Bradley's Almanac

Boston: Some August Shows of Note

Posted on August 2, 2009 at 8:56 am | No Comments

As promised a month ago, here’s a continuation of the list of upcoming Boston-area shows that have me very, very psyched for the second half of summer. Wait, summer’s almost half over? Well, rats.

I’m thinking of making this run-down a monthly deal. But then again, I think about doing lots of things…

If you went to Wheat‘s CD release show at Great Scott last night, I hope you saved some of your weekend energy for tonight, ‘cuz former Bostonian (and ex-Helium frontwoman) Mary Timony returns to town for the first show with her new band Soft Power at TT the Bears. If that’s not reason enough to be there (and it should be), they’re joined on the bill by Gramercy Arms, the NY-based collective who happen include Mary’s early-90s Boston indie rock compatriots, Dave Derby of the wonderful Dambuilders, and Boston’s own Hilken Mancini, formerly of Fuzzy. And with that band, you never know who else might show up on stage (check the ‘about’ section of their website for the amazing list of contributors to their album). Added bonus? Locals Shepherdess open up, which shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, given Hilken’s presence in that band as well. Can never get too much Hilken, really. What is a surprise, at least to me, is that former Fudge drummer Mike Savage (who rules) and Operators guitarist Emily Arkin (who also happens to rule) are also in Shepherdess… how did I not know this until this week?! Throw in bass player Winston Bramen (also formerly Fuzzy, and in Thalia Zedek‘s band) and that’s a recipe for greatness. I mean, how can anyone not go to this show. While the likelihood of my presence at any Sunday night show can be low, this one gives me no real choice. I apologize in advance to my bosses for my lackluster Monday performance.

A few days later, on Wednesday, August 5th, former Bostonian (and now Torontian… Toronto-ite? Torontist? Help me out, Frank) Joe Pernice comes home for not one, but two shows at the Brattle Theatre. And they ain’t just your average shows, no sir. Along with the singin’, there’ll be some book-readin’, too, maybe some autographin’, thanks to the release of Joe’s debut novel, “It Feels So Good When I Stop“, this Tuesday. Naturally, the novel includes references to lots of music, including cover songs and fictional tunes, so Joe has thrown together a soundtrack that he’ll be drawing from for these live performances. Day-jobbers can grab tickets to an early 7pm show and late-nighters can pick up ones to the 9:30pm show. Opening up will be former Charlestown (and now L.A.) comedy duo The Walsh Brothers, and remember… the Brattle now serves beer.

On Thursday, August 13th, Baltimore-based duo Wye Oak returns to the Middle East Upstairs for a show with the Starlight Mints. Both bands are here on the heels of just-released new albums, and I’m especially excited to see Wye Oak play songs from “The Knot” in a more intimate setting than the gi-normous Memorial Hall they played to close out XX Merge last week in North Carolina. It was a wonderful performance, but I’m ready to get a whole lot closer to Andy & Jenn’s amps n’ drums. Tickets here, and arrive early for the indescribable antics of JP Inc, who used to be known as Pleaseeasaur. The transition from that into Wye Oak will be… interesting.

In case you haven’t been paying attention, charming Scottish quartet the Trashcan Sinatras are gratefully still around, still making music, and in fact, have just released their fifth album, the gorgeous “In The Music”. Their debut, 1990’s “Cake”, is one of my all-time faves, rivaling some of the Smiths’ best work, as far as jangly UK pop with brilliantly twisted wordplay goes. And while each subsequent album didn’t hit me quite as hard as that one did (certain subsequent songs, yes, but whole albums, no), I’m always on board for whatever they’re up to. And what they’re up to is a rare U.S. tour in support of the new album, which kicked off a couple weeks ago and finishes up at TT the Bears in Cambridge two weeks from tonight, on Sunday, August 16th. I’ve only seen them once, and it was ages ago, so a TTs show will be a true treat. Opening is Brookville and Paul Sentz (of This Car Up & Putnam Murdock). If there’s any justice, this sucker will sell out, so grab a ticket here.

By the way, if you’re smartly thinking of picking up a copy of the new album, you can grab a special (deep breath) limited edition, individually-numbered, clothbound, screen printed, digipak version (whew) at their website which includes an instant download of high-quality DRM free MP3s (320kbs) while you wait for it to arrive, and they’ve thrown in two bonus tracks for good measure. And excitedly, word is that all four previous Trashcan albums should be re-released with b-sides at some point. Fingers are crossed.

The following night brings the Deal sisters back to town for another Breeders show at the Paradise. That’s Monday, August 17th, with openers The Whispertown 2000. Tickets here. The band self-released the “Fate To Fatal” EP on Record Store Day, and you can download the title track here.

August will end, for me, on Boston’s waterfront as I take in Explosions In The Sky with The Flaming Lips at the BoA Pavilion. The opportunity to see Austin’s EitS in such a potentially beautiful outdoor setting is nothing less than a gift… anyone who’s familiar with their powerful soundscapes can imagine what we’re in for. And while I haven’t been as much of a Lips fan as I was when “The Soft Bulletin” and “Yoshimi…” came out, it’s high time I experienced them live, and the possibility of Wayne’s big ball. Who knows, maybe he’ll end up in Boston Harbor, floating out to sea as “Do You Realize?” plays on. Openers are Stardeath and Whitedwarfs, who I know next to nothing about, although I heard (and liked) one of their songs just yesterday, and you can buy tickets here. I’ll be the guy smiling, probably with his eyes closed, third row center, during the entirety of EitS’s set.

Oh, and if you use that link to buy tickets, you’ll get to download 3 songs from the upcoming Flaming Lips album “Embryonic”: “Convinced of the Hex,” “The Impulse,” and “Silver Trembling Hands.” Then, sometime before the show, you’ll supposedly be able to download 3 rare Lips b-sides, picked by the band. And finally, 3-5 days after the show, you’ll get a link to download an official live recording of the set you just saw. Because getting that link before the show would require time travel technology. And if the sound quality of that recording even half-decent (and given that it’s official, it should be), I’m hoping to hell they record EitS’s set, too. And that we get to listen to it. Someday.

There are so many more August shows I could write about (see my big ol’ list on the left), but if I don’t stop here I’ll never get this done. Keep an eye out for posts on other shows when the urge and the free time strikes me…

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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