I wonder if restaurants will be crowded on pre-V-Day weekend...
I wonder if a couple could share a falafel sandwich like the classic scene from "Lady and the Tramp"...
Day cheapness is below.
Roger Miller presents: "Early Cartoons with Solo Prepared Piano"
at Arts at the Armory Cafe, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville (Spring Hill)
$10 advance / $12 door
Are you feeling cool and arty? Don't expect to hear "Academy Fight Song" from Mission of Burma's Roger Miller as he performs a set of prepared piano. This is avant-garde stuff.
It should prepare you for the cartoons that will be at least 60 years old. The soundtracks were pretty wild back then, especially the old Warner Brothers toons.
The Days Weight (11pm), Roz Raskin & the Rice Cakes (10pm), Tallahassee (9pm), Summer of Aden (8pm)
at Precinct, 70 Union Sq, Somerville (Union Sq)
I like the mix of folk-rock and indie-pop sounds out of this lineup.
The Days Weight are celebrating their new album, which should sound a little rustic since they recorded it in the middle of Maine.
Although I haven't seen them in person, I have a feeling that Roz Raskin & the Rice Cakes might be a highlight. Their video clips suggest an extra jolt on top of the tunefulness.
Am glad to see Boston-based Tallahassee playing around. Not only do they have a kick-ass indie-folk thing going, I want to mention one more time that the singer briefly played for the Pats. (Let's not talk about last week.)
Who knows why they're called Summer of Aden -- July in Yemen must be terribly hot, and S.o.A. keep it pretty cool. It's easygoing that may convince you it's happier and rowdier than it's actually intended. Still a rather apropos soundtrack for a mellow good time.
"Ethnotronic Electric Chillout"
at Magic Room Gallery, Sound Museum, 155 N. Beacon Street, Brighton
FREE / 21+
Feat: Machine 475, Tigerforest, Amethyste
This much live ambient/electronic grooves may begin to feel a bit like a trance. Excellent, then it's working exactly as it should be. I've noticed that many shows at the Magic Room have cool projections going on as well. It's pretty cool stuff.
Machine 475 is mix of all sorts of genres, and they've got a violinist, thereminist and didgeridoo. Think about that for a moment.
"Lifestyle Valentine's Masquerade"
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$10 / 21+
Feat: Lifestyle, Casey Desmond, Streight Angular
Whenever I see "dress sharp", it makes me hesitate. (If I don't dress sharp, will I have to stand behind the velvet rope? Or will they simply give a disapproving frown?) When there's going to be a trio sharply and vividly dressed bands, maybe it creates the right 'atmosphere'.
On the other hand, wearing a mask isn't so bad. That could be somewhere in the closet or available at an iParty store. There will be some people to mask your face if you came unprepared anyway.
Whatever you do, comfortable shoes will be helpful. With the synthy/poppy goodness of Lifestyle and Casey Desmond and the indie-rock party of Streight Angular, you will probably want to move around. Hey, dress how you like and dance and have a good time.