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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

Friday, July 22, 2005

More on Michael Dahlquist

It's been a week now since the news spread rapidly around message boards and music news sites. Since fans & friends of Chicago-area musicians Michael Dahlquist, Doug Meis, and John Glick learned that they were suddenly, still incomprehensibly, gone.

While I'd never met Doug or John, it's a measure of the man and musician Michael was that so many people have been impacted by his death. That people, like me, who'd only spoke with him a few times at Silkworm shows, or even just followed along with his always-entertaining tour diary, felt the loss more deeply than expected. The words and tributes that keep on coming make it all the harder to take, while at the same time they remind us how lucky we were to have known of the guy at all.

Some places to visit...
  • A wonderful tribute site for the three friends, containing lots of up-to-date links about their lives and the loss.

  • Michael's homemade acapella video for the Silkworm song 'Treat The New Guy Right'. The man sure did love his band.

  • Matador label guy Gerard Cosloy says goodbye to Michael on his blog, Can't Stop The Bleeding.

  • Keep a little kleenex handy, because Steve Albini's letter in the new Chicago Reader is bound to make you tear up a bit. Even if you didn't know Michael, it may make you feel like you did. Or at the very least, wish you'd gotten the chance.
  • And finally, my friend Eric kindly said it was ok to post a couple photos he took at Monday's wake in Chicago, when friends and family got together to both grieve and celebrate Michael's life. No faces here, that'd be too invasive, too disrespectful to the moment, but here are a couple that he was comfortable taking and sharing...

    The second one is such a kicker, having seen him beat the crap out of that kit so many times, and especially after having read Albini's letter. The idea that he'll never sit behind it again, gardening gloves on and shirt off, will never sink in.

    If any 'Nac readers out there in Boston-town are up for getting together for a beer this evening, raising a glass or two (or more) for Michael, drop me an email or a comment. Amie's got girls-night-out, and I could sure use a drink.

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