Not content to be another dumbed-down garage rock band, Warpaint plays with a sophistication that few of their peers can muster, even if they had the good sense to try. The group has a subtle approach that never pushes too hard to make a point, but rather allows the listener to draw his or her own conclusions. They were one of the highlights of last year's Index Festival, and we'll be glad to see them again.
German-Iranian artist Bettina Pousttchi is known for her photography, videos, and sculpture, works that challenge the veracity of the documentary image, question the constructed nature of memory, and respond to the implications of time and history in architecture. At the Nasher, the artist will use these mediums to transform one of the galleries into a blacktopped streetscape, recalling the Arts District’s oft-forgotten, mid-20th century identity as a glut of gas stations and parking lots known as “Automobile Row.”