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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, May 30, 2008

Mp3s: The Ladybug Transistor in Cambridge, MA

There's nothing like the pure-pop one-two punch of a shared Ladybug Transistor / Lucksmiths performance. Well, 'punch' could be an unsuitable word... 'one-two hug', maybe? This September 2007 show was at least the second time the two bands had teamed up for a Boston area gig, and like the first, warm vibes and big smiles abounded. Boston's own One Happy Island eased us nicely into the evening, and while I wasn't familiar with San Fran's Still Flyin' before their set, they were a well-chosen second dose of danceable fun, and even lent a member or two to the Ladybugs, adding even more layers to their carefully-constructed pop songs.

I shared the wonderful Lucksmiths' performance awhile back, so at last here's the Ladybug Transistor set for your welcoming ears...

Some Ladybug Transistor links...
  • Their official site, MySpace page, Wikipedia entry, and Merge Records page.

  • Additional Audio: Stream the entirety of their most recent album, "Can't Wait Another Day", over at Merge. The label also has many other LT songs to stream.

  • Video: There's an Isobel Knowles-directed clip for "Always On The Telephone", and an LT YouTube search will turn up much live footage. The Merge Blog also shared up an excellent streetside acoustic performance of "Three Days From Now" recorded for Swedish television.

  • Photos: My Flickr-hosted Ladybug shots are here. Check out the full Ladybug Transistor tag search.

  • The Village Voice has a Q&A with LT's Gary Olsen from last October.

  • Upcoming tourdates: The band plays a free show tomorrow afternoon at 2pm, May 31st, at the Brooklyn Public Library's Grand Army Plaza with Antietam, and is also part of the upcoming NYC Pop Fest that's happening June 12th through the 15th. Their appearance will be on June 14th at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Check out the LT tourdate page here. And keep an eye on NYCTaper, who will be at the Popfest with their recorder at the ready.

  • 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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