Wednesday, August 26, 2009

WED 8/26: Music & Vodka

Now that Teddy is gone, it feels like the end of an era. One of the historic Senators will belly up to the "big country club lounge in the sky"...


WED 8/26

Larcenist, Static of the Gods, The Shondes, Ian Adams
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$9 / 18+

Fantastic local music blog Ryan's Smashing Life has put together another smashingly fine lineup of bands. As usual, they get a nice variety.

Larcenist is bound to touch on lots of influences when there are 4 songwriters (and 5 singers) in one band. There's still an earnestly rockin' continuity though. R.S.L. must really like Static of the Gods, because they book this band for most of their shows. When I saw Static of the Gods, they made quite a turbulent, melodic, riff-tastic noise for three people. The Shondes offer their personal version of the oh-so-typical queer, Jewish rock band... Don't miss Ian Adams who has chilled out from his previous horror-billy projects (e.g. Rock City Crimewave) to make something pretty damn cool.

WED 8/26

Mr. Sister (11:30pm), Ryan Lee Crosby (10:40pm), Sydney Wayser (9:50pm), St. Claire (9pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$8 / 18+

Wow. This is a night of evocative songs and intense singers in a generally quiet mode. When Sydney Wayser was a student at Berklee, it seemed like she played every week at Matt Murphy's, and now the Brooklyn-based artist has fully developed into a major-league singer-songwriter.

WED 8/26

The Mieka Canon, Bess Rogers & Her Band
at Lizard Lounge/Cambridge Common, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge (between Harvard Sq & Porter Sq)
$5 / 21+

Mieka Pauley = awesomeness. This is the last Wednesday in August, but let's hope she returns soon. Bess Rogers & Her Band = potentially awesome. On first listen, her songs didn't grab me by the throat and wrestle me to the ground -- but that would be a rather aggressive music... I sense a sassy attitude on top of well-written and lovingly-performed songs.

WED 8/26

Holy Ghost Tent Revival
at Johnny D's, 17 Holland St, Somerville (Davis Sq)
$8 / 21+

When I saw the name, I expected hippie-bluegrass for some reason. The sound is mainly acoustic that includes banjo and trombone, so there's a big stew with chunks of jazz and rock. I'd recommend them if you dig the bands that play at the Honk Festival.

WED 8/26

Absolut Boston Tasting
at District, 180 Lincoln St, Boston (Ladder District)
FREE w/ RSVP / 21+

You probably still have a chance to RSVP, since I read about it in an email from yesterday afternoon (and passed it on). Be fabulous and drink tea & elderflower vodka for free.

When you RSVP, be sure to give your full name.

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