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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, March 29, 2012

[Live MP3s] The Joy Formidable in Allston 2011

Under normal circumstances, one goal of this Joy Formidable post would be: "If you haven't heard this band, well, here you go... you should totally see them when they play the Paradise tomorrow." But, well, that ship has sailed. The show sold out awhile ago, so if you don't have tickets by now - barring Craigslist or out-front-begging - you're outta luck. Over the past year, the band has kind of blown up, especially here in Boston, due in no small part to their incendiary area live sets, generous WFNX airplay, and an opening slot for the Foo Fighters at the Garden late last year.

They've been relentlessly touring "The Big Roar", their 2011 debut full-length, which feels like it's been out far longer than a year. Not sure what kind of a writing-while-touring band they are, but let's hope they've got some new songs in the pipeline. I'm ready.

Until then, we'll keep getting blistering live versions of the songs from that debut, and the EP preceding it. Here's their set from Allston's Brighton Music Hall, exactly one year ago tonight.

And hey, if you didn't get tickets to tomorrow night's show at the 'Dise, well, here's some sound advice: Catch the ridiculously stacked bill across the river at TT the Bears instead. I'm talkin' Young Adults, Soccer Mom, Autochrome (celebrating the release of their new album), and Night Fruit. Four of Boston's best, all in one place. As much as I dig the Joy Formidable, there's no way in hell I'd miss that lineup.

Post post-script...
  • That sample at the beginning of "Greyhounds In The Slip"? "Warlocks are enemies of God!". Jesus Camp vs Harry Potter.

  • The band appeared on Kimmel a couple weeks back, and blew through this web-only version of "Whirring"...

  • Boston's Radio 92.9 interviewed the band when they were in town last year (scroll down that page and click to listen), where they offered up an acoustic take on their album's epic closing track...

  • The Boston Phoenix's OTD was at last year's show as well, and shared up this live clip of "Whirring".

  • My Flickr-hosted live shots are here.

  • Only two more dates on the current JF tour: Saturday in Montreal, then Monday in (sold out) Toronto. After that, the band gets a well-deserved break until Bonnaroo in June.

  • Listen to any and all 'Nac-hosted Mp3s at the Hype Machine.

  • the fine print... If anyone has an issue with these Mp3s being made available, just let me know (my contact info in the 'nac faq). Files are generally made available for a limited time.


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