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Grindhouse goes marching on... Abbey Lounge 11/29



Tuesday, Nov 29
Leah Callahan Presents: The Glass Set CD Release Residency
Abbey Lounge

7pm - PUB STAGE
9pm MAIN STAGE

$7/21+

also performing:

MAIN STAGE:
Donna Parker (noise-art)
The Grindhouse Marionettes
1977
The Glass Set

PUB STAGE:
Mort (experimental electronic)
Robby Roadsteamer (unplugged)

SPECIAL GUESTS:
Duncan Wilder Johnson (Heavy Metal Spoken Word)

MC:
J*me


THE GLASS SET
What could easily be described as an underground “supergroup” the band The Glass Set formed when Leah Callahan decided to put her Illegitimate Theatre Company’s rock opera production on hold and instead recruit musicians to perform the rock opera songs live (and write some new ones). Made up of drummer Allen Esser (ex-Transmission, Drumming on Glass, Primitive Romance, Lady of Spain), guitarist Joel Cohen (x-Dusky Silo), Jenn Dines (x- Anti-Love Project), Dave Dines (x-Ho Ag) and Callahan(x-Turkish Delight, Betwixt) The Glass Set’s
sound moves between Joy Division, My Bloody Valentine and the Dismemberment Plan, with Callahan’s lyrics floating over the mesmerizing mix like Elizabeth Frazer invoking Bukowski.

The Glass Set celebrate the release of their self-titled CD all this November with a residency at the Abbey Lounge. The November 29th show will feature the charismatic local slam poet J*me as guest MC and acts such as (pub stage):MORT(7pm) --musician and performance artist --who's main influences are cartoons and video games; Robby Roadsteamer(8pm)-who brings suburban cock rock to new comedic heights.

On the main stage you'll find Noise/Experimental artist Donna Parker at 9 pm; the vaudeville troupe The Grindhouse Marionettes at 9:45, the all punk and
new wave cover band--called "1977" at 10:45 and The Glass Set headlining at 11:30 . Abbey Lounge is at 3 Beacon Street in Somerville. Cover is 7$ and it’s 21 plus. For more info check out

The Glass Set



CD REVIEW - THE BOSTON GLOBE

THE GLASS SET
Self-released

Local alternative-rock diva Leah Callahan has a
seemingly boundless passion for reinvention. In the
mid-to-late '90s she fronted the art-rock bands
Turkish Delight and Betwixt, and she's created
several local music theater productions. The Glass
Set is her first amalgamation of both, begun when
she became reacquainted with producer Richard Marr
of Galaxy Park Studios. She initially planned a
Nico-esque solo album, but she quickly realized she
wanted to record an edgy rock opera instead. Marr
recruited members of local indie-rock bands Codetta
and Lady of Spain to back her. The opera's story
line seems to follow the struggles of an isolated,
lovelorn young woman in an unfeeling, superficial
world. And while the music tends to serve Callahan's
vocals and the plot she unfolds, it is quite
textured and emotionally resonant. At moments, it
achieves a girl-group sass that evokes mid-'90s
Japanese alt-pop bands like Shonen Knife. Album
opener ''Everyone's a Thief" establishes the central
character's romantic longing and general
disillusionment, while ''You Want More" offers a
sultry warning to an errant lover. The happy ending
of ''Good-bye Troubles" is tender and understated
enough to feel well earned. Callahan again
captivates by singing her heart out. The Glass Set
has a Tuesday residency at the Abbey Lounge this
month.
SARAH TOMLINSON
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