Shake your tail feathers this Saturday to some traditional tunes from locales like Albania, Macedonia and Greece at Goddess of Arno’s 14th Annual Spring Balkan Dance Party. The award-winning six-piece band combines classic Balkan and Rom (Gypsy) instrumentation and singing with its own playfulness and improvisation. Think hand drums, violin, saxophone and tamboura—a funky lute—combined with guitar and electric bass. A master folk-dancer will lead traditional Balkan line dances, with a crash course for novices at the top of the party. Footwork instruction starts at 7:15 p.m., official party at 8 p.m.
Arcade Ambience Project
As a teenager I spent waaaay too much time in my home town's arcade; my best friend would lift the keys from his brother-in-law who ran the place, and we would sneak in after hours to gorge ourselves on games. The exact details of those days have mostly faded from my mind, but after stumbling across Andy Hofle's Arcade Ambience Project, a lot of the memories came rushing back. Andy misses the classic arcade as well, and has created a series of soundscapes designed to evoke those good old days. Most of the audio was sampled from playthroughs of dozens of (MAME emulated) classic arcade games, but he's also mixed in recordings of the coin changers and background hum from his local arcade to fill out the picture. To my ear, the full-tilt cacophony he winds up with goes super-