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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

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mates of state

in the valley below

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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, August 07, 2006

Mp3s: The Legends live in Cambridge, MA

Last month, Swedish label Labrador Records sent two of their signature pop bands on a week-long excursion to the U.S., with 7 quick stops to the east of the Mississippi River. Boston was lucky enough to be one of 'em, when The Legends and Acid House Kings played TT the Bears in Cambridge, MA on July 10th.

While A.H.K. have been around far longer, I was way more familiar with The Legends thanks to being sent their debut disc, 'Up Against The Legends', a couple years back. Guitar hooks and Motown bass lines, sing-along choruses and handclaps galore, programmed beats and slightly distorted vocals that all came together in twelve short and catchy-as-hell pop songs. And while some of the promo material painted the project as a multi-member affair, a little web-surfing revealed that it was actually all from the mind of Johan Angerg�rd, himself a longtime member of Acid House Kings.

The fact that it's a one-man studio band helps explain why The Legends second album, 'Public Radio', revealed such a drastic change in style and sound... it's easier for a bicycle to negotiate a hairpin turn than it is for a van full of bandmates. While the memorable melodies and warm production remains, gone is much of the distortion and the anthemic choruses, replaced by echoey guitars, subtler vocals, and reverbed drum beats that fans of Seventeen Seconds-era Cure or early New Order will warm to immediately. Fortunately, I'm one of those fans, so I not only took to the disc right away, but was more than a little impressed by Johan's ability to mutate so dramatically.

I will say this, though... sometimes the Cure influence comes off more as blatant homage than incorporation, almost uncomfortably so. Listen to The Legends 'Air' alongside the Cure's 'M' and you'll hear what I mean. And is it simply coincidence that a recent single is titled 'Play It For Today'? If it is, and Angerg�rd grew up in some sort of Cure-free bubble, then color me amazed. Either way, it all makes me very curious to see what's up his sleeve for album number three.

The newer singles may offer a bit of a hint, with dancier material that Johan only-half-jokingly called 'disco' at TTs last month. The studio-project aspect made me very curious about the live show, so I was happy to see a full band (live drummer, keyboard, two guitars, and bass) take the stage. The songs from 'Up Against...' are more obviously energetic, so I wasn't too surprised to find just two songs from 'Public Radio' ('Hide Away' and 'People Like Us') make it into their short nine song set. The rest were from either the debut disc, from the two more recent releases ('Blue Lights' from the 'Play It For Today' EP, 'Lucky Star' from a brand new EP). And as far as I know, the opener 'Darling' has yet to be recorded. Here's the set...

Some Legends links...
  • The Sound of Indie loves The Legends, too.

  • Mp3s, two videos, and a few streams at the Labrador sounds page.

  • Video for 'There And Back Again' and a couple streaming songs from 'Up Against...' at their Lakeshore Records page.

  • Their MySpace page
  • Next week: The Acid House Kings set from the same show.

    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 a limited time, and are not reposted once removed.


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