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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, November 07, 2005

Mp3s: Clogs & Bell Orchestre live in Boston

Friday brought another perfect evening of music to the Museum of Fine Arts here in Boston, as their fall schedule of independent music came to a close with Clogs and the Bell Orchestre. It was the first night of their tour together, and the insane number of instruments on stage makes me damn glad I'm not their roadie. Let's see, between the two bands we had violas, french horn, trumpet, bassoon, stand-up bass, organ, guitars, drums, xylophone, steelpan, typewriter... I'm no doubt missing many.

How to describe what we were treated to? 'Classical' is too broad, 'post-rock' is too silly... somewhere in between Rachels and Godspeed, perhaps, with a dash of Dirty Three. Vocal-free (save for one fantastic Clogs number below), seemingly improvisational at times (although Clogs sheet music betrays this), occasionally jazzy (Bell, not Clogs), and you don't refer to their compositions as 'songs', but instead as 'pieces'. It was great to see these perceived (but not) side projects (Clogs includes guitarist Bryce Dessner and violist Padma Newsome from The National, Bell Orchestre features The Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry and Sarah Neufeld) bring in a large and entirely captivated crowd: Sold out no doubt due to the increasing attention their more accessible 'rock' bands have garnered, and enraptured because of the collective talent displayed on stage. Were the shared players' respective other bands not so excellent, this night might've made them appear to be slumming in 'em by comparison.

Here, for you, are both sets in their entirety...


live at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Friday, November 4th, 2005

1. Tides
2. 2:3:5
3. Canon
4. Voisons
5. Death and the Maiden
6. Fiddlegree
7. Lantern

Bell Orchestre's new album is 'Recording a Tape the Colour of the Light', out on Rough Trade in Europe and the UK already, and out in North America tomorrow. Clogs put out 'Stick Music' on Brassland last year, and their next one, 'Lantern', will be out in just a few months. Most of the songs above will likely appear on 'Lantern', but to truly whet your whistle, check out this preview medley of the songs "Ostinato" & "Five:Four", or view the beautiful video from French director Vincent Moon for the title track right here.

If you're in the Boston area, be sure to keep checking the schedule for The Museum of Fine Arts independent concert series, which resumes again in January.

Even though that show was on Friday, it already feels ages ago... I've just seen eight bands in three days and I'm reeling. Next week, instead of sharing full live sets, I'll be offering up a few standout songs from each of the other bands I caught this weekend: The Essex Green, Shout Out Louds, Aberdeen City, The Standard, & Kingsbury Manx. The sheer amount of audio editing I have ahead is daunting, but I'm game.

Standard schpeel: If anyone involved with the bands above has any objection whatsoever to these live tracks being made available, just say the word. I am but a humble fan. Live sets were recorded on a Sony MZ-RH10 minidisc recorder, and are shared up for just a few weeks.


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