Wednesday, October 22, 2008

What You're Doing This Week (Oct. 23 - Oct. 30)

Posted By on Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 9:48 PM

Lots of stuff this week in Selections and in the Music section. And there's a lot more, too! Like these:

Thursday, Oct. 23

  • In case you were thinking that the "opening" of the Gibson Guitar Town thing was going to mean there was gonna be another place to see cool indie bands downtown ... well, you were wrong. Today, Cowboy Mouth and the Thrusters play. Which, if you're a '90s frat boy who had a really awesome time at Mardi Gras that one time, well, you'll be stoked about. Dude.

  • Hey, the "We're Not Emo Bands But Our Friends Are" Fest is pulling into town at House of Blues tonight. Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, Thrice, and Gaslight Anthem are playing, and, all kidding aside, all of them â?? even the ridiculously pretentious Thrice â?? are pretty great. (Full disclosure: My 14-year-old makes fun of me for listening to Alkaline Trio. I know I deserve to be made fun of for it, but seriously ... by a 14-year-old? That's like being told by a hippie that I'm stupid for not bathing.)
  • Don't want to drive to Disney to see Gaslight Anthem? Don't want to pay? Go see 'em at Park Ave CDs. But DON'T PARK IN FRONT OF THE BRIDAL SHOP.

Friday, Oct. 24

  • Speaking of hippies, when did they start getting into guitar shredders? That's, like, half the crowd at Buckethead shows these days, and it's totally weird. (The other half, of course, is composed of guys in Dream Theater shirts.) Go be neither tonight at the Social.
  • Fresco Cafe presenting a night of "gaita" Venezuelan folk music.
  • Expose at Epcot. Three shows a night! And tomorrow, too! But first, a word of warning about the dangers of nostalgia. Right now, you're probably thinking "Expose ... damn. 'Seasons Change' and 'Come Go With Me.' I'm there!' And you might have something like this going through your head:

Please remember: that video is more than 20 years old. These ladies performed here last year around this time, and, uh, seasons change, indeed.

Saturday, Oct. 25

  • The Bao Show at Copper Rocket. I need say no more, other than, yes, Bao does sleep on an American flag ... while Sarah Palin tries to spoon him. It's a fact!

  • Not that colleges are ever political or anything, but the Bach Choir at Rollins is going to be throwing down on Haydn's "Mass in Time of War' in Keene Hall today and tomorrow. It's gonna be a doozy.

  • I must say that I'm honestly a little surprised that this publication's estimable music editor didn't do a write-up on the Hotel Cafe Tour show that's happening tonight at the Social, seeing as how he seems to have a penchant for ladies with acoustic guitars. 'Cause this show â?? featuring the rather excellent Priscilla Ahn, the almost-as-excellent Ingrid Michaelson and a handful of other talented singer-songwriter types â?? is all about ladies with acoustic guitars. Which is sorta weird, because the Hotel Cafe phenomenon isn't a girl-power kinda thing. This is the fourth year of "Hotel Cafe Tours" and the first time it's been all women, which is probably a product of both the trend at the L.A. venue's open mic nights, as well as the very skewed demographic for this new sort of soft-rock sound. I just wish Rachael Yamagata was playing this show (she's on other dates), because out of all of the acts on the bill, she's the only one that makes me want to slit my wrists in a good way.

Tuesday, Oct. 28

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