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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, January 14, 2008

Mp3s: Kristin Hersh + Tanya Donelly @ the Brattle - Part 1

One of my favorite live shows of last year was actually a two-fer that totalled six sets of music: Former Throwing Muses bandmates, and stepsisters, Tanya Donelly (who also fronted Belly, and helped start the Breeders) and Kristin Hersh (who's also in 50 Foot Wave) played two gigs at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Mass., and the shows included a solo set from each along with a truly special team-up on a batch of older TM faves.

If you've been reading the 'Nac for any length of time, you know that the Muses own space in a warm little corner of my heart, so I'll spare you any maudlin reflections and get to the songs. First up: The 6pm show, with Tanya and Kristin's first solo sets of the day, along with their first collaborative set. Next Monday I'll be sharing the entire 9PM second show.

And writing out this next bit might make it seem more real: This Friday I'll be a humble fly on the studio wall when Kristin Hersh and Throwing Muses drummer David Narcizo get together to record a few songs. I'll have my laptop with me and will be, barring any schedule changes or technical difficulties, liveblogging the afternoon, with words, photos, maybe even a little audio and video. Hopefully I'll just grab a seat, get the heck outta their way, and be able to share this rare experience with fellow fans.

So, yes, it's a Muses-heavy week here on the 'Nac. Enjoy this first fix, and come back Friday and next Monday for much more...

Tanya Donelly & Kristin Hersh

Live at The Brattle Theatre
in Cambridge, Massachusetts
6PM show on Saturday, October 6th, 2007

Download: a 176MB ZIP file containing all 30 tracks below

Tanya Donelly's solo set...
(with Joe McMahon & Dean Fisher)

01. Every Devil
02. New England
03. Butterfly Thing
04. Kundalini Slide
05. This Hungry Life
06. Littlewing
07. Keeping You
08. Stay
09. Low Red Moon
10. Green

Kristin Hersh's solo set...

11. Kristin Arrives
12. Gazebo Tree
13. Windowpane
14. Summer Salt
15. Husk / Snakeface
16. Flood
17. Banks of the Ohio
18. Costa Rica
19. Deep Wilson
20. Your Dirty Answer

Kristin & Tanya together...

21. Tanya Returns
22. Sinkhole
23. Fear
24. Red Shoes
25. Ellen West
26. Soul Soldier
27. Pandora's Box
28. Honeychain
29. Two Step
30. Dragonhead

Some Kristin & Tanya linkage...
  • Kristin's official site, Wikipedia entry, and MySpace page. Tanya's official site, Wikipedia entry, and MySpace page.

  • Additional Audio: Be sure to check out the CASHmusic site, where Kristin is releasing her latest material, song-by-song, as pay-what-you-will downloads, and hit up the freemusic page at Throwing Music for some KH, TM, and 50 Foot Wave tracks. Tanya has also shared some free music, in the form of the original demo recordings of songs that later became Belly's "Star" album.

  • Video: A Kristin Hersh YouTube search turns up official videos and live clips, as does a Tanya Donelly YT search. Get old skool with a Throwing Muses YT search as well. There are also a couple clips from the Brattle show I shared above, including Tanya doing "Low Red Moon" & "Dusted" and Kristin doing "Husk" & "Snakeface".

  • Photos: My Flickr-hosted shots from both Brattle shows are here. Check out a few full Flickr tag searches: Kristin, Tanya, & Throwing Muses.

  • Listen to any and 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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