* Chelsea Wolfe @ Saint Vitus / 1120 Manhattan Ave, Greenpoint (G to Greenpoint, 7 to Vernon Blvd/Jackson Ave), 8p/$8. Cali's doom-folk goddess Chelsea Wolfe stages her much-overdue NYC debut tonight, ahead of her 2nd LP "Apokalypsis" (on Pendu Sound), and it's totally appropriate she does it at my favorite black-walled and -ceiliinged and -floored metal bar. w/ Cult of Youth
* " Cold Fish - UNCUT" (dir. Sion Sono, 2010) screening @ Alamo Drafthouse S. Lamar / 1120 S. Lamar, 10p. Sono's bloodied barrage of domestic violence, deception and dismemberment around a tropical fish store will leave you gutted (pun intentional!). Luckily the Drafthouse serves alcohol, which you might need to propel yourself into the 2nd half, a propulsive ride towards a brutal — perhaps even cathartic — finale. All said, this is a phenomenal work and super-rare to see it uncut off the festival circuit. It'll give you nightmares, but it's worth it. ALSO THU
* "The Outfit" (dir. John Flynn, 1973) screening @ Alamo Drafthouse Ritz / 320 E 6th St, 10p. So you're the mob and you just royally screwed yourself by dissing Golden Age Robert Duvall (i.e. you murder his brother). Now he's out for revenge, and he's gonna rob you while he's at it.
* Yokohama Triennial 2011 @ Yokohama Museum of Art / 3-4-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi (Minatomirai Line to Mimatomrai Station, JR/Tokyu Toyoko or Yokohama Lines to Sakuragicho Station). Peter Coffin "Music for Plants", a music event w/in the artist's work "Untitled (Greenhouse)", which is decked in synths, mixers and amps amid the real foliage, feat. the unfettered noise of Jim O'Rourke! At 5:30p.
* Merzbow + TADZIO @ Mameromantic / B2 Daikanyama, Shibuya-ku (Tokyu Toyoko Line to Daikanyama Station), 6:30p/3000 yen. I want to attend this noise-fest BAD. Pairing skronk-punk cuties TADZIO (their debut LP rocks!) w/ legend Masami "Merzbow" Akita is atonal music to my ears. w/ a duet by Masaaki Kikuchi (electronics) and Tatsuya Yoshida (drums)
* "THE END" @ Christopher Henry Gallery / 127 Elizabeth St, 2nd Fl. Jason LeBlond curated the kind of four-artist group show I can get behind. Why? Check Kevin Baker's lush abstracts, accentuated w/ enamel paint and executed over Kentucky-proud oilcloths. Even better: Gabriel J. Shuldiner's corroded "Post-Apocalyptic Black" paintings, each like a custom black hole of nihilism. Plus visceral ephemera from Jordan Eagles (i.e. cows' blood, combined w/ copper and preserved in Plexiglas and resin) and Wonderpuss Octopus' assaultive packaged goods.
* Charlene Kaye @ Rockwood Music Hall / 184 Allen St (F to 2nd Ave), 6p/FREE. Prepare for enchantment, in this solo piano soiree by local singer-songwriter Kaye.
* "Pale Flower" (dir. Masahiro Shinoda, 1964) + "Double Suicide" (dir. Masahiro Shinoda, 1969) screenings @ Paramount Theatre / 713 Congress Ave, Austin, 7/9p. I was lucky enough to catch this Japanese New Wave filmmaker's pivotal work "Shinjuu-ten Amijima" (known stateside as "Double Suicide", but originally translates as the poetically badass "Amijima Effaced to Heaven by a Lovers' Suicide") at Japan Society's New Wave mini-fest. This is an excellent chance to catch Shinoda's deft blending of ritualistic old-school Japan w/ marginal down-and-out characters of then-contemporary society. ALSO FRI 7/9:10p
* "Starship Troopers" (dir. Paul Verhoeven, 1997) ACTION PACK Edition @ Alamo Drafthouse Ritz / 320 E 6th St, 7p. I totally mean to make one of these "Action Pack" showcases, which augment bonkers '80s and '90s action films w/ live pyrotechnics and audience cap guns. And honestly, I always dug "Starship Troopers" for its blatant boneheadedness, its farcical take on hoo-rah vs. "bugs", plus the unironic coed infantry.
* TADZIO @ O-Nest / 6F 2-3 Maruyama-cho, Shibuya-ku (Yamanote Line etc to Shibuya Station), 7p/2500 yen. A double-shot of grrrl noise-punk TADZIO? Sign me up! w/ the perpetual jazz-deconstructionists nhhmbase
* "Grave Encounters" (dirs. The Vicious Brothers, 2011) midnight screening @ Village East Cinema / 181 2nd St (L to 3rd Ave). This debut full-length from two filmmakers younger than me looks scary as hell. Insanely scary, if you will, as it's set in a derelict mental hospital and composed found-footage style. ALSO SAT
* "Fright Night 3D" in wide release (dir. Craig Gillespie, 2011). Yeah, all right, if you'd asked my take on this remake of Tom Holland's CLASSIC '80s HORROR FILM like two months ago, I'd been pretty damn skeptical. As in: why revamp greatness? But… what I've seen thus far (Colin Farrell as a very un-pretty-boy monster as lead villain Dandridge, '90s alt-queen Lisa Loeb as Evil Ed's mom, Imogen Poots — aka Tammy from "28 Weeks Later"! — as the girlfriend, and an overall authentically scary vibe) has me stoked, so there you go.
* "A Horrible Way to Die" (dir. Adam Wingard, 2010) @ reRun Theatre / 147 Front St, DUMBO (F to York St, AC to High St), 7/10p w/ writer/producer Simon Barrett! This new chiller from genre dynamo Wingard, which had its U.S. debut at Fantastic Fest last year, is a particularly twisted take on the serial killer film, w/ the escaped con rampaging to find his recovering ex-girlfriend. But one of those twists (perhaps less apparent to you non-cinephiles) is Joe Swanberg as the ex's new squeeze, playing an entirely serious role for this usual mumblecore deviant. Also SAT-SUN, 1p; MON-TUES 7/10p
* Hausu (dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1977) midnight screening @ IFC Center / 323 Sixth Ave (ACE/BDFM to W 4th St). No teen girl ghost story will ever match the Technicolor mayhem of HOUSE. If the high-school-aged beauties trekking off a painted landscape to old auntie's house don't send you for a loop, the creative savageries (and eye-wateringly intense in-camera effects) that await them totally will. Like Dario Argento through the mind of a preteen girl, super-cute yet incredibly disturbing. This film is LIST-approved for dopeness. ALSO SAT
* Black Pus @ Death By Audio / 49 S 2nd St, Williamsburg (L to Bedford, JM to Marcy), 8p/$8. Deposit masked man-maelstrom drummer Brian Chippendale (Black Pus/Lightning Bolt) w/in DBA's checkerboard environs, ideally on the floor, and you get TOTAL MIND OBLITERATION. His furious rhythms and barked vocalizations will rip paint from the walls. And as Chippendale steers you in varying forms of stagediving and moshing, you will lap it up like sunlight and love it. w/ Cosmonauts and Zulus
* Yellow Ostrich + Caged Animals @ Glasslands / 289 Kent Ave, Williamburg (L to Bedford, JM to Marcy), 8:30p/$10. Word of advice: show up early for Brooklyn's fractured dreampop outfit Caged Animals. Their new 7" "Girls on Medication" could change your life (or at least haunt your dreams). Headlining duo Yellow Ostrich put the freak(y) in freak-folk. w/ Exitmusic
* "3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy" (dir. Christopher Sun Lap Key, 2011) @ Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar / 1120 S Lamar Blvd, 7p. Hong Kong's first 3D erotic drama, which whupped "Avatar"'s ass in the box office and features a fair number of Japanese AV idols (incl. Saori Hara, whom the expert viewer may recall from "Horny House of Horror"). Sounds like essential viewing to me!
* Suzanna Choffel + Quiet Company @ Antones / 213 W 5th St, 9p/$10. Ahead of local piano-accented indie rockers Quiet Company's CD release show next month is this tiny coupling w/ smoky singer-songwriter Suzanna Choffel. w/ Courrier
* Lola-Cola + The French Inhales @ Beerland / 711 Red River, 9p. Bubblegum glitter punk, so claims Lola-Cola's Facebook page! Penny Cola fronts this sweaty dynamo of grimy guitars and shouty grrrl vox, a smart match for The French Inhales' sophisticated coed noise-rock. w/ Bike Problems
* The Scarlett Effect + The Beat Dolls @ Hole in the Wall / 2538 Guadalupe St, 10p/$5. That The Beat Dolls blend upbeat third-wave ska (their frontwoman Angie Munsey hails from a Dallas punk/ska background) with propulsive garage rock is like they formed just for me. They play my favorite dive w/ McAllen's The Scarlett Effect, four heart-breakers w/ a penchant for bluesy riff rock. w/ Ledaswan
* The Vickers + Fruits Explosion @ Shibuya Cyclone / B2 13-16 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku (JR Lines etc to Shibuya Station), 6:30p/2600 yen. Slinky hook-driven rock 'n' roll, that's what I'm talking about! Fruits Explosion (styled as "Fruit Sex Plosion", if that gives you any indication) have charismatic howler Lee as frontman over a skronk-rock core. Check newish single "Love is Stronger Than the Truth", ahead of their big kickoff tour. Tokyo mainstays The Vickers unleash blast-beat punk tunes w/ machine-gun intensity. w/ The JFK
* FREEDOMMUNE ZERO Festival @ Higashi-Ogishima East Park, Kawasaki City (take a free shuttle bus from Kawasaki Station East Exit, via the JR Kawasaki Line), 3p-6a!, FREE w/ RSVP. DOMMUNE (Shibuya's streaming studio that could; think Austin City Limits but for audiences of 50 at a time) unveils a stunning outdoor concert of techno, noise and even pop, spread over 40 acts and five stages. Hell, I'd go for the noise alone, which boasts Merzbow, Keiji Haino, Hijokaidan, Otomo Yoshihide, and Whitehouse/Cut Hands, but Detroit techno god Jeff Mills, tropic-percussive legion OOIOO and avant-chanteuse Salyu x Salyu keep things popping.
* "Iconoclast: Boyd Rice" (dir. Larry Wessel, 2010) screening @ Anthology Film Archives / 32 Second Ave (F to 2nd Ave), 7p. The American underground iconoclast Rice, aka noisician NON, the author, Satanist, UNPOP co-founder and undoubtedly many other pursuits I've failed to mention, is the subject of this four-hour "epic view". Wessel crafts the tale through Rice's own words, but the turbo-collaged subject matter (Charles Manson to Marilyn Manson, knives, industrial music, Bob Larson) must approach what it's like to actually spend a few hours w/in this guy's head. ALSO SUN 7p
* "Under the Sand" (dir. François Ozon, 2000) screening @ MoMA / 11 W 53rd St (E/M to 53rd/5th Ave, 6 to 51st St), 7:30p. Bit like a French take on Michelangelo Antonioni's Modernist classic "L'Avventura", or more realistically a taut investigation on loss and disillusionment, when university lecturer Marie's (Charlotte Rampling) husband vanishes off a SW French beach while she sunbathes. ALSO SUN 2p
* Warm Up: Juan Maclean + Blood Orange @ MoMA PS1 / 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City (E/M to 23rd St/Court, 7 to Courthouse Sq), 2p/FREE. Warm Up is on fire this season! I mean…what's better than some grit from Montreal DJ Grimes and some gloss from Houston TX's Solange Knowles, followed by Dev "Lightspeed Champion" Hynes' synth-funk outfit Blood Orange AND NY nouveau-disco mainstays Juan Maclean? If Nancy Whang adds her house vox to the mix = perfection.
* "The Soft Skin" (dir. François Truffaut, 1964) + "Vivre sa vie" (dir. Jean-Luc Godard, 1962) screenings @ Paramount Theatre / 713 Congress Ave, Austin, 4:30/6:50p. How does one pick two Nouvelle Vague classics to run as a double feature? I'd have a hell of a time and probably go w/ two JLG flicks, but I like the Paramount's thinking here. We've got a mid-60's beauty from Truffaut, a classic love triangle français, which isn't as well known as his one-two "Jules et Jim" and "The 400 Blows"; plus JLG's 12-episode early feature on muse Anna Karina, basically playing herself (except for the prostitution thing). ALSO SUN 4/6:20p
* Jean Grae (NYC) w/ DJ Mr. Len @ Scoot Inn / 1308 E 4th St, 9p/$15. So NYC got a Company Flow reunion, and rightfully so too considering these heavies represent the best of E. Coast underground hip-hop. Austin gets a slice of the action, via a queen of NY's indie scene, the indomitable Jean Grae, who brings polysyllabic fury to Co-Flow DJ Mr. Len's sick-ass beats. Gonna be a hot night.
* Natural Child (Nashville) + Liquor Store @ Spiderhouse Ballroom / 2906 Fruth, 10p/$5. I loved Natural Child's relentless southern-fried rock whenever they'd sweep through Brooklyn, and to see them in Austin (alongside touring partners and absolutely bonkers Jersey punks Liquor Store) just sounds like a riot. w/ OBN III's
* Yokohama Triennial 2011 talk @ Yokohama Museum of Art / 3-4-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi (Minatomirai Line to Mimatomrai Station, JR/Tokyu Toyoko or Yokohama Lines to Sakuragicho Station), 7-9p. Yoshihide Otomo, the legendary experimental musician and one-third the founders behind Project FUKUSHIMA! leads a discussion on the vitality of creative expression in NE Japan and beyond.
* "Nightmare", Torture Garden Japan 2011 Autumn Ball Pre-Party @ Akasaka Erebos / 3-11-14 Akasaka, Minato-ku (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line to Akasaka Station), 10p/3500 yen (or 2500 yen following dress-code). Perfect way to warm those bodies up to latex and leather, before the big bash next month. It pains me (pun?) that I cannot attend this, but for those of you in the know, it's a must-do event! w/ DJ Me:Ca, the cutest and fiercest official Torture Garden Japan DJ, plus a host of kinky performances.
* "The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant" (dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1973) @ IFC Center / 323 Sixth Ave (ACE/BDFM to W 4th St). This potent portrayal of acute attraction and regret, with an all-female cast (incl. recurring muse Margit Carstensen as the lead and chanson Hanna Schygulla the object of her obsession), was adapted by Fassbinder from his titular play.
* Alberto Mena "While I Sleep" @ B. Hollyman Gallery / 1202-A W Sixth St. The NY-based artist meditates on dreams and that blurry line b/w wakefulness and slumber. His debut solo exhibition in Austin features photographic prints w/ varying degrees of manipulation.
* "She's All That" (dir. Robert Iscove, 1999) screening @ Alamo Drafthouse Ritz / 320 E 6th St. Austin's "Cute Night" is totally "all that". And despite my rancor toward Freddie Prinze, Jr., his boyish look as all-star senior Zach (color-blocked sweaters, hangdog grin) makes up for it. Even better: the double-awesomeness of Jodi Lyn O'Keefe as A-list girlfriend and an "unknown" Rachael Leigh Cook as the socially awkward art student (but really a total hottie!). The ultimate: a choreographed dance scene to Fatboy Slim's "The Rockafeller Skank", w/ USHER as DJ!
* "Don't Panic" (dir. Rubén Galindo Jr., 1988) screening @ Alamo Drafthouse Ritz / 320 E 6th St, 9:45p. Take the best of '80s slasher films, throw in some "A Nightmare on Elm Street" conjuring hoodoo, then put the resulting knife-toting, teen-killin' demon Virgil against an adult male wearing child pajamas and voila! Possibly the only thing cooler than that previous sentence is "Don't Panic"'s decade-appropriate New Jack Swing theme song.
* Dntel @ Emo's / 603 Red River, 9p/$12. So Jimmy "Dntel" Tamborello is one glitch maven who made a successful splash in the mainstream, via indie-pop duo The Postal Service. w/ The One AM Radio
* Susan Philipsz "Did I Dream You Dreamed About Me" @ Mizuma Action / 2F 1-3-9 Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku (Tokyu Toyoko Line to Nakameguro Station). An enchanting little show in summer's twilight. Mizuma restates sonic pioneer Philipsz's two-speaker installation (which they unveiled at the main Ichigaya-tamachi space in 2007) for juuuust a quickie, i.e. it closes SAT. Don't miss it.
* "Cabin Fever" @ Mixed Greens / 531 W 26th St. A summer group show named after — but not necessarily extracting from — my favorite Eli Roth film (yes, on the record here, I dug "Cabin Fever" WAY more than "Hostel"). There is some B-horror tenseness here, via Josh Peters, Megan Crump and Mike Calway-Fagan, but the overall exhibition is steeped in a more generalized terror, like Jonathan Ehrenberg's looping two-channel video and Ilene Sunshine's wall-mounted sculpture. (ENDS FRI)
* Kosai Hori "Origin — naked place" @ Mizuma Art Gallery / 2F 3-13 Ichigayatamachi, Shinjuku-ku (Yurakucho/Nanboku Lines to Ichigaya Station). Hori's gestural mark-making makes us more aware of the works' borders and constraints. This exhibition includes some four years of his mineral pigment and oil paintings.
* Shingo Francis "Veils" @ Galerie Paris / 1F, 14 Nihon Odori, Naka-ku Yokohama-shi (Minatomirai Line to Nihon Odori Station — access from Shibuya Station). This is a bit of a haul out to Yokohama but totes worth it. Reason: Francis's incredible minimalist painting installations, resonant w/ some deep cosmic energy. I was lucky enough to meet the man during a residency/exhibition in NYC. (ENDS SAT)
* "Identity Crisis", curated by Hector Hernandez @ Grayduck Gallery / 608 W Monroe Dr. Altering oneself and its impact, both personal and outward, in society — whether that means a more explicit gesture (the mask) or a more subtle costume. Hernandez, painter/printmaker Carlos Donjuan and multimedia artist William Hundley (winner of the Juror's Award at Texas' 2007 Biennial) contribute. I dug this quite a bit. Donjuan's collages on birch panels bore Rene Magritte references, like the "veiled" women and perched birds in "I'm a Lady" and the prisms on "Where to", and I particularly liked Hernandez's own series "Mrs. Nitroglycerin", varyingly spare mixed media compositions or C-prints of a modelesque woman wielding a "Technicolor Ax".
* Daisuke Nagaoka @ hpgrp Tokyo / B1F 5-1-15 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku (Chiyoda/Hanzomon/Ginza Lines to Omotesando Station). Nagaoka animates his elaborate pencil and pen drawings into layered, erased and reconfigured scenarios — think a William Kentridge style physicality. (ENDS SUN)