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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, October 07, 2004

Rilo Kiley - Live In Somerville

Tuesday night's Rilo Kiley show at the Somerville Theatre surpassed some pretty lofty personal expectations. New stuff, old stuff, I love it all, and was really looking forward to the change of venue (the Theatre's sound is usually far far better than the Middle East downstairs... hell, my basement could sound better), and was psyched to hear they'd added some more musicians to the band this time around. A sold-out, enthusiastic, and notably youngish crowd stood at their seats for the whole 18 song, hour and a half set.

Sir Frank of Chromewaves wrote up the Toronto show, and pretty much nailed the opening bands, except I may have been even more unimpressed by Now It's Overhead than he was. Actually, they could be a band I'd like on disc but not live... you've gotta have more dynamic or stage presence if you're following up the infectious catchiness of Tilly & the Wall. Their secret weapon is a pair of tap shoes, and they're not afraid to use 'em.

Unlike Toronto, however, the sound at our show ruled the school, and I'm damn glad I took the opportunity to try out my new Sony clip-on stereo microphone with my old Archos mp3 recorder. For an audience recording, I'm pretty happy with it, so here's the whole dang set for ya ...
Rilo Kiley
Live at the Somerville Theater
Somerville, Mass., October 5th, 2004

(note: files removed on 1/31/05)

01. It's a Hit
02. My Slumbering Heart
03. Love and War
04. More Adventurous
05. A Better Son / Daughter
06. Portions For Foxes
07. Three Hopeful Thoughts
08. Paint's Peeling
09. Absence of God
10. The Execution of All Things
11. I Never
12. Pictures of Success
13. It Just Is
14. Don't Deconstruct
15. Does He Love You?
16. Ripchord
17. Let Me Back In
(an unreleased one!... anyone know the real title?)
18. The Good That Won't Come Out
I've got a few more semi-blurry photos over here, and I took a quick shot at the lyrics for the new song. It's a little ode to Los Angeles, and I've called it "Let Me Back In" until I hear different...
Rilo Kiley
Let Me Back In

let it be printed, let it be known
i'm leaving you, i'm going home
and all you can do is just watch me go

i've put you down, talked you up
defended your honor, and then packed it in and picked it up
and all you can do is just watch me go

from the eastern seaboard, the landlocked midwest
the keys, the alps, the black hills, and budapest
with my heart in a sling, tail between my legs is swingin'
i'm sorry for leavin'...

but when the palm trees bow their heads
no matter how cruel i've been
l.a., you always let me back in

you can bury me when my body breaks
in the earth that created me, in the golden state
by my mama and her brother and their mama, too

'cuz i had a dream i was carried on the backs of a thousand green birds
and they carried me into a place without words
and there was nuthin', but there was everything

(tap dancin time!)

and when the palm trees bow their heads
no matter how cruel i've been
l.a., you always let me back in

and when the palm trees bow their heads
no matter how cruel i've been
l.a., you always let me back in...

back in... back in...
Sounds like Jenny's response to fellow postman Ben Gibbard's "Why You'd Want To Live Here", doesn't it? Kinda makes me want to get serious about visiting my friends in L.A...

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live in cambridge, ma
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