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Roundup: Help for Lamb; 'Night' video; null and Boyd

Posted by Scott McLennan  June 27, 2013 01:16 PM

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Just some stuff to get off my chest before heading out to see Come at the Sinclair:

  • If you're not checking out Come tonight, consider going to Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Allston, where Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons, Tallahassee, and Coyote Kolb are playing a fund-raiser for David Lamb of Brown Bird. Lamb was recently diagnosed with leukemia, and shows such as the one happening tonight are popping up to help the musician cover the costs of his treatment. Show time is 9 p.m. 


  • The first time I met Parlour Bells' front man Glenn di Benedetto he was wearing a disheveled tux and make-up. Claims he was making a music video. Uh-huh. We'll see if that's true with the promised premier of Parlour Bells' cinematic take on "Bachelor Hours" from its album "Thank God for the Night." The video debut happens Friday, June 28, during the Pill dance party at Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston. Word on the Interwebs is that the video will screen sometime between 11 p.m. midnight.
  • Our pals at Vanyaland have a good story on TT the Bear's' decision to scotch tomorrow's sold-out show with Cold Cave because of controversial opener Boyd Rice. To paraphrase Jake Blues, I hate California Nazis. Check out Vanyaland's story here

    TT the Bear's subsequently issued this statement on Facebook:

    I helped pull this show together after TT’s cancelled Friday night’s Cold Cave/Boyd Rice show. I’ve seen a lot of support for the decision to cancel, but I’ve certainly also seen a lot of complaints and outrage. That is understandable, people who were excited to see Cold Cave are disappointed and upset. Without going into every boring detail, I will say this: TT’s has been owned for 40 years by a woman, and most of the bar staff are women. Even if that wasn’t the case, for me personally, after doing a bit of research, Boyd Rice isn’t the type of person I want to see performing on that stage. Cold Cave was given the opportunity to play without him, but refused.

    I’ve seen more than a few people crying censorship or blathering about freedom of speech. I certainly believe that anyone is free to say whatever they’d like, but freedom of speech is not freedom from consequence. No one is guaranteed a stage and a microphone; no venue is required by the First Amendment to open their doors to any performer for any reason, that’s not how it works. As for the comments that he’s a provocative artist who is provoking a reaction by saying shocking things - yes, he is, and the response he provoked is a cancelled show. Boyd Rice is free to perform at any venue that will have him.

    So instead of Cold Cave/Boyd Rice, TT the Bear’s will be hosting a hastily thrown together bill featuring The Luxury, Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling, and Cult 45. The cover will be pay what you can, with all proceeds benefitting Rosie’s Place, a sanctuary for poor and homeless women. I’ll sleep fine at night knowing that I can look my female friends and coworkers in the eye.


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Scott McLennan is a Boston Globe music correspondent and previously wrote a music and entertainment column for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette for 15 years. After seeing the band Boston in the Boston Garden as a teenager he never looked back and eventually figured out how to be a professional fan. Scott is very good at writing in the dark. This blog is an ongoing discussion about music happening in and around Boston. Scott will be leading the trek across genres looking for new releases and hot shows as well as just checking in with the people who make Boston such a great place to listen. More »
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