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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, May 29, 2007

Mp3s: Arcade Fire in Boston

Of the many memorable moments from the Arcade Fire's show here in Boston a few weeks back, there's one that's really stayed with me: At the end of the main set, as the band finished up "Rebellion (Lies)" and left the Orpheum stage, a melody rose above the massive applause. At first I thought it must be a pre-encore taped track, until I realized that it was coming from all around me. The entire crowd was recreating the vocal line from the long-faded second half of the song, and it was just beautiful. Our own attempt to give the band back a little bit of what they'd given us.

As I wrote back in late 2004, the Arcade Fire were an incredible live band right out of the gate. No matter what you think of their latest heavily-hyped album (me, I think it's very good, but didn't strike me quite as much as their first), you can't deny their ability to put on a show, to not just play but to entertain, and without pretension. Everyone up on that stage seems to throw all they've got into the performance, even when the air feels ready to boil. Yeah, it was incredibly hot in the sold-out crowd that night, and if the spotlights threatened to cook all ten band members, they only showed it through pouring sweat. When Richard chased a drum-carrying Will down my aisle with drumsticks during "Neighborhood #2 (Laika)", maybe it was to escape those stage lights.

My personal high point?: "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)". It sounded better than ever. And my only complaints (aside from the sauna)?: No "Wake Up", and no opening appearance from The National, who would open up elsewhere on the following day. I will say that I was glad to discover Wild Light, who played our show.

I'll resist further rhapsodizing about the night, and just get to the live tracks. For a spot-on review of their Toronto show that expresses much of what I'd say about this Boston stop, hit up Chromewaves. And for the rest of my photos from the fifth row, check out my Flickr set.

Some Arcade Fire link action...
  • Their official site, Wikipedia entry, MySpace page, the band's Merge Records page, and the fantastic Us Kids Know site (here's the thread on the UKK forums that discusses the Boston show).

  • Mp3s: NPR broadcasted the Arcade Fire's appearance at New York's Judson Memorial Church on Feb. 17th, and you can download the entire set here.

  • Video: AF would probably be a finalist in the "most-YouTubed live clips" contest, so do a search over there for the payload. Official videos from "Neon Bible"? Not so much. Kinda surprising that we haven't seen any vids by now, actually. But if you haven't yet, make sure you take a look at La Blogothèque's Take-Away Show clip of the band performing "Neon Bible" in an elevator and "Wake Up" in the middle of an enraptured Parisian crowd.

  • The Boston Herald, Boston Globe, and the Phoenix all weighed in on the show, as did an AF fan named Jeff over on his "My Fox" site.

  • Listen to all 'Nac-hosted tracks on the Hype Machine.

  • the post's post-script... If anyone has an issue with these Mp3s being made available, just let me know (my contact info in the 'nac faq). Live sets recorded with a Sony ECM-719 mic and a Sony MZ-RH10 minidisc, converted to .wav and then edited to 192kbps Mp3s. Files are made available for a limited time, and are not reposted once removed.


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