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recommended boston area events

tuesday, december 4th

kelly hogan

@ johnny d's

thursday, december 6th

conor oberst

@ converse hall, tremont st.

thursday, december 6th

jason isbell &

the 400 unit

@ the sinclair

friday, december 7th

the weisstronauts 14th

annual holiday jubilee

with guests tsunami of sound

preacher jack, & the derangers

@ the midway cafe, jp

friday, december 7th


moving mountains


@ the sinclair

saturday, december 8th

patrick watson

@ the sinclair

saturday, december 8th

the faint perform

"danse macabre"


icky blossoms

@ the paradise

sunday, december 9th

band of horses

@ house of blues

sunday, december 9th



@ the paradise

wednesday, december 12th

concrete blonde

jim bianco

@ the sinclair

thursday, december 13th

annual boston christmas cavalcade

benefit for the homeless

featuring tons of artists

(see fb event for details)

@ johnny d's

thursday, december 13th

nada surf

eternal summers

@ the paradise

thursday, december 13th

mates of state

in the valley below

@ brighton music hall

friday, december 14th

forgetters (blake from

jawbreaker's band)

& more tba

@ democracy center, harvard square

sunday, december 30th

sufjan stevens

sheila saputo

@ the royale

monday, december 31st

my morning jacket

@ agganis arena

monday, december 31st

deer tick

two gallants

@ the sinclair

monday, january 7th


@ the paradise

tuesday, january 8th


@ great scott

saturday, january 19th

mission of burma

@ the sinclair

sunday, january 20th

camper van beethoven


@ the middle east down

sunday, january 20th


@ the orpheum

sunday, january 20th

ra ra riot

@ the paradise

sunday, january 27th


@ great scott

tuesday, january 29th

kathleen edwards

sera cahoone

@ brighton music hall

wednesday, february 13th

yo la tengo

@ the paradise

saturday, march 2nd

unknown mortal orchestra

@ brighton music hall

tuesday, march 12th

tame impala

@ house of blues

thursday, march 14th

jukebox the ghost

matt pond pa

lighthouse and the whaler

@ brighton music hall

tuesday, march 26th

yo la tengo

@ the paradise

wednesday & thursday

april 3rd & 4th

they might be giants

@ the paradise

visit tourfilter for more shows

Thursday, July 22, 2004

SpinAMP Returns!

Finally, it's back.

As promised, the programmers at MusicLivesOnline have just delivered the fully-functional (and still completely free) version 3.0 of my favorite WinAMP plug-in, SpinAMP.

Download it, make sure you have WinAMP version 5.0 or higher (earlier versions will work, but with a new .dll that SpinAMP provides), and install away. Instant access to about 200 channels of streaming radio. Choose your favorite stations, and with a couple clicks you can find out what's playing on each one, with another click you can see what's coming up, one more and you're listening to whatever you're in the mood for. Hear something new you like? One click adds the song info to a notepad file that you can check out later. It just plain rocks.

It basically jacks into Radio@Netscape's music streams, which were lamely locked down a couple months ago and made available only to AOL subscribers, and with a horrible user interface. Now, I love their content, but not enough to join AOHell and use a crappy, memory-hogging, unintuitive player to hear it.

SpinAMP makes it easy. All you need is the free WinAMP player, the latest version of SpinAMP, and you're set. Couldn't be simpler.

As I type this, here's what's playing on my faves ...

and here's what's up next ...

That's just the tip of the aural iceberg. I've found so much great new stuff (and old stuff I'd missed), and randomly heard relatively obscure bands I never thought I'd find on there. Hell, I've even heard my own bands on there. Almost fell out of my chair. I don't know who programs R@N's indie stations, but I owe them a beer.

When SpinAMP programmer HJ was asked about the difference in audio quality of the streams, and about AOL's knowledge of SpinAMP, here's what he had to say...
"The audio format is now AAC (they use the LC [low complexity] streams because those can be used without licensing fees), and it is at the same bitrate as the previous Real Audio streams. It sounds about the same to me, but I'm not too picky.

There never has been any agreement with AOL/TW/Spinner/Nullsoft, but they know about SpinAmp... @5 years ago when I sent them a copy of SpinAmp they loved it (put it as the featured plugin on and were going to buy it (but of course, they never did)."
Well, hopefully they won't block access from this new version like they did with the last one. Fingers are crossed and headphones are on.

Hey, Ted Leo just came on the Indie Rock Mix channel. Convinced yet? Go get it.

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