Culture compass: synth-rock, yeah maybe and prisoners

Here’s what you should be doing this weekend.

by Joe Cristo

Friday: Los Lokos Presents: Anodic Melange

I must admit that I’m not a huge fan of electronic music — it usually tends to be more boring than other musical experiences. Luckily, the acts here are well versed in live performances. Lazer Mission’s icy synths and throbbing bass pair perfectly with dirt-cheap drinks. It’s free and the food at Asian Taste is delectable.

Where: Asian Taste, 1400 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis

When: 10 p.m.

Cost: Free

Saturday: Yeah Maybe #14: Joe Smith

“Yeah Maybe” is one of the best places in the Twin Cities to see live music and incredible visual art — the DIY venue is a favorite of all ages. This week’s show is centered around the visual artist Joe Smith, and the music acts presented by Six Families include popular pep-rock band Fiji-13. It’s BYOB, so make sure you’re prepared.

Where: Yeah Maybe, 2528 E. 22nd St., Minneapolis

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Sunday: Adam Devine at Pantages Theatre

Sure, maybe Adam Devine is a bit obnoxious. I still have to admit that he makes me laugh, and his unassuming presence has brightened up nearly every comedy movie in the past two years. We’re also currently in the midst of the Pantages Theatre’s 100th year, so why not pay homage to a Twin Cities staple?

Where: Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $39.75


Watch this: “24: Legacy”

Okay, the television show “24” was problematic. Having started in the early 21st century, it was largely a reaction to 9/11 and featured an overzealous America seeking to destroy “terrorists.” Thanks to sharp writing and acting, however, “24” was one of the best shows of its era. Now it’s back, and the new series is just as good as its predecessor.

Listen to this: “Prisoner” by Ryan Adams

Hot off the success of his Taylor Swift cover album, singer-songwriter Ryan Adams has released his best album in the last ten years. Adams is undeniably one of the best songwriters of his generation, but he has been in a bit of a creative lull for a while. “Prisoner” is a throwback to a ’80s arena-rock aesthetic, but with a freak-folk ethos.

Watch this: John Wick: Chapter 2

With a funny yet deftly-serious script and a supporting cast that was undeniably incredible, the first John Wick was a return to form for Keanu Reeves. Picking up where the first movie left off, Wick finds out that a massive bounty has been placed on his head (basically from all the killing that took place in the first movie). Come for thrills, stay for a well-crafted film. ­