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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, February 22, 2005

Mp3s: Ida - live at the Boston MFA

The long-awaited return to Boston of NYC's Ida was just the something special I expected, one of those rare nights in an unusual venue that's made comfortable by a great lineup and a crowd filled with friends and familiar local faces.

People started gathering about an hour before the 8pm show inside the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, near the entrance to the Remis Auditorium. The sloped, stadium seating was nearly filled by the time Jodi Buonanno (of the Secret Stars) and a drummer took the stage, playing several songs around a free-form noise collage powered by what looked like a pedal running into a tricorder hanging around her neck. As interesting as it might've been, especially alongside the abstract video projected behind them, it felt a little early in the evening for spacing out, and I enjoyed the more structured parts of the set much more. It'd been a long time since I've seen Jodi play her own stuff on stage, and hopefully it won't be as long again.

Thalia Zedek was next, with the always-excellent Dave Curry on viola and a gent named (I believe) Daniel Coughlin on drums. I've been into Thalia's songwriting since her Come days, but hadn't been this moved by her live performance in a very long time. The trio worked so well together, and I was especially impressed by Coughlin's drumming. The whole set was completely transporting, and Amie remarked that it was the highlight of the night for her...

One of the best things about Ida is how relaxed they seem to be, how effortlessly their songs come across, how easily their three voices flow together. There's a real comforting, almost family atmosphere to their shows. Elizabeth, Dan, & Karla were joined by violinist Jean Cook and drummer Ruth Keating, who were note and beat perfect. Not a lot of older material in the thirteen songs they played (just Down On Your Back, Encantada, and a by-request Shrug), and only five or so from their new album (released today on Polyvinyl). The rest of the set was new stuff, which was a welcome surprise, and my favorite of them was probably Everything (I'm hoping it ends up on their upcoming 3" cdep as part of the Dark Beloved Cloud singles club).

I recorded the entire evening, and here's the Ida set. It was a relatively quiet one, and I did my best to remove a bunch of hiss without sacrificing the high end...
Live at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Boston, Massachusetts
Sunday, February 20th, 2005

1. Laurel Blues
2. Written On My Face
3. Late Blues
4. What Can I Do?
5. Down On Your Back
6. Still
7. Sundown
8. Everything
9. The Love Below
10. Worried Mind Blues
11. Encantada
12. Shrug
13. Palomine
Many thanks to Dan Hirsch, who is responsible for booking these stellar shows at the MFA. Upcoming appearances include M.Ward, Magnolia Electric Co., Superwolf (Will Oldham & Matt Sweeney), and the Books. (and a shout out to Julien... thanks for saying hello. visit his site for more photos from the show, and bring your french dictionary.)

I'll probably have tracks from Thalia & Jodi's sets up after I return home next week, so check back for 'em. Meanwhile, I'll be posting from the Teenbeat Records Anniversary fest down in D.C., where I'll be tomorrow through Sunday. Ten degrees warmer is all I ask, twenty and I'll be in heaven. Get ready, CK & Kyle, 'cuz here I come.


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