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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, January 08, 2007

[Live MP3s] Now It's Overhead in Cambridge, MA

I spent more than enough time with Now It's Overhead's third album, "Dark Light Daybreak", in the final few months of 2006 to count it among my favorites of the year. NIO frontman Andy LeMaster adds meticulous production skills to his varied songwriting, giving the Saddle Creek-released disc a depth and beauty that at times echoes the strengths of Mark Linkous and his Sparklehorse. But that's not to say he and his band can't rock out a bit live, which they did when they played downstairs at the Middle East in November.

The range of moods that LeMaster is able to conjure with his studio work might be difficult for anyone to pull off live without lulls, and this might explain why NIO's set didn't focus much on the new album (only three of the ten songs were recent ones), and instead picked the most upbeat from each of their three releases. While I was at first disappointed to not hear more of the songs I'd grown to love since September, it lent a cohesiveness to the set, and prompted me to pick up both the self-titled 2001 debut and 2004's "Fall Back Open".

Here's their set, which was sandwiched between also-excellent appearances from The Album Leaf (shared here) and The Lymbyc Systym (shared soon)...

Now It's Overhead

Live at the Middle East Downstairs
in Cambridge, Massachusetts
on Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

01. Blackout Curtain
02. Hold Your Spin
03. Type A
04. Wait In A Line
05. Who's Jon?
06. Skeleton On Display
07. Reverse
08. Estranged
09. Walls
10. Wonderful Scar

Some NIO-related links...
  • Their official site, MySpace, and Wikipedia entry.

  • Mp3s: from "Dark Light Daybreak": "Walls" & "Let Up" / from "Fall Back Open": "Wait In A Line" & "The Decision Made Itself" / from "Now It's Overhead": "Wonderful Scar" & Hold Your Spin".

  • Lots of YouTube-hosted NIO clips, including videos for "Walls" and "Wait In A Line".

  • Now It's Overhead is about to depart their hometown of Athens, GA and head overseas for a nearly two-month tour that starts off with six dates in the UK. On Thursday, January 18th they'll be in Amsterdam, and Fabchannel will be streaming video and audio of their entire set live from the Paradiso. Check here at 2pm EST that day, 8pm Amsterdam local time.

  • 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.


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