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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, September 03, 2007

Mp3s: Darren Hanlon in Cambridge, MA

The last time I saw Darren Hanlon, before his appearance a couple weeks back at the tiny Lily Pad in Cambridge, MA, was almost five years ago and not far away at the now-closed Kendall Cafe. I remember thinking back then: "Well, this is the last time I'll be seeing him in a place this small." But I was wrong, and I simply can't explain it. This endearing Australian singer/songwriter should be headlining venues far larger, and maybe he is in other cities, but it's worth noting that there was more love and appreciation at both Boston-area shows I've seen than at ones far larger for troubadours more well-known. Us Darren Hanlon fans, we kinda feel like we're part of an exclusive club, one that's always on the verge of breaking wide open. Those who get it, get it.

I can't express my admiration any better than Darren's songs and lyrics can, so I'll get straight to my recording of his too-short solo set (the show was sadly on a deadline to make way for another one that night), which contained a couple from his most recent album "Fingertips and Mountaintops", along with some older faves, and was bookended by what I believe are new, or at least unrecorded, songs. I took a stab at the titles ("These Days" and "Pinball Millionaire"), but they may well be wrong. Could be only Darren knows for sure...

Darren Hanlon

Live at the Lily Pad
in Cambridge, Massachusetts
on Friday, August 17th, 2007

01. These Days
02. Happiness Is A Chemical
03. The Kickstand Song
04. banter 1
05. Couch Surfing
06. banter 2
07. Eli Wallach
08. banter 3
09. Elbows
10. banter 4
11. Pinball Millionaire

Some Darren Hanlon links...
  • His official site, Wikipedia entry, MySpace page, and Candle Records (RIP 1994-2007) page.

  • Audio: Mp3s - From 2006's "Fingertips and Mountaintops", download "Elbows". Stream - lots of Darren songs on his Candle Records page (scroll down a bit).

  • Video: A Darren Hanlon YouTube search results in lots of nice live clips, as well as the official videos for "Happiness Is A Chemical" and "The Unmade Bed".

  • Photos: More of my shots here, and a full Flickr tag search here.

  • Tour dates: Darren is nearly finished with his latest journey around America, with a just a few more dates over the next week, including stops South Dakota, Kansas, Utah, and wrapping up in Seattle on September 11th. Go see him if you're able, and challenge him to some pinball or a game of Ms. Pac Man. At the very least, buy a copy of "Fingertips and Mountaintops" from him, and you'll get the version with a special bonus disc of a live 2004 performance at Seattle's Moore Theatre.

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

  • the footnote... 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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