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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

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Mp3s: Shearwater in Cambridge, MA

This shared live show was a long time coming, thanks mostly to a backlog of other bands and those huge Touch & Go posts I recently finished up. But I've been on a severe Shearwater kick lately, and I owe it to time spent with this excellent set, which they performed while opening for Bottomless Pit and the Magnolia Electric Co. last September at the Middle East Downstairs here in Cambridge, MA. Touring on their fourth full-length, the gorgeously dynamic "Palo Santo", the quartet used sparse upward spotlighting to add to the already eerie, evocative mood their songs created. Frontman/guitarist/banjo-twiddler Jonathan Meiburg (who also spends time in the excellent Okkervil River) has a voice that is at one moment forceful, the next fragile, but always mesmerizing. As beautiful as the recordings can sound, they don't hold a candle to hearing the man sing in person. After their set, even with two great bands to follow, I'd felt that my night out could have ended there and still been worth it.

Shearwater returns to the Boston area on Saturday night, April 7th with Xiu Xiu and Casiotone For The Painfully Alone at TT the Bears. I wouldn't procrastinate on tickets for this one, especially given it's a weekend gig.

Until then, have a listen to their set from that September show...

Some Shearwater links...
  • Their official site, Misra Records page, and MySpace page.

  • Mp3s: "Red Sea, Black Sea (demo)", "White Waves", and "Seventy-four, Seventy-five".

  • More Mp3s: Check out the Shearwater Sounds page at Jound for many more mp3s, including demos and tracks from their previous releases.

  • YouTube: The video for "Mistakes", off their 2002 "Everybody Makes Mistakes" album. Find some live clips through a Shearwater search.

  • Hang with other Shearwater fans over at Jound's Shearwater forum.

  • Remember, you can easily listen to all the music shared on the Almanac through the Hype Machine.
  • the ever-loving 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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