Thursday, February 18, 2010

Boston Nightlife

BORN OF FIRE Pretty much every other genre of music has had its own theme night in town. And now, like a mulleted phoenix with a battle ax rising from the ashes of a pillaged city, comes Born of Fire to fill that metal-shaped hole in the nightlife scene. “It’s a night of metal and movies’’ says Zack Wells, DJ and promoter for the biweekly party. “It’s for people who want to hang out, listen to some loud metal, watch some horror, sci-fi, and action movies, and see a couple of bands for $5.’’ Tonight Raw Radar War performs. 21+. 8 p.m. Feb 18. $5. O’Brien’s. 617-782-6245,

LIVE BAND KARAOKE One of the biggest problems with karaoke is that just when you expect the ripping guitar riff to come in as you’re about to hit the high note, you’re met with a cheesy sounding electronic simulation that leaves you flat. You need the power of a real band behind you onstage like the rock star you are. Enlist Juke Box Heroes to back you up on everything from Def Leppard to Miley Cyrus and 150 other songs for live band karaoke. Best part is you don’t even have to help them unload the gear at the end of the night. 21+. 9 p.m. Feb 18. The Lansdowne Pub. 617-247-1222,

BAR STOOL SPORTS MARDI GRAS Sports and Mardi Gras celebrations are going to have a close connection this year with the New Orleans Saints having brought a Super Bowl title to America’s honorary party town. You can get in on a little of that action here with this Mardi Gras-style party from Boston’s irreverent sports rag. Expect plenty of beaded debauchery and a performance from DJ Lord of Public Enemy. 21+. 9 p.m. Feb 19. The Paradise. RSVP to

NERD NITE Our college lectures used to be a little bit dry. Then again we weren’t drinking a beer while listening. Not usually anyway. And we never studied topics like Octopus Images in Propaganda and We’re Dumber Than Elephants: Mathematical Abilities of Animals. Consider those two problems solved at Nerd Nite, which organizer Jeremy Kay calls “an event where curious people can get together in a bar and have a beverage or two while listening to a casual talk about some nerdy subject.’’ 21+. 8 p.m. Feb 22. $5. Middlesex Lounge. 617-868-6739,

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