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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, November 20, 2007

Mp3s: Spiritualized live in Boston

Even if I hadn't spent a solid chunk of the last 12 hours editing its audio, the sounds of last night's Spiritualized set at the Museum of Fine Arts here in Boston would still be echoing inside my head. Easily the most beautiful show I've seen this year, maybe in several years, and I'm feeling forced to hit up a thesaurus to try and describe it. Instead, I'll let others do it for me...
  • Rick and Jerad shared their thoughts on last night's show.

  • Frank at Chromewaves wrote up Saturday's Toronto stop.

  • Many, many write-ups for the band's performance at the Apollo in NYC last Friday night: Brooklynvegan, Vulture, ProductShopNYC, VV's Sound of the City, Billboard, and the NME.
  • So how did Jason 'Spaceman' Pierce celebrate his 42nd birthday in Boston? By giving us a present in the form of the final U.S. stop on a tour he has dubbed "Acoustic Mainlines": J. on acoustic guitar, Doggen on electric piano and harmonica, a four piece string section, and a quartet of fantastic backup singers. On paper such a setup might appear pretentious, but in practice it was near-perfection. This gospel gift becomes even more remarkable once you know this bit of info, shared by Case on the Spiritualized message board:
    "For those going to the US shows, you'll be surprised to learn that they threw the whole thing together after only three days of being in the US - that includes hiring the gospel singers and string players because they couldn't afford to fly them over from the UK. In addition, they had to hire a different set of string players for the east coast dates because they didn't have the resources to fly the west coast performers over."
    I'll not weigh this post down with more words, as all that really matters are the files that follow...

    Some Spiritualized links...
  • Their official site, MySpace page, and Wikipedia entry.

  • Additional Audio: A torrent of the recent San Francisco show is up on Dime.

  • Video: A Spiritualized YouTube search will offer up some live "Acoustic Mainlines" footage.

  • Photos: My Flickr-hosted shots from last night are here, and Drive Blind has a few here. Chromewaves has some great shots from Toronto, and P4K shared some from the NYC show. Also hit up a full Flickr tag search.

  • Upcoming dates: Spiritualized plays two more sold-out shows before the year is out, on December 8th and 9th at London's Union Chapel.

  • Purchase: Support the artists that help make your life better. Buy Spiritualized merch here.

  • Listen to any and all 'Nac-hosted Mp3s at the Hype Machine.

  • And with that, I'm officially taking a long Thanksgiving break from the 'ol blog, and will return on Monday (what, was three shows shared in three days not enough for ya?). Best wishes to everyone out there, regardless of what your upcoming weekend entails. I've certainly got many, many things to be thankful for, this year especially. Hope you can say the same.

    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). I'm just a fan sharing songs. Live sets are 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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