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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, January 20, 2009

Ticket Giveaway: Longwave, Wheat, + Bon Savants @ Great Scott

Great Scott and Massconcerts present a pretty stellar triple-bill this Saturday night, headlined by NY's Longwave, who are joined by a couple of the Boston-area's best: Wheat and Bon Savants.

Longwave are here on the heels of their latest album, "Secrets Are Sinister", and while I've generally liked what I've heard from the band, it wasn't until their opening set for the reunited Swervedriver last June at the Paradise that something really clicked for me. I was surprised to learn that they didn't have a label at the time, but given the strength of the new songs they played, I figured it wouldn't be long. November proved me right, when Original Signal Recordings released the new disc.

I'm dying to see Wheat again, to erase the disappointment of being out of town for their long-awaited return to the stage at TT's a couple months back. The band will no doubt be playing familiar favorites alongside preview tracks from their upcoming full-length, "White Ink, Black Ink", due this Spring. To say I'm looking forward to hearing new sounds from them would be an understatement, and I count myself very lucky to live in the area they call home.

Bon Savants have been relatively quiet as well, playing less than a dozen times (and only a couple in town) last year as they focus on finishing the followup to 2006's well-received debut, "Post Rock Defends the Nation". When they have played out, the band hasn't been shy about sharing the new stuff (check out "Destroyer" on MySpace and a live clip on Youtube), and I figure we'll get a healthy dose on Saturday (and hopefully an album-release update).

The crew at Great Scott has generously given me a couple guest list spots for the show, so if you're free this Saturday, January 24th, drop an email to giveaways [at] bradleysalmanac [dot] com before Noon this Friday, the 23rd. Throw "Great Scott!" in the subject line, include the city you live in (area residents or in-town visitors only, obvs), and oh, double-check your ID to make sure you're over 21. Otherwise they won't let you in, ya whipper-snapper. I'll pick the winner on Friday and let you know right away if the two guest list spots are yours.

If you could bet on such things, I'd throw tall dollars down on the show selling out, if not in the next few days then surely at the door. Stay on the safe side and grab your own tickets via Ticketweb. Again, it's 21+, ten bucks, and kicks off at 9pm. Ah, sweet, sweet Saturday night show... my sleep-deprived self thanks you.


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