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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

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saturday, december 8th

the faint perform

"danse macabre"


icky blossoms

@ the paradise

sunday, december 9th

band of horses

@ house of blues

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@ the paradise

wednesday, december 12th

concrete blonde

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thursday, december 13th

annual boston christmas cavalcade

benefit for the homeless

featuring tons of artists

(see fb event for details)

@ johnny d's

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sufjan stevens

sheila saputo

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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, August 15, 2006

Mp3s: Acid House Kings live in Cambridge, MA

The companion post to last week's live set from The Legends, here's their label and tourmates, Acid House Kings. I was woefully unaware AHK's 15-year history before the show was announced, but familiarized myself a bit with their self-described Swedish guitar pop before they got to town. Their brand of pop is a bit more pure than The Legends, a little on the lighter side, with guy/girl vocals and enough songs of love to give you a couple new cavities (just look at the titles below). They're damn infectious, moreso when their charming selves are right in front of you, and I'm not exaggerating when I say my cheeks ached from smiling throughout their set.

Here it is...

A few of the songs they played can be found on their latest disc, last year's "Sing Along With The Acid House Kings", others come from 2002's "Mondays Are Like Tuesdays and Tuesdays Are Like Wednesdays", and even as far back as 1997's "Advantage Acid House Kings". The TTs crowd was enamored enough to force them into one more encore song than they planned on: an apparently long-ago-learned cover of "Summer Nights" from the Grease soundtrack. What they missed in the lyrics they made up for with enthusiasm, and the crowd helped fill in some gaps. Like I said, I couldn't help grinning and I wasn't alone.

You'll notice comparing the photos above to those from The Legends post that there's more than a little member-sharing going on within the touring versions of the two bands. In fact, four out of five Legends became four of the six Acid House Kings on stage, with the two front-people (singer Julia Lannerheim and singer/guitarist Niklas Angerg�rd) exclusive to AHK's studio version along with Legends mastermind Johan Angerg�rd (yes, they're brothers) on second guitar. At least I think I've got that straight. So it makes even more sense that the two bands would team up for dates, including those seven U.S. shows they played last month. Be nice to see them return in the not-so-distant future and hit up some cities that missed out.

Some Acid House links...
  • Their MySpace page.

  • Grab an mp3 of their cover of Loveninja's "Keep Your Love" here.

  • Mp3s from the latest album: "Do What You Wanna Do", "This Heart Is A Stone", and "7 Days".

  • Mp3 from 2002's "Mondays Are Like Tuesdays...": "Sunday Morning"

  • Videos: "7 Days" & "Do What You Wanna Do"

  • Bonus Legends Link: Their new single, "Lucky Star", in Mp3 and video form.

  • Stream the show (and other Almanac mp3s) at the Hype Machine.

  • the fine print... If anyone has any issue whatsoever with this live set being made available, just say the word (email link at bottom 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 a limited time, and are not reposted once removed.


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