Hey, You could get a free hat at noon if you're near Back Bay.
The Chicken Slacks
at Titus Sparrow Park, 200 W. Newton St, Boston (South End)
If anyone is familiar with a scientific study on the cooling properties of soul music, please send me a link. Until then you can test it.
Update: Gotta love the power of the Internet! I haven't read it yet, but someone found a study on music's effect on body temperature [PDF]. Score!
Soulful-funky music has provided me some relief on many summer days. At the very least, it does no harm especially if you're sitting in a park with a cold beverage.
There will be live music in the park every Wednesday through September 5.
Philosophy Cafe: "America's Broken Discussion"
at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
It's doubtful that anyone can have a measured, reasonable, enlightening discussion about the gridlock in the US government. They might have a chance at the Philosophy Cafe in the basement of a bookstore.
No credentials or expertise s needed to participate. Don't bring your Bill O'Reilly talking points, because the suggested reading involves political philosophers Richard Rorty and John Rawls.
"A small donation to cover the cost of refreshments is appreciated."
"Rock Therapy" w/ Brendan Boogie
at Arts at the Armory Cafe, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville (Spring Hill)
Feat: The Grownup Noise & Magen Tracy
When he is not rocking out, I know Mr. Boogie does something help people with issues in their lives. Putting on his 'Doctor Boogie' hat on a monthly basis, some local musicians get on the figurative couch for conversation, analysis, and (of course) music.
The singer and bassist from The Grownup Noise will participate in a dual session, and keyboardist Magen Tracy performs with several bands such as St. Helena, Parlour Bells, and with Brendan Boogie in Low Static Romance.
Doors at 7:30pm; "beer & wine available".
"WFNX Local Exposure": RIBS
at Hard Rock Cafe, 22 Clinton St, Boston (near Faneuil Hall)
FREE w/ RSVP / 21+
Yes, it's sad to see WFNX is going off the air. On the other hand, they sorta deserve it for playing so much Red Hot Chili Peppers lately... At least they're going out with a bang by hosting all the gigs that were already planned including this last free gig at the Hard Rock.
Fittingly, RIBS may be the hard rock band in town that would be on the radio across the country if there was any justice. Let's not give up hope yet, because they have a new CD out with more hard-n-heavy yet dynamic songs that even non-metalheads can love.
Storyliars: "Truth and Lies"
at Milky Way Lounge / Bella Luna, 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain (The Brewery Complex)
FREE / 21+
The idea behind StoryLiars is relatively simple: A group of comedians and other witty folks each tell a story that are true except for one, and the audience members can win a prize by deducing (or guessing) correctly.
There is usually a theme that all stories have to touch, but it's "reverse-month" where all of the stories will be lies except for one. Hopefully they will be outlandish lies -- and an outlandish truth.
The Dennis Brennan Band
at Lizard Lounge/Cambridge Common, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge (between Harvard Sq & Porter Sq)
$7 advance / $10 door
Expect to hear DB and the crack musicians to play two sets of rootsy-rock with gusto and verve. Great songwriting combined with top-notch playing. Not only is Brennan a great singer-songwriter, but he's an awesome rocker who loves to play who'll do gigs to satisfy his blues side, country side, folk side, and points in between. This guy keeps getting better over the years and doesn't seem to slow down.