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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, October 23, 2006

Mp3s: Broken Social Scene at Brandeis

Since so much of my waking life (and some of my sleeping) is spent looking forward to the next live show I'll be at, last Monday was a major anomaly. When I woke that morning I'd never have imagined that in a few short hours I'd be in front of one of the bands that had long been on my 'must see' list: Canada's Broken Social Scene. No time for growing impatience, no build up, no pre-show listening binges... I learn about the show and next thing ya know, I'm right there.

I'd been out of town when BSS played Boston's Avalon last year, so when their current two-week tour was announced without an area date, I was more than a bit bummed. Seeing them became even more vital upon learning that this could be their last tour for a long, long while, at least in the current (ever-rotating) incarnation. Recent interviews aren't clear on what kind of band will emerge from the hiatus cocoon they're about to enter.

So last Monday, when an notification said that, waitaminute, Broken Social Scene would be playing just a few miles west at Brandeis University that very night?, I trusted but verified: Nope, no mention on the BSS site. Nope, not even on their label's tour listings. Hmmm. Check the Brandeis site. Ahhh, there we go. Hot diggity damn.

And so it was that me, Ashley, Susanne, and Ryan ended up out in Waltham for the first night of their tour, surrounded by students and suffering through a painful dub-reggae DJ opener. Do Make Say Think was scheduled to play first, but for some reason couldn't make it... better silence than what we got instead. But it made the eventual on-stage appearance of a stripped-down BSS even more fulfilling (only with this Canadian collective can seven members be considered "stripped-down"). Kevin Drew (vocals/guitar/keys), Brendan Canning (bass), Amy Millan (vocals), Andrew Whiteman (guitar), Charlie Spearin (guitar/horn), Justin Peroff (drums), and, uh, another guy (David?) on horns & percussion, straight off their big honkin' Canadian tour bus.

Here's the set...

While there were some first-night kinks, a few between-song technical glitches, it never impacted the band's enthusiasm or performance... they pushed through some funky monitor mixes and reverby vocal weirdness to give a great set full of dynamic ups and downs, beautiful lulls between powerfully moving moments. It lived up to all I'd read and then some (and hey, bonus Dinosaur Jr. cover). And while I can cross them off the ol' must-see list, a drive down to Providence on November 8th is looking likely...

Some BSS links...
  • Check out some more of my photos from the show over here.

  • Visit their official site, Myspace page, Wikipedia page, or the Broken Social Scene forum.

  • Ryan and Ashley both wrote up their BSS experience as well (and I nearly titled this post "Broken Social Scene at Brown Dice", but Ryan beat me to it).

  • A couple SueTube live clips from the show here and here.

  • The recently released tour-footage video for the BSS song "Major Label Debut".

  • Recent articles in Creative Loafing and the Post-Gazette discuss BSS's upcoming hiatus. (via cw via lhb)

  • Shortly after the BSS tour ends, singer and Stars member Amy Millan heads out on a tour of her own to support her solo release "Honey From The Tombs". The 10-date trip begins at the Paradise here in Boston on November 15th. Tickets here or cheaper at the 'dise box office.

  • the fine print... If anyone has an issue with this live set being made available, just say the word (contact info in the 'nac faq). 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.

    A couple of asides, as long as I'm posting today...

    It's a slightly notable time in the blog-centric world, in that my Boston blogging neighbor rbally just decided to fold up the tent at his live-music sharing site. Apparantly Jennings has a real life to live (do I ever relate), but hey, so long and thanks for all the songs, and best of luck.

    Another not-as-drastic decision was made by Frank over at Chromewaves, who remarkably hit consecutive post number 1,001 today, and will from here on out post more like a normal person instead of a obsessive freak (meaning not every damn day of the year). My heart skipped a beat when he wrote the words "I quit" in today's commemorative post, but thankfully it's just the grueling schedule he's leaving behind... I'd get the shakes if he ever abandoned my favorite blog for good. Congrats on the streak, sir.

    And finally, on such a somber note... this past Saturday, October 21st, marked three years since the day the world lost Elliott Smith. His death hit me harder than the loss of any artist I've ever loved, and I still find it tough to listen to him without imagining what he'd be writing if he was still around. I'll always wonder. Sigh.


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