by Brad Roberts
Another week when it's difficult to keep everything that's going on around you in perspective. The world looks like it's turning upside down before our eyes and I can't remember any other time that reminds me so much of what it felt like to live through the 1960s, when one had to deal with a new reality daily. The trick is to keep your head, try to look at the big picture, and don't let things get too out of proportion. And this is the week of the fabulous Republican Convention as we watch this once proud party squabble in the dirt. They've earned it. It looks like a powder keg ready to explode.
What is this thing called Dirty Penni Fest on Saturday? Actually it's an all day event presented by Dirty Laundry TV and Penniback Records at The Echo & Echoplex starting at 12 noon. Cherry Glazerr, No Parents, Guantanamo Baywatch, Mike Watt & The Missingmen, Death Hymn Number 9, Winter, Lovely Bad things, So Many Wizards, and many more will be participating. Lots of good bands in a variety of indie-genres.
Manhattan Murder Mystery are, again, part of one of the week's best shows. This time they're showing up at Harvard & Stone for the Stars At Night Tuesday residency night with the wonderful Psychic Love to round out a spectacular night.
Last Thursday's show at The Satellite with Lady Low, Ultra Violent Rays and Alright Alright was a very special event in my book. Such vocal splendor was on display I felt a bit overwhelmed. It had been ever so long since I'd even been to The Satellite that it felt a little like a homecoming. Nice old friends were present and it was a heady atmospheric evening with lots of fog and swirling lights and psychedelic music. I felt quite at home. Alright Alright have a two part vocal dynamic that the two trained voices bring to multiple orgasmic crescendos that melt your insteps.