My Facebook newsfeed has been abuzz about tonight’s St. Vincent show. Daily News contributor Paul Flahive talked to St. Vincent mastermind Annie Clark about her visit to Alaska and what it means to be a working musician in what she calls the “musical middle class.” Tonight’s show starts 7:30 p.m. at Wendy Williamson. Last I heard, tickets are still available: $30 at the door, $20 for students. Check uaatix.com for info.
We highlighted a couple more noteworthy shows in the Hot Picks. One of those is Randy Newman, who made a name for himself in the ‘70s with satirical and often sarcastic songs. These days his focus has mostly been music for film, including the hit “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” first heard in “Toy Story.” Newman performs 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Atwood Concert Hall. Tickets are $29-$75. Visit centertix.net for info.
The other is a showcase of local lyrical talent. Some of Anchorage’s most prominent songwriters and poets share the stage tonight for the Acoustic North showcase. Performers include Melissa Mitchell, Amy Lou, Jared Woods, Marian Call, Liz Malys, Corinna Delgado and more. Show starts 8 p.m. at Snow Goose Theater. Tickets are $10-$15. The showcase will also be streaming online. Check mariancall.com for details.
And while we didn't make mention of this in the print edition of Play, tomorrow is Record Store Day. Stores across the country are participating, with a slew of special releases coming out to coincide with the event, including a Radiohead 12" record, four tracks from Daft Punk's "Tron: Legacy" soundtrack on translucent vinyl, a live EP from the Decemberists and much more. According to the Record Store Day website, the only participating store in Alaska is Mammoth Music downtown.
Be sure to check arts reporter Mike Dunham’s suggestions for getting out and about in his Art Scene roundup. And if you feel like catching a flick this weekend, film critic Roger Moore has nothing but good things to say about “Rio.”
Have fun out there.