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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, March 23, 2005

Mp3s of the Week: Mary Timony & Helium

I've been crushing (musically so... mostly) on Mary Timony since I first put the needle on Helium's 'Hole in the Ground'/'Lucy' seven inch about a dozen or so years ago. That round piece of wax remains one of my favorite singles ever, and I'll never forget when Bill Peregoy (who ran the amazing Pop Narcotic label) surprised me and my mailbox with a copy of the original test pressing. Don't remember exactly what I did to deserve that, but to this day I'm in his debt.

No matter what direction Mary's music takes, from Helium to the Spells, from Green 4 onto her more recent solo records, I'm along for the ride. While I've been pretty open to the piano-centric Hobbitcore (I almost went with 'Mordorcore', but the songs were never that dark) of both 2000's 'Mountains' and 2002's 'The Golden Dove', I'm a sucker for her guitar playing, and I've been hankering to hear her strap a six-string back on and rock out a little more.

Well, next month sees the release of her third solo album, Ex-Hex, and it sounds like I've gotten my wish. The first net-released mp3, for the song 'Friend to JC', is up at both Lookout! Records and over at Insound, and boy has it got me all psyched up for the record. A new interview in Venus Magazine reveals that we're hearing more guitar because she'd become bored of the keyboard. Another reason for increased rawness and rockness? She recruited drummer (and boyfriend) Devin Ocampo for the recordings, working out the album's songs as a duo and adding bass herself. I absolutely cannot wait to hear the whole thing when it arrives on April 19th.

To mark that day, Mary and her band will be performing a cd release show here in Boston at TT the Bears with openers Noll and Charlene (holy crap, i think i'm in that band!). It's the first date of a week-long coastal tour that also hits New York, DC, LA, and San Francisco. According to her website, there will be more U.S. dates in May and June.

So, since I'm in a Mary Timony kinda mood, here are a couple early Helium mp3s that you can listen to along with the new one you just grabbed above (you did, didn't you?): 'Lucy', the b-side of that excellent Pop Narcotic single (I offered up the a-side, 'Hole in the Ground', as one of my very first weekly mp3s in 2003), and 'The American Jean', from their debut seven-inch (released in '92 on bassist Brian Dunton's Warped label).

To keep up with all things Timony, check in regularly with Poison Moon, easily the most complete and oft-updated MT fansite out there.


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