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Summer Of Fear

Author: Zach Dyer
10/11/2009 | Columbia Spectator | www.columbiaspectator.com | Live Show Preview
One of the many blessings of going to Columbia is the university's aversion to Friday classes, which naturally means that Thursday nights lend themselves to parties, outings, and, of course, concerts. For those students under 21, this extra weekend night truly is a blessing.

Some of the most popular venues in the city offer some really great Thursday night shows that are either 18+ or all ages. Because most of the drinking world will be off to work the next morning, the venues need to drop the age restriction to pull in more customers and fill up the concert space.

Not only does this mean that venues usually only open to the alcohol-friendly ages are accessible, but the Thursday night slot means less people, more intimate shows, very little chance of a good show selling out, and plenty of opportunity to get cheap tickets (see the last installment of this column).

Some venues in particular that offer great Thursday night music consistently are the Music Hall of Williamsburg, Terminal 5, and BAM Café. Music Hall and Terminal 5 are pretty big venues that attract some great up-and-coming bands like Dirty Projectors, the Gaslight Anthem, and Mumford & Sons (all upcoming Thursday shows), and a lot of the weekend shows sell out fast. Thursday nights, they attract a pretty solid college crowd, and the smaller sized audiences always give the bands a killer energy.

BAM Café is definitely a smaller venue, but not one to miss. While the venue is always 18+, Thursday night shows are known for their wild energy and diverse bands. Boasting mostly experimental music, the venue finds itself in a mashup of genres. Besides music, there are exhibitions, films, and even artist talks happening all the time.

The next two weeks have some great 18+ shows happening all over the city on those thrilling Thursday nights. This Thursday, Oct. 15, Dead Man's Bones is playing at (le) poisson rouge for only $18. Dead Man's Bones is headed by Ryan Gosling of "The Notebook" and boasts a powerful indie keyboard sound.

Minus the Bear is playing the same night at the Gramercy Theater. The band itself, playing what I would classify as nerd-rock meets emo-synth, really rocks, but this is one of those 16+ shows. Sure, there's a great band, but do you really want to spend all night hanging around awkward couples embracing in the passion of pubescent angst?

The weekend after, Thursday the 22nd, the CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival will have built steam by that point and will be putting on some incredible shows downtown. Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson will perform to an all ages crowd, mixing more genres than he has names. While he has been known break into extended guitar riffs, the kid mixes in blues, synth, and even folk. Eccentric to say the least, but this youngster really knows how to put on a show.

Longing for that classic rock sound but not willing to pay $400 to see Mick Jagger limping around the stage in too-tight leather pants? Earl Greyhound, whose lyrics are just as clever as their name, are playing The Filmore on the same night, reawakening that classic rock attitude that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, reminiscing of days before you were born when music was so-called real. Right.

So as much as you'll complain about class schedules for your four years at CU, be grateful for that extra night off and all the musical opportunities it brings, unless you take a lab or language class—in which case, Fridays are fun too.
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