Wednesday, October 07, 2009

WED 10/7: Take, Listen, Hear, Bob, Sway, Etc

So I didn't list Matt & Kim, because they must have received too many RSVP's for the free show. Still, White Rabbits and Black Joe Lewis are playing on Friday.


WED 10/7

4pm to 7pm
Get a Dunks Espresso Coupon
at MBTA Stations: Downtown Crossing, South Station, North Station, Harvard, Back Bay, Government Center

Did you know it was Fair Trade Month? Dunkin’ Donuts in association with TransFair USA and the Fair Trade Boston campaign is handing out coupons for a free espresso.

If someone wants to hand you something at the T this afternoon, take it!

WED 10/7

6pm to 8:30pm
Flyleaf Listening Party
at Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston (Fenway)
FREE / 18+

This is more notice than suggestion. Maybe someone wants to hear the new album "Memento Mori" with acoustic appearance by Lacey and Jared from the band.

Unless you listen to WAAF and win, it's "first-come, first-serve" entry.

WED 10/7

Christopher Klein, "The Die-Hard Sports Fan’s Guide to Boston": Reading
at Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline (Coolidge Corner)

With a town full of "die-hard sports fans", this book is bound to have plenty of bits they don't know (or "known at one point but forgotten").

Author Christopher Klein wrote a comprehensive guide to the Boston Harbor Islands a few years ago, and it seems he's on a mission to compile a series of indispensable handbooks to everything cool about the area. The book covers local sports history way beyond the "Big 4", and there's plenty of tips to stay on top of the current scene.

If you really want to dork out, he's charted out a "Boston Sports Trail" walking tour.

WED 10/7

8pm to 10pm
"Opera of the Future": Lecture & Demonstration
at Blacksmith House, 56 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

Elly Jessop (MIT Media Lab) shows how technology can change musical composition and performance (and beyond). It's intended for opera, but I wouldn't be surprised to see these devices adapted by other genres and stage productions.

She will probably demonstrate a "musical glove" to be used in "Death and the Powers", a new opera to debut next season at the A.R.T.

Advance registration is (probably) recommended.

(Yes, I'd rather listen to a lecture about technological advances in opera than listen to the new Flyleaf CD.)

WED 10/7

Arms & Sleepers (11:35pm), Junius (10:35pm), Metavari (9:40pm), Thunderhole (8:45pm)
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$9 advance / $10 door / 18+

It's not you typical rock show. Half of the bands don't sound like rock to me anyway.

Arms and Sleepers sounds like a dude playing with computers on the recording, but it turns out to be two guys -- that actually play with flair in concert. The drummer is pounding it out, but the ambient, orchestral pop wafting around it keeps it chill. (Their new CD has plenty of vocals, so hopefully they'll at least be sequenced.) Junious has the guitars going in a dark, shoegazey way that's pretty interesting. Metavari call themselves an instrumental rock-trio from Indiana, but there's a big piece of electro in their sound. Kicking everything off with a lot more gusto is the experimental, synthy rock of Thunderhole.

It's really good, and I'm not saying it has to be a rock show. It's just not your typical rock show.

(Those are the times I read; I never guarantee anything...)

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