4 awesome music nights to mark before you check out for the holidays
I’m an optimistic sort of girl, but the recent induction of Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has me super-cynical about how the current state of music fits into this old establishment where one band is able to transform music and usher it out of one silly state and into another (like glam to grunge). With the hodge podge Internet music community not only flooding us with a nauseating amount of options, but also obscuring major talents who might not be publishing their music to subscription services like Spotify, Rdio or Rhapsody, it’s really difficult to say that anybody out there is truly impacting a broader music community.
As I pout over the releases from 2012 that I so loved last year but have entirely worn out already, I’m so hesitant to announce any sort of claim to my heart for this year’s releases even though 2013 delivered a great lot of albums that I dug way into. But like I said, my nature typically skews sunny, so before I get into some music updates that might interest you locally in the coming weeks, I thought I’d share my end-of-year playlist for your listening, enjoyment, scrutiny, whatever it might do for you.
Onto the good stuff. Here are some events you gotta know about before you stop paying attention to the Internet for the rest of the year.
- Christmas Night: Christmas Party Punx w/ Knife Hits, Neat Freak, Direct Effect, Past Tense, Bear Trap @ Uncle Lou’s Entertainment Hall, 9 p.m. (If you’ve missed Knife Hits since certain band members moved to Philly/Chicago and abandoned us for the cold, this is a true Christmas gift for the music community and the start of what promises to be a great annual holiday party at Uncle Lou’s.)
- Friday, Dec. 27: The Sh-Booms “Boom-Boom Boogie” End of Year Dance Party @ the Social, 9 p.m. (Two sets of Sh-Booms, one original music and the other classic soul, plus a dressed up stage show including fancy props and lighting makes for a mean way to end the year early if you ask me.)
- Saturday, Dec. 28: Relief in Abstract End of Year Show @ the Space, 8 p.m. (This has been a notable year for our area’s fastest growing label, so who better to party with at its conclusion? Admission gets you a free download of any Relief in Abstract release of your choice.)
- Wednesday, Jan. 1: Special Edition Record Club: Celebrating 1989 in 2014 @ Lil Indies, 6 p.m. (It’s no secret that I’m a dork for Record Club, where a bunch of us get together and casually listen and discuss classic albums, but this special meeting celebrates the 25-year anniversaries of five noted 1989 releases: Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation,” De La Soul’s “3 Feet High and Rising,” Nirvana’s “Bleach,” Beastie Boys’ “Paul’s Boutique,” and Nine Inch Nails’ “Pretty Hate Machine.”)
Here’s hoping my fickle experience from 2012 doesn’t repeat for 2013 favorites as I trudge through 2014. If it does, I might give up on trying to find Replacements for the bands I genuinely forever love.