Three Headed Monstour w/ Hawthorne Heights, The Ataris, Mest @ Brighton Music Hall
The music scene in Boston is a diverse, eclectic brood of twangs and feedback that ebbs and flows with the decades. Right now, it’s a tough road to travel down—quite a few clubs have closed and not enough have opened in their shadows. But we’re still a rock ’n’ roll town at heart, and that means on any given night, there’s usually a show somewhere hosting bands from somewhere else. This Thursday is no exception, and with Hawthorne Heights leading the charge and joined by the Ataris and Mest, it’s a good excuse to get out and support the scene, even if it’s not local. It’s still a local venue that supports the local scene.
Brighton Music Hall. 158 Brighton Ave., Boston. 6pm/18+/$25. crossroadspresents.com
Tours and Tastings @ Short Path Distillery
While the craft beer industry continues to expand and take chunks out of the macro market, the craft distillery world has quietly done the same but without much fanfare. Beyond the now ubiquitous and not-so-craft brands like Deep Eddy and Triple 8, there are literally hundreds if not thousands of small batch brands making world-class products, many of them in your backyard. Such is the case with Short Path Distillery in Everett. Named after its pot still method of distillation, it’s producing amazing hand-crafted rum and gin that is worthy of your time and attention.
Short Path Distillery. 71 Kelvin St., Everett. 5pm/21+/FREE. shortpathdistillery.com
One Hit Wonder Pole Dancing Class @ Gypsy Rose Exotic Fitness
It’s never too late (or early!) to live vicariously through your dreams of becoming a stripper that have long since been dashed due to practicality and moral conundrums. It’s also fun and great exercise, so there’s always that! Gypsy Rose offers a ton of classes geared towards the beginner and wannabe professional that are super sexy, a ton of fun, and not at all sleazy or uncomfortable. It doesn’t take a perfect body or lap-dance know-how to swing from the pole and have a blast. Check online for a complete schedule, but the One Hit Wonder Class is a great place to start.
Gypsy Rose Exotic Fitness. 1 Braintree St., Allston. 10:15am/21+/$30. gypsyrosedancing.com
New England Revolution Season Opener @ Gillette Stadium
It’s easy to forget that Boston has a fifth professional sports team that is as worthy as the other four. After all, the MLS and New England Revolution aren’t made up of egos and record-shattering signing bonuses that capture the headlines every time they happen. It’s also soccer, and most Americans, while familiar with the sport, just don’t understand how a 1-0 game can be a thriller and a true test of exceptional athleticism. But that’s changing and changing fast. Parking is always free and the tailgate is always kick-ass. Buy tickets online or at the game.
Gillette Stadium. 1 Patriot Pl., Foxboro. 3pm/all ages/$45+. revolutionsoccer.net
Yoga @ Cambridge Health Associates
Not just for those extra credit electives in college anymore, yoga offers a unique way to find a sense of peace and wellness among our hellish day-to-day grind. The Monday night session at Cambridge Health Associates isn’t for beginners, but it’s also not for experts. It offers a chance to stretch and lock into your inner downward dog but also mix it up every week and focus on treating things like insomnia, allergies, and a whole host of other ailments that you might otherwise be prescribed pills for or treat by finding solace in a bottle of Jack Daniels. Stay sober at least one day a week and find your personal karma on a floor mat instead
Cambridge Health Associates. 335 Broadway, Cambridge. 6pm/all ages/$17. ComeToYoga.com
Tuesday Night Bluegrass @ The Cantab Lounge
Who doesn’t love the Cantab Lounge?! Seriously, you’ve got to be a fucking asshole not to like this place. From the beer-soaked floor on a late Friday night to an afternoon drink far from the gentrification that has all but stolen the once-gritty character from the surrounding neighborhood, this place is a must-visit for anyone new to town or trying to finally leave. Along with the legendary Chicken Slacks and Club Bohemia on Thursdays, the bluegrass night on Tuesdays is a musical treasure that continues to make this place a golden god among false prophets.
The Cantab Lounge. 738 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 8pm/21+/$7 donation. cantab-lounge.com