The day cheapness is listed below.
8pm to 10pm
Moe Pope & Rain, Black El & Durkin
at Yes.Oui.Si Space, 19 Vancouver St, Boston (between MFA & MassArt)
I'm not sure why some excellent local hip-ohp is happening in an art space, but they regularly have various gigs here. Who knows what surprises might arise, but top-notch beats and rhymes should be expected.
8pm to 10pm
"For the Sake of the Song": Tribute to Tom Waits
at Arts at the Armory Cafe, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville (Spring Hill)
Feat: Patrick Coman, Brendan Hogan, Ryan Fitzsimmons, Dressing the Debutantes
Patrick Coman and many of his usual co-conspirators travel through Tom Waits' dark and skewed universe in a folky vein.
The beauty of a Tom Waits tribute is that many of his songs are stark or plain -- as well as both stark and plain -- that allows people to bring a lot to their versions. The gravel voice and passion could sell almost any song, but the lyrics are so friggin' awesome.
"Boston Facial Hair Fiasco"
at Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston (Fenway)
$10 / 21+
Feat: Township (11:30pm), Black Helicopter (10:15pm), Coyote Kolb (9pm)
Even when I'm not walking around with an uneven scruffiness on my face, there's an admiration for folks that can rock the facial hair. So why not have beard & mustache competitions in between bands?
I assume Marc Pinansky of Township has been disqualified from competing in the beard competitions, since he sports quite a bushy mass on his face. The band rocks harder than his beard in a way that makes you want to beard -- or hit the road sitting behind a bearded biker. Black Helicopter gets even sludgier. Some dudes in Coyote Kolb are beardish, which goes well with their deep, fuzzy bluesy jam.
The Wandas, Aloud, When Particles Collide, The Bynars
at Radio, 379 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$7 / 21+
Wow, who put 3 of my favorite bands on the same bill? The Wandas are like a hook factory. I think Aloud have gone through 3 or phases since I first heard them, and they always sound like rock heroes. The Bynars bring the party with keyboard-heavy indie-rock. I don't recall hearing When Particles Collide before, but the duo from Maine sound like a potential new face.
Cuffs, Woollen Kits, Headband
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$5 / 21+
Settle in for some fun, jangly indie-pop from Cuffs and Australia's Woollen Kits who are finishing their US tour tonight. Then hold on to your pint glasses, because Headband will be shaking things up with a noisier batch of tunes.