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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, February 19, 2007

Mp3s: Jennifer O'Connor in Allston, MA

I knew next-to-nothing about Brooklyn-based Jennifer O'Connor when I headed over to Great Scott to see her open up for Portastatic last October, aside from the fact that she was on Matador Records, and that fact alone generally promises someone worth hearing. I hadn't done my aural research, had no idea if I was in for solo singer/songwriter or full-band action, for something rockin' or folky or entirely different. When I walked in the door during her first song, it was just her and her guitar, and as her voice pulled me in I could only scramble to get my recorder going. After that beautifully low-key solo start, an impressive backing band (which included Portastatic's Margaret White) joined her for the rest of the set, and by the time they were through I was pretty grateful I was there early enough to catch it.

To prepare you for Jennifer's return to Great Scott this Thursday in support of her 3rd album, the excellent "Over the Mountain, Across the Valley, and Back to the Stars", here's that October set (minus the acoustic opening number)...

Some J.O'C.-related linkage...
  • Her official site, MySpace page, and her Matador page.

  • Mp3s: "Today" and "Exeter, Rhode Island".

  • If you order Jennifer's "Over the Mountain, Across the Valley, and Back to the Stars" through Matador during the month of February, they'll throw in her recent 4-song digital EP for free, which includes 3 new tracks and a cover of Bob Dylan's "To Ramona".

  • Jennifer is relaunching her own label, Kiam Records (on which she released her first two records) in order to start up a 7" vinyl subscription series. Each of the five singles will feature Jennifer collaborating with a guest artist on one song, and then either a new song by each of them or just one depending on available space. The limited edition series is $25 postpaid, and a small number of the 1000 pressed should be available at her shows.

    The first 7", which teams Jennifer up with Boston's own Choo Choo La Rouge, should be out soon, and you can get the ordering details right here. The other collaborators include Dump (James McNew of Yo La Tengo), Mascott (aka Kendall Meade), Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, and Hotel Lights. As Jennifer says: "There will be a KIAM website soon enough and other releases as well."

  • As I mentioned, Jennifer O'Connor returns to Boston and the stage of Great Scott this Thursday, February 22nd, when she opens up for Kevin Devine. Also on the bill are aforementioned locals Choo Choo La Rouge and tourmates Pablo. Jennifer, Kevin, and Pablo continue on with Friday and Saturday shows in Northampton, MA and Hampton, CT. Check Kevin's tour page for details.
  • ye olde 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. Tracks are made available for a limited time, and are not reposted once removed.


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