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The fruits of the Loom

By Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / October 3, 2008
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The fruits of the Loom "We like to incorporate more traditional folk and Americana elements: organ, horns, banjo, lap steel, mandolin, etc. . . . into a rock 'n' roll context," the Loom's John Fanning told us of his Brooklyn-based band's sound. The Loom, which just released its debut EP, "At Last Light," a collection of quietly beautiful tracks, wheels its alt-country wagon through town tonight in between stops at the Pop Montreal and CMJ festivals. "I guess it's safe to say people can expect equal parts foot stomps and distorted electric guitar," says Fanning, "all bolstered by our intense camaraderie and joy for making music." Which is convenient since we have a joy for listening to it. 18+ 8:30 p.m. $8-$11. PA's Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave., Somerville . 617-776-1557. www.paslounge.com

Nightlife
DJ John Funke, who's a regular spinner at ZuZu's Soul-Le-Lu-Jah party and the host of WMBR's show "Backwoods," throws a dance party called the Wobble tonight at the Milky Way Lounge & Lanes. It will be soul and rhythm and blues spun on 45s. You're welcome to weeble, wobble, but try not to fall down. 9 p.m. Free. Milky Way Lounge & Lanes, 403 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-524-3740. www.milkywayjp.com

Nightlife
If old-school soul isn't old enough, the French Library offers an evening of old-school gypsy jazz music. The Hot Club de France party, which celebrates the 100th birthday of the late jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli, is meant to give you the experience of being in a French cafe in the 1930s. Admission includes live music from Minor Swing Orchestra, wine, and light hors d'oeuvres. RSVP recommended. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $25. French Library, 53 Marlborough St., Boston. 617-912-0400. www.frenchlib.org

Nightlife
On the same night that the Milky Way Lounge plays old-school soul and the French Library takes us back to the 1930s, Hurricane O'Reilly's throws a Back to the '80s Prom Party. You're invited to wear 1980s prom gear or any sort of throwback '80s getup. Music will include everything from a-ha to ZZ Top. Our note to Boston: Perhaps, at some point, we should embrace the present. 8 p.m. to midnight. $5. Hurricane O'Reilly's, 150 Canal St., Boston. 617-722-0161. www.irishconnection.com

Film
The BLIFF (Boston Latino International Film Festival) - not to be confused with the BFF (Boston Film Festival), the BJFF (the Boston Jewish Film Festival), or the IFFB (Independent Film Festival Boston) - runs today through Oct. 12 at a few venues around town. Tonight's programming includes a 7 p.m. screening at the Harvard Film Archive of "Maldeamores," a movie that tells three unique love stories. The film's directors are expected to attend the screening. There's a full festival schedule online. $8, $6 for students and teachers during opening weekend, all films are free after opening weekend. www.bliff.org

HEADS UP
Rock
If you missed alt-country favorite Old 97's playing tunes from their new album, "Blame It on Gravity," at the Wellfleet Beachcomber last summer, you have another chance this weekend. Rhett Miller and friends are scheduled to perform at the Wilbur Theatre on Sunday night, and last we checked, tickets were still available. 8 p.m. $20. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., 617-931-2000. www.ticketmaster.com

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