There are a few more gigs on the calendar but am going get some more sun before it's too late...
34th Annual Science Fiction Marathon
at Room 100, Bldg 26, 60 Vassar St, Cambridge (MIT campus)
$8 / $5 after midnight
7pm -- "Cowboys & Aliens"It wasn't a great film, but "Cowboys & Aliens" had some moments. Consider that you're paying $2 to see it along with a really clever subconscious-caper, Schwarzenegger in his prime, and the original "The Thing" -- which would be cooler if you'd leave with a bunch of snow outside.
9:30pm -- "Inception"
12:20am -- pizza break
1am -- "Terminator 2: Judgment Day"
4am -- "The Thing"
I'm sure you don't have to sneak in candy. Pizza can be ordered before "Inception" to be delivered after midnight.
7pm to 9pm
"Jazz Meets Burlesque"
at West End Museum, 150 Staniford St, Ste 7, Boston (near North Station)
Burlesque dancers in a museum? I did have my hopes, alas the John Licata Band will perform some of the standards that would've been heard in the (what would've been nearby) Scollay Square joint more than 50 years ago.
Boston Underground Summit IV
at Cambridge YWCA, 7 Temple St, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$5 to $10 sliding scale / All Ages
Feat: Guerilla Toss, Vulture Shit, Robot Death Kites, Needy Visions, Mmoss, White Pages, Night Fruit, Broken River Prophet, Skinny Vinny, Magic Magic
Each Underground Summit show proceeds in a round-robin fashion where the bands set up around the room, and they take turns over a few hours. It's like a 10-band jukebox that spans psych, pop, rock, punk, and weird, jazzy stuff.
While I wasn't familiar with all of the bands, there bands I already liked such as: The Needy Visions, Mmoss, White Pages, Night Fruit, Broken River Prophet, and especially Magic Magic.
Keep in mind this is at the YWCA as they say, "NOT NOT NOT the YMCA."
8pm to 11:30pm
Winter Rock Formal II
at Radio, 379 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$7 / 21+
Midnight -- Gene Dante & The Future StarletsOne doesn't have to get gussied up to attend the Winter Rock Formal, but there is a photobooth gallery from the first Winter Rock Formal to give you an idea.
11pm -- Parlour Bells
10pm -- Eddie Japan
9:15pm -- Broken Wings (Sarah Rabdau & Peter Moore)
8:30pm -- "Bandlywed Game"
Regardless of attire, it's nice to see something where you could just listen to the tunes or embrace the "high school dance" theme with your honey.
With these bands playing, I might have shown up to my prom without a date. This seriously promtastic lineup of glam-rock and romantic pop. It starts with musical couple Sarah Rabdau & Peter Moore, who might be disqualified from the opening "Bandlywed Game".
I wish my prom would've had 3 sweet bands or even any one of tonight's line-up whether it's the glam-rock of Gene Dante, Parlour Bells' moody pop, or the lovely sounds of the lovely singer-keyboardist Sophie Innerfield and her recently-beefed-up rhythm section.
(If you haven't guessed, "Creative formal-wear welcome!")
Coyote Kolb, Tallahassee, Larcenist
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$10 / 21+
Someone at the Phoenix said that "It’s time Coyote Kolb joined the upper ranks of Boston’s burgeoning Americana/roots scene." They've already been there for a while in my mind. It's pretty darn hard not to like their fuzzed-out, twangy, bluesy, alt-country sound. CK has a new CD too.
Tallahassee and Larcenist aren't in my mental upper-echelon (yet), however they've got some good rootsy-rock vibes and sound very different.