmetics for Christ)" here. Doors open at 10 p.m. $5.
On Wednesday, the free weekly Friendsdayz party takes place upstairs at the Ottobar. 9 p.m. at 2549 N. Howard St. Free for 21 and over. In D.C.: Subterranean A hosts an all-Baltimore show - Lower Dens, Weekends, Secret Mountains. Starts at 8 p.m. at 1432 R St. NW. $7.
On Thursday, new wave rules at the Ottobar; Twin Shadow performs. 8 p.m. $10. Of general interest: Lady Gaga plays a sold-out Verizon Center. Expect watered-down covers of "Express Yourself."
On Friday, Catonsville's Height kicks-off a long tour at Golden West. Emily Slaughter, of AK Slaughter, will also perform. 10 p.m. at 1105 West 36th Street. $5. Also: Dan Deacon and Matmos' Martin Schmidt perform at a benefit for the Transmodern Festival at Floristree, 405 W. Franklin. Lexie Mountain, who you might also know from the Midnight Sun comments section, hosts. Starts at 9:30. $12.
On Saturday, the Patterson hosts two free sets by Future Islands. The acoustic set starts at 7 p.m. at the main gallery, followed by a full performance at the theater at 9 p.m. 3134 Eastern Ave.
On Sunday, adorably nebbish Jonathan Richman croons at the 8X10, 8-10 E. Cross St. No doubt his banter will be better than James Franco's, who'll be playing "James Franco, Oscar host" at the Academy Awards around the same time. Doors open at 7 p.m. $14.
On a separate note: I'm always looking to include more bar-centric events on these calendar posts, but aside from Elliott's Pour House, which is aggressively pro- social media, I don't get many heads-up. Bars, listen here, send your upcoming events to email@example.com.