Golem, Environmental Encroachment Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., Jan. 15, 9:30 p.m. 2011

For a long time, the rich Yiddish culture inherited from the Jews of eastern Europe was on the endangered-species list, both for the most horrific of historical reasons and for the much less tragic but still significant reason that immigrant Jews have assimilated to the cultures of their new homes. Thankfully, for the past few decades there's been a movement afoot among young American Jews to recapture and update the music, language, and other folkways of their grandparents and great-grandparents, and Brooklyn's Golem play an important role as one of the best current practictioners of Yiddish folk-punk. Their latest album, 2009's Citizen Boris (JDub), is their first written largely in English, and though it takes an outsiders' view on some songs (such as the vaguely sinister "Train Across Ukraine"), it reverts to hilarious type with, the, er, bounciness of "Tucheses and Nenes." Sadly, this usually rambunctious outfit will be playing in a sort of Missing Man formation tonight, and might sound a bit less rowdy: drummer Tim Monaghan suffered an accident in December and is still in intensive care with a brain injury. Since he has no health insurance, proceeds from this show will go to his medical fund; details are available at golemrocks.com/shows.php. Environmental Encroachment opens.
—Monica Kendrick

Price: $15, $12 in advance

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