Here’s a little known and completely fabricated fact—the car-campin’ Alaskan poetess Jewel, whom we’re contractually obligated to include in Calendar every couple months, was actually an incomplete prototype that somehow managed to get loose and wreck schmaltzy havoc all over the late ‘90s. A couple extra decades of beta-testing and a complete overhaul of the genre-protocols later, and Eilen Jewell (Jubilantly Emoting Woman BalladeEr, Mark II) is finally set-ready, sporting numerous improvements over the old model, including “sounding absolutely nothing like Jewel.” Reconfigured as a roots-chantreuse, Jewell-1000 comes to the Armory to show that muttering bit of malware how it’s done.
[THU 7.23.11. THE ARMORY. 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. 617.718.2191. 7pm/all ages/$18. artsatthearmory.org]
“Steamcrunk” might sound like one of those musical genres that we in arts and entertainment journalism like to make up every now and then just to make sure you’re all paying attention—be honest, did any of you really think that “experimental ambientronica funk” was a thing? But then again, “flamenco death metal” was something we totally just mashed together for giggles, and look how that turned out. Walter Sickett & the Army of Broken Toys brings its too-hot-for-telegraph ensemble to the Arts at the Armory this evening, crackling its cheeky brand of vintage Victorian aural erotica over the newfangled electrazied gramophone device. [191 Highland Ave., Somerville. 617.718.2191. 7pm/all ages/$7. artsatthearmory.org]