Friday, April 29, 2011

FRI 4/29: Talk & Rock-plus

One would think with the Freedom Trail running through our city that we'd remember our country doesn't belong to an obsolete monarchy. Fine, we're allies now. End of mini-rant, but I don't have to care about the prince's wedding.

At the Old State House from noon to 2pm, the Bostonian Society and the British Consulate General will give commoners a chance to sign an official wedding register and raise a toast to Will & Kate while watching a video of the ceremony.


FRI 4/29

Howie Carr, "Hitman: The Untold Story of Johnny Martorano"
at Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline (Coolidge Corner)

Another annoying person, Gilbert Gottfried, is signing books at the Harvard Coop and probably not doing much else. At least Howie will talk about crime in Boston.

FRI 4/29

The Acre (Midnight), Kingsley Flood (10:50pm), Pearl & the Beard (9:55pm), Bandit Kings (9pm), Ugly Purple Sweater (8:20pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 / 18+

Wow, this is a pretty sweet gig! I've been a fan of Kingsley Flood's rootsy-rock-that's-more-rock for a while (probably wrote their first CD review). And The Acre have a strong new CD of folky-gazey rock.

It's also the first night of Kingsley Flood's mini-tour with Pearl & the Beard and Ugly Purple Sweater. One name sounds slightly dirty to me, and the other makes me unpleasantly grimace; but both are delightfully quirky acoustic groups from NYC and DC respectively.

Good stuff!

FRI 4/29

Guillermo Sexo, Mount Peru, The Russians, Muy Cansado
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 / 18+

This may be an example of Cambridge being more interesting than Somerville, because there's another sweet show around the corner from the one listed above. It's louder and noisier, but there's not a bad band in the bunch. Good stuff too!

FRI 4/29

Boston League of Women Wrestlers, Lovewhip, The Cinnamon Fuzz
at Rosebud Bar & Grill (behind Diner), 381 Summer St, Somerville (Davis Sq)
$7 / 21+

Sure, BLOWW is campy. This is still real people throwing each other around. It's probably less corny that professional wrestlers and WAY more fun than a high-school team.

They've got two bands that sound like a electro/synthy party, so be ready.

FRI 4/29 (and SAT 4/30)

Andrea Gillis: 2-Night CD Release
at Lizard Lounge/Cambridge Common, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge (between Harvard Sq & Porter Sq)
$10 / 21+

Friday: Muck & The Mires
Saturday: Banditas

One Friday at the Plough & Stars, the Andrea Gillis Band were the perfect bar band: mowing through songs like a locomotive with Andrea's powerful pipes in front. Then she sang and strutted on the bar. The clearance is too low for a repeat this weekend...

If you can't make it to the first night of the rock 'n roll party. There's a great opener each night with Andrea & company doing 2 sets.

FRI 4/29

The Pill w/ Soft Pyramids
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$5 / 21+

Hey, it's the only indie-rock dance party that I'd consider going to, and Soft Pyramids are rocking out a spiffy, Strokesy sound.

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