Alibi V.20 No.15 • April 14-20, 2011 

Music to Your Ears

There’s such an abundance of exciting music events around town this week, it’s staggering. Here’s a rundown of the things not covered elsewhere in this here music section.

Experiments in Cinema

Burque’s annual celebration of cinematic experimentation comes with aural components: On Thursday, April 14, Spanish video artist Rafaël will present a new sound/image performance piece at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW). The show begins at 6 p.m. and admission is free. For more on the filmic fest, visit experimentsincinema.com.

The New Pornographers

There must be a Canadian law that states no fewer than six people can be in your rock band (and half of them have to speak French). One of Canada’s most famous musical conglomerates is The New Pornographers. The Vancouver indie rock group is comprised of A.C. Newman and upwards of a dozen other people who’ve been making music together for a decade and a half. On Thursday, the small army of musicians plays at the Sunshine Theater (120 Central SW) with Menomena. The show starts at 8 p.m. Admission to the all-ages event is $20. Visit sunshinetheaterlive.com for more.

Record Store Day

After brunch on Saturday, April 16, stop by Mecca Music & Books (1404 Central SW) and worship in the church that is the independently owned record store. Record Store Day is a national celebration of the culture surrounding these stores, and it sometimes involves free loot (though no promises are being made here). Mecca owner Rocky is always stocked with choice stuff and endearing insults—which is exactly how it should be. Find out more about Record Store Day at recordstoreday.com.

Yelle

In support of second album Safari Disco Club, French dance-pop group Yelle—after the stage name of singer Julie Budet—makes a stop at the Launchpad (618 Central SW) on Tuesday night. American act the French Horn Rebellion along with The DA featuring DJ Dizzan provide supplementary performances. The supercool all-ages show begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $12. More on that at launchpadrocks.com.