Hey, Whaddya know? All of the day cheapness is still available as I post this one.
7pm to 9pm
"Street Wall": Opening Reception
at Fourth Wall Project, 132 Brookline Ave, Boston (Fenway)
Artwork & Installation by: LNY, Radical!, Tiptoe, Nanook, The Phantom, Geoff Hargadon, Zatara, Blackmath
Live Silk-screening by AntiDesigns
Street artists from Boston, NYC, LA and Baltimore have been given a few panels of wall space for their prints, wheat-pastes, and whatever they want to do. Instead of traveling around, you can check all these guys out in one spot.
I'm not sure if all of the artists will be there, but RATM fans known The Phantom from his album cover for "The Battle of LA". I do know there will be live screen-printing and beer.
Shea Rose, M.A.G, The Joanna Teters Experiment
at Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St, Boston (Back Bay)
There's an event website called Hammered that seeks out sober, unironic fun with an ironic title. I don't mind the occasional romp without a beer or cocktail (2 out of today's early 3 cheapies were boozeless).
The only problem with this gig is that will have the funky, hip-hop songstress Shea Rose will bring the house down, and you can't party with a drink in your hand at Cafe 939. Never mind that dancing & drinking is usually a spill waiting to happen.
Shea is joined by MC M.A.G who collaborated with her on "Rockstar 201", their take on Rihanna's track. Listen to the Joanna Teters Experiment, and you will find a kick-back jazz-funk conclusion.
(Btw: The Cactus Club is next door. Or you can enjoy the music on a natural buzz…)
Soft Pyramids, Sinnet, The Diamond Mines, One Happy Island
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 / 18+
What a great mix of bands!
One of my favorite modern-rock platforms is the shimmering guitars that occasional crank it up with a confident 'n swaggering singer. Every band brings their own personality, and Soft Pyramids do it smashingly.
The dude from Sinnet also plays in the excellent Fatal Flaw and recorded the 7 songs (available for free download) by himself, but there will be a full band tonight. The 1st track "Paper Chandeliers" is my face, but it was so good I couldn't wait to hear each indie-pop treat one after the other. Don't bother with the download if you're going tonight, because there will be free CD's for the first 50 people.
When The Diamond Mines initially kicked my ass, they were a 5-piece including a saxophone. (Yes, I miss the sax.) Still last year's album as a trio delivers punky, surfy powerpop with an awesome ballsy croon.
If you enjoy music that is a little on the quirky and precious side that plays by its own rules yet can also simply be happy-go-lucky, jangly indie-pop, I don't know how you wouldn't adore One Happy Island.