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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

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Explore the Musical Space...

Got that new Walking Concert disc in my headphones, making the day go down real easy. Standout songs... Studio Space (clockin' in at one forty-six, aww yeah), The Animals (so rockin), Hands Up! (Not about arm-stretched enthusiasm, but an ih-home robbery), Audrey (so poppy), Calypso Slide (so smoooove), hell, most of the songs are keepers. Go out n' get it.

"your action figure collection
is fillin' up the kitchen,
but they're not helpin'...
no warm plastic superhero treatment"

- walking concert, "hands up!"

Amie, my own little shining light, won us two free tickets to see a special acoustic Snow Patrol set at ZuZu next Monday. Just sixty people. How cool is that? Gonna try to record that sucker, I am I am.

Between this Walking Concert disc, the new Twilight Singers covers cd, Rilo Kiley's stellar "More Adventurous", and the heartbreaking final Elliott Smith album, my ears are running on overload. So, so sonically spoiled.

I'm having a real tough time listening to the Elliott Smith record... it's like spending time with a ghost, maybe reading too much into lyrics that probably mean exactly what they say. So painful. "From a Basement on the Hill" is an amazing collection of songs, but then again he rarely wrote anything I disliked, so that's no surprise. But the added, nearly unbearable, weight that his loss adds to it... well, if you're an Elliott fan, you get it. If you're not, I sound like a melodramatic sap. Either way, I'm so glad we're all getting to hear this... and I'm gonna miss him, and a lost lifetime of his new work, like hell.

The album will be released on October 19th. Until then, visit Some Songs, a newish repository of Elliott's live performances.

Rilo Kiley's website has been relaunched with the release of the new record, and they've put their kinda-cute new "It's a Hit" video up there to mark the occasion. Reminds me, I still have to get tickets to their October 5th show here in Boston... it seemed so far away, now, not so much. Oh, and look, live acoustic performance (audio & video) on KCRW here.

And yet another thing I have to buy tickets to... The Twilight Singers are coming back, hitting the Middle East on October 15th. Another sell-out, fer sure. But their live show makes the late-night squeeze worth suffering through. Now that's entertainment.

Tickets, tickets, and more tickets... the Boston Film Festival just put all of theirs on-sale through Fandango (which I usually shy away from on principal... stoopid ads. Rahhrrr!). I've already picked up a couple to see Silver City. John Sayles and Chris Cooper last teamed up on Lone Star, and that's one of my favorite films... no way I'm missing another one of their team ups. Cooper plays Dickie Pillager, fictional Colorado gubernatorial candidate. Gotta love fake promotional websites... there's even a MeetUp link. Aces.

PopFest! New England 2004 has just posted a list confirmed bands, if not a complete schedule, and it's lookin' pretty good. My Favorite, Baskervilles, The Smittens, The Consultants, Shumai, Pants Yell!, superfallingstars, Colin Clary & the Magogs, The A.V. Club, Spanish for Hitchiking, Snoozer, Cannonball Jane, The Metric Mile, Brasilia, and My Teenage Stride. And that's just half of the lineup expected for the early November Northampton, MA fest. I'm just hoping it won't only be a celebration of pop music, but of a brand new president. Wouldn't that be somethin?

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