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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

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Mp3s: Kristin Hersh in Boston, MA

One of my all-time faves, Throwing Muse and 50 Foot Waver Kristin Hersh, returns to the Boston area this weekend in support of her latest solo record, "Learn To Sing Like A Star". But this visit isn't just your average (well, K is never average) girl-n-guitar show, rather a full-blown, full-band affair with strings (!). And not just any band: it's the two gents who make up her 50 Foot trio, bassist (and fellow Muses member) Bernard Georges and drummer Rob Ahlers. And it's not just any string section, either: it's the freakin' McCarricks, the very same UK-based married couple who've contributed their beautifully arranged sounds to a wealth of notable projects (including their gorgeous work with Dead Can Dance, and on 4AD's This Mortal Coil albums). See how I started three sentences with conjunctions right there? That's how excited I am for this show. Writing etiquette be damned.

But (see?) my excitement is slightly tempered by last night's news that the McCarricks are being held up in their home country with the ever-increasing visa troubles (hooray for 'homeland security'), and it looks like they'll miss the first few dates of the tour, which starts tonight in New Haven. If we're lucky, and I mean truly lucky, the couple will make it stateside and meet up with the tour here in Boston for their show at Arlington's Regent Theater on Saturday night. Now, I'm not going to complain too much if they don't make it... it's no one's fault (well, some anonymous paper-pusher, perhaps), and any Kristin show is one worth seeing. But I can't say I won't be a little disappointed. As I've said many times, I'm such a sucker for strings, and the McCarricks appear more often in my collection than any others. The magnificent "Strings" EP that Kristin put out years ago (which has some of her "Strange Angels" songs arranged for just strings and K's voice) has had me hankering to see them play with her, and I never thought I'd get the chance. My fingers are so tightly crossed that they're starting to hurt...

When the new album was released in January, Kristin did a string of acoustic in-store appearances around the U.S., including one here in Boston at the Newbury St. location of Newbury Comics. It was a tight fit, but a few dozen of us fans squeezed amongst the aisles of DVDs for a rush-hour set on a snowy Monday evening. And here are the mp3s...

Kristin Hersh

Solo acoustic at Newbury Comics
on Newbury Street in Boston, Massachusetts
on Monday, January 22nd, 2007

01. Day Glo
02. Winter
03. Nerve Endings
04. The Thin Man
05. Gazebo Tree
06. Your Dirty Answer

Some added Kristin Hersh content...
  • The Throwing Music site, her MySpace page, and the Yep Roc Records page. And if you're even a marginal KH fan, you should be reading her blog. Her way with the written word is as inspiring as her way with music.

  • Mp3s: Lots of free tracks from Kristin, the Muses, and 50'~ can be found at the Throwing Music Free Music page. If you dig, make a donation there, or perhaps make a purchase at the TM online store. And from the new album, here's an mp3 for the lead-off track, "In Shock". update: and as I was reminded in the comments, Kristin Hersh, Throwing Muses, & 50 Foot Wave are all Live Music Archive-friendly, so you can find other live recordings over there.

  • Stream: The entirety of Kristin's "Learn To Sing Like A Star" album can be streamed here.

  • Video: The Orrin Anderson-directed clip for "In Shock", the first single off the album; Lots more live clips and older vids to be found on a KH YouTube search.

  • Learn more about the McCarricks at their site. You can listen to some of their own material at their MySpace page, but unfortunately their excellent hand assembled EP Box thing has sold out (it was ltd. edition, after all). Hopefully they'll bring some merch with them on the tour, because not only are they playing with Kristin, but they'll be doing a set of their own before she hits the stage.

  • As ever, you can listen to all 'Nac-hosted tracks on the Hype Machine.

  • the fine print... 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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