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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, November 26, 2007

Mp3s: Kevin Drew & Broken Social Scene live

Back in late August, Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew brought a couple of his BSS bandmates and a few new recruits (including American Analog Set's Andrew Kenny) to the small stage of TT the Bears in Cambridge for a special MySpace-sponsored show. It marked the live debut of this new BSS incarnation, specially designed to deliver songs from Drew's as-of-then-not-yet-released "Spirit If..." solo disc. I wrote about the show here, and didn't offer up my recording in deference to Kevin's wishes, but now that the album's been out a couple months, sketchy YouTube live clips abound, and the band's extensive touring is nearly over (see the last string of dates below), I've decided to share these well-worth-hearing Mp3s. Scroll down even further for some more BSS/KD aural goodness...

Some additional links & songs...
  • Additional Audio: The entirety of "Spirit If..." can be streamed at Kevin's Arts & Crafts page (just click on the "discography" link there), and at his MySpace page you can stream "Lucky Ones, Frightening Lives, Big Love," and "Bodhi Sappy Weekend".

    NPR Music streamed last Sunday's BSS presents Kevin Drew set in Washington, DC, which marked their final U.S. date of the year. Here's what they played, along with times you can find each song in the stream...
    BSS presents Kevin Drew's "Spirit If...", live at the 9:30 club in Washington, DC, November 18th, 2007: Lucky Ones, Cause = Time (7:48), F--cked Up Kids (17:06), Safety Bricks (23:02), tbtf (28:00), Stars and Sons (33:40), Frightening Lives (38:20), Backed Out On The... (46:00), Superconnected (50:45), band intros (59:20), Hard to Find (1:01:11), Farewell to the Pressure Kids (1:05:30), Major Label Debut (1:14:25), Kennel District (Pavement) (1:19:33), Feel the Pain (Dino Jr.) (1:22:19), Lover's Spit (1:28:46), It's All Gonna Break (1:38:45), When It Begins (1:53:36)
    As you can see, the band threw in a couple seminal covers (Pavement, and a loose Dino Jr. one), and thankfully played the one American Analog Set song they took to including in their sets, "Hard To Find". I've pulled out the Pavement cover, the AmAnSet song, and my favorite track off "Spirit If..." here...
    Stream the rest of the show here, thanks to NPR Music.

  • Video: The dinosaur-party clip for "Backed Out On The..." showed up back in July. Lots of fan-shot live vids from the tour can be found via a Kevin Drew YouTube search.

  • Tour dates: The band plays their final dates of 2007 in Canada...
    Wednesday, Dec. 5th in Kingston, Ontario @ Stages
    Thursday, Dec. 6th, Montreal, Quebec @ Le National
    Friday, Dec. 7th, Ottawa, Ontario @ Capital Music Hall
    Saturday, Dec. 8th, Toronto, Ontario @ Kool Haus
    Friday, Dec. 14th, Calgary, Alberta @ MacEwan Ballroom
    Saturday, Dec. 15th, Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Centre
  • Purchase: Support the artists that help make your life better: buy your Kevin Drew and Broken Social Scene releases here.

  • Stream all 'Nac-hosted Mp3s at the Hype Machine.

  • the fine print... 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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