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Somerville Live Music: Electrogoth Winter Solstice Party at PA’s

Dec 12 10:08 am

By Sam Coren

The clock is ticking to Shift Your Shopping for 2011’s holiday gift buying season! But for those of you who got your holiday shopping done early (or just want another excuse to procrastinate) there’s a slew of great live music shows coming up to keep your spirits merry. Take a look at who’s playing tunes around the ‘Ville:

December 13th: Paa Seck Diery Band @ Sally O’Brien’s

“Loveline” – Paa Seck Diery Band from Ker Doff Productions on Vimeo.

Sick of the cold? Warm yourself up with some toasty afro-beat/R&B grooves by way of Senegal from the Paa Seck Diery Band. Paa Seck Diery is a gewel (griot) — a master musician, drummer, singer, dancer and teacher. Born in Kaolack, Senegal, today Paa is living in Boston. Paa performs with his own band, Diery Band, and also drums and dances with Lamine Touré & Group Saloum.

December 14th: Dixie Butterhounds Holiday Party @ Johnny D’s

Sandy’s Music presents a night of holiday old time folk with the Dixie Butterhounds playing a mixture of old and new! They play old time string band music, consisting mainly of southern Appalachian fiddle tunes and songs, though they also branch out into rags and bluesy numbers as well.

December 16th:  Firedrill!/Overboard @ Johnny D’s

So you need to get your Glee crazy friends out of the house? Check out Firedrill! and Overboard at Johnny D’s – two Boston-based acapella groups that will treat your eardrums right.

December 18th:  Math the Band / Radio Control @ Radio


Math the Band is a electro-punk spazz duo from Providence, RI. They use a combination of old video game systems, analog synthesizers and energy drinks to make the fastest, loudest, most party-est music they can imagine.

December 20th: Nirvana Tribute w/ Little War Twins, The Lousy Instruments, & The Days Weight @ Precinct

Break out your favorite flannel and don’t bother combing your hair. Precinct is throwing down a tribute night for the best known band from the legendary Seattle grunge scene (sorry Mudhoney fans). Hold a lighter up for Kurt and join 3 local rock bands as they play your favorite Nirvana songs.

December 22: The Penultimate Winter Solstice Party featuring Glass Teeth w/ Ruby Ridge, Coralcola, DJ Parzer & DJ Chadley, Loopus Amadeus and Dark & Stormy @ PA’s Lounge

You might be thinking to yourself: where can I go dance to some gothy electronic music on Thirsty Thursday before I have to go spend the holidays with the fam? Well, you’re in luck, my eyelinered friends, because this is one Winter Solstice party that you don’t want to miss. Glass Teeth and Ruby Ridge will be mashing out some dark synth waves for your enjoyment with some help from their Boston EDM DJ friends at PA’s. Don’t forget to warm yourself up with some Ruby Ridge podcasts before you head out for the evening.

December 23rd: Mod Gun w/ Dead Cats Dead Rats & The Sour Doo-Dahs @ Precinct

Ready to go back to some no-nonsense guitar rock? Fans of My Bloody Valentine and The Pixies should stop by Precinct to check out local alternative shoegaze outfit Mod Gun. Dead Rats Dead Cats and The Sour Doo-Dahs who will join them and let your inner garage punk loose.

Somerville Holiday Events 2011

Nov 28 11:08 am

By Sam Coren

Tis the season for The Slutcracker Photo: Liz Laneri

There comes a point during every holiday season when it hits you. After so many hours of cooking, decorating, family drama, and general chaos you just need to get out of the house and do something fun. Good thing there are plenty of options right in the neighborhood this season to help you escape the craziness and bring back some good old fashioned holiday cheer!

Check out some of these upcomming holiday happenings around town:

December 1st

DARBI’s Midnight Madness in Davis Square 6pm-midnight

Were you a trooper and decided to avoid Black Friday like the plague? The “shop local for the holidays” spirit of Plaid Friday carries on this Thursday with DARBI’s annual December Midnight Madness shopping event. Some businesses will offer coupons or specials to shoppers during the event.

At least 14 local businesses, primarily retail stores and restaurants, will take part this year. Confirmed participants include Dave’s Fresh Pasta, Magpie, Artifaktori, Kickass Cupcakes, Davis Squared, When Pigs Fly, The Boston Shaker, Suneri, Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant and Music Club, Buffalo Exchange, Found, Comicazi and Sunshine Lucy’s.

In addition, Zipcar will have a special booth set up in Statue Park throughout the event. Plus, Thalia Tringo Real Estate will host an art opening, “Elements and Artifacts,” featuring photographs by T.L. Litt and food and drink from local eateries.

December 2nd – 24th

The Slutcracker (Somerville Theater)

Everyone’s favorite Burlesque production of The Nutcracker is back for another season! Pick a date this December to see The Slutcracker performed live at the Somerville Theater for a night of raunchy adult fun. Don’t wait on getting tickets, folks, they’re already selling like hot cakes. Even cooler? The Boston Ballet is giving a 25% discount to Slutcracker patrons for tickets to their production of The Nutcracker. That way grandma and the kids can also enjoy the story of The Nutcracker without the intentional wardrobe malfunctions.

December 3rd

Artisan’s Asylum Public Opening (10 Tyler St) 1pm-5pm

Artisan’s Asylum is a non-profit community craft studio dedicated to supporting and promoting the teaching, learning and practicing of craft of all varieties. They’ll be throwing a free public housewarming party on December 3rd to celebrate the opening of their amazing new facility on Tyler St. with free tours of the space and exhibits. While you’re there, be sure to meet the instructors and  learn more about their upcoming classes.

December 3rd & 4th

Libana presents Artisans of India Holiday Marketplace

Libana is a global music ensemble that illuminates the creativity, vision, and spirit of the world’s women through  the performance  of traditional and contemporary music and dance. They’ll be hosting and performing at an India Holiday Marketplace in Union Square on 10am – 6pm Saturday the 3rd and Sunday the 4th from 11am – 6pm.  What will there be? Fair trade crafts, scarves and imports from India, Libana merch, and much more.

For more info including directions check out their handy flyer:

December 15th

The Weisstronauts’ Holiday Jubilee with The Rudds at Radio

The Weisstronauts will be playing their 12th annual Holiday Jubilee at Radio in Union Square to kick off the release of two new CDs, the full length “19 Something 9” and the EP “In Memphis 2.” Get ready for new tunes, holiday tunes, special guests (Hillbilly Holiday and The Rudds) and other celebratory goodness! Please note that the ‘nauts will be performing 2nd that evening and they’ll have tons of new merch available for purchase at special holiday prices.

December 16th

PA’s Lounge Annual Christmas Party 

If you miss the holiday tunes at Radio the night before, PA’s Lounge will be hosting their annual Christmas Party the next day. Details are still TBA but if it’s anything like last year’s party, good tunes and good brews should be plentiful so bring some friends and let loose.

December 23rd

Johnny D’s Holiday Party with Funky White Honkies

The Christmas Eve-Eve party kicks off at 10pm at Johnny D’s. Led by the fearlessly un-selfconscious and immensely talented Dinty Child, (perhaps best-known for being a member of Boston roots/rock masters Session Americana), the Funky White Honkies are a rag tag band of fine New England music veterans. More of a ‘tribe’ than a band, the Honkies have been around for years, providing a gorgeously joyous and free dance experience for people of every age, leanings, stripe, and style. With it’s large, rotating band of expert players, and under the spontaneous direction of Dinty, the Honkies converge for one purpose only: to get down and get dirty, laying down a set of grooves that start loose, and build inexorably to nothing less than pure, transcendent jazz/funk/punk fueled cacaphony.


Somerville Local Music: Live Hip Hop with Afro DZ ak All Starz

Nov 07 10:07 am

By Sam Coren

Afro D

Afro D

There seems to be a major lack of “real” fall here in the ‘Ville. But just because it’s cold and gross out doesn’t mean you can’t hit the town up for a night of great live music! Musicians operate like the postal service:  rain, snow, or shine – they’re gigging in it. So why don’t you toss on your hats and gloves and go rock those socks off to some of these fine upcoming shows:

November 9th:  @ Leo Nocentelli (Johnny D’s)

Everybody could use a bit more New Orleans funk in their musical diet. And no one knows how to bring it like Leo Nocentelli, guitarist and founding member of The Meters. Hop on down to Johnny D’s to get a big helping of Meters classics such as “Cissy Strut” and “Fire on the Bayou” served up fresh before your eyes by axe-master Leo.


November 11th:   Lovewhip,  Streight Angular, SPF 5000 (Radio)

If you haven’t checked out the new rock club in town, Radio, you don’t know what you’re missing. The new joint is housed in the former Club Choices spot across from Market Basket on Somerville Ave and is quickly winning over the hearts and minds of even the most jaded live music lovers in the hood. If you need an excuse to get down there and let loose don’t miss this eclectic line up of no-frills rock with a dash of EDM. Streight Angular will have you singing along to infectiously catchy pop rock anthems while their funky electro rocking friends Lovewhip will get your feet moving. Haven’t heard any new House beats in awhile? Be sure to catch the mega-fabulous SPF 5000.

November 12th:  Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones (Johnny D’s)

Dave Alvin is bringing back the art of the barroom guitar, one gig at a time. This Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter plays a unique brand of Americana blues with brooding vocals that would be right at home in a Tarintino flick. His songs are deeply seeded in his roots as a 4th generation Californian who saw his hometown of Downey evolve from orange groves and dairy farms into tract homes and freeways.

November 13th: – Ryan Schmidt with Micah and Rhianna Larocque (Radio)


Need an evening of new live music you can feel safe bringing your mom to in a pinch? Boston indie folk singer-songwriters Ryan Schmidt and Micah will be sharing the bill at Radio with the lovely Rhianna Larocque from Maryland. Your inner Jason Mraz and Cat Power fan will thank you for not missing out.

November 14th:  Second Day Venom with Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor and The New Highway Hymnal (PA’s Lounge)

Into pretty sounding shoegaze ala Asobi Seksu? Check out Second Day Venom at PA’s, a local act that will start your work week right. Opening duties will be left to Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor, a trippy psych rock group right out of Detroit that raided your Dad’s The Doors album stash.

November 16th:  Sticky Fuzz, Afro D All Starz, The Tree, Seth Wonkka, Dan Tedesco (Precinct)

You’ve never heard a trumpet player bust rhymes until you’ve witnessed the amazing Afro D (aka Pete Shungu). The MC/Trumpet player will be leading the powerhouse live hip hop ensemble called the Afro DZ ak All Stars, which consists of 8-12 musicians. How will they all fit on stage at Precinct? That remains a mystery. A must-see act for fans of The Roots, K’naan, and Roy Hargrove. They’ll be sharing the bill with Sticky Fuzz, The Tree, Seth Wonkka, and Dan Tedesco.

Somerville Live Music: New Music Venue Radio To Open Oct 7th

Sep 27 2:47 pm

By Sam Coren

The Organ Beats

Retro-rockers The Organ Beats will be playing opening night at Radio.

Word round the ‘Ville has spread. A new live music venue will be opening its doors in Union Square on October 7th. Radio, a new rock club and restaurant, will occupy the space that was once the Club Choices at 379 Somerville Ave. You may be familiar with Radio’s owners, Aimee McGrath and Josh Banville, the bar and booking manager of Davis Square’s Rosebud. They’ll be joined by Chef Jim Seery and Ashley Willard of Boston Band Crush who will be taking care of food and music booking duties.

For those live music lovers on a budget, Willard told the Phoenix that they want Radio to be, “a place where people can come hang out and discover new bands without breaking the bank.” Willard went on to indicate that most shows will have a $5 cover. What’s not to love? Hopefully this helps facilitate the ever-growing Somerville music community. Three, cheers (and beers) for some homegrown talent!

Be sure to check out Radio’s first batch of listings below for October and November:

Friday, Oct. 7

The Rationales with The Organ Beats, John Powhida International Airport, and one more TBA

Saturday, Oct. 8:

BrownBoot, with AM Stereo, Watts and The Dirty Truckers.


Sunday, Oct. 9:

Dinner With the Band: Erin Harpe.

According to Willard, this will be a free show accompanied with a dinner menu Chef Jim will create inspired by the band’s music.

Saturday, Oct. 15:

Parlour Bells with Sarah RabDAU & Self-Employed Assassin, Garvy J, and  Eldridge Rodriguez


Sunday, Oct. 16:

Nina Violet with Willy Maso, and Tallahassee


Friday, Oct. 28:

Halloween with local bands covering The B-52s, Pat Benatar, INXS, James Brown


Saturday, Nov. 5:

Guillermo Sexo with Age Rings,  Marconi, and The Future Everybody

Sunday, Nov. 6:

The Fagettes with Thick Shakes, and more TBA

Friday, Nov. 11:

Mitten with Lovewhip, Streight Angular, and SPF 5000

Saturday, Nov. 19:

Mellow Bravo with InAeona, Rule, and Cask Mouse


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