Sunday, February 15, 2009

SUN 2/15: Bike/Dance, Listen, Sway

Yes, there's a good rock show at the at Middle East (upstairs) tonight with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (and other good bands), but their name is just a bit too long for me to give them much love. Next time you're in town, think about something with two syllables that rhymes with "Ramones" if you want to get my attention... (Just kidding, folks! Sorta...)


SUN 2/15

Bikes not Bombs Dance Party Fundraiser
Feat: DJ's Patrick & Stella, DJ D'Hana, DJ LoneWolf
at Milky Way Lounge, 403 Centre St, Jamaica Plain
$5 to $20 (Whatever You Can Afford) / 21+

When Rick said it, I began to wonder what Bikes Not Bombs actually did. If you believe what you read on the Internet, it is a righteous cause; and I've seen their name connected to positive activities around town. Some folks don't work on Presidents Day, so it's really like Saturday tonight. So that means dance party!

The sliding-scale admission means you can pay between $5 and $20, depending on your charitable disposition. I like paying a low cover and buying a bunch of raffle tix. Check out the Boldsprints competitions (indoor bike races). If you get there early, there's free bowling from 6pm to 9pm.

SUN 2/15

Putnam Murdock
(8pm), Dylan Connor (10pm)
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)

Someone tipped me off to Dylan Connor, and it's true that I love his ragged powerpop songs, and he'll probably perform solo tonight -- but I'd sit there jealously when he cranks out one kick-ass song after another and sound just as good solo as with a band. Then I checked out Putnam Murdock and loved his pure folk goodness. If you go and he doesn't play "Lovers Gold", you should punch him in the stomach! That's a beautiful song that he should play everyday of his life.

SUN 2/15

Al Kooper & His 50's Rockabilly Trio
at Highland Kitchen, 150 Highland Ave, Somerville (Winter Hill)

Al probably doesn't even think of this as a real gig, but this is a real treat. The organist on Dylan's "Like a Rollin' Stone", one of the co-founders of Blood Sweat & Tears, the guy who discovered Lynyrd Skynyrd (and produced their first 3 albums), and man of so many other musical accomplishments lives in Winter Hill -- and he's heading down a delicious & hip restaurant a couple blocks away to play old-time rockabilly. If you don't walk out with a smile, I'll buy you a (domestic) beer.

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