Well, I didn't have access while I was on Cape Cod. It would've been difficult to sit and concentrate with my laptop. Now I'm sunburnt...
There is still time to visit the Tall Ships and sample some Harborfest fun.
Hall & Oates Tribute Night
at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
Feat: Kim Jennings, Kayln Rock, Kara Kulpa, The Whiskey Boys
I don't know why the list of performers has to be a secret at these Passim tribute shows. It seems like there is no shame in liking Hall & Oates, even if you're a folky artist.
About 15 acts will do one of the duo's many hits. Listed above are the performers that I could find, so chances of a big Oates-like moustache is minimal.
"Punks for Pups III"
at Charlie's Kitchen, 10 Eliot St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
$5 / 21+
Feat: Absinthe Rose, Spitshiner, ZipGun Bomber
You could show simply to enjoy the punky goodness that is usually happening, but tonight's cover charge also happens to benefit local dog rescue PAWS New England. While Spitshiner is full-on folk-punk, Absinthe Rose sounds more like a singer-songwriter with a band that plays fast. It's tough to say how ZipGun Bomber sounds except that it's led by one of NH punks The Guts.
at The Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain
Akashic Record has given the funk for free on recent Tuesdays at Church, and there will be jazzy grooves in JP tonight. If you get there early, Mondays also feature Stump Trivia (8pm to 10pm) and 50-cent wings (7pm to 9pm).
at Jacques Cabaret, 79 Broadway St, Boston (South End)
$7 / 21+
Feat: Katya, Nicholle Pride, Frieda Fries
The flyer for tonight's edition of the monthly drag show has a retro patriotism that not only reminds us of our nation's birthday in a couple weeks, but that it's also Navy Week -- and the town is teeming with sailors looking for fun of all stripes including a drag show that's described as "low-brow comedy and high energy performance".
Will they be there? One never knows. We do know there is no restriction about "asking" or "telling" in the armed forces…