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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, December 21, 2004

On This, The Shortest Day

Another winter solstice, with less daylight today than any other day this year. From here on out, thankfully, they just start gettin' longer. All I really want is a little daylight when I get out of work... that'd be just fine.

Saw a preview of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou last night. Another great Wes Anderson movie, although not quite as good as his previous stuff (Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, & The Royal Tennenbaums). Didn't really get under my skin quite the way those did, and it came dangerously close to over-the-top quirkiness at points, backing away just in time. Lots of great moments, but I'm not givin' them away, don't worry. I even wish I hadn't seen the trailers first.

Y'know, I'd pay to see Bud Cort in a sequel called "Bill Ubell: Bond Company Stooge" anyday. So good.

Speaking of last night... what is the deal with the freakish paranoia by movie theaters & studios when it comes to cellphones with cameras in 'em? The hired security goons scanned Amie and I with metal detectors, then forced us to take our phones out to the car. Are they afraid we're going to snap random, blurry pics in the middle of the screening? And 'release' them five days before the movie comes out? Do these people think we live in some futuristic society where cellphones can record an entire film worth a digital damn? I'm just stumped.

I know that anyone who cares enough has seen the Batman Begins trailer by now (in quicktime, finally), but this one here has me even more excited: Frank Miller's Sin City. Long promised to be the most literal translation of a comic book to the screen, the more I see the higher my hopes get.

Oh, and could this remake be any more unnecessary. Sheesh.

The Wire's third season wrapped up in brilliant fashion on Sunday night, I thought. Many on messageboards were let down, expecting fireworks after the stellar preceeding episode, but I thought it was just right. Perfect way to wrap up the season, maybe even the series (it felt like it, didn't it?), while still leaving doors open for next year. We can only hope.

Or maybe sign a petition. A fast-growing one has appeared for Wire fans to beg for that fourth season, so sign up if you think it'll do any good. I don't have a lot of faith in those kinda things, but what the hell.

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