Friday, December 17, 2010

FRI 12/17: Sax, Comedy, Rock, Etc

I know the weekend posts should be more detailed than the weekday posts, because that's when we're most likely going out for fun.

It's been backwards for too long, but I think I'm going to do it again this weekend.

More to come...


FRI 12/17

7pm to 9pm
Ken Field's Alto Army
at 808 Gallery, 808 Comm Ave, Boston (BU campus)

Feat: Jim Hobbs, Dave Sholl, Andy Baer, others

If a whole bunch of alto saxophonists are playing for two hours, this should be something where you can feel fine about walking in at any point of the performance. It's happening in the gallery where Triiibe has been creating a month-long installation called, "In Search of Eden", so you should also be able to walk around and dig the art and tunes simultaneously.

FRI 12/17

7:30pm to 9:30pm
Anderson Comedy: "The Gas"
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$5 / 18+

Feat: Joey O'Neill, Mark "The Shark" Stevens, Alan Park, Jono Zalay, Will Smalley, James Nixon, Andrew Mayer, Dan Burgess, Lillian DeVane

This is a lot of comedy for $5. It's heckuva lot of comedy for $2.50 if you rip out the corner of page 44 in The Phoenix and show them the 2-for-1 ad. If you don't have a friend, grab any stranger walking in!

Basically, you'll have to hear something funny, especially if you start pounding tall boys right away. Even with beer, this is cheaper than going to see "Tron: Legacy" -- and this is supposed to make you laugh...

Hosted by the funny Rob Crean. Could Alan Park actually be a Canadian comedian? (I doubt it.)

FRI 12/17

Tony the Bookie, Travels, Hands & Knees, JD Cooper & Friends
at PA's Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville (Union Sq)
$10 / $5 with gift / 21+

Even without knowing what's going on with "JD Cooper & Friends", there is so much excellent twangy, hooky indie-rock to make it worth your while.

Get there early for some food that's included in the cover charge. Get in for $5 if you bring an unwrapped toy (in new condition) that will be given to a needy kid through the Somerville Homeless Coalition.

FRI 12/17

The Raging Teens (Midnight), Frank Morey (11pm), The Egos (10pm), The Throttles (9pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 / 18+

The annual Raging Teens Holiday Hoedown is always a rockabilly gift for the crowd. These folks kick ass and bring the cheer any time of year. Their guests will bring a bluesy, garagey, surfy yuletide greetings for all.

Rockabilly DJ extraordinaire Easy Ed will spin between sets to keep toes tapping, etc.

FRI 12/17

That Handsome Devil (Midnight), The Force (11pm), Planetoid (10:05pm), Casey Desmond (9:20pm), Frostbite (8:40pm)
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
18+ $10

How can you not like The Force's "3rd Annual Christmas Spectacular" when the flyer (above) looks so darn cool?

After a twisted set of holiday songs from Frostbite (who are giving away copies of their CD while supplies last), it's a good mix of pop-rock from Casey Desmond, the alien/stoner rock of Planetoid, The Force's funk-rock, and the funky party-potpourri of That Handsome Devil.

FRI 12/17

Destroy Babylon, DJ Generoso
at House of Blues - Front Room, 15 Lansdowne St, Boston (Kenmore Sq)
FREE / 21+

When "reggae-rockers" is uttered, people in an unknown ratio slowly back away or grab their hacky-sack and are ready to blaze. One doesn't have to fall into one of those categories, but Destroy Babylon is a strong band that has a solid groove and aren't shy about the volume. It's good stuff, and maybe they'll play some Clash if you scream enough.

It's also good to support FREE original live music in the HoB front room. It's one of the few cheap music clubs within Boston city limits.

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