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Big Al Anderson
The Ghost Quartet
Is it merely the end of the year or the senses-shattering End of the World?
The supposed Mayan-predicted apocalypse should be happening any second now, but don’t expect Daniel Hales to quake in his boots — he’s trying to shake some booties. Celebrate the cataclysmic phenomenon tonight with Hales and friends at The End Times Party at the Rendezvous in Turners Falls at 9:30 p.m.
The evening kicks off with an Apocalyptic Song Circle — covers and originals dealing with diverse doom, as sung by Carrie Ferguson, John Crand, Hales and others — followed by a live set from Hales’ mysterious duo The Ambiguities. And to end The End, DJ Doomsday and DJ Selah will spin tunes for the dance floor.
The apocalypse has been on Hales’ mind for a while, and so The Ambiguities (a side project for the Frost Heaves frontman) has a new EP out called, appropriately enough, “Everything Rhymes With the End Times,” and the act will celebrate its release at the Rendezvous show.
The dance-minded, hip-hop-tinged five-song CD has a catchy lead-off song entitled “Moral Majority,” but the nine-minute title track, as multi-versed as a Bob Dylan epic, has an even more nagging hook that creates a mesmerizing mood: “If songs could be monuments / this one’s a shrine / to the beginning of the ending of the end times,” Hales sings over woozy slide guitar and a drum machine, then proceeds to rock the rhyming dictionary for a long journey through natural disasters, unemployment, zombies, cancer, the Rapture, you name it. And if you show up to The End Times Party dressed like a zombie, you get in for free.
The Ed Mari, Steve Moser and Barbara Ween Trio performs tonight at the Loft Lounge at the Clarion Hotel in Northampton at 7 p.m.
The Whoville String-Dusters, The Peachys (a bluesy Americana trio featuring guitarist/frontman Kevin Gadde, bassist Peter Weiss and drummer Keith Levreault) and The Rambling Kind play the cozy Luthiers Co-op in Easthampton tonight at 7 p.m.
Prefer a louder way to ring in the end of the world? See Black Pyramid, Warm, Problem with Dragons, Sea of Bones and Bedroom Rehab Corporation, a quintuple-bill rock show that will not go quietly! At the Elevens in Northampton tonight at 9 p.m.
Ghost Quartet reunites for a show at the Rendezvous on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Free, but tips appreciated.
It wouldn’t be the end of the year without a Valley visit from Big Al Anderson and The Spampinato Brothers, ex-NRBQ members all. Expect full sets from each band, then a set of ’Q tunes. See Al, Joey, Johnny and friends at the Iron Horse in Northampton on both Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. The demand has been so high, in fact, a third Al Anderson show has been added on Friday at 7 p.m., with opening act the Kami Lyle Trio with Joey Spampinato. Fear not, there will be a set of NRBQ classics to end that night, too.