So you may have noticed that there was no “Do It for the Kids” this past week. That’s because, unfortunately, there weren’t any great options for those under 21 (For those over 21, there was Girl in a Coma with The Coathangers on Tuesday at the North Star. It was… well, the best “bill” of the fall… but not terribly impressive, in the end.) However, this week has two stellar options…
The Airborne Toxic Event @ The Electric Factory (11/20)
8pm, $25 – $28
There’s no pop band of the 21st century that I find more intriguing and satisfying than The Airborne Toxic Event. A novelist decided to turn his attention toward writing abrasive pop songs that could rival the likes of Butch Walker. Yes, they may gain the attention of the average, easily-amused radio listener who is looking for the most traditional of hooks, but they also encompass the reckless passion of punk rock. TATE erupt with the abandon of a 13-year-old boy. And, short of Jane’s Addiction, I can’t think of any act that has been able to blend a more beautiful balance of the Rock’N’Roll spectacle with aggressive, confrontational unrestraint.
Jessica 6 @ Union Transfer (11/25) (supporting Holy Ghost)
8:30pm, $13 – $15
My favorite diva, Nomi Ruiz, and her Jessica 6, have already provided the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection with two fiercely explosive evenings at Kung Fu Necktie this year. Here is their chance to prove that they can rock a mega stage. Yes, Union Transfer does seem a bit sterile for their brand of Nu Disco, which tends to ooze with sleaze appeal but, unlike KFN, it will likely provide more than enough space for their glamour to shine like the sincerely subversive shooting star that it is.