Thursday, September 10, 2009

THUR 9/10: Art, Folk, Rock

Doesn't feel good that it's Thursday already? I'm feeling pretty good.

Btw, most of the Friday cheap items are already listed on the calendar (along with a few Saturday items). Check out the show at BU tomorrow. It's going to be excellent even though a lot of students will be there...


THUR 9/10

"Drawings That Work: 21st Drawing Show": Opening Reception
at Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston (South End)

Well-regarded artist and RISD professor Andrew Stein Raftery has chosen 36 drawings from the " the preliminary stages of the creative process to convey an idea."

Some of the prints are sparse, but they "demonstrate the preparatory phase of such mediums as sculpture, video, digital prints, collage and painted color studies."

There's a framework that's understandable and allows the viewers' imagination to go beyond the image's current state.

THUR 9/10

"The Grand Ole Hoot"
Feat: Vikesh Kapoor, Barna Howard, Old Hannah, Spitzer Space Telescope, Lonesome Vince & Friends
at YMCA Theater, 820 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$7 / All Ages

I remember seeing this article about these monthly Allston hootenannies in a guy's attic, and it appears that Lonesome Vince, the hoot dude, is heading out of town in the near future. This may not be the last hurrah, but it's likely to be the biggest of the hurrahs.

It seems like some have been touched by the hoots; it can be a powerful experience especially at close range in an Allston attic. However there's much space in this theatre for the passion to lose velocity or force. As JP's Whitehaus Family put on a freaky folk show earlier this year at the Y's anachronistic theatre, this is the right kind of venue for such a concert.

The plan is to keep a fun, unpretentious spirit where people feel like a part of the performance. Usually there is a 2-song limit, but I assume the artists may get the stretch out a bit. While all may fall under the "folk" umbrella, there's going to be a mix of approaches.

Expect the format to have an old-time radio vibe with Lonesome Vince as the host. I read there may be cornbread and lemonade for any of the folks that show up.

This Phoenix video gives you a good idea of what usually happens:

THUR 9/10

Apollo Run, Julius C
at Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St, Boston (Back Bay)

Apollo Run mashes genres together to make some splendid pop music that would appeal to fans of Jeff Buckley (the high melodies) or Jon Brion (the spot-on musicianship). Berklee's Cafe 939 is a good venue for both bands, because Julius C also collectively have a serious amount of chops for their tight funky soul-rock with a pop sensibility.

Hey, you won't spend much money on drinks (because they don't have a bar)...

THUR 9/10

The Intelligence, The Konks, The Tampoffs
at O'Brien's, 3 Harvard St, Allston
$10 / 21+

So The Konks were supposed to have a new 7" record available tonight, but that didn't work out. They will still drill a nasty garage-punk hole in your head with a rusty bit, and you'll like it.

The Intelligence may blow your mind a bit. (That roughly drilled hole in your head from the preceding Konks set may ease any discharge...) Noisy, lo-fi, new-wavey, punky awesomeness from the other Portland.

The Tampoffs get everything going with fast, loud, in-your-face garagey-punk. Close your eyes and pretend you're at the Abbey Lounge.

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