You'll find this hard to believe, but Go! has
had our heart broken on more than one occasion. We won't dare mention
the raven-haired, dapper gent whose response to our confession of
undying love was a curt, "You're such a . . . good person,"
followed by a dry peck on the forehead. "You're too, too kind,"
we groused under our Ernest & Julio Gallo-laden breath. We just
wish we could write stunning pop songs about such moments, as Eric
Schmider (above) so eloquently does with his Boston-based band Mollycoddle.
We're told Schmider christened his band with such a name after the
demise of a long-term relationship. This man was hurting, for heaven's
sake. Somehow his sadness didn't translate to the band's latest
album, "Beautiful Californian Failure," a gorgeous mix
of acoustic, sunny pop melodies and Schmider's talent for a clever
lyric. Tonight's CD-release party at the Lizard Lounge is also for
a good cause. Schmider will donate all the proceeds from CD sales
to stem-cell research, an issue he became familiar with recently
when his brother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. James Merenda
and the Masked Marvels open, and Guitarzan closes the show. Tickets
are $5; doors at 9. 1667 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-547-0759.