Arthur Loves Plastic is a one-woman remix crew that takes music by local rock bands and turns it into techno dance tunes for the new millennium. On Friday the Grog & Tankard (202/333-3114) hosts the CD release party for ALP's remixes of the local combo Glassoline, who'll perform that night. One of the most provocative concerts of the year will surely be the Marks Brothers, Friday night at GWU's Phillips Hall (room B120) (202/232-5061). The band consists of avant-jazz upright bassists Mark Dresser and Mark Helias, performing mind-bending duets on their big wooden instruments. The annual "Hungry for Music" benefit performance takes place Friday at IOTA (703/522-8340), featuring many of the performers who contributed to this year's compilation benefit CD (on sale at the show): Honky Tonk Confidential, June Star, Cindy Cain and more. Friday and Saturday on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, you really should go see Margaret Leng Tan, the world's foremost toy piano performer. Tan takes her little keyboard utterly seriously, and will be performing a tribute to composer George Crumb.
The Dismemberment Plan's major label debut was derailed last year, but the CD they recorded for Interscope has just been released by the local DeSoto label. Catch this artful punk band's CD release performance Saturday at the Black Cat (202-667-7960), along with worthy locals Aerialist and Q and Not U, as well as Beat Down Sound. The Soul Crackers are one of the most durable (and best) bar bands in Washington's nightclub history. They'll hold their 16th annual reunion Saturday at Lewie's (301/652-1600) and will be joined by Groovy and the Towering Bouffants (who will be changing their name soon on account of a lawsuit). Saturday at Glen Echo's Spanish Ballroom, it's Peaches O'Dell & Her He-Man Orchestra, swinging madly. Get there at 8 and get a free dance lesson (301/492-6229)
Beginning at 5 Sunday, the Metro Cafe (202/518-7900) hosts a tribute to the late Haitian-American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. There'll be films about him and his work, discussions, poetry, DJs Munch and Danny Boy, hip-hop freestylers, the new band Make Love and much more.
Wednesday the Garage (202/331-7123) has some former Jonathan Fire*Eaters in a new band called Today Okay, along with guitar-popsters the Recoys and the Phobes.