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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

Sunday, March 13, 2011

[Live in Boston] Covers from Superchunk, Rival Schools, + Wild Flag

Sharing a few live cover songs, all recently performed here in the Boston, on this gray Sunday afternoon...

First, a song from late in Superchunk's set at the Royale back in September. This one was both a gift for aging fans of early Boston hardcore in the crowd and maybe a quick, minute-long lesson for some who weren't even born when SS Decontrol was putting out records almost 30 (!) years ago. Featuring rare lead shouting vocals from guitarist Jim Wilbur...

[MP3] Superchunk - "Glue" (SSD cover)
live at the Royale, Boston, 9/21/2010

After their hectic 2010 of record-releasin' and audience-rockin', Superchunk have taken some well-deserved time off so far this year. On deck, though, is a Record Store Day shared 7-inch with Coliseum, each band doing a Misfits cover. Look for the limited-edition split, a co-release from Merge and Temporary Residence Ltd., on April 16th at finer record shops.

Next up, Rivals Schools, who hit the Brighton Music Hall last weekend and closed their set with a cover that was no surprise to fans of frontman Walter Schreifels' old band, Quicksand. The Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?" was a live staple of their shows, and was released in studio form as a bonus cut on their classic "Slip" album. I never got a chance to see them do it, so I pretty psyched to see them give the song a run through...

[MP3] Rival Schools - "How Soon Is Now?" (Smiths cover)
live at Brighton Music Hall, Boston, 3/5/2011

The Rivals Schools reunion is in full swing, with "Pedals" (just their second album after 2001's ace "United By Fate") hitting shelves and servers last week. It's a worthy follow-up, especially considering the 10-year gap, and the new tracks fit perfectly in place in their live setlist alongside all the excellent old stuff. Their short U.S. East Coast tour just wrapped, and they'll be spending most of April overseas before hitting the West Coast in May. Check here for dates.

And finally, Wild Flag. The quartet made their Boston debut last Monday, and I'm still on a bit of a high from it (and still suffering slightly-dulled hearing in my right ear - should have left those earplugs in, but I was feeling it, man). How they were able to meet and squash my ridiculously-high expectations is a mystery. Oh, wait, no it's not, just look who's in the band. Show of the short-year so far, I'd say. Until they come back. Here's the set-closer, a ferocious Patti Smith cover, fronted by Carrie Brownstein...

[MP3] Wild Flag - "Ask The Angels" (Patti Smith cover)
live at Brighton Music Hall, Boston, 3/7/2011

Wild Flag has a handful of live dates left on their current tour (including a stop at SXSW later this week). If you're fortunate enough to catch them, check out the merch table for their first official release: The "Future Crimes"/"Glass Tambourine" 7-inch. Produced by Spoon's Britt Daniel, the two tracks are a tease for an eventual Fall full-length on Merge. If you can't make it to one of their remaining March shows, then get ready for Record Store Day on April 16th, when the 7-inch will also be one of Merge's special releases.

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