Monday, August 23, 2010

MON 8/23: Rock Talk & Rock Rock

Not much variety in cheapness, but still a few things to do... Mondays are especially Cambridge-centric, because there are two venues that usually only have live music at the beginning of the working week.

FYI: "One Night Band" was a lot of fun on Saturday night. Some bands were better than others, but it was all quite impressive since they started the process that morning. Even if any of you paid $12, I didn't even mention the ticket for a free Magner's and the goodie bag with a couple CD's and more. I took some pictures, so I'll try to share soon.


MON 8/23

Rock Shop #6: "Less Rock More Talk"
at Middle East - Downstairs, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
FREE / All Ages

Guests: Dave Duncan (Boston Accents, WFNX), Anngelle Wood (Boston Emissions, WZLX), Carmelita (Bay State Rock, WAAF), Tim Kelly (The Hidden Capital, WMBR)

When I went to "Rock Shop" a couple months ago, I heard a lot of tips that I already knew from experience and books and online forums, etc.

However I still went home with a couple new nuggets of knowledge in my mental pocket.

Tonight's panel will talk about how bands can get their music on the radio. The majority of time is dedicated to audience questions.

I'm not sure if it would work, but this would be a good chance to have a few (at least 4) CDs of your band with you so you can put it into their hands.

They would really appreciate if you RSVP on Facebook, but I doubt they will turn anyone away.

MON 8/23

Doomstar!, Hands & Knees
at ZuZu!, 474 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
FREE / 21+

Both bands are maybe too much rock fun for this tiny room. Doomstar! create a delightfully trippy, punchy ruckus with a lot of interesting melodic ideas and herky-jerky rhythms.

I like that Hands and Knees give their relatively straightforward songs a punky spirit with a dash of twang. It's like a rock equivalent of a killer barbecue sauce -- you recognize some of the ingredients, but the secret is in the preparation.

MON 8/23

The Spoilers, The Nose Jobs, Give Up
at Charlie's Kitchen, 10 Eliot St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$5 / 21+

It's punk night at Charlies again. The Spoilers don't mess around with loud, fast tuneage that have good hooks, attitude, and female-fronted vocals. From the rough recordings that I heard, The Nose Jobs also play it loud and fast with a good amount of grrl power. Of course it's nearly impossible to find a good link for a band named "Give Up"; they may bring some heaviness and hard rock to the party based on the previous bands of the members.

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