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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 07, 2005

Mp3s: The National live at TTs

I'm a relatively new fan of The National, thanks mostly to a pal's enthusiastic insistance that I pick up their latest album 'Alligator'. Admittedly, it didn't grab me right away, and I briefly worried that ck's perfect recommendation track record was at risk. National singer Matt Berninger has one of those rumbling voices that sits squarely in it's own personal low-toned pocket (think Stephen Merritt or Lambchop's Kurt Wagner), but unlike those guys, he cuts loose when the rock requires it.

It was the music that won me over, though... the songs themselves, the dual guitar interplay (my soft spot), the tasteful, snappy, and energetic drumming. Once it all clicked, the singing style made sense, I suddenly got it. I'm generally not a patient listener... when I love an album I know it immediately, and there's so much out there that I move on when something doesn't. I'm glad I didn't give up on The National, though. The patience paid off.

And so did their performance last Saturday night at TT's in Cambridge. Even if I didn't like 'em before, that show would no doubt have converted me. A fifteen song set pulled from their four releases, and here it is...
The National

live at TT the Bears
Cambridge, MA
June 4th, 2005

(files removed on 9/1/2005)

All the Wine
Murder Me Rachael
Lit Up
Cherry Tree
Baby We'll Be Fine
Wasp Nest
Secret Meeting
Daughters of the Soho Riots
Mr. November
About Today
Slipping Husband
I took a couple of photos (including openers Pela & Charlene) which are up here. For far better pics from the show, check out Bob Sanderson's gallery right here.

Grab a few mp3s from The National's site here, one from Insound right here, and a few from the Brassland label site here. And finally, for last week's complete live set from the Khyber in Philly, go here, but hurry as they'll supposedly be removed sometime soon.


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