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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

Monday, September 18, 2006

Mp3s: Snowden live in Boston

Atlanta four-piece Snowden came to town a few weeks back for a single-band show at Allston's Great Scott, and had me by the throat from the very first note. Already a fan of their Jade Tree debut, "Anti-Anti", they did what any live band only hopes to do: take some great songs and improve on them, serve 'em up with seemingly effortless stage presence and all-out urgency. No warm-up act, no encore, just 34 too-short minutes of wow-inducing intensity.

While singer/guitarist Jordan Jeffares' vocals can feel emotionally distant, the propulsive, menacing, music underneath is far from it. David Payne's tasteful guitar atmospherics sit atop a rock-solid bed of bass and drums, a rhythm section that is one of the best I've seen in months. Drummer Chandler Rentz's razor-sharp style is never flashy, and bassist Corinne Lee's own playing and presence made it hard to pay attention to anything else. A true talent, she's got instant rockstar written all over her, and I mean that in the best sense of the word.

If you're at all into their songs (links below), just go see them. Trust me on this. For now, here's their 8-song Allston set... (live mp3s removed at the request of the band's management.))

update 9/19/06: In lieu of live recordings, I've been given links to a couple of Snowden videos (including one new exclusive clip). Check out the details in the links section below.

"music is not a fasion statement"


Live at Great Scott
Allston, MA
Friday, August 25th, 2006

01. intro
02. Like Bullets
03. Anti-Anti
04. Counterfeit Rules
05. Filler Is Wasted
06. Stop Your Bleeding
07. Between The Rent And Me
08. Kill The Power
09. Black Eyes

Now get out your calendar and mark down the closest one of these Snowden dates...
Sep 18, 2006 - O'Leavers Pub, Omaha, NE
Sep 19, 2006 - Subterranean, Chicago, IL
Sep 20, 2006 - Alchemize Bar, Cincinnati, OH
Sep 21, 2006 - Z:Lounge, Pittsburgh, PA
Sep 22, 2006 - The Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
Sep 23, 2006 - Union Hall, Brooklyn, NY
Sep 25, 2006 - The Middle East, Cambridge, MA
Sep 27, 2006 - The Talking Head, Baltimore, MD
Sep 29, 2006 - The Nick, Birmingham, AL
Oct 06, 2006 - Pure Nightclub, Philadelphia, PA
Oct 12, 2006 - WRAS studio session, Atlanta, GA
Oct 12, 2006 - Caledonia Lounge Athens, GA
Oct 18, 2006 - The Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta, GA
Nov 01, 2006 - Gothamist acoustic set, New York, NY
Bostonians, you'll notice they return to our area next Monday night, September 25th when they play the Middle East Upstairs with Stab the Matador, Karate High School, and Sweet Irony. On November 10th they kick off a UK tour, and later that month they return for some U.S. dates with iForward, Russia!.

Some Snowden links...
  • A couple of Snowden QT video clips: Frontman Jordan Jeffares and engineer Erik Wofford get jiggy during the recording of "Stop Your Bleeding" (exclusive - 11.31 MB), and a 5 minute clip from Snowden's last tour (49.78 MB), put together by guitarist David Payne.

  • Their MySpace page (four streaming songs, one mp3).

  • Download the title track from 'Anti-Anti' courtesy of Jade Tree.

  • More Snowden mp3s can be found on the band's own media page, including songs from their 2004 self-titled EP. No longer linked, but still available, is a cover of the Zombie's "Time of the Season", as well as two songs from their "Licorice" EP: "Happy Christmas" and "China Light".

  • After their Great Scott show, Snowden headed down to Brooklyn to play Southpaw the next night. Stereogum was there.

  • BohemianPlayboy offers up the 'Le Castle Vania Disco Remix' of the song "Black Eyes".

  • Another mix via ezarchive thanks to Bricolage Fantasy: "Anti-Anti (Jordan's Stutter Remix)"

  • the fine print... If anyone has an issue 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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