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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

Friday, June 17, 2011

[Last Night's Playlist] New Music Night at River Gods

Felt ridiculously good to get back up in the River Gods DJ booth last night, especially with Jay from Clicky Clicky as my co-pilot. Trading hour-long slots, we hosted what will hopefully be the first of many "New Music Nights", playing nuthin' but recently-released (and some not-yet-released) songs from a mix of local and national bands. Best part about it (aside from forcing people to listen to my personal faves) was getting to sit at the bar and listen while Jay spun his ace selections. As much as we have in common, taste-wise, our playlists had just two artists in common (both from Boston), and they were different songs at that. Head over to Clicky Clicky for his list.

My own is essentially a "faves of the year so far" list, filled out with new material from some Boston-area bands (Boy Without God, Cuffs, Plumerai, Buffalo Tom, WALLcreeper, Pretty & Nice, The Hush Now, The Diamond Mines), a few very-new live treats (Ted Leo, Allo Darlin', Morrissey), and some vinyl-only tracks from April's Record Store Day (New Pornographers, Nada Surf, Wild Flag). Most of the descriptions below include links to where you can buy the releases these songs come from, or go stream/download the songs themselves. Here you go...


Thursday, June 16th, 2011
at River Gods in Cambridge, MA
co-hosted by DJs Brad Almanac & Jay Clicky Clicky

Set One / 9-10pm

01. Ted Leo - "The Little Smug Supper Club"
       live solo performance for Room 205
02. Buffalo Tom - "Down"
       from their latest album, "Skins"
03. The Hush Now - "The Athiest"
       single from the brand new remaster/remix of their "Constellations" LP
04. Wye Oak - "Holy Holy"
       from their third album, "Civilian"
05. Apex Manor - "I Know These Waters Well"
       from the debut LP, "The Year Of Magical Drinking"
06. Allo Darlin' - "Europe"
       the eventual title track of their next album
       live on WMBR's "Breakfast of Champions", 6/10/11
07. Plumerai - "Trip"
       from the new 2-song "NY-Trip '11" release
08. Boy Without God - "City Kids"
       From "God Bless The Hunger", out June 21st, 2011
09. WALLcreeper - "Lazy Stares"
       from the "Second Sight" EP
10. Pretty & Nice - "Yonkers"
       from the "Fantastic Artifact" 7-inch
11. Sam Roberts Band - "Longitude"
       from new album "Collider" / with co-vocalist Elizabeth Powell (Land of Talk)
12. Death Cab For Cutie - "Doors Unlocked and Open"
       From "Codes and Keys"
13. Wild Flag - "Future Crimes"
       From their debut 7-inch single
14. Nada Surf "You're Going To Miss The Wood"
       demo version from a Record Store Day 7-inch
15. The New Pornographers - "A Drug Deal Of The Heart"
       B-side from the Record Store Day "Moves" 7-inch

Set Three / 11pm-midnight

16. The Joy Formidable - "The Greatest Light Is The Greatest Shade"
       from "The Big Roar" LP
17. Mogwai - "George Square Thatcher Death Party"
       from their "Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will" LP
18. Explosions In The Sky - "Trembling Hands"
       from the "Take Care, Take Care, Take Care" LP
19. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - "Tomorrow Dies Today"
       bonus track from the Japanese version of the "Belong" LP
20. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - "Same Mistake"
       preview track from "Hysterical", due out Sept. 20th, 2011
21. Morrissey - "The Kid's A Looker"
       premiered during a June 2011 BBC live session
22. Dum Dum Girls - "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out"
       Smiths cover from the "He Gets Me High" EP
23. Under Electric Light - "Take Me Away"
       from the "Waiting For The Rain To Fall" LP
24. The Drums - "The New World"
       iTunes-only benefit song for Japan
25. Let's Whisper - "The Shortest Days"
       title track from their debut full-length
26. The One AM Radio - "An Old Photo of Your New Lover"
       from the "Heaven Is Attached By A Slender Thread" LP
27. Cuffs - "Privilege"
       from their debut 7-inch
28. Brave Irene - "River To The Sea"
       from their self-titled debut EP
29. Centro-Matic - "Only In My Double Mind"
       from the "Candidate Waltz" LP, due out 6/21/2011
30. The Diamond Mines - "Time Flies"
       from their self-titled debut LP
31. The Wooden Birds - "Baby Jeans"
       from their brand new "Two Matchsticks" LP
32. Low - "You See Everything"
       from the "C'Mon" LP (y'know, the one with the gorgeous album cover)
33. David Bazan - "Don't Change"
       from the "Strange Negotiations" full-length
34. The National - "Think You Can Wait"
       from the "Win Win" soundtrack and their new 7-inch

Go check out Jay's playlists at Clicky Clicky

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neil halstead
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