Not much to add today. Besides the fabulous, folky four in Porter Sq, tonight's awesome cheapness was already on the list...
Feat: John Elliott, Raina Rose, Hugh McGowan, Tom Bianchi
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)
The Kerrville Folk Festival is a giant music fest that lasts over 2 weeks where the off-stage "campfire" sessions are just as anticipated as the scheduled performances. Two of our exemplary local guys, Hugh McGowan and Tom Bianchi, are joined two other singer-songwriters, John Elliott and Raina Rose. I wouldn't be surprised if you saw them up there together at various times. The four of them are playing all night.
From the Weekly List:
John K. Hodgman w/ Jonathan Coulton, "More Information Than You Require": Reading
at Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline
$5 (tix available at Brookline Booksmith)
Update: This is sold out, but you can always try to stand-by line...
He have dropped the "K", but as a fan of his first book (and Mac commercials as "PC" and McSweeney's pieces and "Daily Show" appearances) I will call him John K. Hodgman. After the absurdist, Pythonesque humor of his first book, "Areas of My Expertise", I'd read anything he writes. Hodgman returns to his hometown of Brookline for a reading from the 2nd book with Yale buddy & singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton pitching in with a little music here and there.
Jay Reatard, Cola Freaks, The Konks, Vancougar
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 advance / $12 day of show / 18+
Friggin' awesome punk rock from around the globe (and Boston) with headliner Jay Reatard. Extra points to an all-female band from Vancouver calling themselves "Vancougar". If you don't know how to get advance tix at the Middle East, ask there or email me.
Update: The Konks will play instead of The Tampoffs.
"Body of War"
at 'The Loft', 939 Boylston St, Boston (Back Bay)
This is a heartbreaking story of Thomas Young, a soldier who was serving in Iraq for a week before he was paralyzed. Phil Donahue co-directed so you can imgaine there's a lean to the left, but I believe the core of the documentary is a view into Young's life after Iraq.
Members of "Iraq Veterans Against the War" will facilitate a discussion.
(I assume The Loft is above Cafe 939...)