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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, May 29, 2006

Mp3s: Film School live in Boston

San Francisco's Film School came to town a week ago, taking the stage at Allston's Great Scott just after a great set by Margot & the Nuclear So and So's. I'd missed them the last time they were in town, and again when they had to cancel a show in Wellesley after their gear was stolen back in March. This time had to be the charm, especially since the bar's just a few blocks from my place.

It's not hard to spot the five-piece (and fifty pedal) outfit's influences, and my shoegaze-filled brain couldn't help doing just that ('here's the Ride-ish drumbeat', 'there's the early-Slowdive-style intro'). Fortunately for Film School, they're able to take these influences and tweak them just enough to own (or at least rent-to-own) them, and they deliver their songs with no small amount of energy and sincerity. Hey, if they're going for a certain sonic aesthetic, at least they picked my favorite one.

In the small confines of Great Scott, earplugs were required, but I couldn't help removing them near the end to feel the guitars (and the beers, thanks false45th) fully wash over me. Totally transported, I could have stayed for far more than their 9-song set, but both bands knew you should leave the crowd wanting more. So they did...

Film School

Live at Great Scott
Allston, MA
Monday, May 22nd, 2006

01. On & On
02. Harmed
03. Pitfalls
04. He's In A DeepDeep Lake
05. Ms. Connection
06. Breet
07. P.S.
08. Like You Know
09. 11:11

Seven of those can be found on their excellent self-titled second disc, and the other two ('p.s.' and 'Ms. Connection') appear on last year's 'Alwaysnever' EP.

A brief aside: For the first time, the 'most annoying audience member' contest results in a tie! Couldn't decide between the socially-inept dork with the incessant WOOOOoooOOOOooo!-ing in my ear (listen to the mp3s, ya can't miss him), or the tool who felt compelled to yell 'San Francisco represent!' after every song. I'd love to see these two fight it out in a to-the-death cage match, all the while screaming their respective battle-cries.

Film School video for '11:11' here, their MySpace page (with three streaming songs) is right here, and their tour with Margot & the Nuclear So & So's continues tonight in Atlanta. The two bands will part ways in Texas as F.S. heads west for a homecoming show at Slim's in San Francisco (uh, represent!).

the fine print: If anyone has an issue with this live set being made available, just say the word (email link on left). Recorded with a Sony ECM-719 mic and a Sony MZ-RH10 minidisc, converted to .wav and then edited to 192kbps mp3s. Mp3s are made available for just a few weeks, and are not reposted once removed.


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