This weekend featured giant pandas, a folk opera, and whole month’s worth of fatness.
And the flippin’ Muppets were on SNL. Say whhaaaa—-
Anais Mitchell (@anaismitchell) @ Somerville Theatre, 11.18.11: Y’know, folk operas are so plentiful nowadays, I hardly know where to begin on Anais Mitchell’s “Hadestown.” A modern interpretation of the Orpheus myth, you say? Pfft, like I haven’t heard that one before. And performing the whole thing with a great back-up band, and an even greater-sounding frontwoman? That’s not original at al--
Muck & The Mires (@muckandthemires) @ T.T. The Bear’s, 11.18.11: Local retro garage-rockers Muck and aforementioned Mires have been checked out by the Dig firsthand, so you know we’d be back for more…Muck? Or Mires? Is it like a Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers type of deal, where you can’t name a Heartbreaker? Or is it like Guns N’ Roses, where Muck would be nothing without his Mires? #BurningQuestions.
Phantogram (@Phantogram) @ Royale, 11.19.11: Personally, I’m a fan of the rising number of musical boy/girl duos (Crystal Castles, She & Him, Sleigh Bells, to rattle off some favorites.) Phantogram keeps this “are-they-doing-it?” tradition alive, hopefully until some sort of Sonny & Cher variety-show emerges a couple of years from now.
“Say, Josh; I think Jimmy Carter is a real turkey.” “Oh, Sarah!” -light studio applause-
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, 11.19.11 (@GiantPandaDub) @ Mid East Downstairs: Congratulations, Dub Squad! You’ve won the Most Hilarious Mental Image for a Band Name Award 2011! The idea of an elite guerilla team of giant pandas, who also bring their DJ equipment into the bush, has been officially recognized by the academy I just made up. How ’bout a song for the audience, boys?
Fat History Month (FatHistoryMonth@Blogspot) @ Great Scott, 11.20.11: While I can’t tell you what a Fat History Month entails exactly (hopefully a lot of this), I CAN tell you that Fat History Month played Great Scott last night, bringing their early-Modest Mouse, lo-fi sounds in tow. Chew on that, why don’t ya.
The Boston Music Awards (@BMAs_Boston) @ The Liberty Hotel, 11.20.11: What kind of entertainment publication would we be if we didn’t attend the BMA’s? A slightly-above average one, that’s what! Highlights included hip-hop/rocker sensation Shea Rose and the psychedelic charm of Mmoss. Pics below, courtesy the mighty MGM Photo, because you’re worth it.