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Boston's The Royalty Say Goodnight

The Royalty play their last-ever shows this week - Sunday night, 7/25 at The House of Blues Restaurant, and Friday, July 30 at Providence's AS220.  Conveniently, Sunday's House of Blues show is free.  So take that extra cash to the bar and join the fun, as they may well be cruising towards a club ban.  Just kidding.  Probably.

If you haven't seen them yet and you're a fan of low-fi indie rock a la Pavement with a predilection for feedback (lots of it), incisive lyrics, sarcastic humor, heckling and cheap beer, then you owe it to yourself to make one if not both of these dates.  They also have an EP you should probably ask them about, featuring a great cover of Pavement's "Grounded."

Sunday 7/25
House of Blues Restaurant, Boston
Free, 8pm
with Quixote, Brontosaur

Friday 7/30
AS220, Providence
$6, 9pm
with Academia, Tens of Thousands, The Universes

- The Deli Staff


Exposure Opportunity for All Asia Bar, Cambridge Alums

Are you a New England band or musician?  Have you toured through Boston?  Then I'm willing to wager that unless you were put on an existing bill elsewhere in Boston, you've played at All Asia Bar in Cambridge's Central Square.  Marc Shulman, the owner, is famous for letting just about anyone onto his club's humble stage.  He also gives the hosting band each night more freedom to do what they want with their time than many other club owners in Boston would be comfortable even considering.

So it is in true Marc fashion that he embarks on a new project, entertainment-minded for him and exposure-minded for the musicians he's hosted:  a playlist, indeed a mighty one, featuring every band and musician that has played there (and who have recorded music, of course).  The playlist will then be played over the house speakers at both All Asia and Marc's restaurant in Taiwan.  That's right - passive exposure both at home and overseas.

So, if you've played All Asia in the past and would like selections of your music to be involved, head over to this blog posting to find the link and password to a web drop box to which you can submit some or all of your music.  Marc has also offered to dig through all music submitted to find his favorites, so if you don't have the time to pick any "single(s)," Marc will do so for you.  So here's hoping you trust his taste.

- The Deli Staff

Do You Need the Service? Album Release Party at JB’s July 24

In typical Saturday night fashion, Johnny Brenda’s is pulling out the party with a triple-header featuring an album release celebration for I Hurl Myself Towards Glory and fusion junkies Do You Need the Service?, a band who wants to know: “Can you keep a clown secret?” This is just a hint to let you know that by listening to their tunes you’re about to transcend your comfortable suburban upbringing and lose yourself to a wiry base undercurrent of experimental jams or that you might get molested by a group of thirty-something, married dudes dressed like John Wayne Gacy. Joining them will be post rockers/mind-fuckers Grimace Federation. This crew plays only the wildest psychedelic jungle rock, kin to Chicago’s Black Moth Super Rainbow, enjoyed best with a tab or two of the finest shit to make your head spin out of line and in step with the music, which I’m sure they saw plenty of last weekend at Camp Bisco. For a slight change of pace, there’s also seasoned veterans Photon Band who will be bidding farewell to long-time comrade Dr. Art DiFuria before he heads off to Savannah, GA, where he will be a professor at Savannah School of Art and Design. Wish him and Nancy well! Cheers! Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Katie Bennett



Sun Ra Arkestra Battles the Heat at The Walnut St. Free Library July 24

I know. IT’S FUCKIN’ HOT. But if you are like me and think that it’s not that bad, then you need to come out this afternoon to a free performance by the Philly intergalactic orchestra Sun Ra Arkestra (behind the Walnut St. Free Library in University City). Currently led by Maestro Marshall Allen, this band of space age misfits have been invading audiences’ minds since 1968 when Le Sony’r Ra assembled his army of musical shape-shifters. Just make sure to bring plenty of water. The Walnut St. Free Library on 40th St. (outside directly behind the building), 6pm, FREE, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman



Goodnight Lights Wanna Knock Your Lights Out at KFN July 24

Goodnight Lights are coming to Kung Fu Necktie tonight with their buddies The Quelle Source. These Philly/NJ-haling guys and gals are bringing their angular indie rock ala the Pixies or Guided By Voices to one of our favorite little venues. They’ll be playing new songs at this occasion and are still riding high on the release of their sophomore album Electric Spark earlier this summer so expect plenty of those songs which you can download for free at http://goodnight-lights.com/. Their album art is also really cool so props to the work of drummer Michael Ziegler. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 Front St., 8pm, $8, 21+ - Adam G.



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