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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, October 24, 2005

Mp3s: The Dirty Three live in Boston

The Dirty Three show at the Museum of Fine Arts here in Boston a couple weeks back was as beautifully moving as I'd hoped, made even moreso by an opening solo set by Chris Brokaw. If forced to complain, the only one I've got ends up being praise: the night was too short. Even D3 violinist Warren Ellis (no, not that one) was surprised by how quickly it passed, asking the audience what time it was and realizing the end was near. The appeal of the non-club setting disappeared when he remarked that the cut-off time was a mere 9:45, and the curfew undoubtedly denied us more than just a few songs... we got far less of the between-song rambles he's known for. I got the impression they'd have played all night if allowed, and though Ellis started off the set saying that requests would eventually be welcomed, we never did have a chance. A bit of a bummer given the infrequency of U.S. visits from their home of Australia, and the fact that this tour was a short eight dates.

Still, too many cities missed out on the experience entirely, so I'll quit with the griping and get to the sharing...

The Dirty Three

live at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Sunday, October 16th, 2005

(files removed on 1/5/2006)

1. intro
2. Cinder
3. Ever Since
4. interlude
5. The Restless Waves
6. Sea Above, Sky Below
7. Amy
8. The Zither Player
9. Everything's Fucked
10. Sad Sexy
11. Sue's Last Ride

The D3 lineup of Ellis, drummer Jim White, and guitarist Mick Turner was enhanced this time around by Califone's Jim Becker, who added some bass, mandolin, and violin of his own. Studio versions of about half the songs above can be found on their new Touch & Go record, 'Cinder', with a couple from 1998's 'Ocean Songs', one from 1996's 'Horse Stories', and even a track from their 1995 self-titled album. You'll find a few mp3s linked through those album pages, and you can check out a video for the new song 'Great Waves' as well.

Y'know, all that too-short-set stuff said, I still wouldn't have traded a single Chris Brokaw song for an extra Dirty Three number, and I'll be sharing up his stellar solo set next week. In the meantime, do yourself a favor and pick up Brokaw's excellent new album, 'Incredible Love', which is officially out tomorrow on 12xu records. At the very least, take a listen to the new mp3 for 'Move', and check out his long list of upcoming shows. He'll be touring with a full band, and sharing many dates with American Analog Set.


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