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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, September 16, 2009

[Guest Post!] The West Coast Music Invasion: Fall Edition

The sum-total of knowledgeable Boston-based music writers increased by at least one earlier this year when Mr. Joe Fielder's new day job had him packing up his life in L.A. and relocating here to our little Hub. I'd had the music blog he wrote for, Radio Free Silver Lake, in my RSS reader long before he dropped me a note saying he was heading out this way, and having read many of his posts, we're lucky to have him. Rather than abandon his digital home, he's stayed on as RFSL's Managing Editor and occasional contributor to get that writing fix (nope, no Radio Free Belmont for us).

Yet somehow, despite the demands of that day job and his other blogging outlet, Joe's pulled together his first (of what will hopefully be many more) guest post for the 'Nac. Just six months removed from his L.A. departure, he's still got a good sense of what's going on out there, and in the month or so ahead, there are quite a few West Coast bands he loves hitting the Boston area. Perfect time for a preview, right? The bands and dates he spotlights below are...

  • Friday, September 18th - Division Day @ O'Briens
  • Saturday, October 3rd - Princeton @ The Paradise
  • Tuesday, October 13th - Sea Wolf @ The Paradise
  • Tuesday, October 13th - The Airborne Toxic Event with
    The Henry Clay People + Red Cortez @ The House of Blues
  • Sunday, October 18th - The Happy Hollows @ TT The Bears

  • Ok, so here's Joe...

    The Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles has become a fantastic little bio reactor for smart, diverse indie acts over the last few years - and a handful of the town's best and brightest are headed to Boston in September and October. Here's a quick rundown of groups to watch out for, along with videos and MP3s.

    Friday, September 18th
    Division Day
    with Bad Veins @ O'Brien's Pub

    This Friday night, indie rock heartbreakers Division Day visit O'Brien's in Allston in support of their sophmore album "Visitation". (This one is on Dangerbird Records, while the last was on Eenie Meanie.) They put on a damn fine live show.

    [MP3] Division Day - "Little Blood"

    Saturday, October 3rd
    with Ra Ra Riot and Maps & Atlases
    @ The Paradise

    If you're a sucker for The Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds", Beirut, and/or charmingly excessive use of smiles and handclaps, chances are you'd like the hell out Princeton. They're touring with Chicago's Maps & Atlases and New York's Ra Ra Riot to promote their Kanine Records' debut "Cocoon of Love".

    [MP3] Princeton - "Calypso Gold"

    Tuesday, October 13th
    Sea Wolf
    with Port O'Brien and Sara Lov
    @ The Paradise

    Singer/songwriter/guitarist Alex Church broke away from indie pop act Irving several years ago to focus on his own material... darker, dreamier, more heavily orchestrated stuff that all kind of wins. He's now on the road to push his second Sea Wolf album on Dangerbird, "White Water, White Bloom".

    [MP3] Sea Wolf - "Stanislaus"

    Tuesday, October 13th
    The Airborne Toxic Event with The Henry Clay People
    and Red Cortez @ The House of Blues

    Not much needs to be said about recent indie rock success story The Airborne Toxic Event. Risen quickly, they're a polarizing group: you either love love love or hate.

    To the latter, I humbly suggest that if you haven't seen them live, you haven't heard the band. Like LA's Silversun Pickups, they put on an excessively good performance and the production of the album fails to capture their sound. It's a great line-up, to boot.

    The Henry Clay People's album "For Cheap or For Free" seemingly appeared on every LA music blogger's Best of 2008 list. (It was missing on mine, but only out of incompetence.) It's jangly indie rock 'n' roll at its best... with something clearly going on upstairs, too.

    Formerly known as The Weather Underground, Red Cortez are an unsigned indie rock act that have been stealing shows out west for awhile now. Worth checking out.

    The ideal mix of experimental and accessible (or more simply: smart and catchy), The Happy Hollows are out east for just a few shows as they make their way to this year's CMJ. Their debut album (produced by The Mighty Lemon Drops' Dave Newton) is out in early October and is easily one of my favorite releases this year. Not to be missed live.

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