Friday, February 25, 2011

FRI 2/25: Music, Film, Comedy

If you want to laugh with "The Gas" at Great Scott tonight, I double-checked the date of the issue and the current Weekly Dig has a 2-for-1 admission coupon on page 18. The theme is "Shortest Month of the Year" aka "Chocolate Month" at Dunkin' Donuts. (Did they get enough guff for that?)

Oh, jeez. I almost forgot to tell you to visit (or call) the Converse store on Newbury Street, because you might be able to get a free ticket (while supplies last) for Sunday's "Boston To Austin" show at the Brighton Music Hall preview a very strong SXSW showcase with a bunch of cool bands: Static of the Gods, Endless Wave, Mean Creek, Mystery Roar, The Dirty Dishes, Viva Viva, Banditas and more. Advance tix are $7.


FRI 2/25

Mrs Danvers
at Apple Store, 815 Boylston St, Boston (Back Bay)

These ladies are pretty damn awesome, and they're playing at the Apple Store?!

Mrs. Danvers has got a bunch of killer tunes that are equally easy to love while sitting or dancing or shopping. They'll talk about how they use Macs to make music too. Those who guy might be able to tell their friends about it after the band blows up...

FRI 2/25

6pm to 9pm
Kristen Ford
at Bull McCabe's, 366 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)

I've seen the Kristen Ford Band a couple times, and I think she's awesome. She has such a strong positive energy that exudes from her and the songs. It might be impossible to dislike her full-throttle folk-rock. You'll either be 1) blown away, 2) thoroughly refreshed, or 3) unswayed yet admiring of the effort.

FRI 2/25 (to SUN 2/27)

"The Friends Of Eddie Coyle": Screening
at Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston (The Fens)
$10 / $8 seniors, students

Saturday 2/26 -- 1pm
Sunday 2/27 -- 2:30pm

There must have been a reissue of 'Eddie Coyle' recently. Or maybe it was the staged play in November based on the novel that reminded people about this classic Boston crime movie.

Besides this weekend at the MFA, you can catch it in a couple weeks at the Somerville Theatre.

FRI 2/25

"For the Sake of the Song": A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt
at Arts at The Armory Cafe, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville (Spring Hill)

Feat: Greg Klyma, Patrick Coman, Chris Hutchison-Jones

Similar to December's Dylan show, a group of local musicians are paying tribute to a revered songwriter. Unlike the last Sake of the Song gig, there are going to be fewer performers and will draw on Van Zandt's whole career instead of focusing on one album (who had an album titled "For the Sake of the Song").

Expect the singer-songwriters to play some of their material and also discuss how they were influenced by this giant from Texas.

FRI 2/25

Tijuana Sweetheart (11:30pm), Blow Your Face Out (10:40pm), Jason Bennett & The Resistance (9:50pm), Mark Lind & Mike Savitkas (9:15pm)
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 / 18+

I don't know how many 30th Anniversary parties that "The Noise" will have, but they're having another rockin' punky bash. If you don't don't know Blow Your Face Out is a J.Geils Band tribute. Mark Lind of Ducky Boys and Mike Savitkas of Death & Taxes will start with an acoustic set.

There's talk of party favors and free beer (probably if you get there early enough).

FRI 2/25

Union Square Round Table: "Great Moments in the History of the Soybean"
at PA's Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$10 / 21+

Feat: Will Brierly

I guess this month's version of the comedy/variety show could be diverse. There are a lot of applications for soybeans... Including "soybean magic" from Will Brierly

FRI 2/25 (thru SUN 2/27)

Frank Morey Weekend
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

Why not have a celebration for playing a weekly gig at the same club for 5 years? It takes fortitude. (Or maybe complacency?)

The bluesy, raspy troubadour and band will gig 3 nights in a row with special guests and something called a "Moreyorchestra"...

FRI 2/25 (and SAT 2/26)

Deva Mahal/Fredricks Brown
at The Beehive, 541 Tremont St, Boston (South End)

I feel like most Boston gigs by this band are always tentative. They rarely list them on any of their various web presences. They are also play a lot of gigs in New Zealand, so who knows what's going on with them.

If they are in town and you're into hearing an incredible singer over soulful/jazzy/funky grooves, this is some really good stuff. It's worth paying a little extra at the bar since there's no cover.

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