Tuesday, February 02, 2010

TUES 2/2: Talk, TV, Rock

So Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow again? They say that almost every year -- and he's wrong more than he's right.


TUES 2/2

Robert W McChesney, "The Death and Life of American Journalism": Lecture
at Room 511, Fulton Hall, 140 Comm Ave, Chestnut Hill (BC campus)

In his recent book with John Nichols, Robert McChesney examines the state of journalism and the decline of newspapers. He has some interesting ideas about the overall renewal of the industry.

TUES 2/2

"Lost - The Final Season": Premiere Party
at Our House West, 1277 Comm Ave, Allston
at Our House East, 52 Gainsborough St, Boston (near Northeastern)
FREE / 21+

How many people are going to watch the season premiere of "Lost" at your house? There's going to be way more at both locations of Our House. It's probably going to be a madhouse since they are putting out free food -- with a breakfast stuff at Allston. (Pajamas are encouraged.)

Even if you don't already watch, you'll probably be as confused as everyone who's watched the first 5 seasons. Maybe you'll win a Season 1 DVD or something like that in the free raffle.

There's a rumor that news crew will show up (probably "West") to show drunk people saying nonsensical crap...


TUES 2/2

[How to Make it in America": Preview Screening
at Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston (South End)
FREE w/ RSVP / 21+

This new HBO comedy looks like it could have some potential. Two shady twenty-somethings decide to straighten up and find a legit money-making scheme and end up in the NYC fashion business. The creative team has ties to "Entourage" (which is pretty funny), and the cast includes familiar faces like Luis Guzman, Martha Plimpton, Shannyn Sossamon, and Eddie Kaye Thomas.

You may be able to RSVP... There will be free food and drinks with fewer frat boys around... "Admission based on capacity."

TUES 2/2

Adam Franklin & Bolts Of Melody, Cropduster, The Crushing Low
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$9 / 18+

Every musician that goes solo wants his own work to stand on itself, but people pay more attention when reminded of their previous work. Such as: Swervedriver's Adam Franklin is rocking out again after some mellower post-breakup releases. The new stuff is a bit more restrained and varied than his seminal shoegaze output, which sounds like progress to me.

Someone picked two local bands that make a cohesive bill. Cropduster say they want to sound like "cough syrup rock", and they do a good job by piling the guitars and keyboards on top of each without getting too prog-rock. You can hear the shoegazer influence in The Crushing Low, and they even mention My Bloody Valentine and Swervedriver in their influences. Should be a good night!

TUES 2/2

Sea Monsters, Shoney Lamar & The Equal Rights
at Lizard Lounge/Cambridge Common, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge (between Harvard Sq & Porter Sq)
$7 / 21+

It's being called "Tearoom Tuesdays" at Lizard Lounge as the folks at TeaParty Boston have organized different pairs of cool bands for February. They're starting off strong with two good-time generators.

The Sea Monsters don't seem to have a dedicated web location since it's a group led by Christian McNeill and Jesse Dee who are doing quite well on their individual projects. That doesn't stop them from getting a kick-ass band and 3-man horn section for a regular Sunday night gig at Precinct. The rootsy/soulful pair end every week with a party. Shoney Lamar & the Equal Rights rip it up with a funky, bluesy rock ruckus who are known for their energetic live shows. Their set is going to be a wild ride.

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