|This guy, this big guy right here, he's ready for the weekend. |
And he's singing something more than Silent Night.
'Tis the season for rocking (and for corny holiday references). The holiday season is on full blast and I, for one, am thankful that I have somehow missed all the usual holiday song staples and have instead tickled my ears with some sweet sweet Brooklyn/NY tunes. Gotta get away from Mariah Carey? Check out these shows going strong through the weekend.
[[THURSDAY, December 18:]]
Starting tonight, it's the Fuck A Genre Entertainment Presents AKA Festival featuring music by Dr. Breakfast (Jim Wood, SZ #19) and more. Thursday through Sunday, music starts at 5pm at The Living Gallery FREE LINK
Also tonight, we have two of our illustrious Square Zeros guests on one bill. You can catch The Black Black (Jon Daily, SZ #26) and The Amputees (Louis Ramos and Nova Luz, SZ # 13) getting getting warm and toasty at the Money Fire Records Holiday Office Party and Showcase w/ Fellow Project, Earworms at Muchmore's 8:30pm $5 LINK
|The Amputees have been working on a new album and |
will be taking some time off in the new year, so don't miss them!
[[FRIDAY, December 19:]]
Power pop honeys The Jeanies (Joey Farber, SZ #23 and Jon Mann, SZ #10) are releasing their first, self-titled tape on King Pizza Records, with the support of friends The Mad Doctors (Seth Applebaum and Greg Hanson, SZ #20) w/ BIG HUGE, Games at Don Pedro 9pm, $5 LINK
|The Jeanies. Photo credit: Megan Mancini|
[[SATURDAY, December 20:]]
You could be lazy and lame and sit around all day or you can get out of the house, it's a beautiful Saturday!, and head to catch Clean Girls (Chris Tracy, SZ #11), cuz they're rocking a day party w/ Narrow Head, Prayer Chain, Robot Death Kites at ABC No Rio 3pm $8. LINK
Then, head on over to Brooklyn Night Bazaar and check out Slothrust (Leah Wellbaum, SZ #29), presented by Ipsum Magazine and Lyynks Music w/ Lemuria, Aspiga, The Young Leaves, Prince at Brooklyn Night Bazaar 7pm FREE LINK
And while we don't tend to mention out-of-town shows here at Square Zeros, we would be remiss if we came to the end of our year without talking up a band and a show very dear to us. Jon Mann, take the mic:
Why thank you. One of the first bands I ever really saw regularly in my teenage years was Murphy's Kids, a ska band that my buddies started back in Richmond, Virginia. As you may recall, Reid Attaway of Murphy's Kids (still around, fifteen years later) wrote what has turned out to be our most popular post in Square Zeros history, the unassailable In Defense Of Ska.
What you may not know is that, every year, Murphy's Kids throw the Happy Skalidays! party in Richmond, wherein they get basically every fun teenager and young adult in Richmond into one room, bombard them with all things ska and punk to their infinite delight, and donate all of the proceeds to some charitable cause.
This year, the bands are 6TA, Toxic Moxie, Signal Fire, and Imaginary Sons (and, of course, Murphy's Kids), and the organization is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. If you're in Richmond, you're a fool not to go. If you're not in Richmond, consider maybe listening to The Specials and make a charitable contribution on your own time.
And on Sunday, you can relax. Wrap presents. Drink some eggnog, if that's your thing. Think back on the wonderful weekend you had and enjoy this magical, weirdly warm, soon to be over holiday season.
— DJH, BW, + JM