The Inside Track -- or some Herald blog or something? -- confirms what MySpace gig calendars have been teasing us with for weeks: the new, improved version of the semi-legendary Allston sleaze-rock dive bar O'Briens is set to re-open within the week. If all goes as planned, dirtbag scum-metal bands will be soaking up the suds in the new space, which has been upgraded to what the Herald describes as "a new interior, cast in copper and plum and complete with two 37-inch plasma televisions." "Copper and plum"? Does Howie Carr know about this?
As much as we'd love to believe that O'Briens will still be the kind of place where singers kick beers out of audience members' hands, throw lunchmeat at the ceiling, and saran-wrap themselves to the support beams, we'll admit that we'll be quite happy if it turns out we're trading that kind of entertainment (which is what PA's was built for, anyway) for an Allston room -- that doesn't totally blow -- with a capacity somewhere between 60 and 225. So cheers. If all else fails, hey: they can always market it as a micro-version of the Kells. Click here for war stories about "dropping a deuce" and pics of Dave Tree on the grill.
Upcoming gigs at O'Briens:
July 13: Steve Brodsky's post-Octave Museum outfit PET GENIUS? Color us there.July 27: Drug Rug and Hallelujah the Hills
If anyone knows of more, please post in the comments like now. Our listings department is all freaking out and whatnot.