Cool Icelandic Music documentary, and Boston music this weekend

OK. It’s snowing. It’s been snowing. It will continue to snow. Snowmageddon, Snowpocalpyse, #snow, whatever you want to call it, it’s here. In honor of all the snow, here at goby we’re checking out music from a place that’s warmer than Boston. Iceland. Seriously. It’s warmer in Reykjavík than Boston today. Anyway. Check out this documentary about Icelandic music – there’s some cool new music here. Ok, now back to our regular programming, Boston concerts this weekend.

Combining Latin, Hip Hop and World beats, Ozomatli comes to the Royale Friday night. Your feet will move whether they want to or not.

Robyn. Friday. House of Blues.

Wavves, Best Coast and more at the Paradise on Friday night.

If your tastes run this way, 15-time Grammy winner and international treasure Tony Bennett will perform at the Wang Theatre on Saturday.

Joshua Bell might be one of the best violinists in the world. Check this out. His violin is a Stradivarius that cost almost $4M. Seriously. He’s also been involved in some cool stuff, including this (via Wikipedia:).

In a curious experiment initiated by Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten, Bell donned a baseball cap and played as an incognito street busker at the Metro subway station L’Enfant Plaza in Washington, D.C. on January 12, 2007. The experiment was videotaped on hidden camera; among 1,097 people who passed by, only seven stopped to listen to him, and only one recognized him. For his nearly 45-minute performance, Bell collected $32.17 from 27 passersby (excluding $20 from the passerby who recognized him). Weingarten won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing for his article on the experiment.

Bell plays Friday night at Symphony hall.

Viktor Ullmann and poet Petr Kien were prisoners in the concentration camp Terezin, where they created this almost inconceivably wry and touching opera, entitled The Emperor of Atlantis. They died at Auschwitz. Their opera survives – an allusive, haunting, texturally rich testament to their spirit. At the Calderwood Pavilion of the BCA in the South End.

Breaking with our usual rules, there are a few Thursday shows important enough to bring to your attention:

When you were younger (a long time ago!), do you remember the guilty pleasure of “Play that funky music” by Wild Cherry? If so, go see Chromeo at the House of Blues on Thursday.

John Mellencamp. Nuff said, you like him or you don’t. In Lowell.

Neko Case – folk? country? bluegrass? alt-country? indie? rock? who knows? who cares? she’s amazing. go see her. At the Wilbur Theater.

You can see this list in more detail here.

As always, drink responsibly (or better yet get a driver!), drive safely, and information on all this and more can be found at boston music this weekend.

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