TV On The Radio intrudes on its second decade in the spotlight, wowing critics and audiences with inventive melodies, inescapable hooks, and an oscillating amalgam of genres. After taking a hiatus to master foot calligraphy, the band is back to paint the town post-punk on its 2011 tour, flexing its sonic musculature in support of its fourth studio album, Nine Types of Light. As unpredictable as a weatherman’s emotions, TOTR’s eclectic live performances swing over clamoring fans like sweaty pendulums, inspiring waves of euphoria and convulsive dancing. The enormous Canadian cabal of Broken Social Scene fills the open-air setting of this Olympic indie-rock bill along with every square inch of stage acreage. Known for atmospheric anthems, the ever-revolving charmers harbor runaway assonance, soothing and jarring audiences with more misleading time signatures than a rebellious-stopwatch petition.
By 1995, enough parties had escaped Jeff Popkin’s calendar. Being a fan of parties, he did not appreciate this, and he imagined other people shared his sentiment. So he started Boston Event Guide, a website that aggregates upcoming parties and events in one place. In addition to posting events online, he and his staff send out a weekly newsletter that highlights top events and can be folded into a fashionable party hat. Everything from fashion shows at the Liberty Hotel to party cruises to beer and chocolate tours is featured. The full list of events can be found on their website.
Thousands of fashionistas flock to StyleFixx Premier Shopping Events to meet up-and-coming independent fashion designers and browse the latest styles. This year’s displays include the 2012 lines of Hivernage NYC, Bling Boutique, and Cimber Designs. In between shopping sprees, attendees may relax with complimentary beauty treatments such as hair services by Dellaria Salons, makeovers by Virginn Pure Mineral Makeup, and body wraps by good-natured mummies. Once pampered, refreshed guests mingle while sipping free cocktails and munching on samples from Finale Desserts and Haru Sushi, and each partygoer receives a StyleFixx Swag Bag loaded with product samples.
Directed by Paul Daigneault, the campy tale stars Leigh Barrett as Jeannie Garstecki, an agoraphobic housewife who hasn't left the trailer in 20 years. When her husband Norbert, played by David Benoit, falls prey to the siren call of their new stripper neighbor, things take a trashy turn. Sit back for a dance-and-song-filled exploration of road kill, spray cheese, adultery, and disco with today's side deal.
For more than two decades, comic powerhouse Sinbad has courted laughs with a clean standup style that teases the hilarity out of quotidian activities, earning him a spot among Comedy Central's Top 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time. Eschewing profanity, the comic zeroes in on the common everyday experience, quipping about relationships, ordering at McDonald's, and the outrageous price hikes of rocket fuel. Sinbad amps up the humor of simple situations with a malleable face that exaggerates expressions and a confident delivery that vocalizes inner thoughts to hilarious effect. Unlike knock-knock jokes and adaptations of Thomas Pynchon novels, the funnyman's style translates well to the small and silver screen, leading to appearances in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Celebrity Apprentice, and Jingle All the Way.
Popular globetrotting pop collective Architecture in Helsinki transforms Royale into a throbbing, futuristic discotheque as its latest tour storms American shores. Formed in Melbourne, the ambidextrous dance band stirs fans with a tornado of flamboyant sounds, infectious anthems, and commitment-free instrument swapping. With hits such as “Do the Whirlwind” and latest single “W.O.W.”, lead crooner Cameron Bird and his cakewalking team of tunesmiths tickle ear bones and rehabilitate ankles in support of their latest album, Moment Bends. During the kaleidoscopic performance, the band seduces dance floors with 10-foot hooks and sounds culled from hypnotic synths, romantic glockenspiels, and strummed chest hairs.