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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, December 29, 2004

Mp3s: Chris Harford - Live at Vermonstress 1992

My still-ongoing project to encode and share the entirety of the 1992 Sub Pop Vermonstress Festival in Burlington, Vermont continues with a set from Mr. Chris Harford and his band at the time, the First Rays of the New Rising Sun.

If you're not familiar with Mr. Harford, you've got a whole lot of catching up to do. Start here. He was a staple of the Boston music scene for awhile when he attended MassArt in the early 1980s, playing in the band Three Colors (which also featured Dana Colley of Morphine, Hub & Max Moore, and Barry Stringfellow). In Chris' own words: "...eventually we became quite well-known in Boston. We then moved to London in 1986. Then back to New Jersey where we imploded like the drummer in Spinal Tap."

In '92 he released his first solo record, "Be Headed", which is where most of the songs from this live set come from.

Since that first release on Elektra, he "...vanished into the system like the black hole of the industry will do to so many a band", but he's been plugging away ever since, putting out albums on his own Soul Selects Records imprint. Throughout his long career he's collaborated with everyone from the Matt Sweeney, Ween, & Richard Thompson to Loudon Wainwright III, Andrew Weiss, & Kevin Salem.

Once you're done downloading the live tracks, head over to his website for a whole bunch more mp3s, and buy some stuff from Chris if anything grabs ya.

Just a couple more Vermontress performances left to go. Joining Codeine, Come, Drop Nineteens, Velocity Girl, Crow, Pond, Six Finger Satellite, Green Magnet School, Sloan, Giant Sand, Barbara Manning, Eric's Trip, & now Chris Harford will be sets from Gravel and H.P. Zinker.


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