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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, December 09, 2011

[Boston Music Miscellany] Night Fruit, Kingsley Flood, The Figgs, Eldridge Rodriguez, The Hush Now

A quick one, Boston-style, before I head up north for the weekend...

I became a bonafide Night Fruit fan about 1 minute into a crowded Allston basement show back in January (RIP live music @ Wadzilla), which is how long it took to decide I'd be sticking around for the trio's entire set. And within a few minutes of getting home that night, despite severe sleepiness, I was online searching for recordings, discovering their 2010 "Triangles" EP (name-your-price download here). It captured the dreamy reverb-soaked pop I'd just witnessed, and while I made sure I saw them play live a couple more times this year, I've had a hankering for news of fresh studio action for awhile now.

Well, the new goods have arrived in the form of the "Dark Horse" 7-inch, which sees an official release tonight at esteemed Great Scott dance night The Pill. Just a few blocks from the very place I first saw 'em play. Here's track two of three, "Paper Thin"...

Buy the "Dark Horse" 7-inch at Bandcamp, or pick one up at the show tonight.

If you put waited on picking up tickets to one of the two remaining Kingsley Flood "Colder Still" EP release shows already-in-progress at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, well, you're not completely out of luck, but you're close. Yes, all advance tickets to their intimate 3-night-stand sold out, but the Lizard always keeps a small stash for procrastinators at the door - you just have to show up pretty early tonight or tomorrow, wait outside in line, and keep your freezing fingers crossed as the temps nosedive. This is where I use a bit of wordplay to tie the title of the EP to the winter weather, but my coffee hasn't quite kicked in.

Head to The Phoenix's On The Download to grab the KF track "Black Boots", or to AOL's Spinner to stream "Mannequin Man", both from the new EP. Here's the song that kicks the collection off...

If you miss out on these shows, fear not, you can always spend your New Year's Eve with Kingsley Flood, Mean Creek, and Freezepop at Brighton Music Hall. Tickets here, or in person (and fee free) at the Paradise box office.

Heads up, Figgs fans: Peterwalkee Records is releasing a brand new, super-limited-edition live Figgs vinyl LP titled "The Figgs - 3.28.01 Kansas City, MO" today at Noon EST. Yeah, that's less than 2 hours from the moment I posted this news, so get your browsers ready. 100 copies on white vinyl, hand screened/hand numbered LP jackets, with a poster and a T-shirt thrown in for $35 bucks. It's a no-brainer for loyal Figgs followers, especially if you've ever seen the band live. Stream a sample track right here if you're not convinced.

And in case you missed it, the trio also released a new 7-inch back in September on Q Division Records as part of their "Q​-​Dee Rock and Soul Series". The limited-to-500, white vinyl single has two tracks, "All The World Will Fail" and "The Central Stumble", which you can download immediately when you order up. And fyi, they're referring to "Central Avenue", not "Central Square", otherwise that track would cut very close to home for some of us fellow stumblers. Go on and stream it...

Also big news in Figgs-land? Bass player Pete Donnelly has a brand solo record titled "When You Come Home", which you can grab at his website (Paypal link in lower right). It includes the four songs previously available on his Soundcloud page, although the new album version of the track "Careful" features none other than Britta Phillips ( of Dean & Britta / Luna). Here's that non-Britta version for ya, a sweet little slice of soulful pop...

Pete has a couple of album launch shows and a January/February weekly residency planned, but they're all down in Jersey and Philly (closer to his homebase). Check out his Facebook page for the deets. Here's hoping he plans a little release party up here in the Boston area.

The Beatings frontman Eldridge Rodriguez stands ready on the frontlines of the War On Christmas with a brand new EP, "Christmas on the Allston-Brighton Line". No generic "Holidays on..." to be found here... this year, he's on defense for December 25th. The 3-song digital-only offering will arrive officially this Monday the 12th, and is the first in a series of "seasonal singles" he'll be releasing over the next few years. So maybe he'll get to the other holidays down the road? Only ER can say for sure.

Actually, you can ask him next Friday, December 16th, when he plays Porter Belly's in Brighton as part of the Cradles to Crayons benefit show. It's a pretty fantastic charity, providing children in need with clothes, school supplies, and toys for free, and according to ER, he'll be doing "a special acoustic performance which will include, and probably be the only performance of, tracks from the new holiday Ep." So go and get your giving spirit on.

Also in a festive mood: The Hush Now. The quintet has gifted us with another free holiday track, this time a melancholy New Year's Eve number titled "Happy New Year, Dear". It follows on the heels of their Halloween track, and keeps the December streak going after starting the tradition with 2009's "Wishing You A Happy Christmas". Here's a stream of the new one. Head to Bandcamp to download direct...

... and to the old man with the snow-white, Santa-sized beard who nearly ran me down yesterday at the intersection of Cambridge & North Harvard in his Jeep, well, I've got a big ol' lump of coal with your name on it. A near-death experience was definitely not on my wish list.

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