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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

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friday, december 7th

the weisstronauts 14th

annual holiday jubilee

with guests tsunami of sound

preacher jack, & the derangers

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moving mountains


@ the sinclair

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saturday, december 8th

the faint perform

"danse macabre"


icky blossoms

@ the paradise

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@ house of blues

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@ the paradise

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featuring tons of artists

(see fb event for details)

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my morning jacket

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deer tick

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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

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sunday, january 27th


@ great scott

tuesday, january 29th

kathleen edwards

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wednesday, february 13th

yo la tengo

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saturday, march 2nd

unknown mortal orchestra

@ brighton music hall

tuesday, march 12th

tame impala

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thursday, march 14th

jukebox the ghost

matt pond pa

lighthouse and the whaler

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april 3rd & 4th

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

[Live MP3s] Radiohead in Boston 2006

Radiohead are, to me, one of the few bands that have gotten big without getting boring. Sure, they've messed around with their early-guitar-heavy formula (losing some hipster fans along the way), maybe leaned a little heavily on the techy knob-twiddling in recent years, but for the most part, the songs are still there. When I'd start to wonder if they'd peaked with 'The Bends' or 'OK Computer', they'd go write something like 'Knives Out' or 'Idioteque', or even 'There There'.

I figured my days of seeing Radiohead live were over... ticket demand and crowd sizes grew faster than I really cared to keep up with. I skipped their last couple Boston stops, one at the too-large Suffolk Downs racetrack, another at the Tweeter Center, a couple venues I really have no interest in seeing live shows at. But when I found out they'd be playing a couple nights at the 5,000 seat Bank of America Pavilion on the Boston waterfront (not exactly intimate, but far smaller than they could have played), I had to give it a shot. Well, it was a nice thought... but tickets were gone in a matter of seconds. Me and my lone browser never had a chance. In the end I tried to feel better knowing that I'd saved some pricy-concert cash.

Color me surprised when a week later I got an email from a kind stranger, responding to a blog comment I'd made about being shut out: He had an extra, and it was mine for face value if I wanted it. Jonah had gotten himself up in the early hours for fan ticket pre-sales, and had scored. 2nd row center. And I was in. Can't thank him enough for the gesture, and I can only guess how much he could have re-sold that seat for. Fortunately for me, he's not that kinda guy.

So here's here was last night's fantastic show in its entirety. Some very promising new songs, some older stuff, a really varied setlist with a few nice surprises...

(apologies for the fuzzy cell-phone shot... it's all I got)


Live at the Bank of America Pavilion
Boston, MA
Monday, June 5th, 2006

[ download the entire set in a 136 MB .zip file ]

01. Intro
02. Climbing Up The Walls
03. Bangers 'n' Mash (new)
04. 15 Step (new)
05. Morning Bell
06. Kid A
07. Fake Plastic Trees
08. Videotape (new)
09. Bodysnatchers (new)
10. Where I End And You Begin
11. Knives Out
12. There There
13. Nude (new)
14. Just
15. Spooks (new)
16. Idioteque
17. House of Cards (new)
18. Planet Telex

encore 1...
19. Like Spinning Plates
20. Arpeggi (new)
21. No Surprises
22. Everything In Its Right Place

encore 2...
23. The Tourist

A few personal highlights: Guitarist Ed O'Brien's total enthusiasm during the peak of 'Fake Plastic Trees' (even after all these years), closing the main set with 'Planet Telex', Colin Greenwood's stellar rolling bass lines on 'Where You End And I Begin', Thom Yorke's 'Idioteque'-idiot dance, 5,000 voices behind me singing along to 'Just', and ending the night with 'The Tourist'. Favorite of new songs: 'Videotape', by far. Can't wait to hear the studio version of that one.

I'll refrain from complaining about any crowd jackassery this time around... it abounded, but I just had too much of a good time to let it get to me. Maybe it was the contact high from the three girls and their very-potent pipe next to me, maybe it was the large-sized harpoon IPAs, or maybe the fact that I was a few feet from the stage, but damn did I ever enjoy myself.

Some links for ya...

  • A fairly high quality torrented recording of the first Boston night can be found right here, and Boston Phoenix writer Will Spitz wrote a review of it over here. He also did a great rundown of all the new songs the band is playing live lately.

  • For a ton of fan discussion on last night's show, check out this thread on the messageboard.

  • Radiohead is keeping a random road blog called Dead Air Space, and their soundman is keeping his MySpace page updated as he travels with 'em.

  • Stereogum wrote up last Thursday's show in Philadelphia right here.

    some 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. They are made available for a limited time, and are not reposted once removed.

    Now, most of the live set posting I do is for smaller shows and lesser-known bands... it's not like Radiohead needs my help. So this set may be up for a shorter amount of time than usual, either by choice (bandwidth goes boom), or when the band's major label lawyers come a'callin. Either way, get to grabbing.


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    neil halstead
    live in cambridge, ma
    on november 14th, 2008
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