Monday, January 11, 2010

MON 1/11: Film, Rock, Dance

Yes, sometimes Mondays suck more than others. On the other hand, any day you wakwe up is a good day. Right?


MON 1/11

at Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston (Copley Sq)

More than most movies about the Civil War, this is one of those stories that represents heroic contributions of African-Americans to the conflict. Of course you have Matthew Broderick as the regiment leader; but it's based on the true story of the Massachusetts 54th regiment. (See the monument across the street from the State House.)

I remember seeing in the theater and liking it. This is the 2nd installment of the "Made in Massachusetts Film Series"; you can see "Amistad" in a couple weeks.

MON 1/11

Grant Hart, Mike Gent, Ian Adams
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 / 18+

It's going to be a relatively quiet night of awesomeness, when Grant Hart finally makes it to town after postponing his December gig. I saw Hart do an acoustic show a few years ago, and I probably just wanted to hear the drummer from Husker Du. It was a great set, which reminded me how many of my fave songs from that band were written by him.

I'm a fan of anything Figgs-related including Mike Gent's solo work or his Bostonish band The Gentlemen. Mike released a mellower solo CD last year, and I expect he's going to share his songs with voice and guitar.

I was already enjoying Ian Adams' chilled-out metamorphosis from louder, horrorbilly rock, but the lyrics are starting to seep in and the songs seem to make sense as a whole. I like more after every listen.

MON 1/11

"111 PARTY 111"
Feat: #1Dad & DJ Fred Mertz, Coralcola, DJ John Barera, Viva Viva
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$7 / 18+

If one is going to celebrate a day, why not pick one of the numerologically interesting days like 1/11? This dance party could also happen on 11/1, and let's not forget all the 1's in next year's dates. Besides the DJ's, I guess Viva Viva will rock out a set.

MON 1/11

Mount Peru, Broken River Prophet, Audrey Ryan
at Charlies Kitchen, 10 Eliot St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$5 / 21+

Go for the one-woman band experience that is Audrey Ryan; stay for the rest of the appealing indie-rock. Audrey Ryan serves up beautiful songs that are raised to the next level by a musicality that doesn't take the easy route.

Broken River Prophet take elements of Shoegaze and Americana to make their own dark, druggy blend with textures that offer different sonic bits to chew on for those who want to delve in. My expecations were pretty low when I saw the name "Mount Peru", but I believe anyone who listens will be pleasantly surprised by the lovably sloppy power-pop hopping out of the speakers.

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