Friday, April 17, 2009

FRI 4/17: Folk, Rave, Rock, Jazz

Lotsa stuff happening today. Just don't forget to go outside and feel the warmth of the Sun!

I guess one could easily go to the Indigo Girls in-store and the Silent Rave tonight, but I doubt many will do both...


FRI 4/17

The Indigo Girls: Performance & Autograph Signing
at Newbury Comics, North Market Bldg, 4 Faneuil Hall Market Pl, Boston (Faneuil Hall)

What can I say? If you're a fan, you'll want to go for a few songs. I doubt they're going to do "Closer to Fine" at a free show...

FRI 4/17

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Spring Silent Rave
at Faneuil Hall Market Place, Boston

Put an hour (or so) of your favorite dance music on the iPod, and do your thang. It's the quitest fun this side of BPL. I did something similar for 15 minutes, and it was pretty fun...

It should be in front of Faneuil Hall. Look for the loitering hipsters...

FRI 4/17

Gravehaven (12:30am), The Dirty Truckers (11:30pm), The Luxury (10:30pm), Destruct-a-thon (9:30pm)
at Middle East - Downstairs, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 / 18+

Rock n' Roll Rumble Semifinals Night #2. Congrats to... Gene Dante & the Future Starlets who won last night.

If the Rumble were the MLB, this show like the AL East. Lots of strong competition that could go all the way if they can prevail over the immediate obstacles. My personal favorite is straight-ahead rock with killer songs and a twang, and The Dirty Truckers fit the bill although I hope their hygiene doesn't suffer much. [Update: I just reread this -- oof! What a lousy sentence.]

Destruct-a-thon is like a wrecking ball of potent metal. Gravehaven is loud and rocking, but add a little musical sophistication into the blend. I still can't get into The Luxury, but most people can. Heck, they won a opening spot for Coldplay's Boston gig. I'm going to guess... Destruct-a-thon goes on to the Finals.

FRI 4/17

The Woggles (Midnight), Muck & The Mires (11pm), The Konks (10pm), Watts (9pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

This is a mighty punch of garage-rock. Muck & The Mires are awesome; just super-tight, high-octane rock 'n roll. Atlanta's Woggles are famous for utting on an amazing live show. I've seen video clips, and they might explode in such a small room. It seems like The Konks don't play out as much since Abbey Lounge closed (Hmm...) That primal stomp knocked me out from the first time I saw the drums held up by milk crates -- and I still love it.

FRI 4/17

Yoni Gordon & The Goods, Diamond Mines, Pow Wow, Nightdriving
at PA's Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$8 -- 21+ / $11 -- 18+

If you don't want to rock out in Central Sq, PA's is the place. The Diamond Mines are one of my favorite bands. It's that soul/punk rock that's balanced perfectly to get you bouncing off the walls, and I really dig the tunes. Yoni Gordon is also pretty damn good. He's so intense, punky singer-songwriter who believes in what he's singing about 120%. The special prize in this crackerjack box is Pow Wow. Holy crap, these guys are friggin' indie-pop geniuses! Yeah, they're from Brooklyn and maybe there's dozens of similar bands, but I think these guys are the real thing.

FRI 4/17

Bob Mover Quartet
at The Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge (Inman Sq)

Bob Mover is one of the great underrated jazz saxophonists. Dude! He played in bands with Charles Mingus and Chet Baker and countless others. These are nights that make The Lily Pad a treasure in Inman Sq. This is top-shelf jazz for $10, and the incredible Esperanza Spalding will be on bass. (I didn't see how to turn the audio off Bob's home page, but you won't want to.)

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