Boston music news: January 18, 2008

Notes on Dispatch
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  January 14, 2008


DISPATCH, one of the most popular indie acts ever to come out of the Northeast, proved just how big they were last July when they reunited for three sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden. A DVD from those concerts, Dispatch: Zimbabwe Live at Madison Square Garden, will be in stores on January 29. It’ll include concert footage, band interviews, and a half-hour documentary on the devastation in Zimbabwe, plus a CD culled from the shows. A portion of the proceeds will go toward fighting social injustice in Zimbabwe. . . . New weekly rock venue: the DRAFT BAR & GRILLE in Allston. Formerly the Kinvara Pub, it now has live original music on Thursday nights. On the 17th: the Jo Henley Band, Tin Can Tele, and Jake Hill; on the 24th: Two Hour Change and 3VE. . . . Unnatural Axe singer/guitarist RICH PARSONS has started yet another new group; they’re called THEE THREE, and you’ll probably never see them live, inasmuch as singer/guitarist Astrid Dante and guitarist Alex Vargui live in Italy. (The rhythm-section guys — bassist Frank Dehler and drummer Jack Clark — are Axe vets.) Parsons met Dante and Vargui during last year’s “Road to Ruin” punk festival in Rome. Thee Three do have one show booked: this year’s Ruin festival in May. . . . In April, the FEAR NUTTIN BAND will release Yardcore, a mix of what they call dancehall reggae and “melodic hardcore.” They’ll celebrate the release of a homonymous teaser EP with a Harpers Ferry gig with the Toasters this Friday, January 18. . . . The BOSTON MODERN ORCHESTRA PROJECT continues its mission — “bringing new music to uncommon places” — when its fifth season of club concerts begins February 5 at Club Café. The program will feature composer-in-residence Lisa Bielawa’s Synopses, with Rachel Braude (flute/piccolo), Sasha Callahan (violin), Charles Dimmick (violin), and Leo Eguchi (cello).

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