You Can Be A Wesley (@youcanbeawesley) at Middle East Upstairs: It’s hard to follow up Halloween. Especially with a date like 11.1.11, you’d think there’d be some end of the world party somewhere. Maybe we’re waiting for 11.11.11, or the end of the Mayan Calendar. Actually, everyone was nursing hangovers last night, and by the time You Can Be A Wesley came on stage, what was needed was some soft music and steady low lighting. In a warm upstairs club last night, the local band brought it to the level.
Division of Hate at O’Brien’s Pub: Division of Hate doesn’t have a Twitter, because sometimes you can actually be too metal for ADHD social networking. I wish I was joking, but a hardcore punk band who forms in ’99 out of the ashes of another hardcore punk band has no reason to join the swarm who post twitpics of their quirky kitties and limited edition Nike Dunks every five minutes. Division of Hate came in on the heels of the season’s first major snowstorm to prove to Old Man Winter that the city not only still has its edge, but the edge is polished and ready. Thanks for answering the call, boys. Winter is coming, we needs beards and dark clothing, now! Get an intern on that.
Omar Souleyman (@omar_souleyman) at Brighton Music Hall: Freakin worldly, bro! Omar Souleyman does have a Twitter, but I couldn’t find any cute twitpics of kitties or the restaurants he’s checking into that we “omg have to check out like rite now!!1″ It’s mostly “Shukran”–or, “Thank you”–back to his growing western followers. The beat-heavy Syrian rock star, who performs traditional songs in Kurdish and Arabic, is pretty hot right now, recently performed at Glastonbury, Austin’s Chaos in Tejas, and Bonnaroo. To make things more interesting (how is that possible) he’s recorded over 500 records, and they’re mostly for peoples’ personal weddings. Just watch this, and be sad if you missed it: