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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, March 15, 2005

more Versus Mp3s / Tuesday Miscellany

As promised, here's the remaining six songs from the Versus set at the Teenbeat Records 20th Anniversary show down in D.C. a few weeks back...
live at Teenbeat's 20th
The Black Cat, Washington, D.C.
February 25th, 2005

Versus - 'Deseret' (live)
Versus - 'Blade of Grass' (live)
Versus - 'Janet' (live)
Versus - 'Solar Democrat' (live)
Versus - 'Wind Me Up' (live)
Versus - 'I'll Be You' (live)
The first six songs and some words about that third night are here, and pictures from all three nights can be found here.

So my first show as part of Boston band Charlene went pretty damn well, if I do say so myself (and I do). Thanks for all the encouraging email and comment notes about the show, they were appreciated. Even with such a short time to prepare, it felt really good to get up on stage and behind the drum kit again after so long (I think it had been a year or so?)...

... but you may notice that I'm not exactly behind the drums in that picture. Why? Well, that's because I'm up at the keyboard. This, despite the fact that I actually don't play the keyboard. F'in nerve-racking, but Amie's reaction was priceless. She had no idea I'd be doing it... I'm supposed to be hiding at the back of the stage, not walking up to the front and freakin' center. Little did I know when I joined and thought "it'll be fun to finally be in a band with keyboards" that I'd be playing them. Yikes. And don't worry, I won't be calling myself a keyboardist now... hell, I've never even been comfortable calling myself a drummer.

We played in between the multi-layered and better-than-ever Broken River Prophet and Hood, all the way from Leeds, on the fourth date of a North American tour that will take them all the way to Seattle and down to LA. Well worth checking them out if they come near you. Here's both a BRP and a Hood pic for ya...

Fellow devotees to HBO's The Wire (the, ahem, best drama on TV, when it's on TV that is), here's the latest news on a possible fourth season...
Question: Any new info on the fourth season of The Wire? � M

(TV Guide's) Ausiello: HBO tells me a decision is expected within a week.
So the news is that... there will soon be news. I'll take what I can get.

Everyone's seen this pop-lockin' magic but me... but I'll take the chance that there's one more of ya out there. First, watch this video, and pay special attention to the third locker to grace the stage. Unbelievable. Ok, now watch the new GTI commercial. Yes, that's the same guy, aka Elsewhere, performing as a modern day Gene Kelly. Here's an interview with him, and his own site. Mind-blowing abilities, but damn, who else thinks his skeleton is going to be all sortsa tweaked by the time he hits, like, 40? I can't imagine his parents ever told him that cracking his knuckles was bad for him.

Thanks so much to Cushie for alerting me that the Trembling Blue Stars are going to be appearing on Rocket Science this weekend. That's 1pm London time, 8am (ouch!) Eastern time on Saturday.

Akira fans take note: Director Katsuhiro �tomo's latest anime action flick, Steamboy, finally gets a North American release in only three dozen or so theaters this Friday. Lucky me, Boston's Kendall Square Cinema is one of them. I'll be in line for that one, yessir.

So y'know how I was whining about's frequent server errors and publishing failures last week? Well, they finally acknowledged it on their status page. Let's hope things really do improve. I've already run into trouble trying to compose this post, of course.

I've only been passively paying attention to ex-Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg over the past few years, but the fact that he's returning to Boston with a full band has got me kinda excited. That's Monday, April 4th at the Avalon Ballroom. Tickets are on sale this Friday at 10:00 am for that show, and other dates are listed here.

Yes, old school Red Sox fans, that is a bearded Bill 'The Spaceman' Lee in the upper right hand corner there (and here), taken with my camera phone. He said "Whoa... it's true... you can really take pictures with those things now. I'm not so sure how I feel about that." Saw him a couple weeks ago when he did a signing for his new book, which I'm pretty psyched to read.

I keep forgettin' to post this picture. During my recent D.C. trip, Colin & I had the good fortune of hangin' with CK, Megan, and Kyle (Mr. Information Leafblower himself). Was cool to meet Kyle after bein' blog buds for awhile, and I sure do miss seein' Mr. & Mrs. Kelly on a regular basis ...

colin, kyle, megan, & chris

And finally, if you're in a live music mood in Boston tonight, do yourself a favor and check out my friends Dialogue for Three, who will be at the Middle East Upstairs this evening. They're on first at 9:15, opening for Colin Steel & The Sports, Selfonix, and The Medicine Line. Listen to a couple of their mp3s by clicking on the words 'take it' and 'pop song' over at their site.

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