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In the neighborhood

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase January 18, 2007 03:36 PM

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In case you haven't noticed, neighborhood pubs are where it's at. Tuesday night I met a friend for a drink at the Plough & Stars in Central Square and was treated to a lovely, and free, solo performance by Michael Tarbox of the alt-blues band the Tarbox Ramblers. Then on Wednesday night my husband and I went to Union Square to bid farewell to Tir na nOg, and who happened to be setting up to play but folk-country rocker Dennis Brennan (he of the Kramer-esque hair, above) and the Iodine Brothers? For free, of course. The place was jam-packed, and the bar's impending closing date, now pushed back to the end of February, made the push-lawnmower hanging from the ceiling seem somehow poignant -- and the plates of onion rings passing by smell all the sweeter.

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Katie Johnston Chase likes dive bars, old country music, and pop art that has something to say.
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