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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

Friday, April 11, 2008

Friday Music Miscellany

This will be brief. There are things you must know...

Tickets for all the films showing during the upcoming Independent Film Festival of Boston are now on sale. Go get 'em, procrastinators will suffer. I'll have a post next week focusing on all the music-related aspects of this year's fest.

Mission of Burma keeps their rocking career retrospective going with not one, but two shows at the Paradise here in Boston this summer. On Thursday, June 12th, they'll run through the entirety of their 1980 "Signals, Calls and Marches" release, and On Friday the 13th, we'll be lucky enough to get a complete live performance of their 1983 "Vs" record (as you know, both were just reissued and expanded). A pre-sale for two-day passes ended this morning, but individual tickets for the general admission gigs can be had here starting at 10am on Thursday, April 17th.

If you're a New Yorker, you'll get your own version of the MoB album run-throughs on June 14th and 15th at the Bowery Ballroom. Tickets here, on sale at noon today.

Mission of Burma drummer Peter Prescott further embraces his musical past by taking part in another Boston band reunion: The Volcano Suns are coming up for air again. I totally missed this when it was announced in December, but Harp details what will be the band's second reunion tour (a few shows took place in 2005), which will coincide with the Taang Records reissue of a double-cd collecting two albums: "The Bright Orange Years" and "All Night Lotus Party". While the 2005 reunion had Prescott playing with David Kleiler and Bob Weston (who is remastering the reissue), this year's tour has the original lineup of Prescott, Jeff Weigand and Jon Willams hitting the road.

According to the article, the reissue was originally planned for this month, but there's been no news for while, so hopefully that means it's only delayed a bit.

That Hallelujah the Hills free EP I wrote about last week is now available for your downloading and listening pleasure. The 7-track "Prepare To Qualify" EP will help us pass the time between HtH's excellent debut disc and their sophomore record, which should be out next year. The tracks, along with lyrics, and downloadable artwork, can be grabbed here. The band plays a release show tomorrow night at Great Scott with Ho-Ag, Pretty & Nice (update: P&N had to bow out due to injury, but Big Digits are stepping up to the plate in their place), Thunderhole, and DJ Mark Pearson. Tickets here. It'll be a busy day for 'em, as they're also playing a G.S. Rock-n-Romp kid-friendly show that afternoon. Details here. If B was a little older, we'd be there.

Archers of Loaf / Crooked Fingers frontman Eric Bachmann recorded a session for Spinner's Interface recently, running through a few acoustic numbers, including one of the greatest songs of all time, the Archer's "Web In Front". Here's his solo version...
Mp3: Eric Bachmann - "Web In Front" (live acoustic)
For the rest of the performance, with audio and video of Eric doing "Devil's Train", "Little Bird", and "Run, Lt., Run", hit up Spinner. Eric mentions in the interview portion that another Crooked Fingers album is in the works. Very nice. Also cool to see a Richard Thompson name check, although the misspelling is a bummer. AOL needs to hire another proofreader.

Some shows on Tokyo Police Club's upcoming tour are already selling out, and once their debut full-length "Elephant Shell" arrives on April 22nd, more will likely follow. It's a great record, with short, sharp shocks of ultra-catchy songs that reveal a few new tricks we didn't hear on their inaugural EP. They put on an excellent show at Great Scott when they first hit town in 2006, nice to see 'em graduate to the Paradise stage relatively quickly. Tickets for the Boston show are still available, but not for long I'd wager, especially with Smoosh and Meligrove Band sharing the bill.

Check out the video for TPC's "Tessellate", and download the Mp3s for two other songs ("Juno" and "In A Cave") right here.

Psyched about all those Rhino Replacements reissues I mentioned recently? They're coming out in just a couple weeks, and to wet your whistle, Enough Cowbell directs us to some classic live 'Mats video hosted over at their old label, Twin/Tone. We're talkin' 1981-style here, people. Two full sets of Quicktime vids, with seriously early material and covers. Pure gold.

NPR will stream the entirety of Nada Surf's performance tomorrow night (Saturday 4/12) at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club, starting around, well, 9:30pm EST. Calexico's Martin Wenk will join the band on keys and trumpet, and the set should be archived for listening later on.

A reminder: Tickets for Radiohead's August 13th show at the Mansfield, MA Tweeter Center go on sale tomorrow morning at 10am via Live Nation. Brooklyn's Grizzly Bear opens up.

Boston-area old-school videogame geeks take note: Tomorrow I'll be roadtripping to New Hampshire's Weir's Beach for a visit to gamer's paradise Funspot. If you've seen the excellent King of Kong documentary, you know what I'm talking about. I've got a bag full of leftover tokens from my last trip in 2003, and it's the perfect prescription for a rainy spring Saturday. So who's with me?

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