Coming this October, Boston adds another live music venue to an already thriving scene and it sounds pretty promising. Making it's home in bustling Harvard Square, The Sinclair will open just in time for Halloween. The 525-person standing room club/restaurant is set to open at the end of this month with a lineup of national touring acts ready to make the place jump.
The Meter Men-10/30 - $40
Andrew Jackson Jihad 10/31 - $12
Gary Clark Jr 11/2-11/3 - $20
K'naan 11/4 - $25
The Asteroids Galaxy 11/08 - $15
Roky Erickson 11/09 - $23
Barefoot Truth 11/11 - $15
Converge 11/12 - $16
The Dirty Guh'nahs 11/14 - $12
TITLE FIGHT 11/27 - $12
David Wax Museum 12/1 - $15
Patrick Watson 12/8 - $15
Chadwick Stokes & Friends 12/14 - $25
The lineup didn't impress me too much at first glance. Barefoot Truth is from a couple towns over and they used to play free shows on the beach at Groton Long Point and I think I have a signed Chad Stokes ticket stub from when I caught State Radio in high school with a bitchy ex-girlfriend. Neither really did much for me but then I looked into The Meter Men and holiest of holies! Turns out they're actually the remainder of the seminal funk/soul group The Meters, who's ability to get a rump shakin' is unparalleled. Also, K'naan and Andrew Jackson Jihad are pretty cool too.
While I don't think The Sinclair lineup has the strength of other staples of the Boston scene like the Paradise, The Middle East, TT and the Bear's, Royale or House of Blues, the fact that they're backed by The Bowery Presents shows great promise for future big names coming through. Definitely keep an eye out for more shows making their way to Harvard Square from now on.
PS - Shows coming this fall that I would go to if money weren't a thing: The GZA, Miike Snow, Pete Holmes (comedian), Dinosaur Jr., Black Moth Super Rainbow (going), Japandroids (tickets purchased), Of Montreal, Blue Scholars, Purity Ring, Electric Six, Camper Von Beethoven, El Ten Eleven, Yeasayer, Nas + Lauryn Hill, 2 Chainz, The Roots, Sufjan Stevens and Band of Horses.