SATURDAY

The times are a-changin’ in the local indie-rock scene. Over the last few years, a disproportionate number of musicians are trading their axes and electrics in for more traditional weapons—clarinets, cellos, violins, upright basses—and turning their studiously avant-garde musicianship toward free jazz, sound installations, and even chamber music. The local alternative-music scene has always eschewed rock clubs in favor of community spaces whenever possible, but the new movement—with Arlington’s Punk Not Rock Salon series and a handful of new gallery/concert spaces as its focal point—makes an even stronger case in favor of intimate venues. Tonight’s show at the La Casa Community Center is a great example: Headlining band Laconic Chamber (laconic being the operative word) drives the subtle point of Dorothy Geller’s haunting vocals home with minimalist arrangements of violin, percussion, guitar, bass, and clarinet; Australian psychedelic-pop and acid-folk label Camera Obscura describes the Chamber’s debut album, A History of Epidemics, as “haunted, post-everything chamber rock.” Drum-cello-bass trio Qui Vicino, which shares the bill, offers driving jazz instrumentals, jittery string meditations, and a clearer betrayal of its punk-rock roots. In addition to the bands’ truly independent indie rock, enjoy works of art curated by Stack-It-Up Productions’ Victoria Reis and created by Antonia Tricarico, Lely Constantinople, Sadie Laska, and Katie MacKaye. At 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18, at the La Casa Community Center, 3166 Mount Pleasant St. NW. $5. (301) 891-7189. (Colin Bane)