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Month: July 2010 (Page 1 of 2)

Artisan’s Asylum ~ A New Open-Access Community Workshop in Somerville

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Here’s something very cool for all you creative types. Artist’s Asylum is a newly opened non-profit community workshop (with facilities on Windsor St. and Joy St. in Somerville) whose mission is to “make creativity a way of life.”


They’re gathering skilled artisans from the Boston area to teach classes of all kinds, including precision metal machining, woodworking, welding, fabricwork, painting, photography, and much more. Currently they’re taking a survey to see what types of classes people in the community would be most interested in. Visit their site for more information, take the survey, and get involved!

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Show Preview: Jaggery CD Release Party @ the Church of Boston ~ Wednesday, July 28

Jaggery (photo by Noah Blumenthal-Cook), Beat Circus (photo by Dave Bias), and Incus.

Jaggery (photo by Noah Blumenthal-Cook), Beat Circus (photo by Dave Bias), and Incus.

Jaggery (9pm), Beat Circus (10pm), and Incus (11pm)
at the Church of Boston, Boston, MA
Wednesday, July 28 ~ (doors at 8pm, 21+ show)

There’s a special evening going on at Church tomorrow night – Jaggery’s CD Release Party for their new album Upon A Penumbra. Their music is haunting and mesmerizing, and they’ll be joined two other fascinating bands with influences ranging from Southern gospel to Middle Eastern, Native American, African and Eastern European musical traditions, making for something quite different from your usual indie rock fare. Definitely worth catching.

<a href="http://jaggery.bandcamp.com/album/upon-a-penumbra">Incestuous Tendencies by Jaggery</a>

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Lawrence Arabia and Crowded House at the House of Blues – July 17, 201

as published on melophobe

Lawrence Arabia, Neil Finn and Nick Seymour of Crowded House

Lawrence Arabia, Neil Finn and Nick Seymour of Crowded House

Crowded House. Seasoned like a fine wine, older and wiser and brimming with genuine warmth and self-effacing humor; they’re one of a small handful of bands that can turn the austere House of Blues into a loving embrace. Despite today’s corporate business of rock shows, it was an evening spent with old friends.

Supporting their new release Intriguer, they brought with them ideal touring companions, fellow New Zealanders Lawrence Arabia, who share their quirky Kiwi charm, insightful songwriting, and a love of the Beatles. As it happens, they’re also “family” – Neil Finn’s son Liam performs on their most recent album, Chant Darling.

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Good, clean family entertainment with the Army of Broken Toys @ Artbeat in Somerville

Madam Edrie, Band Matriarch ~ OFF WITH HER HEAD!!!

Madam Edrie, Band Matriarch ~ OFF WITH HER HEAD!!!

Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys treated a wildly diverse crowd at Somerville’s ArtBeat Festival last Friday to a humorous and sly “PG version” of their bawdy cabaret. As little kids danced in front and blew bubbles, they performed Tipper Gore-approved classics such as “Hole In The Boat,” Johnny Cash’s “Sam Hall,” “Sea Song (Mare Carmen),” “Planet Killer,” and their pop hit from the ’80s, “Ghostbusters.”

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Expanding Awareness: Byron Jordan, a return engagement…

On this morning’s Expanding Awareness, Victor will be joined once again by Byron Jordan. Byron’s been on Victor’s show many times through the years, and is extremely knowledgeable about what he refers to as “Earth Medicine” – natural ways of re-balancing the body for maximum health and well-being. His training includes: biochemistry, nutrition, microbiology, herbalism, homeopathy, and Native American medicine.

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The Airborne Toxic Event: DVD Release 9/7 and Acoustic Tour with The Calder Quartet

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On September 7 (October 4 in Europe), The Airborne Toxic Event will be releasing All I Ever Wanted: Live from the Walt Disney Concert Hall, a documentary about their special performance back in December which featured The Calder Quartet, a children’s choir, a high school marching band, horn players, visual artists, and traditional Mexican folkórico dancers. To commemorate this, they’ll be performing nine special acoustic shows across the U.S. with The Calder Quartet, including the Somerville Theatre on September 8.

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Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling On First Tour! ~ PA’s Lounge Tonight!

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Failing to include them in ‘Boston Bands This Week,’ I’ll instead give Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling their own mention, as they’ll be embarking on their first ever tour after a show at PA’s Lounge in Somerville TONIGHT.

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Boston Bands This Week (07/12/10)…

Laura Jorgensen (photo by Ethan Walfish), Rob Potylo (photo by Danae Legrow), Goli (photo by Karen Clunes), and Walter Sickert's ArtBeat octopus.

Laura Jorgensen (photo by Ethan Walfish), Rob Potylo (photo by Danae Legrow), Goli (photo by Karen Clunes), and Walter Sickert's ArtBeat octopus.

There’s so much great music to check out this week, I can only touch on some of it. See listings on the sidebar for more, and please let me know if I’m missing something interesting (I frequently do). We’ve got two FREE daytime concert series in four different locations, presented by arts organizations around Cambridge. Somerville has their annual Art Beat happening Friday and Saturday in Davis Square. And there’s interesting shows (and a few new album releases) coming up with Laura Jorgensen and Nature In The City; Rob Potylo and HUMANWINE; and Sarah RabDAU and Goli.

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Expanding Awareness: Byron Jordan talks about Earth Medicine/Healing the Earth

I mean to be more timely with these Expanding Awareness notices. But not this week. Today Victor spoke with longtime holistic consultant and teacher, Byron Jordan. Byron’s been on Victor’s show many times through the years, and is extremely knowledgeable about what he refers to as “Earth Medicine” – natural ways of re-balancing the body for maximum health and well-being. His training includes: biochemistry, nutrition, microbiology, herbalism, homeopathy, and Native American medicine. Yes, this already happened, but you can listen to the program on the WZBC archive, where all programs on WZBC are available for two weeks. And Byron will most likely be back on Expanding Awareness next Saturday at 10am.

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Boozy Revelry with a brilliant soundtrack: the ‘FNX Clambake ~ 06/27/10

Joey and Andy Siara of The Henry Clay People; Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello; Nikki Monninger & Brian Aubert of Silversun Pickups.

Joey and Andy Siara of The Henry Clay People; Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello; Nikki Monninger & Brian Aubert of Silversun Pickups.

Don’t think of this as a review. Think of it as a commemoration of an unusual event. A last minute change of plans (thanks to my friend Elizabeth, a benefactor of the arts in the truest sense) found me packed in alongside sweaty drunken college students on Lansdowne Street, at WFNX’s Clambake. Which was something of a misnomer, as no one but the giant lobster knew where the heck the clams were, but with an amazing lineup of bands (especially during the outdoor portion), all is forgiven.

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