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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

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Today Is The Day

Got up extra early this morning here in Allston, Massachusetts to exercise my right privilege, and was one of the first few dozen to vote at the Honan Library. I'm filled with no small amount of pride, excitement, and cautious optimism. I've been so beat down by the non-stop news stories -- each one lifting up a new rock to reveal another dirty, rotten underside of this country -- that I've kept my enthusiasm, and quite honestly, my hope, in check for a very long time.

You may have noticed there's been nary a mention of politics here on the 'Nac this time around, despite the fact that I'm actually more inspired by my candidate of choice than I've ever been. In the past two presidential elections, it was more about my disdain for the opponent than any deep admiration for my selection. Not so this year. And for that reason, the possibility of a defeat is potentially even more soul-crushing than before... but today, true hope is starting to surface.

At this point, if you're a U.S. citizen and aren't planning on voting today, there's not a lot I can say to get you away from your computer and down to the booth. A co-worker from Pune, India asked this morning "What's the point of voting here in Massachusetts, anyway? Not like it's up in the air here...", and the simplest response was, hey, after two years of build-up, it felt damn good to get some kind of personal pay-off, a culmination of all the swirling coverage that comes down to one equalizing moment. Filling in those blanks and sliding my card into the machine brought everything into focus, whatever the next day may bring.

I'll leave you with a couple things...

  • Just got word that comedian Patton Oswalt will be live-blogging the election coverage on Comedy Central's website starting at 7:30pm EST tonight. For four hours straight. By the end, he'll likely be reduced to a babbling mess. But the babbling will still be freakin' funny, I have no doubt. I'll be refreshing that page during the 10 o'clock hour as I watch the Daily Show / Colbert Report live Election Night special.

    And finally, a rally song, as this is (mostly) a music blog, after all...

  • James William Roy, aka The James Rocket, has offered up an ultra-topical little agitprop number...

    Here's hoping that's what's on the menu tomorrow morning. I really need to get the taste of eight years of failure outta my mouth.

    Go vote!

  • featured mp3 download
    neil halstead
    live in cambridge, ma
    on november 14th, 2008
    previously: joy formidable - boston 2011

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