Tuesday, January 18, 2011

TUES 1/18: Talk & Rock

Some kid in Acton was going to charge people to smash his car this morning, but I doubt it's really going to happen in the high school parking lot -- although school will probably be closed...


TUES 1/18

Jean Fain, "The Self-Compassion Diet": Discussion
at Porter Square Books, 25 White St, Cambridge (near Star Market)

Whether or not people have made New Year resolutions, maybe it would be nice to hear about a more positive approach to dieting. Maybe it could improve anyone's general disposition.

TUES 1/18

Elvis Presley Tribute Night
at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

Feat: Rob Laurens, Kim Davidson, Dinty Child, Jialu Cai, Allysen Callery, Bridget Matros, Greg Klyma, Brendan Hogan, Jacqueline Francis, Torey Adler, Jenee Halstead, Rob Siegel, Olinde Mandell, Alec Spiegelman, Ryan Fitzsimmons, Joe Kowan, Mark Stepakoff, The Whiskey Boys

Elvis would have celebrated his 75th birthday this month -- or he did celebrate his birthday on the secret island where he lives with Jim Morrison and D.B. Cooper.

Almost 20 performers are gathering to each do a song that was popularized by 'The King'. You'll probably recognize most of them in their generally acoustic/folky reinterpretations.

TUES 1/18

Hallelujah The Hills (11pm), The Capstan Shafts (10pm), Nowhere Lights (9:05pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

As I was thinking about Hallelujah the Hills, I don't recall reading anything negative about this band. Either every critic/blogger has an appreciation for HTH or they'd rather not say anything if they can't say something nice about these noisy indie-folky rockers.

While I was more of a fan of their first album than their second, they have dragged me along on repeated listens to the hew stuff. One is likely to hear some new songs tonight that may end up on this year's recording. It may take me a while to catch up again, but no doubt it will kick ass in its own way. So here's to growth and originality!

If you dig Hallelujah the Hills, you won't be disappointed by The Capstan Shafts or Nowhere Lights.

TUES 1/18

Young The Giant, The Static Jacks
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$8 advance / $10 door / 18+

There's a little bit of contrast on this bill that should complement each other like something sweet and something salty.

Young the Giant is rather sunny, catchy rock that likewise adds a few spoonfuls of sugar yet may not make you sick or leave a cavity. The Static Jacks might not be old enough to legally get a drink at the bar, however these guys from NJ have got their stuff together and pack a strong punky/garagey punch.

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