Tuesday, September 15, 2009

TUES 9/15: Roots, Rock, Opera, Skeptics

Isn't that the best T map you've ever seen? Who cares if it won't help most people...

Update: The photo now links to a page where you can buy a print of it.

Even though the Red Line seemed to have a few delayed stops this morning, the conductor's announcements entertained some of us. Maybe someone pissed in her Wheaties in this morning, but we heard irritated admonishments at several stations.

It culminated at Downtown Crossing when she said:

That's what you get for blocking the door with body parts!


TUES 9/15

7pm to 10pm
Boston Skeptics in the Pub: "What's the Harm?"
at Tommy Doyle's (upstairs), 96 Winthrop St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

It's the skeptical view from Down Under with Australian scientist Dr. Rachael Dunlop. Come with an open yet questioning mind that's looking for evidence and sound reasoning -- and please no "shrimp on the barbie" jokes.


TUES 9/15

Cassavettes (7pm), Mia Dyson (10pm)
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)

Wanted to go to Toad last Tuesday? Cassavettes and Mia returned just for you.

From gig to gig, I've Cassavettes hit multiple points on the roots-to-rock meter. Who knows what mood they'll be in, but the room size suggests they'll be in an easygoing alt-country groove tonight.

For some reason, I haven't paid attention to Mia Dyson despite she's been playing loads of local gigs. It turns out Dyson has a beautifully husky voice, and she writes meaningful songs that complement her bluesy delivery so well. There must be a good story lurking since she's originally from Australia where she won the equivalent of a Grammy in '05. We should catch her solo performances while she's still hanging around town.

TUES 9/15

"Holy Ghosts: An Opera"
at Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass Ave, Boston (Back Bay)
$10 / $5 under-18 & seniors

I listened to a snippet of Larry Bell's vocal music, and it's still in the classical tradition that you'd expect for opera even though much of the action takes place in a Pentecostal church.

The opera (with 22 singers) is based on a play by Romulus Linney who included quite a bit of historical and religious accuracy. Yes, people speak in tongues and handle snakes, etc.

The production is "fully staged with costumes and lighting."


TUES 9/15

Jess Tardy w/ guests
at Sally O'Brien's, 335 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
FREE / 21+

Through high school and college, Jess was on an impressive track towards jazz saxophone and vocals. She decided to write her own soulful, rootsy stuff, and it looks like one of her regular gigs is Tuesday at Sally O'Brien's.

TUES 9/15

Ramona Falls, Brian Bonz & The Dot Hongs
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$9 / 18+

If you like Menonema, you should dig Ramona Falls which is the side project of one member and the touring band includes the Menonema drummer on bass. The music is dreamy indie-rock that gracefully moves through songs, song sections, and emotions. I think of dreams, because listening with eyes closed can give the sensation of floating/flying above a strange landscape.

As much as the two words "Dot Hongs" (friggin' Brooklyn...) put a sour look on my face, the music of Brian Bonz & co. easily wipes that look away by their well-orchestrated indie-pop.

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