Thursday, April 03, 2008

THUR 4/3: Mucho Music (& Chocolate on FRI 4/4)

Harris Residency, O'Briens
THUR 4/3

Harris, Okay Thursday, Talk Modern, The Woodrow Wilsons
at O'Brien's, 3 Harvard St, Allston
$7 / 21+

The subtitle for this gig could be "Beginning, Middle, and End".

It's the first night of an April/Thursday residency for Harris, and it's the first-ever show for Talk Modern. They seem to have a languid, slightly glam sound like QoTSA but not as hard. On Talk Modern's MySpace, you can hear a cool cover of "Down The Line" by Jose Gonzalez. Sadly, this is the last Okay Thursday performance. I've always enjoyed their spunky, economical pop-rock -- there's no extraneous bits in the songs or the instrumentation. I wish there were more bands like Okay Thursday, not less.

As for the 'middle', I think Harris is in the middle of something good. The recordings highlight an clean yet eclectic sound, and they straight-up rocked when I saw them live. They claim to be doing a different set each week of the residency. The Woodrow Wilsons don't list the instruments, but I think I heard acoustic guitar, bass, drums, banjo, ukulele, accordion, and trombone in their neo-chamber-folk-rock thing. The disarming vocals goads you to pay closer attention to the songs as if these are ancient folks songs.

Listen to a podcast about tonight.

THUR 4/3

John Powhida Int'l Airport, The Ragamuffins Of Love (10pm); Dave Alpert (7pm)
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)

John Powhida is also playing every Thursday at Toad (for free, of course). I especially like the name of openers, The Ragamuffins Of Love. Early show Dave Alpert isn't bad either.

THUR 4/3

"Remembering Max Roach"
at Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass Ave, Boston (Back Bay)

If you love drumming, the Percussion Department Award Winners Concert in tribute to the great Max Roach will be an embarrassment of (Buddy?) riches...

THUR 4/3

5:30pm to 8:30pm
Grand Wine Tasting
at Blanchard's, 741 Centre St, Jamaica Plain

If you're in JP tonight, why not enjoy some free booze 'n snacks...?

More Thursday fun below.

NOTE: The "Awake: A Reader for the Sleepless" reading at The Middle East has been cancelled.

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FRI 4/4

7:30pm to 9pm
A Fair Trade Chocolate Tasting
at Stratton Student Center, 84 Mass Avenue, Cambridge (MIT campus)
$5 / FREE for MIT-people

I'm putting this out there for the chocolate-lovers. The Kallari Association wants to bring organic, fair trade to the lips of America. There will be a presentation about the production, types, etc. and a tasting of dark chocolates.

I think an RSVP is recommended, even if you don't have a MIT email account.

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