Reptar has a strangely-titled new track for your ears.

Reptar dropped another track from their upcoming debut, Body Faucet. The title “Orifice Origami” reminds me of folded up buttholes, but the track is incredible. The vocalist almost screams the chorus and shows a bit more depth than what we’ve heard on the Oblangle Fizz Y’all EP and the band seems to have a more graduated sound. It’s another banger and I’m definitely looking forward to the show at Great Scott on 4/12.

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Chairlift @ Brighton Music Hall

While Mother Nature decided we could use a surprise cold front last night, Crystal and I went to see Chairlift at the Brighton Music Hall.

I love when an opening act tears it up and starts the night on a high note and that’s exactly what Zulu Winter came to do. They ripped up the stage with their dance-rock and a story of how they’ve been staying at the Days Inn for the last few nights. Hopefully more people pick up on these guys so they can get a hotel upgrade in the future. One of my favorite songs of the night was We Should Be Swimming. Check out the video below:

Next up, was Nite Jewel, who I was really excited to watch after getting hooked on the smooth and sultry In The Dark and synth-tastic One Second of Love. After having the sound check session with each member of the band asking the sound engineer to turn up their monitors, Ramona Gonzalez and the gang brutally raped my ears with music that sounded off-balance. Crystal and I agreed that it sounded terrible and we couldn’t wait for the end. Throw in her Elaine-like dance moves and the set reminded me of drunken karaoke.

Finally, Chairlift took the stage and controlled the crowd. Singer Caroline Polachek’s dance moves and shaker skills could headline the show on their own, but the band was about as awesome as it gets. Definitely unforgettable, even for those suffering from amanaemonesia.

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Nerd Alert: Les Mis at the Boston Opera House

I love musical theater!! But good theater is so expensive. Last night, I sacrificed a chunk of change to see Les Mis at the Boston Opera House. Holy shit, this theater was incredible!! Below is the only picture I could snag before getting scolded by the usher.

Boston Opera House

The show was stunning and wonderfully epic! Unfortunately, our seats were so far away it was hard to see and hear, but nonetheless, it was amazing.

Jean Valjean and Bring Him Home were indescribable and the closing to Act I was everything I wanted it to be. Overall, it was a fabulous night of theater. If you’re in the Boston area, GO! It’s a great opportunity to get some culture as well as chance to be in the Opera House.

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The Knocks @ The Middle East

Crystal and I danced and dodged spilled beers while The Knocks performed at The Middle East in Cambridge last Friday. The party opened up with Magic Man and St. Lucia, who kept the crowd moving until the dynamic duo took the stage. The Knocks blasted our earholes with the cuts from their Magic EP. I also remember some Major Lazer mixed in for good measure.

Their video for Brightside is hilarious and an accurate display of how I got ready for the show.

We also snagged a sweet tour poster in a drunken stupor.

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Sunday Night Dinner

Lately, Sunday nights have become a time for me and Rick to bookend the weekend and prepare for the looming work week by preparing dinner together and watching some TV. This week, we made crab stuffed bell peppers and a summer salad. Could have used a bit more spice…maybe some leftover jalapenos from last week’s chili…but still tasty nonetheless! Definitely a recipe to be repeated…

Crab Stuffed Bell Peppers

 

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Silent House

Last night we attended the Silent House screening at AMC. This will be the third time my scared little anti-scary-movie-sweetheart joined me for a horror movie (I’m convinced that I can turn her into a horror fan sooner or later).

Silent House is the American remake of La Casa Muda and stars Elizabeth Olsen as Sarah.

Sarah, her daddy, and good ol’ uncle Peter retreat back to an old family home for renovations before they sell the house. The windows are boarded up, doors are locked from the inside, the power doesn’t work, the landline service is non-existent, and the wireless signal sucks balls. This creates a creepy setting for our story as Sarah needs to navigate the house with lanterns and flashlights when things go awry.

Just like the original, Silent House’s main feat is that it plays out in real-time and appears to be done in one continuous shot. We explore, we run, and we hide with Sarah while being sucked in to every tense moment.

The atmosphere of the film and the acting by Olsen is great, but I think it really falls apart at the end. For a movie that makes it a point keep the viewer joined at the hip with the protagonist, the ending really feels like it was all for naught.

Silent House premieres on 3/9.

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The Say Something Poster Project

Ever the art connoisseurs, Crystal and I stopped by The Fourth Wall Gallery to catch The Say Something Poster Project exhibit. The Poster Project had a collection of 25 posters by artists competing to have their work donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester. The works were created with the intention of motivating and inspiring the kids at the club.

Only three artists could win the contest, so attendees were given ballots to vote for the 10 posters that rocked their respective world. Check out a couple of our favorites:

Rick’s Picks:

By Matt Hunsberger

By Brigid Griffin

Crystal’s Picks:

By Lindsay Henry

By Phil Pham

 

Oh yeah – we also were treated to some free beer courtesy of High and Mighty who served up some of their Purity of Essence lager at the gallery. Thanks, High and Mighty! All in all, it was a pretty great time.

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Anais Mitchell at Club Passim

Thursday night we ventured into Harvard Square to see one of my absolute favorite folk singers – Anais Mitchell – play a show. We hit up Club Passim which is a small and crowded little cafe that serves vegetarian fare and local brews. The show was fantastic(!), per the usual. Anais played some new stuff as well as some older tunes and classic folk songs.

Anais at Club Passim

She promoted her new album (Young Man in America) to be released this coming Tuesday. For a sneak peek, watch the video:

After the show, I snagged the drummer’s set list to hang by my desk at work. Since Anais was hanging out by the merch booth, Rick and our friend Sarah insisted I get her to sign it. But being the scaredy-cat that I am, I quickly shuffled out the door. This was the sixth time I’ve seen her play and I’ve always been too shy to talk to her……….maybe next time……

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Tilapia Tacos

In an effort to save some benjamins and switch up our routine, Rick and I decided to stay in on this long holiday weekend for dinner and a movie. We decided to make tilapia tacos. They ended up being both delicious and healthy! Rick “grilled” the tilapia on the stovetop without oil or butter – just a little garlic seasoning – and I prepped all the fixin’s: pico de gallo, chili verde, black beans, corn, napa cabbage, limes and some spicy-ass Habanero sauce. We each made our own little tacos on some warm corn tortillas. Quick. Healthy. Cheap. PLUS, we have enough for a few more dinners this week. We coupled it with a Boatswain American IPA and the Ryan Gosling flick, Drive. Yum!

Tilapia Tacos

 

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Valentine’s Day

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like Ethiopian food.

Rick and I went to Addis Red Sea in the South End for Valentine’s Day last year (my first Ethiopian food experience) and we instantly fell in love…with the food. Alas, we never made it back there. So, we decided to go back again to celebrate this year’s Valentine’s Day. We loved the food just as much as the first time around!

I ordered a few vegetable dishes and Rick ordered the beef tartare. It came on top of a large piece of injera bread that you devour with your hands. Sooooo yummy!! The split pea stew was so delicious we ordered a second round! Rick tried an Ethiopian lager that he thoroughly enjoyed and I kept it simple with a few glasses of Cabernet. Although their liquor selection is lacking, their food is awesome! If you’re in the mood for something different, give Addis Red Sea a try! You might be surprised, but Boston (apparently) has a large Ethiopian population (a cab driver once told us this)…so what better place to try some Ethiopian fare that’s close to home?

Ethiopian Food

Ethiopian Lager

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