They say this place is like the Empire Room, but with 12 bowling lanes. If that doesn't draw you out to the Village West Legends complex in West WyCo like a winged roach to a 9-year-old girl's cheek, then consider this: I will be there. $2 domestics and $3 wells will be there, too, along with bowling, music by the town's best selectors (Automatic Westy, Steve and Shawn from the Record Bar) and the morally bankrupt and highly entertaining antics of lounge impresario Brodie Rush. It'll be like midtown relocating to the land of Hooters and Cheeseburger in Paradise. No word yet on how anyone's going to get home.
Lovers in Transit, Dark Circles, the Amateurs and No Blood Orphans at the Record Bar
Meanwhile, in the real midtown, check out some neo-new romantic dark-wave shit, courtesy of the hook-happy and glamorously Anglophilic Lovers in Transit. Word is, they'll be filming this show for a DVD, so wear your underwear on the outside and do lots of stage dives. The band's motto is "The thing that makes you do it all over again the next day," so don't feel bad if you got drunk and slept with a complete ho (male or female) last night and/or probably will do it again tomorrow. Lovers in Transit understands.
The Pomonas, Approach and the Burly-Q Girly Crew
There's a reason the Pomonas grace this week's cover of the Pitch. See their true-blue pop live and find out why.
New Record Stores!
You're on your own as far as shows go tonight (I would recommend a visit to Sad Dog for tips) because today, I'm spending all my time and money on the brand-new record stores that have popped up in the absence of Music Exchange and Recycled Sounds. Wait a minute! Music Exchange is still here — it just moved to the West Bottoms, to 1413 West 13th Terrace. Call 816-931-7560 for the score. Some others with background in the biz have opened a shop on West 39th called Zebedee's. They'll be open Saturday from 11 to 8. There's also a shop in the basement of Prospero's Books, just down the street from Zeb's, at 39th and Bell. They have a SoundsGood poster in the window, so it can't be that bad.
Rock for Boobs at the Brick
Someone named Sarah has breast cancer, and you can help her by going to the Brick, spending way too much and ensuring a terrible Monday. (Face it, it's what you do every Sunday night, so why not do it here?) A solid lineup boasts 30 Minute Recess, In the Pines and Blackout Gorgeous, which are both good-kind-of-dark groups (30 Minute ... not so much). You'll also see the Cowtown Playboys, Fast Eddy's Drivetime Band, DJ Bucho and Bomtrak Assembly. I can't tell you anything about those acts, unfortunately. (Hey, I've only been here three years! It takes time, damn it!)
Have a good weekend, and whatever you do, don't drive drunk and don't stay sober.