Getting Up Guide: Isobel Campbell, Mark Lanegan; Bluebrain
What are your plans tonight? The Getting Up Guide is here to help you answer that question. Here's what's happening Friday:
Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
Dark without being gloomy, the continuing songwriting partnership between the feather-tongued Isobel Campbell (formerly of Belle and Sebastian) and the the guttural murmurs of Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age) is a fascinating sonic mixture of light and heavy. Hear songs from their latest album, "Hawk," at the Rock & Roll Hotel at 8 p.m.
The team that elevated snark-laden screening-room commentary from an annoyance to a comedic art with "Mystery Science Theater 3000" returns with "Cinematic Titanic," a live retooling of the '90s cult series and its cast of film-snob robots. A screening of the poorly dubbed 1968 Japanese sci-fi thriller, "War of the Insects," will face the withering barbs of "MST3K" alumni Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, J. Elvis Weinstein, Frank Conniff and Mary Jo Pehl at 8 p.m. in Lisner Auditorium.
Bluebrain (Update: This event is on Saturday)
Rosslyn's new Artisphere welcomes favorite local experimental/art-music DJ duo Bluebrain, who can seriously keep a dance floor moving when they're not coming up with unusual ideas like a boombox parade on the Mall or creating ambient soundscapes with iTunes tracks. This show has "some surprises in store," although some cats are already out of the bag. The biggest is a DJ set by Animal Collective's Geologist, who's known for his raw and sometimes weird sonic collages. At the other end of the spectrum, Batala, the all-woman Brazilian percussion band, is also performing. Tickets are $15, and the event is open to all ages.
-- Fritz Hahn and Alex Baldinger
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