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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

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Mp3s: Mogwai in Boston

Glasgow's Mogwai played Boston a couple nights back, their first area show in over five years. I remember griping when they skipped us on their '03 tour, but better missing out then than now, as I think the new 'Mr. Beast' is leaps and bounds above than their previous one.

I remember very clearly when I fell for Mogwai... October 6th, 1997 at Toast in Burlington, Vermont. I was there to see Pavement, and didn't know much more about the openers than they were Scotland-based and Matador-signed, having released their first stateside collection, 'Ten Rapid', earlier that year. Burlington was actually the first date of their first U.S. tour (after three NYC shows earlier that year), and I can honestly say that to this day I've never been more completely blown away by an opening band. And I mean that emotionally and physically... the small Toast stage wasn't enough to contain them. They were as loud then as they are today, and right from the beginning they were able to perfectly alternate between melodic delicacy and ear-splitting walls of sound. The lack of vocals never bothered me, the music is always good enough on its own, and their more recent incorporation of the occasional lyric hasn't detracted either. They've stuck with what works, while at the same time stretching the boundaries of the ol' 'quiet-loud-quiet-loud-out' formula. It's actually the restrained recordings, the ones that threaten to break big but instead stay beautiful, that stick with me longer. In a live setting I'm up for the occasional near-metal riff, but it's the quiet moments I relish.

There were plenty of both on Sunday, songs from all over their discography, including a few older personal faves ('Helicon 1', '...Long Way From Home', 'Stanley Kubrick'). Got a little thrill hearing both parts of 'Helicon' back-to-back, as I used to flip that import 7" incessantly (and paid a pretty price for it on a record shopping trip to Montreal).

So here's the (nearly) complete Mogwai set (I arrived almost too punctually to the Avalon, walking in just as 'Hunted By A Freak' started up, and I missed out recording it)...

Thanks for Mogwai forum visitor Narlus for those excellent solo-shots just above.

For more Mogwai action, visit the indespensible Bright Light! fansite. For more words and pics from the tour, hit up BrooklynVegan (NYC show) and Information Leafblower (DC show). Leaky Sparrow wrote about their stop in Paris last month as well, and keep an eye on Chromewaves (like I need to say that), since Frank is likely catching them tonight in Toronto.

To find out where the Scotsmen have been, and are headed, you can track their journies at the Follow the Beast site, which includes setlists and tour reports. And, needless to say, there's a Mogwai MySpace page as well.

Need more Mogwai live recordings? There are a bunch a up at the Internet Archive (including their Coachella set), or you can grab a big honkin' high-quality mp3 recording of their Washington, DC show courtesy of NPR. Sounds excellent, it does.

oh, and... 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. fyi, these live mp3s are made available for just a few weeks, and are not reposted once removed.


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