While this week might not be overwhelming with events until Halloween, here are some Somewhere Along the Margin-approved new tunes and fun events, including an LGBT-friendly night in Allston, to hit up before the best holiday of the year.
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Palehound’s Ellen Kempner plays her guitar so naturally that the instrument should be considered an extension of her own body. Mix this with clever songwriting themes of pain inflicted by others and the pros and cons of being a loner, and Palehound is destined for greatness like indie acts of the ‘90s, Liz Phair and Elliott Smith. Listen to tracks “Pet Carrot” and “I Get Clean” off Bent Nail EP to get the best taste of Palehound.
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Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: Brenmar
Imagine an evening at Great Scott that’s not filled with smelly dudes who don’t wear deodorant but instead with the best drag queens Boston has to offer, performing to an audience dressed in costume who had too many $3.50 PBRs. This magical evening is known as Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and it occurs on the last Saturday of every month at Great Scott. DADT is the brainchild of DJ Colby Drasher, visual artist Nick Day, and pro lightsman Scott Hadley. Its motto “All are welcome who welcome all” sums up the event perfectly, and they’ve won best gay night from The Boston Dig the past two years. This month’s theme is Halloween and features guest performances from Brenmar, DJ Leah V, and Swelta on Saturday, Oct. 26. This is an early Halloween celebration not to be missed.
Longings, Fleabite, and Indian Twin at the Democracy Center
Looking at the outside, the Democracy Center in Cambridge is the last place you would imagine hosting some of the best DIY punk shows, but with its all-ages capabilities, it hosts an eclectic mix of acts sprinkled throughout its calendar. This Sunday, Oct. 27, Massachusetts punk gets its own showcase when Longings is supported by Fleabite and Indian Twin. Longings mix post-punk and complementary male and female vocals to bring catchy tunes straight into your earholes. Fleabite makes noisy pop-punk that makes it hard not to dance. Indian Twin is the fuzziest of the three bands and its lo-fi simplicity is just right for a Sunday evening. For more info on the show, head to the Facebook event.
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