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[Faves] My Favorite Music of 2011

Posted on January 19, 2012 at 7:00 am | 1 Comment

Just about every comment I’ve read on the passing of 2011 boiled down to “good riddance”. Not too shocking, since the internet was built for complaining after all (also – more than a few friends really were struggling), but I’m both surprised and very grateful to state that mine wasn’t all that bad. I’d hazard to say it was actually pretty good, all things considered. After the personal hell that was my own 2010, things really had nowhere to go but up, and so up they went. Way up, at times. Mostly having to do with music. Fancy that.

I’d thought about writing an entire “personal highlights of 2011” post, but that would be too self-indulgent even for me. As much as I want to take note of the fine times, too many words on the subject would cross the invisible ego-line. Instead, just a quick rundown of the ridiculously fortunate music-related experiences I had last year: Hosted a David Bazan show in my living room, inadvertently took the cover photo for Low‘s latest (amazing) record, shared a stage with Dan, Liz, Jean, & Storey from Ida with my little boy watching from the front row, moderated the IFFBoston “Rock Docs” panel, got up the guts to do my first-ever karaoke performance (apologies to fellow Silkworm fans), somehow found myself touring the UK playing drums with good friends (while making brand new ones), which included playing inside one of the best comic shops on Earth, and finished the year watching one of my favorite-ever bands perform one of my favorite-ever albums. Whew. Seriously, that all actually happened. Humbles me to run it down. It’s like some crazy karmic payoff for my utterly ass-tacular 2010. Just hope that doesn’t leave me with nowhere to go but down in the newly-christened twenty-twelve. So far, so good, though. Knock, knock.

What follows is my personal soundtrack for all that great fortune, my 11th (!?) annual non-alphabetized list of my favorite records of the year. In late 2010, Long Winters frontman John Roderick echoed some of my long-held thoughts on year-end lists in wittier, more succinct written form than I could – although I disagree with him on point #3: “If you are too busy to discover new albums for yourself, the last thing you need is a list of more albums to buy.” Sorry, John, but I’ve gotten too many very appreciative emails and comments over the past decade to dismiss the value of music-blog-supplied suggestions. Sometimes people need filters, musical Virgils through the occasional purgatory of new releases. It’s why music blogs exist. Well, one of the reasons anyway. Aside from pure, unfiltered OCD.

But yeah, overall, he’s right on. I’ve never numbered my lists, don’t limit myself to just ten records, would never presume to claim these are the ‘best’ of the year, and never rush to get my list out until after the calendar turns – when I’ve truly absorbed everything I’ve spent time with. I’ve mostly learned to let go of self-imposed-deadline-stress when it comes to the ‘Nac (to its own detriment, but my betterment), the year-end listing especially.

But, hey, it’s done, and almost a couple weeks earlier last year’s list was posted. ‘Nac back pat! Off we go…

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First, my 20-something favorite full-lengths in alphabetical order with some commentary and audio/video, then a few short-players (and shorter comments), and finally a couple of reissues/collections I loved…

Favorite 2011 full-lengths…


Age Rings“Black Honey”
(on Midriff)


Rock and Roll Is Dead by Age Rings

Stream more songs over at Midriff

I’d lamented the apparent shelving of the Boston-based combo Age Rings a few years back – which was tempered by frontman Ted Billings’ follow-up project, Hot Protestants – so I was obviously psyched when, about a year go, an Age Rings Kickstarter project appeared out of nowhere to fund a double-album that was “four years in the making”. I gladly pitched in some cash, helped ’em make their goal, and totally dug the results. While that lengthy collection of songs probably would have ended up on this list, the leaner, meaner, pared-down version (officially released a few months back by ace area label Midriff) is a shoe-in. Billings is one of the best songwriters and singing voices this town has, and we should consider ourselves lucky that he and his Age Rings bandmates saw these songs through, and that Midriff stepped up to shine a light on them.


Apex Manor“The Year Of Magical Drinking”
(on Merge)

[MP3]: Under The Gun

I was a fan of singer/songwriter Ross Flournoy’s previous band, The Broken West, but was for some reason not prepared for how blown away I’d be by his debut as Apex Manor. This follow-up project (which includes Broken Westerner Brian Whelan) is full of snappy, shimmering pop songs – catchy as hell and great from beginning to end. I couldn’t make the band’s first Boston-area appearance, and was psyched to see them return until Flournoy shared news of a trip to rehab last August (subtitled “THE YEAR OF MAGICAL DRINKING HAS ENDED“). Here’s hoping that 2012 brings the guy both health and happiness (and, selfishly, brings us some more of his songs). Keep an eye on his Facebook page for updates.


David Bazan“Strange Negotiations”
(on Barsuk)

[MP3]: Wolves At The Door

Yeah, it’s almost embarrassing… David has ended up on my faves list three years running. But I’m not gonna lie just to prevent myself from being predictable. What’s surprising is that he followed up 2009’s “Curse Your Branches” (and 2010’s “Live at Electrical Audio” full-band album) so quickly with another cracking collection of confessional songs. Rather than sounding rushed, it sounds energetic and immediate – the lead off track rocks more than he’s allowed himself to in awhile. As I said above, sitting on my couch and seeing Dave play in front of me was a personal highlight of last year, and getting a preview of a couple new tracks was a big part of that. Wonder if he’ll play anything new at his next Boston house show in March? I’ll find out soon enough. (and, um, if he cranks another album out… well, yeah, I’ll save a spot on next year’s list)


Camp Radio“Campista Socialista”
(Self-Released)

[MP3]: Turn Up The Radio

Former Stand GT frontman Chris Page put out his best-ever solo effort in 2010 (yes, it’s on the list) then follows it up with another top-notch collection of full-band songs with his Canadian compadres in Camp Radio. This is power-pop of the highest order, catchy as all-get-out, a record that compels you to see them live. Sadly, it’s been way too damn long since I’ve seen Chris pogo-ing on a stage in front of me, and I really need to change that. Come south, my friend. I’ll be giving away a vinyl copy of this fantastic record (with a bonus 7-inch) on the Almanac shortly, so keep an eye out.


Centro-Matic“Candidate Waltz”
(on Undertow)

[MP3]: Only In My Double Mind

Will Johnson puts out a lot of music. I’d never go so far as to say too much music (because, when it comes to Will, there’s no such thing), but it can be hard to keep up. Solo songs, collaborations, full band stuff, he’s a prolific gent. Somehow, he’s able to give each project its own identity, and it was immeasurably gratifying to see 2011 give us Centro-matic‘s strongest, most cohesive collection of songs in awhile. It showed sonic growth while staying unmistakably them, and was bolstered by a live show that mixed the best of the new with choice cuts from their immense back catalog. If Will’s involved, I’m in. The latest: Woody Guthrie tribute project New Multitudes, with Will, Jay Farrar (Son Volt, Gob Iron, Uncle Tupelo), Anders Parker (Varnaline, Gob Iron) and Yim Yames (My Morning Jacket, Monsters of Folk). The album hits next month, and the all-star band plays Boston on March 16th at the Paradise.


Crooked Fingers“Breaks In The Armor”
(on Merge)

[MP3]: Typhoon

Stream the full album at Merge

Yes, Archers of Loaf reunited last year. As amazing as that simple fact still feels, it’s not like frontman Eric Bachmann needed the creative outlet. I mean, the guy has been regularly releasing brilliant records since the Archers broke up, and the latest CF album ranks high among them. You’d think he’d be spinning up his old rock band during a lull in his solo career, but instead he has ’em both going at once, alternating the sonic assault with the softer side. We’re richer for it. “The Counterfeiter“, track 4 on “Breaks In The Armor”, was easily one of my favorite songs of the year. Listen to their newly-shared World Cafe session right here (and note that during interview, Eric mentions they’re about to record another album).

Oh, and Boston-area Archers fans, get ready… they’re coming.


Destroyer“Kaputt”
(on Merge)

Dan Bejar, the mad genius. The man makes a total stylistic shift, throws in a heaping helping of smoooooth saxophone, and completely pulls it off. Whatever guise he takes on stage – full band frontman, solo acoustic performer, or part-time New Pornographer – he leaves me walking away a bigger fan than when I walked in. Can’t even guess what he’s going to try next, and I love that.

These Brooklyn boys walk a very fine homage/derivative line very well, and while I was a bit put-off by the slightly-irritating first single (“Money“), the rest of the album was strong enough to recover and ultimately win me over. It didn’t have the immediate impact their first full-length did, but instead revealed its charms over time. Seeing them on stage has eluded me so far, and I’d like to see this year change that.


Idaho“You Were A Dick”
(Self-Released)

[MP3]: You Were A Dick

With criminally little fanfare, Jeff Martin finally gave us a collection of new Idaho songs last summer, 6 long years after his previous LP. His musical output mostly consists of soundtrack work, so anytime we get a proper album we should consider ourselves very lucky. The record’s title is a pretty incongruous to the beauty within – gorgeous mood-pieces Martin conjures with his guitar, keyboards, and singular voice. It’s at once fragile and powerful stuff, perfect rainy-day music, and my only complaint is that we don’t get enough of it.

The vinyl version was meticulously put together (180 gram cut directly from a hi-res 24-bit master), and includes not just download codes, but a bonus data-DVD with higher fidelity digital audio and a bunch Jeff’s beautiful soundtrack work. Keep an eye here here on the ‘Nac in the next week or so, as I’ve got an extra copy of the vinyl package to give away.


The Joy Formidable“The Big Roar”
(on Atlantic / Canvasback)

Stream songs on their music player

It was the video above that got me, almost exactly a year ago. Hook, line, sinker, the whole tackle box. The song, that performance, the self-contained energy that didn’t even need an audience to feed off. Grabbed the album shortly after, found even better songs to love, and my fandom was sealed last March when they blew away a packed house at Boston’s Brighton Music Hall. Sure, some of the end-of-song, instrument-destroying theatrics might fall a little flat, but damned if they don’t earn the right.


Loney Dear“Hall Music”
(on Polyvinyl)

[MP3]: My Heart

Stream more at Bandcamp

A slow-burner from Swedish son Emil Svanängen and his friends, more understated and less immediately gripping than 2009’s “Dear John”, but ultimately more moving. I eagerly await his live return to the Boston area, either solo or with a backing band. Both are stunning experiences.


Low“C’Mon”
(on Sub Pop)

[MP3]: Especially Me

A half-decade after 2007’s relatively unsettling “Drums and Guns”, Low reemerges with their best long-players in ages. They took just a tiny bit of the disquieting distance of that previous album and blended it with their long-familiar warmth and subtle hooks, coming up with one of their strongest-ever sets of songs. And hey, that album cover kinda rules, too.


M83“Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming”
(on Mute)


Midnight City by M83

I’m in awe of how Frenchman Anthony Gonzalez can keep mining the same keyboard-swell, 80s-style caves and continue to come up with pure audio gold. He’s found a formula, he’s sticking to it, and I’m totally good with that. Even a double-album’s worth sustains the synthy satisfaction. As much as I’m bothered when guitar-based bands try to go all electro (I’m looking at you, Bloc Party & Editors), I’m truly hoping M83 never decides to go all guitary. Don’t go changin’, Anthony. Keep on digging.


Mogwai“Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will”
(on Sub Pop)

[MP3]: Rano Pano

2011 was a rough year for us Mogwai fans, despite the release of this ridiculously good new record. I’m talking about the live show tease that still has no payoff. Here in Boston, we were promised a springtime, post-album performance at the Paradise, which was postponed and replaced with an autumn appearance at the far-larger (and far-inferior) House of Blues… which was then canceled altogether. All I really want is to see them rock out “George Square Thatcher Death Party” while I watch, thank you very much. Is that so much to ask?


Jennifer O’Connor“I Want What You Want”
(on Kiam Records)

[MP3]: Running Start

Stream the whole record at Soundcloud

After a couple albums on Matador, JO’C delivers what is far and away her strongest-ever collection of songs. Bummer for her former label, but such great news for us fans who were hoping she’d keep on releasing records without their support. Here in Boston, we’re lucky that she comes our way regularly, and she’ll be back on March 1st to kick off a three-week tour at Church. And what a stacked lineup – she’ll be playing with Thalia Zedek (Come/Live Skull), Kiam Records labelmates Choo Choo La Rouge, and local duo Cotton Candy (Unrest/Teenbeat Records impresario Mark Robinson and Blast Off Country Style‘s Evelyn Hurley).

It should be noted – while “I Want What You Want” was released digitally a few months back, the physical release on vinyl and compact disc is happening in early March, just as her tour kicks off. Order direct from Kiam Records, or just pick one up at the merch table when you see her.


Office of Future Plans“Office of Future Plans”
(on Dischord)

A full-length, full-band rock record from (former Jawbox frontman) J. Robbins, complete with cello accompaniment? Um… sold!! This sucker was pre-destined to find itself in my faves, and so here it sits. If you’re a Jawbox fan and don’t have this, well, you need to take care of that. Hit up Dischord toot sweet.

It took a single listen through this, Real Estate‘s second full-length, to call it an undisputed fave, but I sure as hell didn’t stop there. Along with the next album in this list, it dominated my ear-time last autumn. As I write this, I’m only a couple days removed from seeing them play a very-sold-out show, and that performance made me an ever bigger booster. Wasn’t sure that was possible, but so it is.

Ok, I’m technically cheating on this one (it just came out in the UK, with no U.S. date yet), but there was no single record I listened to more in the past few months than this hard-to-pigeonhole pop-rock gem. I got a crash course in Standard Fare‘s second full-length in the Fall when I was lucky enough to see them play new songs several nights in a row in the UK, then snag a promo copy of the album for my journey back home to Boston. It hasn’t much left my headphones since. I absolutely adored their first record (see last year’s list), so much so that playing shows with them (hell, even meeting them) made me tangibly nervous… but their kindness squashed that silliness, and their new stuff deepened my obsession. The album deserves a proper write-up, in fact, and I may just do that when it sees a U.S. release (speaking of which, get on that Bar/None, willya? if you don’t someone else surely will).

And yes, this already has a guaranteed spot on next year’s favorites list. So there.


Telekinesis“12 Desperate Straight Lines”
(on Merge)

[MP3]: Car Crash


Telekinesis – Car Crash by telekinesismusic

Avoiding the sophomore slump with another collection of whip-smart songs, Michael Lerner & co. continue to keep the catchiness coming. Bummed I didn’t get to see them live again in 2011, but I’ll be up front when he comes around again.


Ume“Phantoms”
(on Modern Outsider)

[MP3]: Captive

Delivering strongly on the promise of 2009’s “Sunshower” EP and their subsequent live shows, Austin’s Ume finally gave us a full-length last year, and it ruled. The trio will spend the first part of 2012 touring the western part of the U.S., but I’m optimistic they’ll head East once the temperatures out here start warming up.

Ume singer/guitarist Lauren just recorded a song in honor of Austin’s Esme Barrera (read about her here), with all proceeds going to her family. Please download and donate when you can.


TW Walsh“Songs of Pain and Leisure”
(on Graveface)

[MP3]: Make It Rhyme

The decade spent between his solo releases was a long one, as TW’s output was funneled through Pedro the Lion and his (too) short-lived combo The Soft Drugs, but it served him (and us) well – this album distills his songwriting and production skills into their purest form and rewards us with the most solid, cohesive batch of songs he’s ever made. So many steps above your traditional singer/songwriter vanity project, this is more like a full-band album that happened to be made by one talented dude. Hope all his mixing and mastering projects leave him enough time to start thinking about playing live again.


Wild Flag“Wild Flag”
(on Merge)


Wild Flag – Romance by MergeRecords
Stream the album at Merge

This was kind of a given, yeah? Expectations were pretty damn high, and they crushed ’em. Considering the parts (Timony/Helium, Cole/Minders, Brownstein/Sleater-Kinney, & Weiss/S-K/Quasi), who would’ve thought that the sum would be somehow greater? It’s a living tribute to classic rock that never comes across as stale or ironic, just plain rockin’. And even though the album’s great, the live show still trumps it. They’ll be back in Boston on Saturday, March 31st at the Paradise, and you’d best be getting tickets before it gets too close.


Withered Hand“Good News”
(on Absolutely Kosher)

Stream more songs at Bandcamp

Another silver lining on the already-golden-colored cloud that was my UK getaway was learning of the one-man-band that is Withered Hand. Dan Willson is a Scotsman with a knack for melody and a tendency to over-share, delivering brutally confessional songs a unique singing voice that some might consider an acquired taste – though it took me just 3 songs to not just acquire it, but embrace it. I’ve woken up many mornings with the melody from “Religious Songs” stuck in my head, and that’s not a complaint… in fact, it’s back in my brain right now, and it’ll probably be in yours when you stream it above. Do not resist.


The Wooden Birds“Two Matchsticks”
(on Barsuk)

[MP3]: Two Matchsticks

Criminally under-appreciated this year was The Wooden Birds‘ second record, “Two Matchsticks”. Main-man (and former American Analog Set frontguy) Andrew Kenny made this one a more collaborative affair, with increased contributions from singer/guitarist Leslie Sisson and Mr. Matt Pond (on break from his own excellent band), along with guest appearances from DCFC‘s Ben Gibbard and Ola Podrida‘s David Wingo. It gave the record a more fleshed-out feel than the debut, while still retaining that certain sparseness Kenny has been cultivating since AmAnSet’s demise. In my alternate-universe utopia, The Wooden Birds are dominating the airwaves and playing sold-out shows all around. Do your part to make that happen, willya?


Wye Oak“Civilian”
(on Merge)

[MP3]: Civilian

Would it sound silly if I said how proud I was of Wye Oak? Yeah, probably would. But I am, just the same. Jenn & Andy started out making an album I really liked, followed it up with a record I totally loved, then made one that pretty much blew me away… and the media attention and crowd sizes have increased proportionately. It’s sort of crazy how things are working the way they’re supposed to with this duo… organic growth based on actual quality and effort? In an age of fickle fandom and hype-backlash-burnout, they’re doing things just right. Not sure how album four can keep it going, but I’m pretty damn excited to find out. Read a great year-end interview with J&A at the Village Voice, and check out Jenn’s solo project, “Flock of Dimes”.

Favorite 2011 Short-Players…


Beach Fossils“What A Pleasure” EP
(on Captured Tracks)


Face It by Captured Tracks

A lengthy EP that serves as a very satisfying stop-gap between full-lengths. Hoping 2012 gives us another long-player.

Rose Melberg back in a full band with a release on Slumberland Records? Hello new favorite! So psyched to see Rose reuniting with Jen Sbragia as the Softies in April for one of Chickfactor’s 20th anniversary shows in NYC. Just wish I could be there for it. Sigh.


Cuffs“Privilege” / “Archer” 7-inch
(on Ride The Snake / Bandcamp)

Two proper Cuffs studio songs while we wait for the eventual full-length, and they’re as good as the demos and live shows suggested. There’s another 7-inch in the can and on the way, but I’m hoping that’s not all we get this year. Get crackin’ on that full-length, gentlemen.


Girlfriends
“Cave Kids” 7-inch / “Nothing Nice To Say” demos

(via Bandcamp)

Is any Girlfriends good Girlfriends? So far, that’s kinda true. I dug their first cassette, loved the 7-inch, but the brand new 4-song demo crushes. seriously excited for a first full-length.


Night Fruit“Dark Horse” 7-inch
(via Bandcamp)

As I said last month, it took mere moments for me to become a Night Fruit fan when I caught them at an Allston basement show early last year. Following up on their first demo, this 3-song 7-inch hints at even better things to come… and according to Facebook, the next thing will be another 7-inch sometime soon. Yes, please.


Seaweed“Service Deck” / “The Weight” 7-inch
(on No Idea)

I have no idea (argh, pun!) what is going on with Tacoma’s Seaweed nowadays. I was a fan in the 90s, heard whispers of a reformation a couple years back, and out of nowhere a friend hips me to this new 7-inch. It’s great, yeah, but I remain clueless on future plans… the band has approximately zero web presence. Full-length to follow? Live shows? Who knows? I’ll just take these two songs and consider them a gift.


Soccer Mom“You Are Not Going To Heaven” EP
(on 100m)

Oh jeez, is this band ever good. Any city would be lucky to have them, but we get to call them our own. This, their debut, is a stunning, guitar-driven, neo-shoegaze set, but their blistering live show is usually even better. The Boston-based bastard sons of Swervedriver, at times. More recordings soon, please.


You Can Be A Wesley“Nightosphere” EP
(via Bandcamp)

[MP3]: Talking Science

Longtime personal Boston-area faves YCBAW keep the good stuff coming with this 6-song EP. Go here to stream or download the band’s recent live performance on WMBR’s esteemed Pipeline program.

Favorite 2011 reissues/collections…


Archers of Loaf“Icky Mettle” 2-disc remastered edition
(on Merge)

Bless you, Merge Records. The label is in the process of remastering and reissuing all of the Archers‘ full-lengths, starting with “Icky Mettle” last year, “Vee Vee” next month, and the remaining two later in 2012. Each album is not just sonically improved, but comes with a second disc of demos, EP tracks, and compilation cuts. They’re must-own albums, and their re-release is a big part of the reason we’re seeing the Loaf back in action and touring again (and getting their own live concert film).


Ride“Nowhere” 20th anniversary remaster/reissue
(on Rhino Handmade)

The $40 online-only price tag may have put off longtime Ride followers, but take my word for it as a serious fanboy, this new edition is totally worth it. I’ve got a full-length post in the works on the magic of this remastering, but until then you’ll just have to trust me. It’s one of the greatest albums of all-time, and somehow it now sounds even better. Just get it.


Throwing Muses“Anthology”
(on 4AD)

Stream two songs at their website

This 2-disc collection is far from your typical “best of”, and certainly not a “greatest hits”, of which the band sadly has very few. Instead, it’s a collection of the current Throwing Muses lineup’s faves, turning a bit of a blind eye to former Muse Tanya Donelly’s contributions, and instead focusing on the songs they feel they can best play live. Which, thankfully, they’ve been doing recently, and will supposedly be doing more of soon. In fact, work continues on a brand new TM album, and with luck (and contributions from Strange Angels), we’ll see that this year.

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Whenever I post one of these, I take a glance back at the yearly “looking forward to…” post to see which albums missed the mark, which ones came outta nowhere, and which hopeful wishes never came true. My 2012 forecast is already in progress.

Links to my faves from years past, for the bored overly-curious: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2004, 2003, 2002, and 2001 (oh, and when I die and future-historians must know my 2005 and 2006 faves, just tell ’em to dig through my drafts folder).

I do have a resolution for 2012: Try to spend more quality time on the Almanac (I was going to go with ‘less beer’, but, um, nah). With all the good goings-on in 2011, I totally bottomed out on posting (also: see the “less self-imposed deadline stress” above). The statistical proof: A measly 34 total posts, and just 9 live shows shared, easily my weakest year in the decade or so I’ve been doing this. I came close to shuttering the place many times, but always found just enough inspiration to leave the doors open. May that inspiration keep on coming.

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One Response to “[Faves] My Favorite Music of 2011”

  1. March to the Sea
    January 21st, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    Hey great list as always. One thing re: mogwai, the show is still not officially “cancelled” my ticket for the paradise is supposed to be valid according to ticketmaster. I emailed Customer Service and they said there was no indication if it being cancelled yet. Then, a few days ago on their FB page they said US tour dates coming soon…so..we have a chance at 3rd time is a charm? I am never buying tickets for them again until the week before from now on. Can’t stand the “not knowing”.
    Anyway..great list as always, stuff I need to check out, thus why I love lists so!

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    @ House of Blues

    Wednesday, August 31st
    Built to Spill
    @ the Paradise

    Thursday, September 1st
    The Dents
    Rockin' Bob Punk Band
    Chrissy Vaccaro
    @ Notch Brighton

    Friday, September 2nd
    The Mountain Goats
    @ the Wilbur

    Saturday, September 3rd
    Boris
    Nothing
    @ the Paradise

    Sunday, September 4th
    The Ocean Blue
    @ City Winery

    Wednesday, September 7th
    Neko Case
    Sean Rowe
    @ Emerson Colonial Theatre

    Friday, September 9th
    Boy George & Culture Club
    @ the Chevalier Theatre

    Saturday, September 10th
    She & Him
    (Brian Wilson tribute)
    @ House of Blues

    Saturday, September 10th
    Crowded House
    @ the Wang

    Saturday, September 10th
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    St. Vincent
    Thundercat
    @ Fenway Park

    Sunday, September 11th
    Lagwagon
    I Am The Avalance
    Grumpster
    @ the Sinclair

    Monday, September 12th
    Courtney Barnett
    @ House of Blues Boston

    Monday, September 12th
    Ghost
    Mastodon
    Spiritbox
    @ Roadrunner

    Tuesday, September 13th
    Pet Fox
    @ O'Brien's

    Tuesday, September 13th
    Phoenix
    Porches
    @ Roadrunner

    Tuesday, September 13th
    Bauhaus
    @ MGM Music Hall

    Wednesday, September 14th
    Quivers
    Let's Whisper (LP release!)
    Yours Are The Only Ears
    @ O'Brien's

    Wednesday, September 14th
    Porcupine Tree
    @ MGM Music Hall

    Wednesday, September 14th
    Arlo Parks
    @ Roadrunner

    Thursday, September 15th
    Clutch
    Quicksand
    Helmet
    JD Pinkus
    @ House of Blues

    Thursday, September 15th
    Richard Thompson
    @ Natick Center For Arts

    Thursday & Friday
    September 15th & 16th
    They Might Be Giants
    'Flood' 30th anniversary
    @ the Royale

    Thursday & Friday
    September 15th & 16th
    Vundabar
    @ the Sinclair

    Saturday, September 17th
    The Afghan Whigs
    @ the Paradise

    Saturday, September 17th
    Roxy Music
    @ the Garden

    Saturday, September 17th
    Idles
    Injury Reserve
    @ Roadrunner

    Saturday, September 18th
    The Dream Syndicate
    40th Anniversary Tour playing
    "The Days of Wine & Roses" & more
    @ the Crystal Ballroom

    Saturday, September 18th
    Julia Jacklin
    Kara Jackson
    @ the Paradise

    Saturday, September 18th
    Heaven 17
    @ City Winery

    Monday, September 19th
    Echo & the Bunnymen
    @ the House of Blues

    Monday, September 19th
    Girlpool
    @ the Paradise

    Monday, September 19th
    Southern Culture on the Skids
    @ the Middle East

    Monday, September 19th
    New Order
    Pet Shop Boys
    @ Some Bank Pavilion

    Monday, September 19th
    Stevie Nicks
    @ Xfinity Center

    Tuesday, September 20th
    Sports Team
    @ the Middle East Upstairs

    Tuesday, September 20th
    Spiritualized
    @ the Royale

    Wednesday, September 21st
    Echo & the Bunnymen
    @ the House of Blues

    Wednesday, September 21st
    OSEES
    Bronze
    @ the Royale

    Thursday, September 22nd
    The National
    Indigo Sparke
    @ Roadrunner

    Friday, September 23rd
    Soulside
    Verbal Assault
    Bed Maker
    Wrong War
    @ ONCE @ the Armory

    Saturday, September 24th
    The Get Up Kids
    play "Four Minute Mile"
    & Sparta
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Saturday, September 24th
    Supersuckers
    @ the Middle East

    Saturday, September 24th
    Speedy Ortiz, Haasan Barclay,
    Mallcops, Sorry Ma, Clifford,
    Paper Lady, and more
    @ ONCE @ Boynton Yards

    Sunday, September 25th
    Come
    Home Despot
    @ the Middle East Upstairs

    Sunday, September 25th
    Amyl and the Sniffers
    @ Big Night Live

    Monday, September 26th
    Carly Rae Jepsen
    Empress Of
    @ Roadrunner

    Wednesday, September 28th
    Pavement
    The Goon Sax
    @ the Wang

    Thursday, September 29th
    Japanese Breakfast
    Yo La Tengo
    @ Roadrunner

    Friday, September 30th
    The B-52s (farewell tour)
    KC & the Sunshine Band
    @ MGM Music Hall

    Friday & Saturday
    September 30th & October 1st
    Kay Hanley
    (of Letters to Cleo)
    @ City Winery

    Saturday, October 1st
    The Mars Volta
    @ MGM Music Hall

    Saturday, October 1st
    Kid Gulliver
    @ the Jungle

    Saturday, October 1st
    Death Cab For Cutie
    Low
    @ Some Bank Pavilion

    Saturday, October 1st
    The Mommyheads
    Abbie Barrett
    @ the Burren Backroom

    Sunday, October 2nd
    Cigarettes After Sex
    @ the House of Blues

    Monday, October 3rd
    Sunny Day Real Estate
    The Appleseed Cast
    @ the House of Blues

    Monday, October 3rd
    The Killers
    Johnny Marr
    @ the Garden

    Tuesday, October 4th
    Stereolab
    Fievil is Glauque
    @ Roadrunner

    Tuesday, October 4th
    The Gaslight Anthem
    Jeff Rosenstock
    @ MGM Music Hall

    Thursday, October 6th
    Fontaines D.C.
    @ the House of Blues

    Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
    October 7th, 8th, & 9th
    "As Summer Into Autumn Slips" 3 days of music featuring...
    Day 1: Surprise Me Mr. Davis,
    Marco Benevento Trio, & William Tyler
    Day 2: The Slip, WOLF! (featuring
    Scott Metzger), & William Tyler
    Day 3: The Slip, Club d'Elf,
    & William Tyler
    @ Soundcheck Studios, Pembroke

    Saturday, October 8th
    Billy Bragg
    Alice Phoebe Lou
    @ the Wilbur

    Sunday, October 9th
    Oliver Sim of the XX
    @ the Royale

    Sunday, October 9th
    L7
    30th Anniversary of
    "Bricks Are Heavy" tour
    @ Big Night Live

    Tuesday, October 11th
    Craig Finn &
    The Uptown Controllers
    @ the Crystal Ballroom

    Tuesday, October 11th
    Gorillaz
    EarthGang
    @ TD Garden

    Friday, October 14th
    The Black Angels
    The Vacant Lots
    @ the Paradise

    Sunday, October 16th
    Future Teens
    @ the Crystal Ballroom

    Sunday, October 16th
    Smashing Pumpkins
    Janes Addiction
    Poppy
    @ the Garden

    Monday, October 17th
    House of Love
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Wednesday, October 19th
    Melt-Banana
    Ed Shrader's Music Beat
    Psychic Graveyard
    @ the Sinclair

    Thursday, October 20th
    June of 44
    Thalia Zedek Band
    Helms
    @ the Middle East Down

    Friday, October 21st
    Bad Suns
    Last Dinosaurs
    Quarters of Change
    @ the Royale

    Saturday, October 22nd
    Slothrust
    Weakened Friends
    @ the Sinclair

    Sunday, October 23rd
    Illuminati Hotties
    Enumclaw
    Olivia Barton
    @ the Sinclair

    Monday, October 24th
    Kevin Morby
    Coco
    @ the Sinclair

    Tuesday, October 25th
    Metric
    @ the House of Blues

    Tuesday & Wednesday
    October 25th & 26th
    Calexico
    Ada Lea
    @ the Sinclair

    Thursday, October 27th
    Titus Andronicus
    @ Crystal Ballroom

    Friday, October 28th
    Tegan and Sara
    Tomberlin
    @ the Royale

    Friday, October 28th
    The Joy Formidable
    Cuffed Up
    @ the Sinclair

    Sunday, October 30th
    Pile
    @ Crystal Ballroom

    Sunday, October 30th
    Kurt Vile & the Violators
    Come
    @ the Royale

    Monday, October 31st
    Mint Green
    @ O'Brien's

    Wednesday, November 2nd
    Silversun Pickups
    @ House of Blues

    Wednesday, November 2nd
    Two Door Cinema Club
    Day Wave
    @ Roadrunner

    Friday, November 4th
    Rina Sawayama
    @ Roadrunner

    Saturday, November 5th
    Young Jesus
    @ Middle East Downstairs

    Saturday, November 5th
    Let's Eat Grandma
    @ the Sinclair

    Saturday, November 5th
    Turnover (Record Release)
    @ Roadrunner

    Sunday, November 6th
    Soccer Mommy
    Lightning Bug
    @ House of Blues

    Tuesday, November 8th
    Russian Circles
    Rezn
    @ the Sinclair

    Tuesday, November 8th
    Arcade Fire
    Beck
    @ MGM Fenway Music Hall

    Tuesday & Wednesday
    November 8th & 9th
    Alex G
    Hatchie
    @ the Paradise

    Wednesday, November 9th
    Field Medic
    Sadurn
    @ Cafe 939

    Sunday, November 13th
    Plains
    (featuring Katie Crutchfield
    of Waxahatchee + Jess Williamson)
    MJ Lenderman
    @ Royale

    Monday, November 14th
    Bartees Strange
    Pom Pom Squad
    Spring Silver
    No They Hate Change
    @ the Sinclair

    Tuesday, November 15th
    Cloud Nothings
    @ the Sinclair

    Tuesday, November 15th
    The Menzingers
    play "On The Impossible Past"
    Touché Amoré
    Screaming Females
    @ the Paradise

    Wednesday, November 16th
    The Smile
    @ Roadrunner

    Wednesday, November 16th
    The Chills
    @ City Winery Boston

    Friday, November 18th
    Alvvays
    Slow Pulp
    @ Roadrunner

    Saturday & Sunday
    November 19th & 20th
    Turnstile
    Snail Mail
    @ Roadrunner

    Monday, November 21st
    Preoccupations
    @ the Sinclair

    Saturday, November 26th
    Dinosaur Jr.
    Guided By Voices
    Eugene Mirman
    @ the House of Blues

    Wednesday, November 30th
    Mclusky
    @ the Sinclair

    Thursday, December 1st
    Archers of Loaf
    Weird Nightmare
    @ the Sinclair

    Sunday, December 4th
    beabadoobee
    Lowertown
    @ Roadrunner

    Tuesday, December 6th
    Local H
    "Here Comes The Zoo"
    20th Anniversary Tour
    @ the Middle East Downstairs

    Friday, December 9th
    Patrick Watson
    @ the Sinclair

    Tuesday, December 13th
    Bonny Light Horseman
    @ the Sinclair

    Saturday, December 17th
    The Lemonheads
    "It's A Shame About Ray"
    30th Anniversary Tour
    with Juliana Hatfield
    & On Being An Angel
    @ the Paradise

    Saturday, December 17th
    Foals
    @ Roadrunner

    Monday, March 20th, 2023
    Bruce Springsteen
    & the E Street Band
    @ TD Garden

    Sunday, April 16th
    Dead Can Dance
    @ the Wang

    Wednesday, October 11th, 2023
    The Mission UK
    The Chamelons
    @ Brighton Music Hall