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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

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The 'Nac Presents: Film School @ TTs on 4/28 (free tix + merch)

In just a few days, on Monday night, April 28th, I'm seriously proud to be part of the first-ever "Bradley's Almanac presents..." show at TT the Bears in Cambridge. The three-band bill is headlined by San Francisco quintet Film School, who released one of my favorite discs of last year in "Hideout". Joining them are a couple of my favorite Boston bands: my pals in The Broken River Prophet (whose soon-to-be-heard debut album is killer), along with quartet The Douglas Fir (who are hard at work on a follow-up to the excellent "When This Wears Off").

film school

So what does "presenting" a show involve, exactly? Well, aside from being a fan of all three bands and highly recommending your attendance, as well as selecting all the between-set music you'll hear that night, I'll also be giving away a bunch of stuff: Two pairs of tickets to the show (see below) and some Film School merch, along with a couple hundred (yes, you read that right) compacts discs. Y'see, I'll be using this opportunity to do some spring cleaning, hanging at the merch table and handing out tons of promo items that I either don't have room for, don't dig (but you might), or have doubles of. There's some gold to be found in this huge pile next to my desk, so I figured it was high time to spread the wealth.

the douglas fir

Wanna go? Buy advance tickets here, or if you're feeling particularly lucky, send an email to giveaways[at]bradleysalmanac[dot]com (subject: Free Film School!) before midnight this Friday, April 25th. I'll pick two random names, and not only will each of those winners get their name (and a friend's) on the guest list, but each will get a copy of Film School's "Hideout" disc and an autographed FS poster as well. The fortunate recipients will be notified on Saturday morning, and I should mention that all this good stuff is courtesy of the Beggars Group, who are also providing some of the giveaways I'll be passing out at the show.

the broken river prophet

Here's an Mp3 from each band, including the world (wide web) premiere of a song from The Broken River Prophet's upcoming debut release. The track is "She Gives Me Hope", and the disc is titled "With Infinite Arms To Cradle The Flames", due out within the next month or two. I've been spending a lot of time with my preview copy, and it's one of the best albums to come out of this town in a long while. This song spotlights the co-vocals of Deb and Adam, some great mandolin work from Eric, and the ace rhythm section of Marty and Ryan Rex, Adam's bandmates from Lockgroove. Also contributing some keyboard work is Michael Hutcherson from Tiny Amps. Enjoy...
Mp3: The Broken River Prophet - "She Gives Me Hope"

Mp3: The Douglas Fir - "Wherever You Go (Hugo)"

Mp3: Film School - "Lectric"
Film School has a new video out for the track "Dear Me", directed by James Sumner (who has also done work for Deerhunter and Dirty Projectors), and plans to share videos soon on their MySpace page. The band just played a bunch of dates with British Sea Power (free downloadable tour EP here), and following the TTs show they'll continue on their Spring headlining tour, which finishes up on May 12th in Los Angeles. After a quick break, they'll team up with Swervedriver to open up on a bunch of their West Coast reunion shows. Hell of a double bill. All of those Film School tourdate details can be found here.

So send off those giveaway entry emails, and be sure to introduce yourself if you make it out to the show. I'll be easy to spot: Grin on face, beer in hand, and a pile of free cds in front of me. Come and get 'em.

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neil halstead
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