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[Guest Post!] The West Coast Music Invasion: Fall Edition

Posted on September 16, 2009 at 11:34 am | No Comments

The sum-total of knowledgeable Boston-based music writers increased by at least one earlier this year when Mr. Joe Fielder’s new day job had him packing up his life in L.A. and relocating here to our little Hub. I’d had the music blog he wrote for, Radio Free Silver Lake, in my RSS reader long before he dropped me a note saying he was heading out this way, and having read many of his posts, we’re lucky to have him. Rather than abandon his digital home, he’s stayed on as RFSL’s Managing Editor and occasional contributor to get that writing fix (nope, no Radio Free Belmont for us).

Yet somehow, despite the demands of that day job and his other blogging outlet, Joe’s pulled together his first (of what will hopefully be many more) guest post for the ‘Nac. Just six months removed from his L.A. departure, he’s still got a good sense of what’s going on out there, and in the month or so ahead, there are quite a few West Coast bands he loves hitting the Boston area. Perfect time for a preview, right? The bands and dates he spotlights below are…

  • Friday, September 18th – Division Day @ O’Briens
  • Saturday, October 3rd – Princeton @ The Paradise
  • Tuesday, October 13th – Sea Wolf @ The Paradise
  • Tuesday, October 13th – The Airborne Toxic Event with
    The Henry Clay People + Red Cortez @ The House of Blues
  • Sunday, October 18th – The Happy Hollows @ TT The Bears
  • Ok, so here’s Joe…

    The Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles has become a fantastic little bio reactor for smart, diverse indie acts over the last few years – and a handful of the town’s best and brightest are headed to Boston in September and October. Here’s a quick rundown of groups to watch out for, along with videos and MP3s.

    Friday, September 18th
    Division Day
    with Bad Veins @ O’Brien’s Pub

    This Friday night, indie rock heartbreakers Division Day visit O’Brien’s in Allston in support of their sophmore album “Visitation”. (This one is on Dangerbird Records, while the last was on Eenie Meanie.) They put on a damn fine live show.

    [MP3] Division Day – “Little Blood

    Saturday, October 3rd
    with Ra Ra Riot and Maps & Atlases
    @ The Paradise

    If you’re a sucker for The Beach Boys‘ “Pet Sounds”, Beirut, and/or charmingly excessive use of smiles and handclaps, chances are you’d like the hell out Princeton. They’re touring with Chicago’s Maps & Atlases and New York’s Ra Ra Riot to promote their Kanine Records‘ debut “Cocoon of Love”.

    [MP3] Princeton – “Calypso Gold

    Tuesday, October 13th
    Sea Wolf
    with Port O’Brien and Sara Lov
    @ The Paradise

    Singer/songwriter/guitarist Alex Church broke away from indie pop act Irving several years ago to focus on his own material… darker, dreamier, more heavily orchestrated stuff that all kind of wins. He’s now on the road to push his second Sea Wolf album on Dangerbird, “White Water, White Bloom”.

    [MP3] Sea Wolf – “Stanislaus

    Tuesday, October 13th
    The Airborne Toxic Event with The Henry Clay People
    and Red Cortez @ The House of Blues

    Not much needs to be said about recent indie rock success story The Airborne Toxic Event. Risen quickly, they’re a polarizing group: you either love love love or hate.

    To the latter, I humbly suggest that if you haven’t seen them live, you haven’t heard the band. Like LA’s Silversun Pickups, they put on an excessively good performance and the production of the album fails to capture their sound. It’s a great line-up, to boot.

    [MP3] The Airborne Toxic Event – “Wishing Well” (EP Version)

    The Henry Clay People‘s album “For Cheap or For Free” seemingly appeared on every LA music blogger’s Best of 2008 list. (It was missing on mine, but only out of incompetence.) It’s jangly indie rock ‘n’ roll at its best… with something clearly going on upstairs, too.

    [MP3] The Henry Clay People – “This Ain’t A Scene

    Formerly known as The Weather Underground, Red Cortez are an unsigned indie rock act that have been stealing shows out west for awhile now. Worth checking out.

    October 18th
    The Happy Hollows
    with Dark Martini & The Dirty Olives
    and The Wrecking Coast @ TT The Bears

    The ideal mix of experimental and accessible (or more simply: smart and catchy), The Happy Hollows are out east for just a few shows as they make their way to this year’s CMJ. Their debut album (produced by The Mighty Lemon Drops‘ Dave Newton) is out in early October and is easily one of my favorite releases this year. Not to be missed live.

    [MP3] The Happy Hollows – “High Wire


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    Saturday, December 16th
    Bent Shapes (farewell show),
    Laika's Orbit, & Beware the
    Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion
    @ Great Scott

    Monday, December 18th
    Big Brave
    Child Bite
    @ Great Scott

    Thursday, December 21st
    @ Sonia

    Friday, December 22nd
    Love Love & Friends Xmas Show!
    with special guests Rick Berlin,
    Field Day, Bob Kendall,
    Anna Rae/Hemway, & Martha Marin
    @ the Midway Cafe

    Thursday, December 28th
    Cymbals Eat Guitars
    @ Great Scott

    Saturday & Sunday
    December 30th & 31st
    Deer Tick
    @ the Sinclair

    Sunday, December 31st
    Speedy Ortiz
    Wendy Eisenberg
    @ Great Scott

    Saturday, January 6th
    Fur Purse (LP Release Party!)
    with Whore Paint,
    Shepherdess, and Sister
    @ the Midway Cafe

    Wednesday, January 10th
    Craig Finn & the
    Uptown Controllers
    with John K. Samson
    @ City Winery Boston

    Friday, January 12th
    Passion Pit
    @ House of Blues

    Saturday, January 13th
    40 musicians form 8 new
    bands & perform that night
    @ the Sinclair

    Saturday, January 13th
    Lana Del Rey
    Jhene Aiko
    @ TD Garden

    Saturday, January 13th
    Horse Jumper of Love
    Mini Dresses
    Strange Passage
    @ Great Scott

    Saturday, January 13th
    Camper Van Beethoven
    @ the Middle East Downstairs

    Thursday, January 18th
    Family Planning
    Olivia Neutron-John
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Sunday, January 21st
    @ the Royale

    Wednesday, January 24th
    Sleigh Bells
    @ the Paradise

    Wednesday, January 24th
    Mega Bog
    @ the Sinclair

    Friday, January 26th
    The Posies
    @ City Winery Boston

    Wednesday, January 31st
    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
    Night Beats
    @ the Royale

    Saturday, February 3rd
    Steve Earle
    @ City Winery Boston

    Friday, February 9th
    @ the Paradise

    Saturday, February 10th
    Weakened Friends
    @ Great Scott

    Saturday & Sunday
    February 10th & 11th
    Ian Hunter
    & the Rant Band
    @ City Winery Boston

    Friday, February 16th
    Steve Earle
    @ City Winery Boston

    Friday, February 16th
    Robert Plant
    @ the Orpheum

    Saturday, February 17th
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Saturday, February 17th
    Noel Gallagher’s
    High Flying Birds
    @ the Boston Opera House

    Sunday, February 18th
    X Ambassadors
    Now, Now
    @ House of Blues

    Wednesday, February 21st
    Frightened Rabbit
    @ the Sinclair

    Thursday, March 1st
    French Vanilla
    @ Great Scott

    Tuesday, March 6th
    Jessica Lea Mayfield
    @ Great Scott

    Thursday, March 8th
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor
    @ the Sinclair

    Thursday, March 8th
    @ the Royale

    Friday, March 9th
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor
    @ Sanders Theatre, Harvard

    Friday, March 9th
    @ the House of Blues

    Saturday, March 10th
    Nada Surf celebrating the 15th
    anniversary of their "Let Go" LP
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Friday, March 23rd
    Glen Hansard
    @ House of Blues Boston

    Saturday, March 31st
    S. Carey
    @ Great Scott

    Tuesday, April 3rd
    Yo La Tengo
    @ the Paradise

    Saturday, April 7th
    @ the Sinclair

    Tuesday, April 10th
    Franz Ferdinand
    @ House of Blues Boston

    Tuesday, April 17th
    Chelsea Wolfe
    @ the Royale

    Friday, April 20th
    Buffalo Tom
    @ the Paradise

    Sunday, April 22nd
    The Darkness
    @ the Royale

    Friday, April 27th
    They Might Be Giants
    @ the House of Blues

    Saturday, April 28th
    Peter Hook & the Light
    performing both of the
    "Substance" collections by
    Joy Division & New Order
    @ the Paradise

    Saturday & Sunday
    April 28th & 29th
    Camp Cope
    @ the Sinclair

    Friday, May 18th
    The Fratellis
    @ the Paradise

    Saturday, June 2nd
    Japanese Breakfast
    @ the Sinclair

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

    Tuesday, July 17th
    @ Xfinity Center

    July 21st & 22nd
    Foo Fighters
    @ Fenway Park

    Friday, August 10th
    Pedro the Lion
    @ Brighton Music Hall