Thursday, June 19, 2008

THUR 6/19: Sloan (sorta Cheap) -- and More

Hey, it's my blog. I can do what I want to do.

A 'Sneak Peek' should be up later...


Sloan (10:40pm), The Golden Dogs (9:45pm), Corin Ashley (9pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

It's not $10 but if the Beatles were playing at TT's for $15, that would be a 'cheap' thrill. It's a lazy comparison, which the band is probably sick of hearing, but Sloan is Canada's answer to The Beatles. Simply the most consistently good rock music with melody and musicianship. These guys are incredibly good in concert; they deserve to play bigger venues in Boston after more than 15 years, but it's awesome that we can see them this close for a decent amount. Power-pop lovers should need no encouragement. Music fans should do themselves a favor and go. (I'd be there if I wasn't moving in a few days.)

Fellow Canadians, The Golden Dogs, and brilliant Bostonian Corin Ashley (a fave of mine) will open.

Other stuff going on today:

THUR 6/19

Maeve Gilchrist
at Institute for Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston (South Boston/Seaport)

Every Thursday night is free at ICA, and outdoor music is happening throughout the summer.

THUR 6/19

7pm to 8:30pm
"Abandoned in the Arctic": Screening & Discussion
at Science Center Hall B, One Oxford St, Cambridge (Harvard campus)

This documentary tells the harrowing story of Adolphus Greely and his team of 24 men who set out in 1881 to build an arctic research station. What began as an ambitious expedition descended into a three-year journey of starvation, mutiny, and cannibalism, which only six men survived.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with director Gino Del Guercia, executive producer Geoffrey Clark, and James Shedd, great-great-grandson of Adolphus Greeley.
THUR 6/19

Bill Janovitz & His Band
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)

Bill claims it will be "shambolic hootenanny" with all sorts of players and songs at his Thursday residency. This is where Eddie Vedder jams with Theo Epstein when Eddie's in town...

THUR 6/19

>Carolyn Wonderland (9pm to Midnight); >Rollo Tomasi Quartet (8pm).
at >Cantab Underground, 738 Mass Ave, Cambridge (between Central Sq & Harvard Sq)

Carolyn Wonderland could be the next big thing -- as much as America is willing to embrace rootsy singer-songwriters from Austin. I do believe she'll be playing higher-profile gigs when she comes back to Boston. Local jazzers Rollo Tomasi Quartet open.

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