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[Faves] My Favorite Music of 2010

Posted on January 31, 2011 at 11:58 pm | No Comments

Here it is, under the wire, a list of the music that helped me through last year. Swore to myself I’d get this done by the end of January and, yeah, I made it…. with exactly 2 minutes to spare. Sharing my list of my favorite songs a couple weeks ago took some of the personal pressure off, but I couldn’t allow the calendar turn again without this run-down of albums, EPs, and free downloads that soundtracked my 2010. And the music is about the only thing I’ll recall fondly when it comes to those 12 mostly-miserable months.

This year’s list runs the gamut – new discoveries (Standard Fare, The Drums, Beach Fossils), strong returns (Versus, Superchunk), and Boston-area obsessions (Ghost Box Orchestra, Young Adults, Travels); double-doses of dependable record labels Matador (New Prons, Ted Leo) and Merge (the aforementioned Versus & Superchunk), along with a whole lotta stuff you can find on Bandcamp. Let the records show: 2010 was Bandcamp’s banner year – I can barely smell the rotting corpse of MySpace.

Most of the releases below include a link to an official promo MP3 – not necessarily my favorite song from each, but tracks that have been approved by the artist or their label. I’ve zipped them all up, along with a few extras, into one big honkin’ file for easy grabbing. Each release also includes a link to where you can buy the physical or digital version.

[DOWNLOAD]
All 31 legally-shared tracks below,
plus 4 extras, in one 228 MB .zip file

So here they are, starting off with my 20-ish favorite full-lengths in alphabetical order, followed by a few EPs, compilations, and some online freebies…

Favorite 2010 full-lengths…



David Bazan“Live At Electrical Audio”
(on Undertow)

[MP3]: Magazine (live at EA)

This live-in-studio, recorded-in-one-day LP perfectly documents the well-oiled machine that David Bazan’s touring band became while showcasing songs from 2009’s “Curse Your Branches”. Throw in a couple of Pedro the Lion and Headphones numbers, this 10-song treat felt like more than a time-filler between ‘proper’ albums. And the wait won’t be a long one – his next full-length, the fan-funded “Strange Negotiations”, arrives this year.



Beach Fossils“Beach Fossils”
(on Captured Tracks)

[MP3]: Youth

Dustin Payseur’s reverb-drenched bedroom pop marries the best parts of East River Pipe and early, snappy K singles to create songs that feel both laid-back and immediate. The album is so self-contained and self-assured, with sparkling, hooky guitar lines, that it latched me from the first surprise listen while sipping coffee at Radio Bean. The more recent “Face It”/”Distance” 7-inch ups the production ante, brings a more confident vocal performance, and makes me want album number two right now.



Bottomless Pit“Blood Under The Bridge”
(on Comedy Minus One)

[MP3]: 38 Souls

Shouldn’t come as any surprise that I loved this second album from Chicago’s Bottomless Pit, given my adoration for their 2008 debut and the EP that followed in 2009. Andy Cohen & Tim Midgett do the legacy of their beloved Silkworm proud with every release. “38 Souls“, shared above, is one hell of an album-closer, the kind that makes you want to instantly start over again at side one, track one.



The Drums“The Drums”
(on Downtown Records)

[MP3]: Down By The Water

I’m insulated enough from P4K-fueled hype that I’d avoided any pre-2010 momentum that The Drums picked up, but in this case I wish I’d been paying closer attention. I fell for this one early last year as it played in the same coffee shop, on the same day, that I first heard Beach Fossils, and was compelled to ask the counter girl who it was. Bought it immediately, hooked ever since. Retains so much of what I love about the 80’s electro-pop while leaving out the embarrassing bits.



Field Music“Measure”
(on Memphis Industries)

[MP3]: Measure

Making complicated songs that stay catchy is a rare art, but the Brewis brothers have got it down. Rhythmically complex, melodically surprising, almost prog at times – these Sunderland, UK gents and their touring band put on one of the most flawless live performances I saw in all of last year when they hit Great Scott in March.

I adored “Hideout”, Film School’s 2007 full-length, and had some pretty high expectations for its follow-up. Perhaps those expectations were a little too high, as I don’t think “Fission” quite met them, but that doesn’t keep it off this list. While it feels a bit less cohesive overall, there are so many standout songs – especially the goosebump-inducing “Still Might“. Gets me every time.



Ghost Box Orchestra“The Only Light On”
(self-released via Bandcamp)

[MP3]: Oh, the Moon Hangs Low

You know what’s awesome? Falling for a band and then finding out later that you’ve got a couple of friends in it – y’see, now I can honestly express my love and they’ll know it’s not just lip-service. Nope, GBO’s debut doesn’t sit here because their air-tight rhythm section are pals, but because the songs are f’in epic. The album may hold just seven cuts, but none lasts less than five minutes, and not a one feels overlong – powerfully hypnotic progressions surge and subside into mellow moments and back again – they might be a (mostly) instrumental outfit, but they’re more than typical post-rock.



Gregory and the Hawk“Leche”
(on Bandcamp & FatCat[UK])

[MP3]: Landscapes

[Video]:For The Best

Story time: I saw Gregory and the Hawk, aka Meredith Godreau, open up for the reunited Swirlies at the Middle East Upstairs in March 2009. As impatient as I was to see my beloved Swirlies back in action, Meredith absolutely mesmerized, especially one jaw-droppingly beautiful song in particular. It sat lodged in my brain well after the show, like a puzzle piece I didn’t know I was missing, and it’s never really left. I ended up emailing her to find out if it was available anywhere – even though she let me tape her set, I craved an official recording – and she said it was a brand new one she was calling “Red Cross With Silver Shine“.

So I waited, and waited, until word of her next album arrived. “Oh, please, please let it be on there. It’s gotta be. It’s too good. Oh, here’s a tracklist. Wait, what?! It’s not there. Well, damn.” But it is, and it’s the lead off track, renamed as “For The Best“. And it’s perfect. Still can’t get the melody out of my head, and don’t ever want to.



Darren Hanlon“I Will Love You At All”
(on Yep Roc)

[MP3]: All These Things

Darren delivers another charming collection of perfect little pop songs – this Aussie can do no songwriting wrong in my book. He alternates slight, sugary tales and heartfelt, touching stories with equal ease, all the while turning phrases that might make an aging Morrissey jealous. His short solo set opening for Corin Tucker last fall at the Paradise was not quite enough to satisfy, so I’m hoping he makes it back to our shores again this year.



Kristin Hersh“Crooked”
(fan-funded via CASHmusic / Throwing Music)

[MP3]: Flooding

Must I expend more words explaining my long-standing devotion to Kristin and all that she creates? Actually, yes, I must – I’ve got a special giveaway in the works that will provide plenty more soon.



Land Of Talk“Cloak and Cipher”
(on Saddle Creek)

[MP3]: Quarry Hymns

Montrealer Elizabeth Powell and a host of helpful friends crafted another keeper, one I somehow loved even more than the previous “Some Are Lakes” – a feat I’d not thought possible. I started running a bit last fall, and this record soundtracked my belabored breathing on the streets of Boston. Well, I stopped running, but I’m still listening.

Many called this one a “return to form”, which is a little too tough on 2007’s “Challengers”. Still, it has a certain spark that its predecessor lacked, especially in “What Turns Up In The Dark“, one of my favorite single songs of the year.



Chris Page“A Date With A Smoke Machine”
(on Kelp Records / Bandcamp)

[MP3]: Sideshows

I’ve been listening to Chris’ songwriting for nearly 20 years now – a realization that just made me feel older than dirt – from his days fronting The Stand GT up through current trio Camp Radio. His second solo record, “A Date With A Smoke Machine” is more than just a diversion between full-band full-lengths – it feels like a fully-realized document of what he’s capable of. I always expect good things from him, but this one is something special. Keep an ear out for the next Camp Radio album, which is in the can and should be arriving soon.



The Radio Dept.“Clinging To A Scheme”
(on Labrador Records)

[MP3]: Never Follow Suit

Any Radio Dept album is an album worth owning. Just sayin’. And I get to see them live in just four days. I am one fortunate Swedish pop fan. The band just released a singles/b-sides collection, so if you’ve missed the boat, jump on board there.



Serena Maneesh“#2: Abyss In B Minor”
(on 4AD / Beggars)

[MP3]: I Just Want To See Your Face

Not sure why their second long player didn’t seem to get the attention their debut did, but it hit me just as hard. How great is the drumming on “Reprobate!“? Seriously. I hated that I was out of town when the band hit the Boston area last year – I so wanted to see these songs played in front of me.

When I was deep in the emotional morass early last year, Dave Godowsky, aka John Shade, helped keep me afloat. I saw him a few times accompanied by the Neave Quartet and was never-less-than-deeply moved – the combination of his songs and Zack Hickman’s string arrangements is truly something that needs to be seen and heard in person. Though his excellent debut album was recorded before he teamed up with the quartet, he has a free track with them on his website, and has allowed me to share up the live track above.

In the good timing department, you’ll get a chance to experience this yourself when John Shade returns to town this Wednesday night, February 2nd, for an intimate show at Club Passim – where he’ll be backed by the Neave Quartet once again. It’s his first Boston show in a long time (he’s sadly left us for Brooklyn), and will supposedly be the last for quite awhile. Tickets are available here, and make sure you arrive early – they open the show. If you get shut out you can watch it live online thanks to Concert Window. The show’s been canceled due to too much f’in white stuff. Curse you, Snow Miser!



Sky Larkin“Kaleide”
(on Wichita Recordings)

[MP3]: Kaleide

They follow up “The Golden Spike” with another corker, and finally bless Boston with a killer live appearance at Great Scott in October. Yeah, 2010 was a very good year to be a Sky Larkin fan.



Standard Fare“The Noyelle Beat”
(on Bar/None)

[MP3]: A Night With A Friend

I played this album over and over and over again. And when I was done, I played it again. From the first track to the last. “A Night With A Friend” was my first taste, “Dancing” was my second, and both were instant faves – at this point they feel like UK indie-pop anthems to me. Their performance at Great Scott endeared them to me greatly, and their team-up with my friends in One Happy Island for a brand new split EP did so even more. Each band gives us a new original, and covers one of the others’ songs. Perfect.



Superchunk“Majesty Shredding”
(on Merge)

[MP3]: Digging For Something

Talk about inspiring. They take an almost 10-year break and come roaring back with more energy, more hooks, more life than bands half their age. How the hell’d they do that? I was lucky enough to see them twice in 2010, once here in Boston and again at Matador’s Las Vegas bash, and both times were pogo-filled parties. Welcome back, Superchunk. Don’t stay gone so long next time, k?



Ted Leo & the Pharmacists“The Brutalist Bricks”
(on Matador)

[MP3]: Even Heroes Have To Die

With the loss of Touch & Go, Ted and his Pharmacists jump to Matador and hand in their best set of songs in awhile. Keep ’em coming, boys.



Travels“Robber On The Run”
(self-released via Bandcamp)

[MP3]: Smile

Mona & Anar take their third step forward and it’s such a strong one – easily their best album yet, both in songwriting and home production. They have a certain kind of magic – an ability to conjure beauty that is both comforting and unsettling all at once. Plus, y’know, bonus points for the amazing “My Funny Valentine” cover that closes it out.



Versus“On The Ones And Threes”
(on Merge)

[MP3]: Gone To Earth

I wasn’t sure we’d ever hear anything else from Versus, so this album is the very definition of a gift. I’ve been listening to Richard and Fontaine’s voices for so long that hearing them again is like hanging with an old friend – one that’s done some traveling and has some great new stories to tell. Like Superchunk, it’s refreshing that a band that’s been away for awhile can reemerge and pick up right where they left off.



Young Adults“Black Hole”
(on AMDISCS / Bandcamp)

[MP3]: Let Us Out

The song-starting, heavy rock guitar riff of the year award goes to Young Adults’ “Impression”, track six on their debut, “Black Hole”. I mean, jeez, that sucker is more metal than anything most so-called metal bands can dish out, and these guys are most certainly not a metal band. What they are is one of Boston’s flat-out best rock bands. Can’t get enough. Catch them next at the Boston Underground Summit III at the Cambridge YMCA on February 12th.

Favorite 2010 EPs…



Crooked Fingers“Reservoir Songs II”
(self-released & funded via Kickstarter / Port Merch)

The sequel to 2002’s original “Reservoir Songs” covers EP came to us not from a label, but thanks some Kickstarter fan-funding. I was proud to take part, and the investment was worth it – limited edition vinyl with Eric Bachmann covering Merle Haggard, The Kinks, Thin Lizzy, & more.



Electronic Anthology Project
(Built To Spill electronic reversioning)
(self-released via CD Baby)

[MP3]: Eels (Else)

An experiment that shouldn’t have worked as well as it did – Built To Spill’s Brett Nelson rebuilding seven BtS tracks electronically, from scratch, with Doug Martsch re-singing all of his original vocals parts. One song from every BtS full-length, done 80’s synth style. Shows how strong the songs are, even without Doug’s guitar heroics and the rest of the band’s dependable backbone.



GirlfriendsDebut cassette & “Gov’t Seizure” 7-inch
(tape on Floating Garbage Continent,
7-inch on Aurora7 / Bandcamp)

[MP3]: Suckin Rare Meat Off the Bone China

Yeah, so the cassette was December 2009, but it hooked me a couple months later, and the 7-inch sealed the deal. Boston’s garage-rock wunderkinds will be taking their show on the road when they head down to SxSW in March, so don’t miss ’em if you get a chance. Stream 8 tracks at their website, and have a look at this recent NPR Music feature.



The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
“Say No To Love” &
“Heart In Your Heartbreak” 7-inches

(on Slumberland)

[Video]:Say No To Love

As long as the Pains keep cranking out little fuzz-pop confections, I’ll keep partaking, even when the guitars come down and the keys come up (as on “Heart In Your Heartbreak“). That single, and its top-notch production, bodes very well for their upcoming Moulder & Flood-produced (!) sophomore album for Slumberland.



Telekinesis“Parallel Seismic Conspiracies” EP
(on Merge)

[Video]:Dirty Thing

Mr. Michael Benjamin Lerner gave us two ace new songs, a couple killer covers (of GBV and the pre-Joy Division Warsaw) and a full-band version of “Calling All Doctors” on this Telekinesis EP, and it was just enough to ease the wait for the upcoming second album. That wait is now over, as you can stream “12 Desperate Straight Lines” in its entirety thanks to NPR Music. It’s out February 15th, on Merge of course.



Wye Oak“My Neighbor / My Creator”
(on Merge)

[MP3]: I Hope You Die

Yes, even more from Merge, and as with Telekinesis, this wonderful Wye Oak EP sated us while we waited for another full-length. Their 3rd album, “Civilian”, hits shelves on March 8th, and you can catch them this week on tour with the Decemberists (they played Boston over the weekend), after which they head across the ocean with the Cold War Kids before returning to the U.S. for a headlining tour. Can’t wait.

Favorite 2010 compilations…



Matador 21
(on Matador)

This 6-disc run through Matador’s history, released to commemorate their 21st anniversary bash in Vegas, was gorgeously packaged and included a set of poker chips. It helped fill in a few of the gaps in my Matador listening history, and primed me perfectly for the Sin City trip. And the box only set me back 35 bucks, leaving me extra cash to blow on slots.

The fact that I have a music-loving 3-year-old wasn’t the main reason I bought this special little collection – it was the lineup: Telekinesis, Tanya Donelly, Stars, Neil Halstead, Dean & Britta, Sigur Ros, and many more. Talk about stacked.

Listening to this locally-made, 26-track double-album feels like hanging at a party you wished you’d been invited to. Actually, it feels a bit like being at the Blastfest III where I bought it last March. It’s stylistically all over the place, from stripped-down songs to full-band adventures to spoken-word pieces, but still somehow feels cohesive. They’re doing JP proud.

As of a couple weeks ago, only 50 of the 500 copies pressed remained, so click the links above to make one your own.

Fave 2010 downloadable freebies…



Cuffs4-track Demos
(self-released via Bandcamp)

[MP3]: Albert Kroft (demo)

The existence of Cuffs very much eases last year’s painful loss of Pants Yell!, as PY songwriter Andrew and drummer Casey carry on together alongside Martin from Reports and Ian from Big Trouble. No drastic shift in style here (thankfully), but the presence of a 2nd guitarist allows for some really nice melodic interweaving and gives certain songs some extra heft. The demos they’ve shared so far are just Andrew, but look for a 7-inch that should be out by the time the band opens for The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart at the Paradise on May 3rd.



Bill Janovitz (of Buffalo Tom) – Covers of the Whenever
(shared randomly on his website)

[MP3]: Here Come Those Tears Again (Jackson Browne) (write-up)

Bill’s been posting his home-recorded covers (and a few originals) on his site since 2008, and 2010 saw him offer up over 30 more of them. While his self-imposed sharing schedule changed from weekly to whenever (can’t blame the guy – he’s got a day job and had an almost-out Buffalo Tom record to get ready for us), here’s hoping he’s able to keep the covers coming, and the stories that usually accompany them.



Death Culture at Sea“God Loves Lola” EP
(self-released via their website)

[MP3]: Just Short By Miles

Recorded in one weekend with minimal rehearsal time, and arriving with little fanfare, this (hopefully not) one-off project has quite a pedigree: Matthew Gallaway from Saturnine, Mike Donofrio from the New Year and Saturnine, and Matt Kadane of Bedhead and the New Year. Recorded by Rival School’s Ian Love. Available entirely for free on their website. Hope they make that recording weekend an annual affair.



Snowden“Slow Soft Syrup”
(self-released via NoiseTrade)

Snowden’s 2006 debut album, and the live show they put on that year at Great Scott, simply blew me away. We’re coming up on five years since that release, so the arrival of this EP last year signaled what I hope will be a second record in 2011.

And one for the kids…



Elizabeth Mitchell – “Sunny Day”
(on Smithsonian Folkways)

[MP3]: Oh, John The Rabbit

[Video]: Oh, John The Rabbit

I can’t express how grateful I am to have Liz and Dan from Ida, along with their daughter Storey and some talented friends, making music that I can share with my little guy. Sharing and singing their songs with him, and being able to take him to see them play (as we did a couple months back at Club Passim) is something truly special.

[DOWNLOAD]
All 31 legally-shared tracks above,
plus 4 extras, in one 228 MB .zip file

Whenever I post one of these, I like to take a look at my “looking forward to in 2010” post to see which albums missed the mark, which ones surprised me, and which ones never showed. I may even have my 2011 version of that same list up sometime soon.

For a look back at my faves of years passed, here you go: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2004, 2003, 2002, and 2001.

And with that, I toss the last shovel-full of dirt on the grave of 2010. Let us never speak of it again.

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    Monday, April 23rd
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    Kiss Concert
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    Tuesday, April 24th
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    The Coathangers
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    Unknown Mortal Orchestra
    Makeness
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    No Age
    Behavior
    @ Once Somerville


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    Soccer Mommy
    Long Beard
    @ Great Scott


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    Calexico
    @ the Sinclair


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    Frankie Cosmos
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    Lala Lala
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    Dr. Dog
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    Thursday, May 3rd
    Haim
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    Hop Along
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    Life Partners
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    Steve Gunn
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    Panda Bear
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    Loma
    (mems of Cross Record & Shearwater)
    Jessica Williamson
    @ Great Scott


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    Todd Rundgren’s Utopia
    @ the Orpheum


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    Sloan
    DJ Carbo
    @ Brighton Music Hall


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    Hinds
    @ the Sinclair


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    Trampled By Turtles
    Hiss Golden Messenger
    @ House of Blues


    Wednesday, May 9th
    Fully Celebrated Orchestra
    with very special guests
    The Hilken Mancini/Thalia Zedek Duo
    @ the Midway in JP


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    This Will Destroy You
    Alex Roldan
    @ Brighton Music Hall


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    Power Trip
    Sheer Mag
    Fury
    Red Death
    @ the Paradise


    Sunday, May 13th
    Wye Oak
    Palm
    @ the Sinclair


    Sunday, May 13th
    Melvins
    @ the Paradise


    Monday, May 14th
    Liam Gallagher &
    Richard Ashcroft
    @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion


    Tuesday, May 15th
    Alice Glass
    Pictureplane
    @ the Sinclair


    Tuesday, May 15th
    The Sea & Cake
    @ Brighton Music Hall


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    Alice Glass
    Pictureplane
    @ the Sinclair


    Wednesday, May 16th
    Editors
    House of Harm
    @ the Paradise


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    Quiet Slang (solo Beach Slang)
    @ Great Scott


    Friday, May 18th
    Jonathan Davis
    @ House of Blues


    Friday, May 18th
    The Fratellis
    @ the Paradise


    Saturday, May 19th
    Damien Jurado
    Naomi Wachira
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Sunday, May 20th
    King Tuff
    Cut Worms
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Tuesday, May 22nd
    Helmet
    Prong
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Tuesday, May 22nd
    Suuns
    Facs
    @ Great Scott


    Tuesday, May 22nd
    Jukebox the Ghost
    The Greeting Committee
    @ the Royale


    Wednesday, May 23rd
    Parquet Courts
    Goat Girl
    @ the Royale


    Monday, May 28th
    Sylvan Esso
    Local Natives
    @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion


    Tuesday, May 29th
    Post Animal
    @ Great Scott


    Tuesday, May 29th
    Julien Baker
    “Beyond the Band”
    presented by Berklee/Do617
    @ the Sinclair


    Tuesday, May 29th
    Primus
    Mastodon
    All Them Witches
    @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion


    Wednesday, May 30th
    Self Defense Family
    Sanhet
    Weeping Icon
    @ Great Scott


    Thursday, May 31st
    Bat Fangs
    Shepherdess
    @ Great Scott


    Saturday, March 31st
    Corin Ashley’s
    50th Birthday Bash!
    @ Atwood’s


    Friday, June 1st
    Ghosts of Sailors at Sea
    Black Helicopter
    Stemwinder
    Reindeer Castle
    @ O’Brien’s


    Friday & Saturday
    June 1st & 2nd
    Japanese Breakfast
    LVL UP
    Radiator Hospital
    @ the Sinclair


    Sunday & Monday
    June 3rd & 4th
    Ben Harper &
    Charlie Musselwhite
    @ the Sinclair


    Tuesday, June 5th
    Middle Kids
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Wednesday, June 6th
    Liz Phair
    Soccer Mommy
    @ the Sinclair


    Wednesday, June 6th
    “Jeff Buckley: From Hallelujah
    to The Last Goodbye” Book Q+A
    with author Dave Lory
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Friday, June 8th
    Hot Snakes
    Vundabar
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Friday, June 8th
    Nathaniel Rateliff
    & the Night Sweats
    with Deer Tick
    @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion


    Friday, June 8th
    Elephants
    Mint Green
    Hexpet
    @ Great Scott


    Friday, June 8th
    Gomez
    @ the Royale


    Friday, June 8th
    Eels
    @ House of Blues


    Saturday, June 9th
    Bonnie Prince Billy
    @ the Wilbur


    Saturday, June 9th
    Depeche Mode
    @ TD Garden


    Sunday, June 10th
    Old Gray
    “Farewell Tour”
    I Kill Giants
    Cerce
    @ the Sinclair


    Monday, June 11th
    Eternal Summers
    Funeral Advantage
    Strange Passage
    @ Great Scott


    Monday, June 11th
    Jimmy Eat World
    Alex Lahey
    @ House of Blues


    Tuesday, June 12th
    Lucinda Williams
    Steve Earle
    Dwight Yoakam
    King Leg
    @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion


    Tuesday, June 12th
    Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
    Lithics
    @ the Sinclair


    Wednesday, June 13th
    Cold Cave
    Black Marble
    Choir Boy
    @ the Paradise


    Wednesday, June 13th
    Metz
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Thursday, June 14th
    King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
    @ the Royale


    Friday, June 15th
    Pianos Become The Teeth, dd
    The World Is A Beautiful Place
    & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die
    @ the Sinclair


    Friday & Saturday
    June 15th & 16th
    Ted Leo & the Pharmacists
    playing “Hearts of Oak” (on Fri)
    & Lemuria
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Sunday, June 17th
    Matthew Sweet
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Monday, June 18th
    Chromeo
    Pomo
    @ House of Blues


    Monday, June 18th
    Spoon
    Grizzly Bear
    Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
    @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion


    Thursday, June 21st
    Tracyanne & Danny
    (of Camera Obscura/Crybaby)
    @ the Sinclair


    Saturday & Sunday
    June 23rd & June 24th
    Ray LaMontagne
    Neko Case
    @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion


    Monday, June 25th
    Jeremy Enigk (full band)
    @ Great Scott


    Tuesday, June 26th
    Southern Culture on the Skids
    @ the Sinclair


    Tuesday, June 26th
    Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls
    Speedy Ortiz
    The Homeless Gospel Choir
    @ the Royale


    Wednesday, June 27th
    Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls
    Jeff Rosenstock
    Restorations
    @ the Royale


    Wednesday, June 27th
    Styx
    Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
    Tesla
    @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion


    Friday, June 29th
    Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls
    Tim Barry
    @ the Royale


    Saturday, June 30th
    Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls
    Dave Hause & The Mermaids
    @ the Royale


    Sunday, July 1st
    Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls
    The Hotelier
    War on Women
    @ the Royale


    Monday, July 2nd
    Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls
    Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band
    Trapper Schoepp
    @ the Royale


    Tuesday, July 3rd
    Phoenix
    @ House of Blues


    Friday, July 6th
    Steve Miller Band
    Peter Frampton
    @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion


    Wednesday, July 11th
    The Get Up Kids
    Raquet Club
    Ageist
    @ the Paradise


    Friday, July 13th
    Immersion
    (featuring Colin from Wire)
    @ Great Scott


    Thursday, July 12th
    Snail Mail
    Bonny Doon
    @ the Sinclair


    Saturday, July 14th
    Freezepop
    Party Bois
    Photocomfort
    Symbion Project
    @ the Sinclair


    Sunday, July 15th
    Beck
    @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion


    Tuesday, July 17th
    Erasure
    Reed & Caroline
    @ the House of Blues


    Tuesday, July 17th
    Coheed and Cambria
    Taking Back Sunday
    The Story So Far
    @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion


    Tuesday, July 17th
    Weezer
    Pixies
    Sleigh Bells
    @ Xfinity Center


    Wednesday, July 18th
    Arcade Fire
    @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion


    Thursday, July 19th
    Bent Knee
    Gatherers
    Animal Flag
    @ the Sinclair


    Friday, July 20th
    Jon Langford’s Four Lost Souls
    @ Atwood’s


    Saturday, July 21st
    The Magic Numbers
    @ Great Scott


    Saturday, July 21st
    Camp Cope
    Petal
    @ the Sinclair


    Saturday & Sunday
    July 21st & 22nd
    Foo Fighters
    @ Fenway Park


    Monday, July 23rd
    Greta Van Fleet
    @ the House of Blues


    Friday, July 27th
    Arctic Monkeys
    Mini Mansions
    @ TD Garden


    Friday, July 27th
    Boy George & Culture Club
    The B-52s
    Tom Bailey (Thompson Twins)
    @ the Wang Theatre


    Saturday, July 28th
    Sleep
    @ the Royale


    Saturday & Sunday
    July 28th & 29th
    Radiohead
    @ TD Garden


    Monday, July 30th
    The Cult
    Stone Temple Pilots
    Bush
    Big Jesus
    @ the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion


    Tuesday, July 31st
    Quicksand
    Glassjaw
    @ the Royale


    Tuesday, July 31st &
    Wednesday, August 1st
    David Byrne
    Benjamin Clementine
    @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion


    Tuesday, July 31st
    The Smashing Pumpkins
    @ TD Garden


    Thursday, August 2nd
    Alex Cameron
    @ the Sinclair


    Friday, August 3rd
    The Essex Green
    @ Great Scott


    Friday, August 3rd
    Jeff Beck
    & Paul Rodgers
    + Ann Wilson (Heart)
    @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion


    Friday, August 10th
    Pedro the Lion
    H.C. McEntire
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Friday, August 10th
    Billy Joel
    @ Fenway Park


    Saturday, August 11th
    Wussy
    @ Sonia


    Saturday, August 11th
    Toad the Wet Sprocket
    @ the Wilbur


    Saturday, August 11th
    Journey & Def Leppard
    with Cheap Trick
    @ Fenway Park


    Monday, August 13th
    Cake
    Ben Folds
    Tall Heights
    @ the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion


    Wednesday, August 15th
    Sparta
    @ the Sinclair


    Friday, August 17th
    Counting Crows
    Live
    @ the Xfinity Center


    Friday, August 24th
    Beach House
    @ House of Blues


    Sunday, August 26th
    Amen Dunes
    @ the Sinclair


    Sunday & Tuesday
    September 2nd & 4th
    Pearl Jam
    @ Fenway Park


    Monday, September 3rd
    The Fixx (playing “Reach
    the Beach” and more)
    @ City Winery Boston


    Saturday, September 8th
    Ex Hex
    @ Great Scott


    Tuesday, September 11th
    Killing Joke
    @ the Paradise


    Tuesday, September 11th
    Van Morrison
    Shana Morrison
    @ the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion


    Thursday, September 13th
    MC5
    “MC50: Kick Out the Jams –
    the 50th Anniversary Tour.”
    @ the Paradise


    Friday, September 14th
    The The
    @ the Orpheum


    Saturday, September 15th
    Ash
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Friday, September 21st
    Outlaw Music Festival with
    Willie Nelson, Sturgill Simpson,
    Nathaniel Rateliff & The
    Night Sweats, Margo Price,
    Lukas Nelson & Promise of the
    Real, Particle Kid
    @ the Xfinity Center


    Friday, September 28th
    Bully
    @ the Sinclair


    Wednesday, October 17th
    Goo Goo Dolls
    “Dizzy Up The Girl
    20th Anniversary Tour”
    @ House of Blues


    Sunday, October 21st
    Courtney Barnett
    Waxahatchee
    @ House of Blues