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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

Monday, September 05, 2005

Seven Days Since

Several times over the past week I've sat down at my computer to write about music or movies or my city or comics or all of the above, but I inevitably paused and realized that it just wasn't gonna happen. Call me oversensitive, blame it on my CNN overdose, but it felt pretty damn pointless sending words out into a world where mayors were swearing and news anchors were breaking down, calling for an end to all bullshit. Like so many, I was resisting a compulsion to head down there and help somehow, knowing realistically there wasn't anything I could do, or should do, besides just send some money southwards.

Aside from the raw emotional impact that Katrina and it's aftermath brought on, it's been fascinating watching the shift from the initial disaster to the finger pointing, from the political posturing to the blame game and the cries of incompetence. It'd be naive to think that any of it will result in a real shift for our political landscape, but if there's good one thing (aside from better emergency planning, of course) that may come out of it, how about a little wake-up call for our mass media? A sort of smelling salt for correspondents who saw too much, who covered it too close, and can't quite surrender to their normal sleep-talking routine. Or is it naive to hope for that, too?

If you're well off enough to sit here surfing, then you've probably already done this, but it bears repeating just in case: Donate to the Red Cross. That link will make sure your money gets allocated to Katrina-specific aid. Sure, a mere click feels pretty sterile and inadequate in the face of what's gone on, but if you're not close enough to open your home to a fleeing family, then it's a good way to go.

Another way to go: Get a little music in return for your generousity, as the crew at cdbaby has over 5,000 artists donating 100% of the proceeds from sales of their discs to the Red Cross. Take a look at the list and listen to come clips.

Rather get something crafty instead of some tunes? Visit Craft Revolution, which has organized hundreds of indie craft-makers who are donating their handmade items to the cause. Like cdbaby, all proceeds will go towards the disaster recovery.

If you're so inclined, you can also make a donation to the U.S. Humane Society or the ASPCA. Both have disaster relief funds that will help them rescue the many, many pets that were abandoned or lost during the storm.

Great post over at The Big Ticket about the whole mess, if you're looking to read some more. And while there's been an overwhelming number of photos from the Gulf Coast, this particular Flickr set struck me hardest. It's a collection from other sources, and well worth a look, if you haven't already seen enough.

Out of all I've seen, there's one image that keeps sticking with me, and yet it was taken far, far away from New Orleans. And not just physically distant, but in every other sense of the word. Two full days after the first evacuation order, 24 hours after the hurricane stormed ashore, and at the exact moment while thousands were struggling to stay alive, we must never forget that this is what our so-called leader was doing...

If that picture says a thousand words, none of those words are pretty.

A few last storm-related things...
  • Greg Dulli, who spends lots of time in New Orleans and has recently been working on another Twilight Singers record there, was fortunately on tour in Italy last week with Afterhours. They'll be donating proceeds from upcoming shows to the relief effort (reminder: Dulli's stellar 'Amber Headlights' disc comes out tomorrow).

  • Big Star's Alex Chilton rode the storm out, and word is that he's ok. That's secondhand news, though, so fingers should stay crossed. Chilton's Box Tops bandmate, Bill Cunningham, made a statement about the storm on their website.

  • and Billy Bragg, despite being pictured on CNN a couple days ago...

    ... was nowhere near New Orleans. I tell you, looking up and seeing his face on screen, not immediately knowing why... serious lump in the throat. Ends up it was just a story on New Orleans music landmarks like Tipitina's, and CNN probably just googled that old photo. Doubt they even knew who the bloke in the picture was.
  • Ok, time to go outside, do a little bit of living. This is gonna sound super-corny, but if you're reading this, I hope that you and everyone around you are doing well. Because so many others just aren't.

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