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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

Wikkid Haht

Or, as the natives also say, it's a frikkin' sko-uh-chuh.

A long lunch break walk brought me down to the Fenway, where the Sox just kicked off a day-night double-header with the O's. We're already down 3-zip, and I find myself going to the same place I go every year... mentally distancing myself to protect against the inevitable pain my team causes me every single season. They sucked me back in last year, but this time... it's gonna be tough. The callosity around my sox-lovin' heart is pretty thick, though. There's gotta be a shred of hope in there somewhere.

And no, I take no joy in Derek Jeter's fractured wrist or Giambi's pesky parasites. I'm not that kinda Sox fan. The Yankees do not, in fact, suck.

So, yeah, I skirted the sweaty crowds surrounding the ballpark, grabbed a kick-ass pollo quesadilla at El Pelon, and picked up a free pass to The Village, the upcoming M. Night Sham-a-Lam film. I am the free flickin' masta.

Then it was over to Comicopia for some fresh picture books, namely the new issue of Brian Wood's Demo, along with the second installment of Brian Vaughan's Ex Machina. I'm not going to take trade paperbacks for granted on that one, as good as the first issue was. We'll see if it approaches the initial greatness of Vaughan's Y the Last Man, another one of the few books I still grab every month.

If you are unfamiliar with the phrase "waiting for the trade" (and I'm not still talking baseball), then you probably just scratched your head at that last paragraph. Click some links and do some learnin'.

Whoa, WEEI just played Snow Patrol's Spitting Games underneath Castiglione & Trupiano as they came back from commercial to the Sox game. Strangeness.

Hey, Bostonians, wanna see Howard Dean and Michael Moore speechify in person next week during the Democratic National Convention? Then go ahead and register for Tuesday's Take Back America events in Cambridge. I'll be checkin' it out.

Hey, look! Morrissey Dance! July spawned a midi-monster. (blame Shannon)

Alright, back to bizniz...

and to listening to the Sox lose again... sigh...

(hold your tongue, Neil... this fan is feelin' fragile)

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