Friday, March 05, 2010

FRI 3/5: Music & Film

Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents
I was a boy scout for about a year based on a technicality, but I want to raise my fingers and pledge that I won't screw up this weekend's posts like last week...

Yes, I mentioned the Harvard Divinity Buddhist presentation yesterday. I still wanted to let you know there's a Haitian "vodou" service tonight for those who passed on last month. The requested donation is $15 which benefits Partners in Health's Haiti relief, but I think you'll find it eye-opening yet still mysterious.


FRI 3/5

Pretty & Nice, Title Tracks, Gary B & the Notions
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 / 18+

It's rare to get this much outstanding powerpop at this hour of the night. I really believe it's going to start close to 7pm. I've been a fan of Pretty & Nice from the first time I heard that juiced-up powerpop, and they've expanded the sound while still keeping it awesome. Title Tracks pretty damn close to what I hear in my head when thinking about powerpop in the abstract -- the vocals just right, the guitars just right, the songs appropriately melodic but with some grit. There's a bit more grit in tunes of Gary B & the Notions, but I like it.

FRI 3/5

"The Age of Stupid": Screening
at First Parish Church, 3 Church St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$5 suggested donation

Watch a different approach to the environmental documentary. The film is framed by actor Pete Postlethwaite portraying a lone surviving archivist in 2055 looking back at the inaction of "the past". The filmmakers spent 3 years filming different personal stories from around the world, which is buffered by other clips and interviews.

I imagine there will be a discussion as well, since the First Parish Climate Justice Task Force has organized the screening.

FRI 3/5

Barrence Whitfield & the Monkey Hips, Jenny Dee & the Dee-linquents, Jordan Valentine & the Sunday Sinners, Gene Dante & the Future Starlets, The Blizzard of 78, Jed Parish
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)


12:10am -- Barrence Whitfield & the Monkey Hips
11:05pm -- Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents
10:30pm -- Jordan Valentine & the Sunday Saints
10pm -- Gene Dante & the Future Starlets
9:30pm -- The Blizzard of 78
9pm -- Jed Parish
8pm -- Eli Reed & Soul-Le-Lujah DJ's spin soul

When I was in high school, I remember watching concert films called the TAMI & TNT shows. They put on shows back in the '60s where The Rolling Stones and Beach Boys would play on the same bill as The Supremes and James Brown -- or The Lovin' Spoonful and The Byrds with The Ronettes and Ike & Tina Turner.

It's Soul and Rock explosion with too many damn good bands in one night. The night is capped by the amazing soul/R&B/ rock shouter Barrence Whitfield and one of his savage backing bands of local music ninjas The Monkey Hips. Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents are celebrating their CD release of 10 original, your-new-favorites of soul revival and a reimagining of "Shake Some Action" that songwriter Cyril Jordan called "fantastic" and gave him insight on his own song. It's a double-shot of big group soul thanks to the Memphis/NOLA vibe of Jordan Valentine & the Sunday Saints.

That could've been enough for mind-blowing show, but they had to include glamtastic Gene Dante and top-rocking Blizzard of '78. I don't know what Jed Parish (ex-Gravel Pit) will play, but it will be great. Get there early and get in the mood with DJ's Eli "Paperboy" Reed & Soul-Le-Lujah.

FRI 3/5

The Big Big Bucks, Babydriver, The Diamond Mines, Four Eyes
at O'Brien's, 3 Harvard St, Allston
$7 / 21+

I'd love to give this gig two big thumbs up; because I really dig The Diamond Mines, and The Big Big Bucks rock out too. Unfortunately I couldn't listen to Babydriver or Four Eyes due to technical issues. I'm pissed off at the internet and am taking it out on these guys. But I'm guessing their good... I wanted to offer some good cheap rock on the other side of the river.

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Deafened By Love To Play Berklee Charity Performance At Café 939 on March 24, 2010

Massachusetts based Deafened By Love will appear live at a benefit concert at Café 939 on Wednesday March 24th. All proceeds from the 7pm show will be donated to the Berklee College of Music Scholarship Fund. “We are excited to have the chance to use our talents and passion to make a difference and further music education,” Says guitarist John Prusinski.
In just a short time Deafened By Love has built a large Northeast indie rock following. The band tours on a regular basis across New England and New York, performing original tunes reminiscent of artists such as The Pretenders and the Cowboy Junkies.
The Bay State band has been grabbing the attention of industry insiders as of late. recently honored the artists as “The SonicBids Emerging Artist of the Week”. writer Keith Hannaleck comments on the bands music, “Dreamy vocals with instrumentation to match”. Radio has also begun to take notice, with Rishi Connelly of WBCR proclaiming, “They are my favorite band!”

With the Berklee benefit show coming up, Deafened By Love is now looking to grab the attention of music fans in Boston.
Deafened By Love
Wednesday, March 24th
The Red Room @ Café 939
939 Boylston St.
Boston, MA
All Ages- $10

Press materials including bios, photos, show information & music are available on the website.

For more information about this upcoming performance, please email John Prusinski directly at