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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, October 29, 2007

Mp3s: The Lucksmiths in Cambridge, MA

I don't use the phrase "perfect pop" lightly, but I'm sure I've used it to describe the Lucksmiths' live show before. Sparkling guitar-lines, whip-smart lyrics, and snappy stand-up drum beats, delivered together by four Australian gents who, fortunately for us, keep on coming back to our country. This time, in lieu of a new album, they brought along their comprehensive two-disc rarities collection, "Spring a Leak" (although they had sadly sold out of them by the time they hit Boston... so I ordered mine from Matinee). Some of their best songs can be found within, along with a hearty helping of choice covers, including ones penned by the Ladybug Transistor, the Smiths, and the Magnetic Fields.

The Lucksmiths and the aforementioned Ladybugs shared a bunch of dates back in late September, the first of which was a stop at TT the Bears in Cambridge, and I'll be sharing both sets.

First up, the Lucksmiths...

Some Lucksmiths links...
  • Their official site, MySpace page, Matinee Records page (US), and their Lost & Lonesome Records page (AUS).

  • Additional Audio: Lost & Lonesome gives you an Mp3 of "A Hiccup In Your Happiness", and while Matinee Records doesn't offer preview Mp3s, you can stream songs samples over here. There are, of course, songs to stream at the band's MySpace page. The Yellow Stereo shared up a couple of the covers that can be found on "Spring A Leak" as well.

  • Video: After all this time, has there really never been an official Lucksmiths video? Well, at least there are a whole bunch of YouTube-hosted live clips.

  • Photos: My Lucksmiths shots are here, and John Van took a bunch of shots a few days before at their San Francisco stop as well. For many more pics, here's a Lucksmiths Flickr tag search.

  • As ever, easily listen to all 'Nac-shared tracks on the Hype Machine.

  • the post postscript... 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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