The International Pop Overthrow continues in Union Square through Saturday. If you're into early electroacoustic music, the Sound in SPACE Festival is taking place through Saturday on the Northeastern campus (mainly).
If you're in Brookline tonight, it will probably be easy to see the hoopla ("1st Light Festival"?) around town. There's a PDF schedule if you want to seek or avoid anything.
6pm to 8pm
"Hungry For Death: Destroy All Monsters": Opening Reception / Talk / Performance
at Stone Gallery, 1st Fl, College of Fine Arts Bldg, 855 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)
From late-'60s/early-'70s Michigan, bands like The Stooges and MC5 gained popularity. Destroy All Monsters was another band in that scene that lies lower on the radar, but they were crazy dudes who also made a lot of low art as well as making a racket. Both the audio and visuals "took inspiration from monster movies, psychedelia, comic books, and thrift store junk."
It seems as if this exhibition that includes original and '96 reunion material has been traveling around for a year or so.
The cool part is that members Cary Loren and James Hoff will be on hand tonight to speak and perform in some manner.
7pm to 8:30pm
"We Still Live Here": Screening & Discussion
at Room 190, Pierce Laboratory, 33 Mass Ave, Cambridge (MIT campus)
Panel: Anne Makepeace, Jessie Little Doe Baird, Nitana Hicks, Norvin Richards
It's cool that a Wampanoag woman, Jessie Little Doe Baird, has revived their previously 'extinct' language, and this film documents the journey (which probably includes her linguistic studies at MIT).
She'llbe in attendance along with filmmaker Anne Makepeace.
Lovers, Grygiel, Des Ark, The Shondes
at O'Brien's, 3 Harvard St, Allston
$8 / 21+
If there's a thread connecting these bands, I'll go out on a limb and say it's a line-up of queer rock and pop. I adored Jen Grygiel's stuff with MEandJoanCollins, and she has put together another very rocking self-titled band. Former Bostonian Lovers have progressed from indie-folk to a synthy, poppier. Des Ark and The Shondes bring the punky rock from Philly & NYC respectively.
Aliza's Brain Trust Benefit
at The Haven, 2 Perkins St, Jamaica Plain
Donation strongly encouraged!
Feat: Tanya Donelly, Shepherdess, Banditas, Second Hand News
Let's just say: How cool is that Tanya Donelly (Belly, Throwing Muses) is playing at a Scottish restaurant in JP?!
Tonight is actually a benefit and birthday party. My guess is that Vicky (Tanya Donelly superfan) asked TD to play for her birthday. Tanya asks friends like Hilken Mancini (Shepherdess) to play, and someone suggests to make it a benefit for the wonderful Aliza.
Banditas is awesome, and I think Second Hand News is an all-female Fleetwood Mac tribute band.
As you can see by the flyer above, I could find no set donation but try to be generous to help out a woman that has given much to the Boston scene.
at Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge (Inman Sq)
If you saw the film "Genghis Blues", you've got an idea about the strange and amazing phenomena of Tuvan throat singing. Alash is a quartet that also incorporate Western influences into their music including some guitar and accordion.