Bradley's Almanac

(The return of) Music Miscellany: Upcoming Boston-area shows (TT’s tonight!)

Posted on December 21, 2010 at 5:03 pm | No Comments

Hey, remember me? Name’s Brad. Used to run a music blog, back in the day. Don’t blame you if it doesn’t ring a bell.

Let’s get reacquainted, shall we? Time to blow a little dust off this place, shake out the sheets with some personally inspiring show-related randomness. I’ll spare you the many excuses for my too-long absence (that’ll be a whole ‘nother post) and just jump straight in…

The impending new year will bring a whole mess of great bands to the Boston-area. Seriously, I’m buying more tickets lately than Christmas presents (uh, sorry, family), and new shows keep popping up every day. Here’s a quick look at few I’m excited about in January — not necessarily all of the ones I’m looking forward to, but definitely the ones you should get tickets to before they disappear. There’s also a show tonight you should check out, and a couple beyond the end of January I’ll mention while I’m at it…


camper van beethoven

  • The ongoing “bands playing entire albums” trend looks like it will continue into 2011, with David Lowery bringing both his bands (Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker) to the Middle East Downstairs on January 16th. CVB will run through all of 1989’s “Key Lime Pie” (the last album before their 1990 breakup, notable for the single “(I Was Born In A) Laundromat” and their cover of “Pictures of Matchstick Men“), and Cracker will serve up their 1993 sophomore breakthrough “Kerosene Hat”. I was never much of a Cracker fan, but as a massive Camper Van devotee, I’d be infinitely more excited to see them do KLP’s immediate predecessor, “Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart”. Doesn’t mean I won’t still be there for CVB’s set, though. Tickets, yo.

    As long as we’re on the subject of Mr. Lowery – he’ll be releasing his very first solo record on February 1st courtesy of 429 Records. It’s called “The Palace Guards”, and he’s shared up the title track as a preview…

  • I can’t help but feel some pride, however completely unjustified, when bands from my homestate of Vermont get well-deserved attention outside its borders. So I’ve been particularly keen on the ascendance of longtime Lyndonville resident (and now West Virginian) Dean Wells, aka The Capstan Shafts, over the past couple of years. While he’s been using that name for about a decade, all the P4K props and live-band action are relatively recent. January 18th brings some of that live action to the Boston area, finally, when he (and his backing band?) opens for our own Hallelujah The Hills at TT the Bears. A guaranteed, can’t-miss, wintertime hootenanny will ensue. Get those tickets.
  • The following Friday sees a ridiculously stacked solo-guitar-guy triple-bill at the soon-to-open Brighton Music Hall in Allston (formerly Harper’s Ferry). Seriously, just look at this: Ted Leo headlines, Bill Janovitz from Buffalo Tom precedes him, and Drew O’Doherty (ex-Ivory Coast, and one of Ted’s former Pharmacists) kicks things off. I mean, jeez, all killer no filler. Last time I saw Drew open for Ted, they used a Springsteen song as an aural relay baton – wonder if those three gents will come up with some kind of cool handoff to segue between each set this time around. One can hope. Grab tickets online, or save on fees and pick them up at the Paradise Box Office, who also handle BMH ticket sales.
  • Not music, but this will rock in it’s own way: On Saturday, January 22nd at 2pm, ace funny-man and occasional actor Patton Oswalt hits town for an afternoon appearance at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, courtesy of the Brookline Booksmith. The special occasion? He’s got a book to sell, meaning you’ve got one to buy. His imminent memoir is titled “Zombie Spaceship Wasteland”, and for $5 you can be there when he cracks wise in Coolidge Corner. Stop by the Booksmith to grab a ticket, and soon.
  • I’ve never been a huge Decemberists fan, and less so after the last couple albums, but I’ll still be at one of their two late-January shows at Boston’s House of Blues. Why? Two words, two people: Wye Oak. Jenn & Andy are opening both nights, January 28th & 29th, and I’m hoping/assuming we’ll get to hear some songs from their out-in-March-on-Merge third album, “Civilian”. I have two wishes: Their set isn’t cut too short due to the opening slot, and if it is, that they come back to town very soon for a headline date once the album arrives. I missed their last Boston-area show, and that ain’t gonna happen again. Make with the ticket buying: night one / night two.
  • The month of January ends with two competing locally-focused shows that might have you hoping for the quick arrival of cloning technology: Saturday, January 29th gives a choice between the foursome of Mean Creek, Taxpayer, Girlfriends, and Dirty Dishes at the Brighton Music Hall vs. a show across the river at the Lizard Lounge with Aloud, This Blue Heaven, Oranjuly, and One Happy Island. A tough call, to be sure, but you should think about advance tickets no matter where your decision falls.

    Be forewarned: That Lizard Lounge show is the night One Happy Island officially releases a 4-track split single with personal UK fave Standard Fare (!). The bands cover a song by each other, and each offer up a new one. Cannot wait to hold that piece of wax in my happy little hands, especially so I can hear OHI’s take on one of my favorite Standard Fare tracks, “A Night With A Friend“.

  • Looking a bit further ahead into February, you must acquire grab tickets for the Radio Dept. at the Middle East Downstairs on February 4th if you haven’t already, and if you’re a fan of seminal Aussie quartet The Church, buy one for their February 18th appearance at Showcase Live in Foxboro. I’ve seen, and loved, them at that general-admission, seated venue before, and this time they’ll make it more special: Three entire albums (1988’s “Starfish”, 1992’s “Priest=Aura”, 2009’s “Untitled #23) played top-to-bottom in one night. Yup, there’s that ongoing trend again, with the Church tripling down.
  • Two shows in March jump out at me: Walter Schreifels (Quicksand/Gorilla Biscuits) and his recently-rekindled Rival Schools show up on Saturday, March 5th at the Brighton Music Hall, and all-girl uber-group Wild Flag plays there two days later on Monday, March 7th. Why “uber”? ‘Cuz it’s former Bostonian Mary Timony (Helium) with Janet Weiss (Quasi), Carrie Brownstein (that’s 2/3 of Sleater-Kinney), and Rebecca Cole (the Minders). Been a long time since a new band has gotten so much digital ink before any officially-released recordings, or even before their first show (which happened last month), but given that pedigree, they kinda deserve it. Austin’s Yellow Fever and Boston’s JP’s own Shepherdess open up that show. Tickets right here.

    Think they’ll play this cover when they hit town?…

    Yeah, I kinda think they will, too.

  • I’d be remiss if I didn’t also mention one show that’s happening before we ring in another new year: TONIGHT, Tuesday the 21st, new fave In The Audience opens up a 3-band night on the side-stage at TT the Bears. The self-described musical collective pulls members from both Portland (ME) and Toronto, and I’ve really liked everything I’ve heard from them so far. There’s an 8-track album (“What Lives”, released in October) available over at their Bandcamp site, and they’re in the midst of recording a new album as well. Keep an eye on their MySpace site, where they’re promising to share up some fresh demos. They’ve been kind enough to send some to me, and they’re a marked improvement on the already-good songs from that first release. Pretty psyched to see them play, and I’m hoping there are more people in the crowd to see them than you’d expect for the opening-slot-on-a-holiday-week-Tuesday. In other words: Join me at TT’s tonight, k? Get there at 9 sharp so you don’t miss a note. Here’s something from their poppier side that should help you make those plans…

    [MP3] In The Audience – “For Courtney”

    Hit up Bandcamp to stream (or better yet, buy) some more. Give a listen to “Walter Gretzky Street Hockey Tournament“, and head to MySpace for their cover of Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire” (yes, that was the second Bruce mention in this post).

    One show that hasn’t been announced yet, but surely will, is the reunited Sebadoh‘s return to town. They’ve just announced a slew of West Coast dates, and the East Coast itinerary is imminent. The occasion? A re-release/reissue/repackage/remaster of what is, as far as I’m concerned, their best album: Bakesale. You want bonus trax? How about freakin’ 25 of them.

    Naturally we’ll get Lou Barlow and Jason Loewenstein both, but no Eric Gaffney this time around. Bakesale-drummer Bob Fay unfortunately isn’t along for the ride either, but we’ll get treated instead to Bob D’Amico behind the kit. Bob’s been playing with Jason for years, and has been doing rhythmic duty alongside Jason in Fiery Furnaces lately. Cannot wait to see them rock those Bakesale tracks out. I’ll be the one kinda freaking out during “Drama Mine“.

    Postscripts:

    1. Tonight: TTs!

    2. It appears as though I’ll be at Brighton Music Hall more times in their first few months of existence than I was during all the years it was Harper’s Ferry. BMH booker for the win!

    3. Hey, look, I made a blog post! Feel free to slow clap.

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  • Almanac Archives

  • Boston-Area Action

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


    Thursday, October 18th
    BOSTON EMISSIONS TEN!
    Anngelle Wood celebrates 10 years
    as host with a live broadcast & bands:
    Exit 18, Parlour Bells, & Stars Like Ours
    7:30pm @ ONCE Somerville


    Thursday, October 18th
    Big Thief
    The Range of Light Wilderness
    michael
    @ the Paradise


    Thursday, October 18th
    The Proletariat
    Savageheads
    Silver Screams
    @ Sonia


    Friday & Saturday
    October 19th & 20th
    Nine Inch Nails
    The Jesus & Mary Chain
    @ the Wang Theatre


    Friday & Saturday
    October 19th & 20th
    The Town & the City Festival
    dozens of artists over 2 days
    in Lowell, Massachusetts


    Saturday, October 20th
    Mitski
    Jessica Lea Mayfield
    @ House of Blues


    Saturday & Sunday
    October 20th & 21st
    Chvrches
    Lo Moon
    @ the Orpheum


    Sunday, October 21st
    Johnny Marr
    The Belle Game
    @ the Paradise


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


    Monday, October 22nd
    Guided By Voices
    Park Doing
    @ the Sinclair


    Tuesday, October 23rd
    The Church
    @ the Sinclair


    Tuesday, October 23rd
    Garbage
    @ House of Blues


    Wednesday, October 24th
    Lily Allen
    @ the Paradise


    Thursday, October 25th
    Minus the Bear
    Caspian
    @ the Paradise


    Thursday, October 25th
    Pile
    The Spirit of the Beehive
    Lilith
    @ the Sinclair


    Friday, October 26th
    We Were Promised Jetpacks
    Hurry Up
    DJ Carbo
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Friday, October 26th
    The Bevis Frond (two sets)
    @ the Rockwell


    Saturday, October 27th
    Mountain Man
    The Dead Tongues
    @ the Sinclair


    Sunday, October 28th
    Wavves
    Beach Fossils
    Kevin Krauter
    @ the Paradise


    Sunday, October 28th
    Monster Magnet
    Electric Citizen
    Dark Sky Choir
    @ the Sinclair


    Tuesday, October 30th
    Violent Femmes
    @ the Royale


    Tuesday, October 30th
    Minus the Bear
    Caspian
    @ the Paradise


    Thursday, November 1st
    Lemuria
    Bethlehem Steel
    @ Great Scott


    Thursday, November 1st
    Mom Jeans
    Just Friends
    Awakebutstillinbed
    Retirement Party
    Two shows @ Once Ballroom


    Thursday, November 1st
    Tune-Yards
    @ the Paradise


    Friday, November 2nd
    Hot Molasses (album release show!)
    Sugar Cones
    @ the Lilypad


    Friday, November 2nd
    Roky Erickson
    @ the ONCE Ballroom


    Saturday, November 3rd
    Ian Sweet
    Young Jesus
    Sean Henry
    @ Great Scott


    Monday, November 5th
    Maggie Rogers
    Mallrat
    @ the Royale


    Monday, November 5th
    Shannon & the Clams
    @ the Sinclair


    Monday, November 5th
    Tenacious D
    @ the House of Blues


    Monday & Tuesday
    November 5th & 6th
    Lucinda Williams & Buick 6
    @ the Paradise


    Tuesday, November 6th
    Fucked Up
    Bad Waitress
    DJ Carbo
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Tuesday, November 6th
    The Joy Formidable
    Tancred
    @ the Sinclair


    Thursday, November 8th
    Julien Baker
    Phoebe Bridgers
    Lucy Dacus
    (solo & together)
    @ the Orpheum


    Thursday, November 8th
    Cursive
    Meat Wave
    Campdogzz
    @ the Paradise


    Friday, November 9th
    Low
    In/via
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Friday & Saturday
    November 9th & 10th
    Hassle Fest 10!
    Boston’s Underground
    Music & Art Festival
    all ages shows
    @ Brighton Music Hall (on 9/10),
    Lilypad, Studio 550, Green Street
    Studios, Hardcore Stadium, & more


    Saturday, November 10th
    Elvis Costello & The Imposters
    @ the Wang Theatre


    Monday, November 12th
    Saves the Day
    Kevin Devine
    An Horse
    @ the Paradise


    Tuesday, November 13th
    Pale Waves
    @ the Sinclair


    Wednesday, November 14th
    Richard Thompson (trio)
    @ the Paradise


    Wednesday, November 14th
    The Alarm
    The Gobshites
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Wednesday, November 14th
    Wild Nothing
    @ the Royale


    Thursday, November 15th
    Jason Narducy (Split Single,
    Superchunk, Bob Mould’s band)
    @ an Allston living room


    Thursday, November 15th
    Weakened Friends
    Nervous Daters
    Save Ends
    @ Great Scott


    Friday, November 16th
    Kal Marks
    Maneka
    Nice Guys
    Rong
    @ Great Scott


    Friday, November 16th
    Robyn Hitchcock
    @ City Winery


    Friday, November 16th
    Jim James (from MMJ – solo)
    Alynda Segarra
    (from Hurray for the Riff Raff)
    @ the Shubert Theatre


    Friday & Saturday
    November 16th & 17th
    Letters to Cleo
    American Hi-Fi
    @ the Paradise


    Sunday, November 18th
    (Sandy) Alex G
    Half Waif
    @ the Paradise


    Tuesday, November 20th
    Echo & the Bunnymen
    Enation
    @ the Orpheum


    Saturday, November 24th
    Death From Above
    Le Butcherettes
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Saturday, November 24th
    Thom Yorke
    Oliver Cooke
    @ the Wang Theatre


    Saturday, November 24th
    Kurt Vile & the Violators
    Jessica Pratt
    @ the House of Blues


    Monday, November 26th
    Stove
    Pet Fox
    @ O’Brien’s


    Monday, November 26th
    Preoccupations
    Protomartyr
    Rattle
    DJ Carbo
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Tuesday, November 27th
    Speedy Ortiz
    @ the Sinclair


    Thursday, November 29th
    Kississippi
    gobbinjr
    Ruler
    @ Great Scott


    Thursday, November 29th
    Peter, Bjorn, & John
    Georgi Kay
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Friday, November 30th
    Cloud Nothings
    The Courtneys
    @ the Sinclair


    Saturday, December 1st
    Snail Mail (two shows!)
    @ the Sinclair


    Sunday, December 2nd
    The Helio Sequence
    Wild Pink
    @ Great Scott


    Monday, December 3rd
    Cults
    @ Great Scott


    Wednesday, December 5th
    Lindsey Buckingham
    @ the Wilbur Theatre


    Wednesday, December 5th
    Reverend Horton Heat
    & Junior Brown with
    The Blasters
    Big Sandy
    @ the Royale


    Friday, December 7th
    Soccer Mommy
    Ratboys
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Saturday, December 8th
    Marissa Nadler
    @ Great Scott


    Saturday, December 8th
    Phosphorescent
    Liz Cooper & the Stampede
    @ the Royale


    Sunday, December 9th
    Old 97s Holiday Extravaganza
    Caseymagic
    Rhett Miller
    @ the Sinclair


    Sunday, December 9th
    Justus Proffit & Jay Som
    Kal Marks
    @ Great Scott


    Monday, December 10th
    Priests
    @ Great Scott


    Wednesday, December 12th
    Gang of Youths
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Thursday, December 13th
    J Mascis
    Luluc
    @ the Sinclair


    Saturday, December 15th
    Night Birds
    Dark Thoughts
    Conmen
    @ Great Scott


    Monday, December 17th
    Hiss Golden Messenger
    @ The Sinclair


    Tuesday, December 18th
    Beach Bunny
    Field Medic
    @ Great Scott


    Friday, December 28th
    Bad Rabbits
    STL GLD
    Haasan Barclay
    @ The Sinclair


    Saturday, December 29th
    Hop Along
    @ Paradise Rock Club


    Monday, December 31st
    The Felice Brothers
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Monday, January 14th
    The Lemon Twigs
    @ the Paradise


    Thursday, January 17th
    Camper Van Beethoven
    @ the Middle East Downstairs


    Thursday, January 24th
    Neko Case
    @ the Royale


    Friday, January 25th
    Rubblebucket
    Diet Cig
    @ the Paradise


    Wednesday, February 13th
    Joe Jackson
    @ the Shubert Theatre


    Friday, February 8th
    Sharon Van Etten
    Nilufer Yanya
    @ the Royale


    Wednesday, February 13th
    Metric & Zoe
    July Talk
    @ House of Blues


    Thursday, February 14th
    Car Seat Headrest
    @ the Royale


    Saturday, February 23rd
    Julia Holter
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Friday, March 8th
    Tokyo Police Club
    @ the Sinclair


    Monday, March 11th
    Teenage Fanclub
    @ the Paradise