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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, March 20, 2007

Mp3 Debut: Caspian's ASA

I nearly titled this post "Oh Caspian, My Caspian", but it set off my internal cheeze-o-meter, and I needed to be a bit more direct with this one. Because your attention is needed.

Boston's own Caspian released one of the most stunning (and remarkably mature) instrumental debuts I've ever heard in 2005's "You Are The Conductor" EP. The fact that it existed for over a year before I became aware of it bothers me a bit (right under my nose!), but it means that I hardly had to wait any time at all for the full-length follow-up. Minimal patience needed.

On April 10th, courtesy of Dopamine Records, it arrives: Caspian's first full-length disc, titled "The Four Trees". Eleven songs over 60 dynamic minutes. And here, with the band's kind permission, is track ten from the album, the first official mp3 made available for download. And it delivers...

U.S. pre-orders via the Dopamine site might even get it a little early (and will receive a free poster). The disc sees a Japanese release on May 2nd (via Xtal), and a hand-assembled limited edition should be available at some point as well.

To mark the album's arrival, Caspian will stage their biggest show yet, at the Paradise on Friday night, April 13th at the Paradise. They'll be playing with the excellent On Fire and Constants, and tickets are available at the box office or right here.

To stream "Crawlspace" and "Some Are White Light", two other excellent tracks from "The Four Trees", visit Caspian's MySpace page, where you can also hear a couple from that 2005 EP. Their own music page also has more mp3s, including a demo, live track, and some loops. There's even an entire live set from last fall shared up over at the indepensable Live Music Archive.

Caspian's upcoming road trip starts on April 19th at the Lit Lounge in NYC, and after crossing the U.S. and back, winds up a month later in the very same city (in other words, you New Yorkers are a lucky bunch). Check their MySpace page for all 27 dates, and catch 'em if you can.

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