Saturday, August 20, 2011

SAT 8/20 - Nighttime Cheapness

It's Saturday night.

If you push yourself, there is a whole day to recover before the week starts...

Want to do something tomorrow? It's on the calendar until I flesh it out.


SAT 8/20

Young Adults, Creepoid, Quilty, Shores, Nothing
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$8 / 21+

For some reason, I thought this was a lovely set of druggy indie bands. You don't need to do drugs to enjoy it, although I do recommend the idea to surrender to the vibe of the music.

For instance, I think most of these tunes would have a complimentary reaction with some marijuana or mushrooms. I really love the sound like Quilty with hip chick singing over a fantastic, bouncy racket.

If I haven't imbibed anything yet, I think I might choose meth or glue for Young Adults. Without knowing their effects firsthand, this is brash, punky noise that's perfect to thrash around and soak up all of the volume.

SAT 8/20

Girls Guns & Glory, The Earley Birds
at Johnny D's, 17 Holland St, Somerville (Davis Sq)

If anyone is guilty of overusing labels, it's me. I will throw 'Americana' and 'alt-country' here and there, and I'll gladly throw them on Girls Guns & Glory from time to time. They happened to win the Rock 'n Roll Rumble a few years ago, so they ain't that country (but they were still a a dark horse).

Maybe there's a little pub-rock in their alt-country, because the songs have a well-crafted, hooky quality that reminds me of Nick Lowe, et al.

The Earley Birds obviously play first and probably got the worm this morning. Or maybe it was the worm at the bottom of the tequila bottle... It's good-time blues, and I don't need to say more.

SAT 8/20

11:15pm to 6am
Annual Boston by Bike at Night
Start at Trinity Church, Copley Sq, Bolyston St, Boston (Back Bay)
FREE (Although you will likely need to fill out & sign a liability waiver before the ride begins)

Johnny of Boston Events Insider called and confirmed this is happening. It's my belief that the real hardcore bicyclists were getting tired of the amateurs that were taking it as a goof based on the media attention.

That's fine. I think if you want to go, you'll be respected -- but you need to hang with the crowd.

...Or you could just lag behind and bike home after a few hours, and let the other guys make fun of you when they finish at dawn.

The ride starts to leave around 11:45pm, but it’s a good idea to get there early. The leaders of the Back Bay Midnight Pedalers are an urban planner and an architect, so they throw in some tasty, little known Boston info every now and then.

The route changes every year, but it’s about 30 miles of riding that could take you through Cambridge, Charlestown, as far down as JP, or even towards Brookline; it usually ends at Christopher Columbus Park in North End.

There are some requirements/recommendations (from a few years ago):

* You should bring a bike with lights, and you should wear something reflective.
* It’s strongly suggested that you bring a spare inner tube for your bike. With that many people out there, someone will probably get a flat.
* Helmets are recommended.
* You may want to bring something for breakfast
Think of it as a fun, zero-emission sightseeing adventure around town with a tremendous sense of accomplishment -- if you finish...

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