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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

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Boston Giveaway: THE NATIONAL - Tix to House of Blues shows + Autographed 7-inch

Yes, I've clearly shifted into giveaway mode, and this time brings another wonderful slice of vinyl alongside a pair of free concert tickets...

To mark the recent release of The National's new 4AD long-player, "High Violet", the team at Beggars has ponied up an autographed 7" single for the track "Bloodbuzz Ohio", along with two spots on the guest list for one of the band's two upcoming shows at the House of Blues in Boston (Wednesday + Thursday, June 2nd + 3rd). I've long-since grabbed my tickets for the Wednesday show, but the random winner of this one will get to choose the night that works best for them.

To varying degrees, and varying lengths of time, all of the National's albums have been growers for me, rather than showers. They always take awhile to sink in, revealing their depths only after many listens. 2007's "Boxer" took the least while, with a few tracks that grabbed me from the get-go (opener "Fake Empire" and personal fave "Mistaken For Strangers" especially), and 2005's "Alligator" slightly longer, but in all honesty, "High Violet" is taking the longest so far. It may even require seeing these songs performed in person for my strong like to turn into the love I expect will come.

I've never been disappointed by a National live set, and I've seen my share - from TT the Bears to the Comcast Center to a special gig at downtown bar Paddy O's - so I'm naturally looking forward to next week's tour stop. Especially after watching the D.A. Pennebaker-directed live show that happened at The Brooklyn Academy of Music last week (watch various clips on YouTube for a limited time).

So if you want to check out one of those two House of Blues shows next week, and snag that signed "Bloodbuzz Ohio" 7-inch as part of the deal, here's what to do: Fire off an email to giveaways [at] bradleysalmanac [dot] com, put "NATIONAL ACTION!" in the subject line, let me know which night you'd prefer to see (6/2 or 6/3), and include your mailing address (don't worry, it won't be shared). Make sure it arrives in my inbox by next Tuesday, June 1st, at Noon, when I'll pick a random winner and share the good news. One catch, obviously: You've gotta be able to make it to the show, so don't enter if you can't be there.

Here, enjoy the 7-inch version of "Bloodbuzz Ohio" while you type out that email...

Speaking of giveaways, in case you haven't noticed, I've got one running on Twitter right now for 2 tickets to see a reunited Concrete Blonde (who are marking the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough "Bloodletting" album) at the Royale Boston next week. The contest ends tomorrow at Noon, so head here for the 140-character details.

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