Today is 4-20, and it seems like a really good time to get really high after a crazy week. The Commonwealth treats it like you were driving too fast, so lighten up. Right?
Or simply go out and have a good time.
Record Store Day
at Various Locations in USA
Let's celebrate that record stores still exist, and maybe the resurgence of vinyl will bring a long period of success. Before I was old enough to go to live shows -- or had enough money to go arena concerts -- I would spend hours in record stores looking and touching and LISTENING to records.
The beauty of records stores may be that you're listening together with other people instead of your headphones or at home hunched over a keyboard.
I'm a bit sad that my local Newbury Comics aren't hosting live performances, but they will probably still have a table of freebies to enhance your purchases.
At Underground Hip-Hop, they're donating 10% of all today's sales to onefundboston.org.
At Tres Gatos, vinyl is 10% off and hardcover books at 50% off -- and it's a great restaurant
Some of the other stores participating in MA including Nuggets (Boston), Armageddon Shop (Cambridge), Weirdo Records (Cambridge), Somerville Grooves, Skippy White's (Roxbury) .
6pm to 1am
Deep Heaven Now 7
at PA's Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
at Precinct, 70 Union Sq, Somerville (Union Sq)
$10 / 21+
6pm -- Empty Phrases
7pm -- Winter
8pm -- Moontowers
9pm -- Space Bums
10pm -- Night Fruit
11pm -- Infinity Girl
Midnight -- 28 Degrees Taurus
6:30pm -- The Freeways
7:30pm -- Of the Sun
8:30pm -- Last Remaining Pinnacle
9:30pm -- Bobb Trimble & the Flying Spiders
10:30pm -- The Modern Voice
11:30pm -- Boom Said Thunder!
I don't know if I could handle these many bands, but it's easy to get your money's worth with one cover charge for 2 venues over 6+ hours of ambient/psych/shoegaze rock. As you're bouncing between clubs, remember that drinks are cheaper at PA's Lounge.
8pm to 10pm
Mark Harvey & the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: "Echoes & Resonance"
at Kresge Auditorium, 48 Mass Ave, Cambridge (MIT campus)
Mark Harvey and the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra have been performing jazz at MIT for 40 years, they're reprising some works from the past: "Saxophrenia", "Beyond", "JB's Dreamtime", and "Moon Mist". Masters such as Joe Lovano, Herb Pomeroy, Ran Blake, and Mercer Ellington were originally featured at their MIT premieres.
NU Stage Presents: "Bat Boy"
at Blackman Auditorium, Ell Hall, 360 Huntington Ave, Boston (Northeastern campus)
A musical about a tabloid story seemed like an amusing idea. While I haven't seen it, it might be funny.
Viva Viva, Hey Ice Machine, Shepherdess
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 / 18+
As soon as I heard (the band that is now) Hey Ice Machine, they shortly changed their name and moved out of Boston. This is some of the best twangy rock I know of, and this includes two other extraordinary bands.
RIBS, Color Channel, The Year Million
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$8 / 21+
I expect that RIBS will go on last, because they kick ass. You will dance and have a good time with the other bands, but RIBS will grab you by the ears and make headband. This is hard and heavy rock that non-metal fans can share with dudes with Metallica t-shirts.