by Dan Bolles
Happy Friday, Solid State!
According to the weather geek, Tom Messner, it's shaping up be a cold, rainy weekend. All the better, then, to spend it in the cozy depths of our various nightclubs and cafes, sampling wealth of options that make up our beloved little scene.
Unfortunately,I will likely not be able to partake in this weekend's festivities as I will spend the bulk of my "free time" becoming intimately familiar with this new web calendar doohicky Seven Days is getting set to launch. When it's ready, it's gonna be super sweet. You're gonna love it, I swear. Actually getting it ready, however, is proving to be one beastly, laborious task. I won't bore you with the details, but I'd like to ask that should any of you see me precariously perched on the ledge of one of Burlington's taller buildings, you make an attempt to talk me down. Or give me a push, depending.
But enough about my problems. Here's a list of the stuff I'd be doing if I weren't me.
In Memory of Pluto CD Release @ The Monkey House
I know, I know. The lukewarm review of their new EP in this week's paper isn't a huge selling point. However, the review of their show at Radio Bean a few weeks back should be. These guys are a great live band. Next time around, they should spend the money and hire a producer. Calling Ryan Power . . .
Starline Rhythm Boys @ Red Square
Like I need a reason . . .
Melonheadz @ Franny O's
I have no idea who these guys are — Evan Dando tribute, perhaps? But it's Freakin' Friday at Franny O's! In all seriousness, I fucking love that bar.
Jaguar Love @ 242 Main
Why the hell not?
Funkwagon @ Nectar's
Just kidding. I much prefer Funk Taco. Actually, Funkwagon isn't even playing. It's Greg Beadle's (ex- Cancer Conspiracy) utterly ass-kicking arena rock band Township. I just might have to go this one anyway, work be damned.
The Mathematicians @ Langdon St. Cafe
Hands down, my favorite band from last year's Jazz Fest — "The Real Deal," are you listening? Plus, it's only a stone's throw from Charlie O's, which is, hands down, the best best bar in Vermont. Oh yeah, they don't play jazz.
Luminescent Orchestrii @ Los Nuevos Comedientes @ Club Metronome
While I do love me some gypsy-punk, I mostly just want to go to this so I can find out who the hell Los Nuevos Comedientes are. I've listed them in the club listings a couple of times now and never know what to put down as a genre since I can't find any info about the band anywhere — in fact, I might have even listed them as "comedy" at some point . . . whoops.
Karaoke With Pete @ Backstage Pub
Just making sure you're still paying attention.
Have a great weekend all. And if you're out and about, pour a little out for your local music critic, OK?