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Month: July 2011

The Plight of the Staghorn Sumac

An essay about plant intolerance on the North Shore.


The state of Massachusetts has a startling variety of vegetation, with many native species that range from Staghorn Sumac and Evening Primrose to Black-eyed Susan and New England Aster. Yet on this uppity outcropping of the state, according to the latest census, over 97% of the town consists of neatly manicured lawns.

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A Very Special Evening of Music at a New Performance Space, Yes.Oui.Si ~ *tonight*

Goli busking on Newbury Street, 2008 (D. Chin), The And Company, Flightless Buttress (Conor Doherty)

Goli busking on Newbury Street, 2008 (D. Chin), The And Company, Flightless Buttress (Conor Doherty)

Flightless Buttress, Goli, The And Company @ Yes.Oui.Si, 19 Vancouver St., Boston MA (E train on Green Line to Museum of Fine Arts, look left), Saturday July 9 – tonight! at 7pm, $5 donation.

Here’s an absolutely wonderful gathering of musicians at what sounds like a fantastic new music listening space. Which of course I just found out about this morning. If you enjoy chamber music with a modern pop twist, most definitely visit this new art & performance space, Yes.Oui.Si, near the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. This evening features the quirky percussive and pretty folk-pop of The And Company, the uber-classy cello and marimba duo Goli, and the gorgeous, soaring guitar and cello melodies of John Nolan and Calin Peters a.k.a. Flightless Buttress.

The List – Goli by exploitboston

Goli: official site | facebook | twitter || Flightless Buttress: official site | facebook | bandcamp || The And Company: official site | facebook | bandcamp

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Christopher Paul Stelling at Precinct Friday July 15th

Hear Now Live Presents: Big East, Shoney Lamar & The Equal Rights, Bitch Trifecta, Christopher Paul Stelling, Jennifer Greer @ Precinct – Friday, July 15.

I first mentioned Christopher Paul Stelling last November, when I was totally knocked-out by his incredible acoustic guitar picking and soulful Southern Gothic vocals. With mournful tales and hellfire fury, he summons ghosts and saints, heaven and hell, loss and hope. Later this summer, he’ll be in Louisville at Funeral Home Studios, recording his debut album, Songs Of Praise &amp Scorn (Mecca Lecca), assisted by Kevin Ratterman (Wax Fang). But for now, he’s playing a few shows and introducing new songs.

On his decision to record in Louisville’s first working funeral home, he says “I find the recording process to be a lot like embalming, a preservation if you will…so, I figured an actual 100 year old funeral home was a perfect place to record.”

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Oh! You Pretty Things: A Burlesque/Cabaret Tribute to David Bowie @ Club Oberon *Tonight*

I only just heard about this. There was an “off-Broadway warm-up” at the Rosebud in Somerville this past weekend, and tonight is the full extravaganza at Club Oberon in Harvard Square. It’s “Oh! You Pretty Things: A Burlesque/Cabaret Tribute to David Bowie,” and it features “24 Bowie tunes, from “All the Young Dudes” to “Let’s Dance” redone in energetic lounge style with a 10-piece band and seven scantily clad dancers.”

This event is hosted by Niki Luparelli (“Neo-cabaret vamp, Vaudeville comedienne, pinup model and bleach aficionado,” in her own words). “We’re going to do this until he sues us or comes out of retirement,” Luparelli said before Saturday’s Rosebud show. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door.

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Dead Stars and the WANDAS @ Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square Saturday night!


Brooklyn-based trio Dead Stars are purveyors of some very nice fuzzed-out, noisy and melodic indie pop. Cousins Jeff and Jaye Moore (guitar and drums) and long-time friend John Watterberg (bass) first started playing together in 2008. They’ve recently released The Wasted EP, a 5-track follow-up to their 2009 debut, Break The Tide. They stop by Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square on Saturday, July 9th, along with Boston’s the WANDAS, who have a new album coming out next month, having raised over $11,000 on Kickstarter.

Forever and Ever (new!) by the WANDAS

Dead Stars: bandcamp | facebook | twitter
the WANDAS: official site | facebook | twitter | soundcloud

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Expanding Awareness: Alternative Healing

On tomorrow morning’s Expanding Awareness show, Victor and his guest will be discussing alternative healing. Yes, that’s rather vague, I know. Tune in and find out. It begins at 10am on 90.3FM in the Boston area, or this show can be heard on the WZBC Archive (all of ‘ZBC’s shows are online for two weeks).

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