Off the Couch: Free love!

Rabbits, Pandas, and an amorous Unicorn
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 12, 2014

A pair of 100-percent FREE gigs (in this economy?!) for your Valentine’s Day on FRIDAY (the 14th): catch the return of Mark Cutler & Men of Great Courage at Nick-a-Nee’s (401.861.7290), while at Local 121, DJ Cadillac Jack spins the R&B jams, including a “special R. Kelly tribute mix” (because what’s Valentine’s Day without R. Kelly?). But the show of the week goes down Friday at the Met, with must-see Boston crew Bad Rabbits, Seasick Mama, and Young Pandas; all-ages and just $15 at the door, dial 401.729.1005 for details. On SATURDAY (the 15th), the weekend heats up with a punk throwdown at Firehouse 13 (401.270.1801) featuring Murphy’s Law, Reason to Fight, Held Hostage, Short-Handed Goal, and Penalty KilL; or for something a bit more funky and romantic, stop by the Parlour for Gentlemen Sound System and two sets from Boo City ($7, 401.383.5858). Fête presents a fantastic lineup on MONDAY (the 17th) with lovely locals Allysen Callery and The Sugar Honey Iced Tea supporting Leyla McCalla (of Carolina Chocolate Drops). The show is all ages with a 7 pm start; call 401.383.1112 for details. On TUESDAY (the 18th), a busy week for the 75orLess Records camp continues with Haunt the House at AS220 with acclaimed singer/songwriters Jonah Tolchin and Dan Blakeslee ($6, 401.831.9327). And ahead to WEDNESDAY (the 19th), Machines With Magnets hosts Form A Log, Unicorn Hard-On, and more (401.475.2655), or head to the Grange and catch Worcester’s Zach Slik kick out the acoustic blues/Americana jams (free, 401.831.0600).

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