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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

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Sayonara Summer

Although the calendar says the fall starts today, we all know it's felt like it since labor day. Colder nights, swarming students, tv season premieres, Red Sox disappointment... it's all right on schedule. But the date makes it official, and I'm welcoming the season with open arms. Better movies, lots of great albums coming out, more bands touring, and warm days like today are a gift, instead of a summertime assumption. My favorite time o' the year, always has been, always will be. It's part of the reason I may never leave New England. I am autumn's bitch.

Mp3 of the Week...

A two for one shot this time, since NYC's Ambulance Ltd. made a couple different late-night television appearances last week, once on the Tonight Show and once on Last Call. I love that they bucked the trend and performed different songs on each show... too many bands stick to 'the single', the obvious choice, and repeat. Ambulance didn't even do Primitive (their album's single & second track) on either show, instead opting for Stay Where You Are (sans intro) and Heavy Lifting. Unsurprisingly, the Tonight Show recording sounds much better, what with the bigger broadcastin' budget and all.

Newly Posted: Green Magnet School at Vermonstress...

The latest addition to my archiving of the 1992 Sub Pop Festival up in Burlington, Vermont is the full set by Boston's own Green Magnet School. It's well timed, since the band will reunite for a special show on October 7th (details in this previous post).

The first three tracks of the set come from their killer Sub Pop debut album, "Blood Music", and here are the deets on the rest...
1.) Sonic Exterminator
2.) Noxin
3.) Barmecide Room
4.) Don't Cry (Neil Young cover from split 7" w/Six Finger Satellite)
5.) Singed (from Dec. '91 Sub Pop singles club 7")
6.) 12 Gauge (B-side of "Don't Cry" 7")
7.) Penance (early version of later "Illuminatus" song)
So which live set do you want to see posted next? I've still got Chris Harford, Giant Sand, Barbara Manning, Sloan, HP Zinker, and Eric's Trip left to encode and edit down. I'm leaning towards one of the Canucks...

Well, it's lunchtime, and the sunshine beckons me outside...

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neil halstead
live in cambridge, ma
on november 14th, 2008
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