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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

Now Entering Autumn ...

My favorite time o' year is pretty much here, and thankfully my many-days journey to and from a sickly hell is mercifully almost over. From doin'-just-fine to a shivering-husk-of-a-man, then back again. The digital thermometer topped out at 102, and the fever nearly broke me before it broke itself. (No, even more cowbell didn't help). What was my body became a mass of interconnected aches and pains that are finally fading. To quote Martin & Murray: "I don't know what the hell that thing was!"

I'm still not quite myself, but if I'm not healthy enough to type on a computer, then I should probably be laying down... and I've had just about enough of that.

There are a few "holy crrrap!" style blog-bites that I must shout out...

The Wedding Present are BACK!
Well, it's not as if Cinerama's live shows hadn't morphed into what was the Wedding Present at it's (george) best, and it says as much in the article, but still... I couldn't be more excited. One of my favorite bands of all bands returns. Gedge had never proclaimed them history, but I never assumed they'd be back. I'm doin' the happy dance.

Pixies Boston tickets on sale tomorrow!
Well, not technically Boston, but as near as they're going to get. One big night, December 1st, at Lowell's Tsongas Arena, about 30 miles outta town, hardly an intimate evening. I was hoping for a few nights at a smaller venue, rather than 8,000 people in a big honkin' auditorium, but hey, I'll take what I can get. Been looking forward to seeing them again, listening to the live recordings of this tour, for far too long to be ruled by my arena-rock aversion. Internet pre-sale tickets available Wednesday morning.

Walking Concert's Debut Disc Out Today
Since the first time I heard Quicksand's Slip, I've been a Walter Schreifels follower. Whatever he does, I'm there. I loved 2001's Rival Schools record, and waited for a followup that never came. Three years later, Walter's back with this new band and another debut called "Run to Be Born", and it's rocking me mightily. 14 songs, just over 30 minutes, the songs get in, do their thing, and get the hell out (check out the first track, What's Your New Thing?). Really digging it, and can't wait to pick up the non-mp3 version this afternoon. Tour dates abound, but nothing in Boston yet. Eyes are open.

Netflix and TiVo Team Up?!?
Ok, there's something I've been waiting to hear. Throw a movie in my Netflix queue and have it waiting for me on my TiVo when I get home? That's so damn easy that it's almost frightening. If we can't have flying cars, I'll take that in the meantime. Given the legal loopholes that must be jumped through, though, I'm not holding my breath. Hell, I'm just waiting for the long-since-announced TiVo-To-Go to arrive. That January press release says "this fall", so here's hoping it's almost here.

More later, lots more...

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