Tuesday, January 19, 2010

TUES 1/19: Vote, Listen, Discuss

Whatever position you have about the national agenda, you should go out and vote today. It should be about the individual candidates, but you have the power to affect the political process more than any other MA Senatorial election in a long time.

You'd still have time for fun too...


TUES 1/19

Motion City Soundtrack: Acoustic Performance & Autograph Signing
at Newbury Comics, 332 Newbury Street, Boston (Back Bay)

Call me old-school, but their best albume was "Commit This To Memory", but the new CD sounds pretty good.

There have been long lines for bands with less devoted fans, so I'd guess there may be a chance that it will reach full capacity before everyone gets in.

TUES 1/19

7pm to 9pm
Rock Shop #2: “You Booked a Show... Now How Do You Get People There?"
at Middle East - Downstairs, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
FREE / All Ages

In this second in a series of monthly panel discussions aimed at local musicians, the Middle East's booking manager Kevin Hoskins will be joined by longtime Boston booker/promoter Shred and Steve Theo of Pirate! Promotion.

In my experience, the strategies likely to be shared tonight could work for almost any type of event. Respond to the Facebook invite or just show up. Bring questions.

TUES 1/19

La Tuza (7pm), The David Wax Museum (9pm)
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)

Both bands have played Toad, but I don't know if they've done the same night before. La Tuza is probably the premier Mexican roots band in Boston. Some may put The David Wax Museum in the same category, but I see them more as a folk/Americana that infuses a Mexican influence. (Should it be called Meximericana?) The bottom line is that you'll hear a couple hours of jaunty good-time music that doesn't hammer you over the head.

TUES 1/19

Spitzz, Anarchcunts, The Egos, Dr Bin Laden
at Jacques Underground, 79 Broadway, Boston (South End)

Bin Laden is in the South End tonight (Osama, not so much) at a punk show in the basement of a drag club.

TUES 1/19

Freelance Whales, Faces On Film, Animal Tropical
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$10 / 18+

It's a folky indie-pop night with Freelance Whales (from NYC) and Animal Tropical (Miami) on tour. When I heard "Generator^1st Floor" by Freelance Whales, it did sound a bit like a giant, ancient creature swimming around a sun-glittered ocean. I dig the detailed arrangements with freewheeling vibe.

I think the main attraction of Faces on Film is the delicately crafted songs, and it doesn't hurt that the entire band create a gorgeous, dreamy tapestry that wraps around them. From what I can tell, there are some knockout lyrics, but I'm sometimes removed by a perceived seriousness.

As far as Animal Tropical (fka The Down Home Southernaires?) seem like they really care about keeping their sense of humor while bouncing around genres; I was reminded of Talking-Heads-meets-Ween, but I can also believe some would compare them as a more comfortably multi-culti Vampire Weekend.

TUES 1/19

Monique Ortiz w/ Roger Miller, Larry Dersch
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass. Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
FREE / 21+

This is a really special night in Monique Ortiz's month-long Tuesday residency. Expect to hear some amazing interpretations of whatever material is played when guitarist/keyboardist Roger Miller (of Mission of Burma, others) joins Ortiz and drummer Larry Dersch. I might stay out late on a school night to hear what the Facebook page called, "...a night of experimental, improvisational music..."

1 comment:

michelle said...

david wax museum was excellent last night! toad is a lovely little venue.

also, rob, i hope it's okay to make a shout out about this upcoming event:

+ Sock Hop Sock Drive +

A 1950's style dance party to benefit patients of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.

cash bar + dance off + hand jive + hula hoop competition + limbo + raffle

cat eyes, beehives, and other fifties attire appreciated! but not required.

ENTRY FEE: 1 pair or package of New, White Socks (or $5)*


Elks Lodge in Cambridge
55 Bishop Allen Drive (Red line to Central Square)

Event sponsored by: Community Healthcorps Members at BHCHP and EBNHC, Massasoit Elks Lodge #129

Due to budget constraints and increased need, BHCHP has run out of socks to give to their patients. For many people, it can be a surprise to learn that a simple pair of socks can make a huge difference to someone living on the streets or in shelters. This is especially true in the winter. Rain-soaked feet, ill-fitting shoes, constant standing and diseases take their toll on the feet of people who are homeless. One of the most basic ways to keep feet healthy is to keep them warm and dry.