Tuesday, April 13, 2010

TUES 4/13: Tattoos, Film, Rock, Comedy

For those people who don't watch "Lost", there are a few cheap options...

Update: Was this post up today? It should have been.


TUES 4/13

"Rock Your Ink": Tattoo & Body Art Showcase
at Hard Rock Cafe, 22 Clinton St, Boston (near Faneuil Hall)
FREE / 18+

Meet tattoo artists. See tattooed ladies (and tattooed men, maybe more). I've noticed something about people with tattoos: They love to talk about tattoos.

This is a chance to meet some artists if you're thinking about getting that first tramp stamp, tribal band, or cartoon character. Or maybe you'll find that new person to fill in the last empty space on your ass.

"Complimentary appetizers for the first hour; chances to win prizes."

Scheduled participants: Boston Tattoo Convention, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Tattoo (Chicopee), Ink Jam Tattoo Studio (Arlington), Mass-Ink Custom Tattooing (East Bridgewater), Out of the Dark World Tattoo & Gallery (Worcester), Stingray Body Art (Allston), Unholy Grail Tattoo Inc (Worcester), Visions Tattoo, Piercing & Art Gallery (Medway), Witch City Ink (Salem)

It's billed as "Hard Rock Cafe Boston's 1st Annual Tattoo & Body Art Showcase"...

TUES 4/13

"The Bride of Frankenstein"
at Room 133, Bldg 3, 33 Mass Ave (Rear), Cambridge (MIT Campus)

Don't worry if you didn't go to yesterday's screening of "Frankenstein" -- some people consider the 1935 sequel to be better than the first.

As part of "Frankenstein Week" at MIT (apparently unofficial), the hilarious "Young Frankenstein" will be presented tomorrow. There's a play followed by a discussion on Friday.

TUES 4/13

"Across Their Universe": Beatles Tribute CD Release Party
at Johnny D's, 17 Holland St, Somerville (Davis Sq)
$8 / 21+

After listening to any Beatles tribute CD, I like to think it's the strength of the songs that holds everything together -- no matter the genre or the arrangement. However I've heard them so many times that perhaps I can't be objective anymore.

That said, I wasn't blown away by this collection after hearing the samples of the 19 tracks on "Across Their Universe". On the other hand, it was still a pleasant collection from many Boston music veterans that does twist and tweak the tunes in an array of styles (often folky, bluesy) yet still flows cohesively.

I do like hearing versions of less-covered tunes like: "Honey Pie", (a rocking) "She's Leaving Home", "Fixing A Hole", "Within You, Without", "Revolution #9", etc. The beauty of The Beatles shines through with love, respect, and fun.

Many of the artists are scheduled to appear: Thea Hopkins, Bird Mancini, Clara Kebabian, Glenn Williams, Terry Kitchen, Chillgroove, T Max, Dr. X, Mr. Curt Ensemble, Chuck U, Allen Abate, Andy Hollinger, The Daly Blues, Bonnie Gordon

TUES 4/13

The Rob Crean Show
at O'Brien's, 3 Harvard St, Allston
$8 / 21+

Feat: Matt Kona, Gary Petersen, Battle House

This monthly show is similar to the format of a variety/talk show with various segments, interviews, and sketches by Crean the host, Lucas Lewis, Adam Haut, Ryan Douglass and Brendan Thomas Crowley -- as well as stand-up and music performances. It's similar to a funny version of a late-night talk show.

As usual, there are a couple stand-up guests. From what I listened to, it's my guess that musical guests Battle House will rock out with bowel-shaking intensity although there shouldn't be any internal damage.

Drink, laugh, drink, rock out, and so on.


TUES 4/13

The Gay Blades, The Press, The Venetia Fair
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston

If you listen to some of The Gay Blades and you still don't get it, watch a live clip or two. These two guys extract more glory and power of rock out guitar and drums than most four- or five-piece bands. If you're not a dancer, you will probably want to jump around.

Although The Press has a generic name and a difficult album title ("INTEOTWIJTEOAE"), the music is quirky and driving that can grow on you. I'm a little wary of a Boston band that I've never heard of that has a fancy MySpace page, although the polished pop of The Venetia Fair wouldn't have really gone over well at somewhere like the The Abbey Lounge. Not my cup of tea, but The Gay Blades balance it out.

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