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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

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Mp3s: Margot & the Nuclear So and So's in Boston

The eight Margot & the Nuclear So and So's members wedged themselves onto the small stage of Allston's Great Scott as part of another fine 'Fenway Recordings Session'. And no, that doesn't mean that the 'session' was being officially 'recorded'; they are so-titled because the excellent Fenway Recordings record label puts the occasional lineup together, usually with at least a great band or two. Monday night's show was maybe the best one-two-punch yet, with a couple bands I've been wanting to see for awhile.

And while it wasn't officially recorded, I'd done a little messageboard reading and discovered that the bands were each comfortable with tapers and traders, so I was able to document the evening and offer it up to you guilt-free. First up is the nine-song set from Indianapolis' Margot & the Nuclear So and So's...

All but two of those songs can be found on their debut album, "The Dust of Retreat", which originally came out last year, and was re-released a few months ago on Artemis Records. They're well on their way towards a follow-up disc, and you can preview a tentative tracklisting over at their MySpace page. According to that, you should be able to find those two new live songs ('As Tall As Cliffs' & 'Broad Ripple Is Burning') on that eventual release.

Listen to the set on Hype Machine, and for more live M&tNSaS's (most awkward initialization ever), WOXY has a four song radio session. For a few studio recordings, their MySpace page has some songs from the album. To dig a little deeper, head to the Margot messageboard.

I'll follow up this up with Film School's performance, hopefully in the next few days if I can find the time...

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.

Oh, and... Remember my complaint about Sonic Youth skipping Boston during their upcoming tour? Well, I shall complain no more. Turns out they're coming to town on Sunday night, September 3rd, and with the Flaming Lips, no less! That double-bill puts them in the oh-so-charmingly-named Bank of America Pavilion on the waterfront, a venue far larger than if they were on their own, but hey, I'm game. Size aside, it is a beautiful setting for a show. No word on when tickets will go on sale, but with my luck I'll get shut out anyway, Radiohead-style. Oh, Ticketmaster, you broken system you.

Sonic Youth's 'Rather Ripped' arrives on June 13th, and you can stream the entire thing here.


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