Monday, April 07, 2008

MON 4/7: Music, Sox Talk, and Happy B-day Oates!

Happy birthday, Oates!
Happy birthday, John Oates! It is my sincere belief that your magic moustache was the element that took all your hits to the next level of pop immortality.

So my friends Rob and Ryan were in town this weekend, and I got no 'cheap thrills' done. What was so close on Friday remained that way all weekend. Stay tuned for another update maybe tonight...


MON 4/7

Wild Zero (9pm), Andrea Gillis (9:50pm), Daniel Bon + Future Ghosts (10:40pm), Cortez (11:30pm)
at Harpers Ferry, 158 Brighton Avenue, Allston

Night 2 of 30th Annual WBCN Rock N' Roll Rumble. Congrats to Girls, Guns and Glory for winning last night!

Tonight's prelim will go from zero to Wild Zero in about 4.1 seconds. I have a feeling that they will bring it tonight; "it" being their revved-up punk-metal. Andrea Gillis is just such a powerhouse singer and her band provides the muscle to match her; I get the feeling that she's going to win tonight. Daniel Bon + Future Ghosts might be tough competition, because they really have a 'radio-ready sound'; they'd easily fit on 'BCN or any other rock radio. Cortez definitely bring the hammer down, so all of the bands could make it to the next round. My pick: Andrea Gillis (but I picked UNC, so...)

MON 4/7

Carter Tanton, Silje Nes, Animal Hospital, Chris Warren
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$9 / 18+

Versus tonight's Rumble show that will douse you with rawk, you'll need to pay attention to this music. Silje Nes is working her back to Norway from SXSW. It might be the quietest music made with an electric guitar that sounds like it has the distortion pedal on. The subtlety is compelling. Animal Hospital is actually a solo project of a guy who might not be something I would seek out, but I'd definitely appreciate if I heard him. This guy is way quiet on an assortment of instrumentation he wields to minimally ambient results. Carter Tanton and Chris Warren are the leaders of Tulsa and Viva Viva respectively -- two excellent bands.

MON 4/7

Michael Holley, "Red Sox Rule: Terry Francona and Boston's Rise to Dominance"
at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

As with Bill Belichick and The Patriots, Michael Holley has likely written an insightful look into the Red Sox's success under Tito Francona. I frequently don't like his in-game strategies, but they have won twice... Maybe you can get Holley to bad talk him -- or maybe I'm the only person left who hasn't changed his mind...?

Also at BU Barnes & Noble next TUES 4/15 at 7pm.

MON 4/7

First Monday
at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston (New England Conservatory/Fenway)

The best free classical music series in town:

Tonight's program will showcase stars of the NEC strings and chamber music faculties: violinist James Buswell, violist Carol Rodland, cellist Carol Ou, and double bassist Donald Palma.

Pianist Max Levinson '95 A.D. joins this group for Vaughan Williams's Piano Quintet in C Minor.

Buswell, Rodland, and Ou are joined by violinist Yura Lee '05 A.D. and violist Sarah Darling '07 M.M. for Dvořák's "American" String Quintet, B.180 (Op. 97).

Palma presents the Boston premiere of Elliott Carter's Figment III (2007), which was written for him.


Anonymous said...

That picture of Hall & Oates made my day!

Anonymous said...

Honestly, it was the best weekend in Boston, ever. Thanks for all the thrills, cheap and otherwise. Go Sox!

rob v said...

Thanks, friends!

I hope to see you again soon, Rob. It was a great weekend for me too.

I hope to see you again soon too, Caroline! :-)