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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, November 10, 2008

The Monday Fiver

Trying something new this week, a little posting experiment to see how it feels: A slight twist on my random Music Miscellany missives that limits myself to sharing five bullet-pointed items that have struck me. Short sharp shocks, rather than the rambling collections that end up taking me forever. Here goes...

To mark 10 years since they released "Clarity", Jimmy Eat World will perform the album in its entirety on February 26th, 2009 at the under-construction House of Blues on Landsdowne Street here in Boston. It's one of just 10 dates the band has scheduled for the "Clarity x 10" tour, and despite the fact that I soured on the band after they sacrificed depth for radio-ready riffs on "Bleed American", I don't think I can resist being in attendance for this one. "Clarity" is still a fave, and there are more than a few tracks on there I never thought I'd get a chance to see live. Besides, I'll need an excuse to check out that new House of Blues location, which is still on track for a February opening. Considering it will stand on the site of so many of my best concert memories (Axis, Avalon, and Venus R.I.P), I'll need to see if any of the old ghosts still linger.

No word on when tickets will go on sale, but given the propensity of Boston-area construction projects to run over schedule, I'd put the odds of a venue change at about 50/50.

This coming weekend brings the official cd release celebration for Scarce's new downloadable 5-song EP, "Tattoos and Parades", at TT the Bears in Cambridge. The Saturday night show teams the reunited trio up with the wonderful Wheat, who are themselves set to release a new record titled "White Ink, Blank Ink" (the word in September was "soon"), so hopefully we'll be served up some tracks from that. Opening up the night is Cambridge's own Triple Thick.

While Scarce's "Tattoos and Parades" is a digital release, the band did pull together a cd compilation titled "Tattoos and Parades and Yesterdays" that includes the EP along with 10 old and rare tracks, so I'd imagine copies of that will be for sale at the show.

For a preview, check out Scarce's appearance on WMBR's esteemed Pipeline! program last Tuesday, where they performed an in-studio live set...

Subscribe to the Pipeline podcast, or check out this massive list of directly downloadable live sets. Gold lies within. (thanks to Drew for the heads up)

Also this coming weekend, Will Johnson pulls double duty on Sunday night with his two bands: Both Centro-matic and South San Gabriel are playing at the Middle East Upstairs with Chris Flemmons of The Baptist Generals. Assuming I can muster the weekend-ending energy for that, I'm prepared for another rough Monday.

Brushfire Records, home to Neil Halstead and Rogue Wave, is releasing a new holiday compilation called "This Warm December" tomorrow, and you can stream the whole thing over on iLike. Halstead contributes "The Man In The Santa Suit", and Rogue Wave offers up a song simply titled "Christmas", alongside many other exclusive tracks.

A new episode of Blog Fresh Radio came out last week, in which I make an appearance babbling about the excellent new +/- {Plus/Minus} album. The overly-kind BFR crew let me play my favorite track from it, "Unsung", and if they keep asking me back, I'll keep sharing words and songs. Go have a listen.

More self-promo: In case you hadn't noticed the new box on the right, I've just added Bradley's Almanac to the Facebook Blog Network, so join up if you're so inclined. And thanks to those who have so far.

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neil halstead
live in cambridge, ma
on november 14th, 2008
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