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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, October 03, 2007

Mp3s: Kristin Hersh And Her Charms

Rather than sharing an entire live set this week, I thought I'd do something a little different in anticipation of the very special sold-out Kristin Hersh / Tanya Donelly team-up shows this weekend at Cambridge's Brattle Theatre. In case you were unaware, the former co-Throwing Muses (and step-sisters) are doing two shows on Saturday, October 6th, during which they'll each play a set of their own solo stuff, then join together on stage for a collaborative set that's bound to include some TM songs. As a longtime fan of the Muses, their solo work, and various other bands (including Tanya's Belly & Kristin's 50 Foot Wave), it'd be an understatement to say I'm looking forward to this.

Back in late May, at the end of the U.S. tour in support of her latest solo album, "Learn To Sing Like A Star", Kristin played a full-band show at the wonderful Hi-N-Dry studio space in Cambridge for a few dozen lucky fans. Her rhythm section was non other than her comrades from 50 Foot Wave, drummer Rob Ahlers and bass player (and fellow Throwing Muse) Bernard Georges. Opening the night, and also backing Kristin & co. for the full set, were the UK-based husband-and-wife string duo The McCarricks. It was as magical as it promised to be: a night of gorgeously intense, songs in a comfortably unique setting. It ranks high in my best shows of the year, and may end up on the very top.

Easily my favorite part of the night was hearing the latest incarnation of the ever-evolving "Me and My Charms", a song that first appeared in acoustic form on Kristin's debut solo disc, "Hips and Makers", back in 1994. It remains among the best she's written, and has thankfully made its way into many of her solo setlists over the years.

Mp3: Kristin Hersh - "Me and My Charms" (original version)
(from 1994's "Hips and Makers")

Later in 1994, 4AD released Kristin's "Strings" EP, an eight-song disc that included four songs from "Hips and Makers" reworked with string arrangements from the McCarricks, including "Me and My Charms"...

When it was first announced that the McCarricks would be joining Kristin for her tour earlier this year, naturally I hoped we'd get finally hear them backing her up on this particular song, but what I didn't imagine was how much new life the full-band arrangement would bring to it, adding intense rise-and-fall dynamics to an already moving song. I can only say that it blew me away, and here it is...

Mp3: Kristin Hersh & Friends - "Me and My Charms" (live band version)
(live at Hi-N-Dry, Cambridge, MA, May 27th, 2007)

Consider that a tease for what is currently in the works: An officially released full-on DVD of that entire show. Yes, that special night was well-documented, and should eventually find its way into fans' happy hands.

Speaking of happy fans... see you at the Brattle this weekend?


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