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music preview: Men Without Hats at Johnny D’s on June 17


Men Without Hats then

Men Without Hats then

founded in Montreal in 1977 by Ivan Doroschuk (vocals, keyboards) with Jeremie Arrobas (keyboards & electronics), as well as Ivan’s brother Stefan (guitars). Struggling for recognition in Canada, Men Without Hats broke out in Europe and then in the United States effectively shaping 80s music when Men Without Hats scored a top ten hit with “The Safety Dance” in 1983 and then again in 1987 with “Pop Goes the World.” The band’s videos are a slice of 80s glamour, excess and fun. Just look at Ivan’s luscious locks back then. Men Without Hats broke up and reformed several times in the mid-90s and again in 2010. The current line-up includes keyboard players Lou Dawson and Rachel Ashmore and guitarist James Love.

On tour now, the band will be at Johnny D’s in Somerville on Wednesday, June 17.

Men Without Hats now

Men Without Hats now

sound: 80s new wave, electronica, upbeat fun


Rhythm of Youth [1982]
Folk of the 80’s [1984]
Pop Goes the World [1987]
The Adventures of Women & Men Without Hate in the 21st Century [1989]
Sideways [1991]
No Hats Beyond This Point [2003]
Love in the Age of War [2012]

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Tour Dates:

Saturday, June 13 Montage Music Hall, Rochester, NY

Monday, June 15, World Café Live, Philadelphia

Tuesday, June 15, Open Arts Theatre, Bordentown, NJ

Wednesday, June 17, Johnny D’s, Somerville, Mass.

Friday, June 18, Revolution Bar and Music Hall, Amityville, NY

Saturday, June 20, Iridium Jazz Club, New York, NY

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book review: Fourth of July Creek

fourth of july creek

FOURTH OF JULY CREEK by Smith Henderson. Publisher: Ecco (May 2014). fiction. Hardcover. 480 pages. ISBN 978-0-06-228644-4.

“The mother collected unemployment but her full-time occupation was self-pity. She slippered around the house in sweatpants and smoked a lot of weed and took speed and tugged her hair over her face in a shape pleasing and temporary and dumped forth her old bosom and smiled prettily for herself and discovered nothing in the mirror to recommend her to anybody for anything.”

Fitting title for a painstakingly detailed novel about a social worker tasked to cover a rural, impoverished area in western Montana who encounters a survivalist battling everyone including the FBI. Sad, forlorn. Set in the 1980s. Provides insight into a social worker’s challenges and stressful existence.

Not surprisingly Pete Snow’s personal life is in near shambles. Pete drinks heavily as soon as his day ends. He has almost no relationship with his teen daughter and then his ex-wife moves off to Texas. Soon after, the estranged thirteen-year-old daughter runs away after a debauched party. Snow begins dating another social worker who lives in Missoula. She’s a product of the system herself, grew up in foster homes shuffled around and then decided to become someone who ideally helps others with lives as difficult as hers. Of course that’s the goal.

“Sexual deviancy came as little surprise anymore. Nymphomania, satyriasis, pedophilia, coprophilia, telephone scatologia—there wasn’t a particular paraphiliac that hadn’t crossed Pet’s path at one time or another.”

Smith Henderson writes the darkest, harshest, extreme scenarios. The central focus remains the erratic, strange Jeremiah Pearl—secluded in a wooded area. He’s stockpiled and barricaded and waits for some sign, some end of everything, the apocalypse. Pearl harbors strange ideologies and remains averse to any government intervention including when Snow tries to assist Pearl’s son. Jeremiah pushes Snow away repeatedly but Snow keeps coming back undeterred.

“He drove his Corolla with the windows down, but pumped them back when mammatus clouds popcorned over the Flathead Valley and gumdrops of rain began to splash his windows. He turned onto Highway 28 and the clouds quit raining altogether and shortly thereafter broke up like a crowd after a fistfight.”

Excellent writing but I struggled through large chunks. While initially pulled in by impressive descriptions and turns of phrase, the story lagged and side-plots drew me astray. I mainly just wanted to find out what would happen with the survivalist. Would there be a Waco-style ending?

RATING: 3.5/5

–review by Amy Steele

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for review from Harper Collins.

purchase at Amazon: Fourth of July Creek: A Novel

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