Calendar: Aug. 18-24

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Wednesday, Aug. 18

Crystal Castles
If all you wanna do on a Wednesday night is thrash yourself into an out-of-body frenzy on a dance floor spinning with amped-up neon post-rave yupsters, then look no further. Toronto’s Crystal Castles have been whipping up lo-fi synth-bangers since 2006 that gleam the cube between the Cure’s most depressive atmospherics, mid-’80s house beats, 8-bit Atari sonics and an Argento Giallo flick. While Ethan Kath (who used to be in a GG Allin cover band) kicks the machinery and samples, black-hoodie-cloaked Alice Glass has been known to snake-charm crowds like a trance-inducing shaman.  Get close enough and you may be able to touch the hem of her dark garment. -Elliott Sharp

8pm. $25-$28. With Rusko, Sinden, Destructo + Dave P.  Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. 215.627.1332.

Silk Roads: Aravod
Armenia’s most famous export might be the genetic code endowing the Kardashian family with their unmistakable…features. But it turns out, long before Kim made a sex tape, the country had a flourishing culture of its own. The Silk Road Summer Nights music series honors ancient stops along the renowned trade route with musical performances by groups drawing on traditions as much as 2,000 years old. This week, Aravod, Armenian for “dawn,” performs songs spanning traditional Armenian folk and dance, Middle Eastern “Kef,” modern Armenian Continental/Estradayin and Rabiz, Arabic and Western classical music. The event is held at the city’s most vibrant oasis—the Penn Museum’s Warden Garden. Between the koi pond and the Museum’s vaulted entrance, guests can enjoy refreshments along with the casual concert. -Hannah Keyser

5pm. Donation. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, 3260 South St. 215.898.4000.

Thursday, Aug. 19

The Georgia Puppy Caravan
Take Me Home: The Story of the Georgia Puppy Caravan is the rough-cut premiere of a documentary that trails a wild field trip taken by a group of  volunteers from Hammonton, N.J., last August. Inspired by a school project in which students saved more than 100 dogs from a shelter in Georgia, Karen Talbot (LaSasso) organized a road trip down to the shelter so the kids could see the effects of their work firsthand. And by “road trip,” we mean a caravan of more than 100 cars and seven ARF (Animal Rescue Flight) airplanes with 22 tons of dog food trailed by documentarian David Von Roehm of Ningun Films and National Georgraphic in tow. “I don’t do anything small,” says Talbot. The result is a film of the project, scored by the kids in the program, who will perform the music at the Trocadero after the film screening. -Tara Murtha

6pm. Donation. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888.

Lee “Scratch” Perry
Although Bob Marley gets virtually all of the credit for turning reggae into a global phenomenon, it’s 74-year-old Jamaican native and crazy genius Lee “Scratch” Perry who actually pioneered the genre (and its more experimental cousin, dub, and even ska to some extent) back in the mid-’60s with his forward-thinking musicianship and production style. If you’ve never listened to such Perry-helmed albums as 1969’s The Upsetter or 1972’s Africa’s Blood, do it now. They’ll blow you away. Lately, Perry has been crafting a blend of dancehall, hip-hop and avant-garde sounds with help from Andrew W.K., Moby and members of Lightning Bolt and Matisyahu’s band. Accordingly, tonight’s show promises to be pretty wild and unpredictable. -Michael Alan Goldberg

8pm. $25-$38. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

The Song Remains The Same
You probably didn’t see Led Zeppelin live in 1973, and the Piazza, despite all its delusions of grandeur and (telecast) sporting events, is certainly no Madison Square Garden. But for one night we can all indulge in the collective hallucination as the Piazza projects The Song Remains the Same onto the big screen as part of its monthly Rockin’ Reels series. A front-row and behind-the-scenes record of the band’s 1973 MSG stint, the film is a rock and pyrotechnic explosion, full of impressive hair and woozy fantasy sequences (Robert Plant searching for the Holy Grail on horseback?). It’s a trippy time capsule from those heady days when “Stairway to Heaven” was fresh, Plant’s lion’s mane was attractive, and John Bonham had yet to take that infamous vodka breakfast. -Lauren Smith

7pm. Free. Piazza at Schmidts, N. Second St. and Germantown Ave. 215.467.4603.

Friday, Aug. 20

Bells Bells Bells
Amandah Romick and her freak-folk crew are tough to pin down; just when you think “Ah, they love Jefferson Airplane,” they turn into B-52’s-flavored psychedelic beach rockers. Or sometimes what seems like the height of a tripped-out circus nightmare breaks and turns into a King Crimson dirge. With 2009’s aptly named A Ghost Could Live Here, the local heroes have emerged as a band to watch, especially with the intoxicating and hypnotic rhythms of a song like “ Little Hours.” Yes, Grace Slick and Ms. Romick could be other-worldly sisters but, ya know, before those terrifying Starship days. -Bill Chenevert

9pm. $10. With Lo Power Plane, Giant Mind + Acres Of Diamonds. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 215.739.9684.

The Other Side Of The Water
Originally serving as the voice of rebellion first against French-imposed slavery and now against the various dictatorships, Haiti’s “Rara” music is powerful, theatric and, at times, controversial. The Other Side of the Water combines archival footage and vérité narratives to tell the story of a group of young immigrants who reinvent the traditional music form on the streets of Brooklyn. The documentary focuses on Pé Yves, who has led the Rara movement in New York for the past 20 years. Ultimately, it’s about the merging of Haitian and American cultures, ancient ceremonies and modern mentalities. The documentary will be shown with a short film profiling three women competing to be named Ebony Goddess—a title bestowed upon the carnival queen of the Afro-Brazilian all-black group Ilê Aiyê. -Hannah Keyser

7pm. $5. Scribe Video Center, 4212 Chestnut St., third floor. 215.222.4201.

Saturday, Aug. 21

Sly Artistic City
There are generally two camps of opinion when it comes to graffiti: curmudgeons who lament it as an unsightly symptom of youth delinquency, and those who appreciate its artistry.  If you’re one of the later, hit up the Pearl of Africa this Saturday night to catch Sly Artistic City, a film that chronicles our city’s rich history of street art from the 1960s to the present.  The brainchild of the legendary Notorious BIK, oft considered the godfather of wild style (those large, intricate pieces that are difficult to decipher, but awe-inspiringly beautiful), the documentary unveils a host of candid photos from the early days, and features interviews with prolific writers and public figures, including Mural Arts Program director Jane Golden.  At the very least, you’ll walk away with a renewed sense of Philly pride, championing your hometown as graffiti’s true birthplace, and cursing those New Yorkers for taking all the cred. -Lucy McGuigan

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