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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, June 28, 2005

Mp3s: Dirty On Purpose & Tom Thumb live

Thursday night, June 16th was a hectic one. Rushed from an late downtown work shift over to Cambridge's Central Square area in the rain, hoping to arrive in time to catch not only NYC's Dirty On Purpose at TT's, but as much of Drew O'Doherty and Tom Thumb's sets as I could around the corner at ZuZu.

DoP hadn't hit the stage yet, so I was lucky to see Mr. O'Doherty play a few songs from his still-in-progress solo record. One of 'em was the beautiful 'Oneway', which you can stream over at Drew's MySpace page, another was called 'Angels Live In Your Town'. Really looking forward to the album, and to seeing Drew again when he opens for Joel RL Phelps and his Downer Trio at TTs on August 2nd.

As much as I wanted to stay at ZuZu, I had to get back to TTs in case Dirty On Purpose were up, and luckily I wandered in as their first song started. The rest of the set brought to mind lots of influences; from early-era Slowdive, to shades of Jersey City's brilliant Spent, from Stars to a touch of Yo La Tengo. The mix was occasionally rough, as it can be at TTs, especially when a band's vocals are on the softer side. The drums were also near the front right of the stage, so the cymbals often drowned out the guitars. Still a really good show, although I look forward to their return to Boston and another chance at a better mix.

I recorded all but the first song, and the band has kindly given me the ok to share 'em up...

Dirty On Purpose

live at TT the Bears
June 16th, 2005

All New Friends
Your Summer Dress
Marfa Lights
To Forget
Kill Our City
Mind Blindness
A couple more photos here. Once they finished up (and once I bought my own copy of their excellent 'Sleep Late For a Better Tomorrow' EP, which you can grab here), it was back over to ZuZu to see if Tom Thumb & the Latter Day Saints were still playing. They'd been kind enough to send me their new 'Kindermusik' EP, and I wanted to see 'em in person. I was able to hear a few songs before the long work day caught up with me (and before a very talky, super-drunk, and seriously obnoxious girl showed up and sat next to me), and I headed home.

Tom Thumb singer/guitarist Andy Arch said it was cool to post a couple tracks from the set, so here ya go...
Tom Thumb & The Latter Day Saints

a couple songs live at ZuZu
June 16th, 2005

Dark Rooms
Growing Boy
Head over to their site and click the 'new songs' link to download 3 songs from the EP, or pick yourself up a copy for a mere 6 bucks.


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