Jokes about washed-up NYC dance-punk band the Rapture and Blondie's 1981 new wave hit "Rapture" are already as stale as the notion of the rapture itself. So what's a music snob to do on the eve of the inevitable End Times, when true believers get higher than Phoenix staff writers and editors on the weekend? Why, grab a few bottles of white, light a few non-denominational candles, and let Boston's own SIDEWALK DRIVER sing our atheist asses to never-ending sleep, tucked gently within the fiery gates of hell.
Before the local music community got together en masse at Sunday's Boston Music Awards, there was a sort-of pre-party for the rock scene a day earlier at T. T. The Bear's Place in Cambridge. Organized by Boston Band Crush, six acts -- as well as friends and family of the Di Guardia family -- rallied together for the Calling All Angels: Friends of Emilia benefit show, which raised money for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.