Despite a tightened rhythm section, the wiry indie rock of veteran quartet Red Leaves didn't fare much better, but the outside stage offered a consistent reprieve.
Lacuna Incorporated picked up where its former members of 1990s shoegazers 7% Solution left off – floating in space.
They thus provided a service that men, in turn, paid for.
8-9 Free Week's the musical equivalent of speed dating: no obligations or financial commitments, plenty to choose from, and only about 30 minutes to make an impression.
It's best to approach such circumstances with low expectations, especially when the bill offers a random grab bag, like Beauty Bar's Saturday lineup, where the only obvious headliner, Watch Out for Rockets – the provocative lo-fi pop project from Murdocks drummer David Jones – loaded out before most Red River clubs even opened their doors.
“I had been an avid online dater and there was always that moment of truth when I would be left alone for a few minutes with the person’s bookshelf,” he said.
“It would always be scary if the shelf was full of self help and ‘dating’ books. “We expanded the search to include other books relating to ‘Sebald,’” the site helpfully informed me, bringing up the profile of a 39-year-old man in New York (good start) seeking a woman between 18 and 48 (I qualify).
It was understood that many women were in this line of work to meet men from a different social class from their own.
But, Weigel argues, it was less that this kind of work prepared women for romance than that the innovation of dating trained women to be good workers.
Women dated because it was how they could take part in leisure activities that they could not afford with their meager paychecks.
In order to gain access to restaurants, movie theaters, amusement parks, and the many other new consumer services proliferating around them, they had to attract and please men, who enjoyed higher earning power.
, Moira Weigel traces the beginnings of American dating to the turn of the 20th century, when a new class of young, single women entered the workforce.