Thursday, April 08, 2010

THUR 4/8: TV & Rock

The crocus doesn't lie? After a couple weeks of little green buds appearing, I feel like every tree came back to life yesterday. (Thank you, office, for providing air conditioning.)

The plan was to write a quickie today, and get a good post for Friday and the weekend. We'll see...

While not as hot today, it's still possible to enjoy a roof-deck party. Splash Lounge is not the place I'd hang out (no sneakers/t-shirts), however I'd swing by after work for a free buffet and free billiards from 5pm to 10pm. It's happening every Thursday in April, and you just need to RSVP here.


THUR 4/8 thru SUN 4/11

Various Times
Twin Peaks, Season 1"
at Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

For the 20th anniversary of "Twin Peaks", the first season will be shown over 4 nights for a watching party that should be bigger than the first time around when folks used to gather with friends to watch perhaps the weirdest TV program that had a second season.

That was the cool thing about this show: It was more bizarre and subversive than we can realize in retrospect, because it raised the bar of what could be acceptable for a popular show. (Hi, "X-Files" and "Lost", etc, etc.) One day I will write a book about the psychological themes of David Lynch's work. Let him simply blow your mind until then.

Yell and guffaw at the screen with a couple hundred buddies, then watch the rest on Netflix.

THUR 4/8

7pm -- Pilot & Episode 2
9:30pm -- Episodes 3 & 4
FRI 4/9
10pm -- Episodes 3 & 4
SAT 4/10
10pm -- Episodes 5 & 6
SUN 4/11
10pm -- Episodes 7 & 8
Get into every screening for $25.

THUR 4/8

Faces On Film (Midnight), St. Claire (11pm), Mr. Sister (10pm), Hands and Knees (9pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$8 / 18+

These four bands often play together in various combinations.

I think I'm starting to get Faces on Film; while they have been delving into their sound with originality and subtlety, there seems to be a growing field of arty, folkish indie-rock bands -- and FoF does it masterfully.

Although there are musical elements and band members shared among St. Claire and Mr Sister (and Faces on Film if I'm not mistaken), you'll hear two separate batches of clever, smokey, folk-noir. And I'm a sucker for the jazzy, horn-like timbre of Mr. Sister's Amelia Emmet. I also dig the twangy goodness of Hands and Knees.

THUR 4/8

Child Bite, Zoos Of Berlin, Thick Shakes, Southern Belle
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$9 / 18+

Oh, that Ryan and his Smashing Life... The site is presenting a couple Detroit bands that take very different approaches. Where Child Bite is a slapdash conglomerate of noisy influences that was described as a "no-wave band... with a few hooks", Zoos Of Berlin has a crisp, synthy pop that reminds me of London rather than the Motor City.

I doubt I will ever completely succumb to the burgeoning laptop era, however I can tell the electro/rock of Southern Belle has the goods. I want to enjoy any good song, and these guys have plenty. The sound that brings me real joy is fuzzed-out guitars bashing out dirty nuggets of classic garage-rock in the way that Thick Shakes roll. Good stuff!

THUR 4/8

Those Wolves Actually Happened, Hello Ninja, The Susan Constant
at House of Blues Restaurant, 15 Lansdowne St, Boston (Kenmore Sq)
$10 / 21+

The drummer from The Susan Constant is running the Marathon to raise funds for GoKids Boston, who obviously promote health initiatives for young people.

A trio of worthy of bands rock it up in what sounds like the restaurant next to the main club to me. (Somewhere sez, "...feel free to drop by early to get yourself some food..." And they're starting to host shows in this room.) My favorite band of the night is Hello Ninja's head-bobbing, punchy, sassy, tuneful rock.

All door proceeds benefit the cause.

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