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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

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Snow = Yes, Ida Show = No

Severe weather warnings on the teevee, supposed blizzard heading eastwards... and it was enough to keep Ida trapped in NYC instead of heading north for their now-cancelled show tonight at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Which is a real bummer, but probably the best move for all concerned. Tonight should probably be spent at home with a fire burning and a dvd spinning.

Was completely surprised yesterday to find out that Ida's new album, 'Heart Like a River' (which wasn't due out until February 22nd), is already available to buy online. I couldn't download it fast enough. And, hey, the first 40 downloads over on eMusic are free, and then you can cancel at will (I grabbed Pilot To Gunner's non-album 'All the Lights' while I was there). Hopefully Ida's label, Polyvinyl, still gets some cash for that free action, but it's not like I won't be buying the thing when it hits the shelves.

The album is just beautiful, and on the first few listens I think it's their best since 1996's "I Know About You". As if I couldn't have been more excited for tonight's show... plus, we would have had the Thalia Zedek Band and Jodi Buonanno opening up. Rats. Hopefully there'll be word of a rescheduling soon, and with the same lineup.

So it's official: The Wedding Present has set a date for their return to Boston. Thursday, April 28th, at the Middle East Down. Waiting for that is going to make the winter even longer.

I heard the new House of Love single yesterday on BBC6 Music's Roundtable, and I was... well, slightly underwhelmed. It certainly sounded like House of Love, but 'I Love You Too Much' seemed like one of their average tracks. Maybe the expectations were too high... maybe I need to hear it in context of the whole album. I was glad to learn that it's not just Terry Bickers and Guy Chadwick, but drummer Pete Evans on the recordings as well. The only new member is the bassist.

The single will be out on Valentines Day (same day as the new Wedding Present), and will be on 7'' vinyl only, with a solo-Chadwick b-side called 'Skies Alive'. The full album, 'Days Run Away', follows on the 28th. Cover art, tracklisting, and lyrics here. New, official House of Love website coming soon.

(aka 'I read it on the inkernet!')...

On the subject of shocking band reunions:
"It's the Smiths next, BTW. I know it sounds nuts, but I have it on very good authority."
I offer no evidence, and I can't reveal the source. But there it is. Take it with an immeasurable grain of salt.

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