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[Last Week’s Playlist] March 2017’s NEW MUSIC NIGHT at ONCE Somerville

Posted on March 23, 2017 at 12:23 pm | No Comments

Did you skip New Music Night at ONCE in Somerville last week? No worries, I’ve got you covered. While you may have blown your chance to win one of several pairs of free show tickets I handed out during the two-hour DJ set, and missed out on some truly tasty tacos, at least you can check out the playlist here. Small consolation, I know. Some of the songs are streamable below, others you’ll have to hunt down (maybe on my monthly playlists?), and a few include a little extra info.

Join us next month at ONCE on Monday, April 24th and avoid any potential lingering regret.

NEW MUSIC NIGHT playlist
at the ONCE Lounge, Somerville, MA
on Monday, March 13th, 2017

01. Will Johnson – “Childress (To Ogden)
     From his “Hatteras Night, A Good Luck Charm” LP, out this week. The former Centro-matic frontman plays the Sinclair in Cambridge on 6/8 with John Moreland.

02. David Bazan – “Make Music
     From the just-released “Care” LP.

     

03. The Shins – “Rubber Ballz

04. Gregory and the Hawk – “She’s An Angel” (TMBG cover)
     An exclusive bonus recording for GatH Patreon supporters.

05. Lambchop – “Old Masters
     Playing Allston’s Brighton Music Hall with Animal Hospital on March 28th.

06. Aimee Mann – “Goose Snow Cone
     From her almost-available “Mental Illness” LP.

07. Girlpool – “123
     Opening track from their upcoming LP, “Powerplant”.

     

08. Real Estate – “Stained Glass
     From their just-released “In Mind” LP.

09. Terry Malts – “It’s Not Me
     New single ” target=”_blank”>on Slumberland Records. Tour hits O’Brien’s in Boston on April 17th.

     

10. Anders Parker – “High Flying Bird
     From his upcoming LP, “The Man Who Fell From Earth”. Tour with Son Volt hits the Paradise in Boston on April 6th.

11. Robyn Hitchcock – “Mad Shelley’s Letterbox
     From his forthcoming self-titled record on Yep Roc.

12. The New Pornographers – “This Is the World of the Theater
     From their upcoming “Whiteout Conditions” LP.

13. The New Year – “Recent History
     First taste of their forthcoming “Snow” LP.

     

14. Mark Eitzel – “The Last Ten Years
Off his latest Merge Records LP, “Hey Mr. Ferryman”. He plays ONCE Somerville with Howe Gelb on April 11th.

15. Spiral Stairs – “The Unconditional
     Off the former Pavement member’s upcoming solo LP, “Doris and the Daggers”.

16. Sheer – “Shut It Off
     From their “Psychic Quarry” EP, due out April 28th on Native Sound.

17. Future Teens – “In Love Or Whatever
     Off their brand new “Bored and Alone” EP.

     

18. Field Nurse – “Summer Spacecraft Motorhome
     Title track from their just-released debut EP.

19. Lake Ruth – “Pictures from Home
     Latest single from this NYC-based band, who will make their Boston debut this weekend at ONCE with SAVAK & Gold Muse. See you there, I hope.

20. Bill Botting & the Two Drink Minimums – “Treating You Right
     Allo Darlin’bass player extraordinaire has a backing band & a brand new LP.

21. Filthy Friends – “Any Kind Of Crowd
     Members of Sleater-Kinney, REM, Young Fresh Fellows, & more formed a super-duper group. 7-inch coming out on Record Store Day. The Best Show previewed this track (at the 5-minute mark).

22. Funeral Advantage – “Shining
     From the Boston-based band’s latest EP, “Please Help Me”.

     

23. Angus – “I Don’t Sleep
     One of two new songs from this Massachusetts-based band (digging their Bandcamp pricing model).

24. Juliana Hatfield – “Wonder Why
     From her upcoming “Pussycat” LP, out next month on ALR.

     

25. Monster Movie – “Going Backwards
     Long-running quartet featuring Slowdive guitarist Christian Savill returns with solid new stuff. LP out next week on Graveface.

26. No Thank You – “Serenity Song
     From the Philly trio’s new record, “Jump Ship”.

27. The Darling Buds – “Guess The Good Parts
     Yes, those Darling Buds. Their first recorded material over 2 decades, the “Evergreen” EP, arrives next month on Oddbox Records.

28. Charly Bliss – “Glitter
     This NYC quartet’s debut record, “Guppy”, is out on 4/21 via Barsuk.

29. Early Riser – “The Nevers
     First taste of their debut full-length, out later this year on Anchorless/A-F Records.

30. No Hope/No Harm – “Pony Boy
     Third song released from this Boston-based band (featuring Aaron Perrino of the Sheila Divine & Luke O’Neil of the internet).

31. Pile – “Leaning On A Wheel
     Another killer track off their upcoming LP, “A Hairshirt of Purpose”, out next week on EiS.

32. Jason Loewenstein – “Machinery
     The return of solo-style Jakerock. Been way too long, but damn, this song was worth it. Grab the 7-inch. LP on the way.

     

33. OUT – “End Times
     Straight outta Kalamazoo, their debut full-length is out now on Comedy Minus One. And I’m listening to it as I write this. Hot damn.

34. Thurston Moore – “Cease Fire
     First shared song from his upcoming solo record, “Rock N Roll Consciousness”, out next month on Caroline.

35. Beach Slang – “Roadrunner” (Modern Lovers cover)
     From Vol. 2 of their “Here, I Made This For You” covers EPs.

36. Afghan Whigs – “Demon In Profile
     First single from their next record, “In Spades”, out May 5th on Sub Pop.

37. Tobin Sprout – “When I Was A Boy
     The Guided By Voices co-conspirator has a new solo record, “The Universe and Me”, on Burger Records. He plays Brighton Music Hall in Boston on 4/23 with DTCV.

     

38. Magnetic Fields – “Be True To Your Bar
     Stephin Merrit & co. have released another must-own epic. “50 Song Memoir” is out on Nonesuch.

For your calendar: Monday, April 24th at the ONCE Lounge in Somerville, MA: The next New Music Night. Note the special start time of 6:30pm, when I’ll start spinning and handing out tickets…

[Last Week’s Playlist] February’s NEW MUSIC NIGHT at ONCE Somerville

Posted on February 18, 2017 at 3:35 pm | No Comments

The first New Music Night of the #SCROTUS era happened last week at the ONCE Lounge in Somerville, Massachusetts, and it I’m going to guess that the lighter-than-usual attendance was due to a certain sporting event that took place the night before. Glad I had an industrious crew of politician-targeted-postcard-writers hanging out to keep me company while I played a couple hours of new songs for them and handed out some free Boston-area concert tickets.

Here’s a rundown of the evening’s playlist. Mark down Monday, March 13th on your calendar for the next one…

NEW MUSIC NIGHT playlist
at the ONCE Lounge, Somerville, MA
on Monday, February 6th, 2017

01. Peter Silberman – “Slips Away
     [ from the Antler’s frontman’s new solo LP ]

     

02. Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions – “A Wonderful Seed
03. Julien Baker – “Funeral Pyre
04. The Proper Ornaments – “Memories
05. Father John Misty – “Ballad of the Dying Man
06. Tennis – “Fields Of Blue

07. Joel R.L. Phelps & The Downer Trio – “Blinding Light
     [ new EP of songs recorded during their last LP sessions ]

     

08. Real Estate – “Darling

09. Transona Five – “Trucker Talk Ch. 3
     [ from their just-released 2xLP collection / stream it ]
10. Self Defense Family – “In Those Dark Satanic Mills
11. Shadow Band – “Eagle Unseen
12. Slowdive – “Star Roving

13. Beach Slang – “Sometimes Always” (JAMC cover)
     [ from their new covers EP ]

     

14. Mount Eerie – “Real Death
15. The New Pornographers – “High Ticket Attractions
     [ from their upcoming “White Out Conditions” LP ]

16. Guided By Voices – “Hiking Skin
17. Robyn Hitchcock – “I Want To Tell You About What I Want

18. Monster Movie – “Shouldn’t Stray from the Shadows
     [ from their upcoming “Keep the Voices Distant” LP ]

     

19. OUT – “Wound Up
     [ from their now-available debut LP, “Swim Buddies” ]

     

20. No Thank You – “Juicy J
     [ from their almost-out “Jump Ship” LP ]

     

21. The Night Cafe – “You Change With The Seasons
22. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! – “Down (Is Where I Want To Be)
23. The Sun Lions – “Shitstorm
24. Bleached – “Can You Deal

25. British Sea Power – “Bad Bohemian
     [ from their upcoming “Let The Dancers Inherit The Party” LP]

     

26. BNQT – “Restart
27. Funeral Advantage – “Please Help Me
28. Japandroids – “Near To The Wild Heart Of Life
29. Channels – “Airstrip One

30. Pile – “Texas
     [ from their upcoming LP, “A Hairshirt of Purpose” ]

     

31. Chavez – “The Bully Boys
32. Haunted Spurs – “Manhattan
33. Scarce – “We’ll Fall Down

34. Allison Crutchfield – “I Don’t Ever Wanna Leave California
     [ from her new Merge Records LP, “Tourist in This Town” ]

     

35. Family Scraps – “Mistakes
36. Better Friends – “Graceland” (Paul Simon cover)
37. Toman – “They Storm In (No Knock)

Remember, the next NMN happens on Monday, March 13th at the Once Lounge in Somerville. Check out the poster below, and RSVP at the Farcebook event page.

[Nac Faves] My Favorite Music of 2016 (and, um, 2015 too)

Posted on January 31, 2017 at 12:27 pm | No Comments

Let’s list! While most music-centric sites try to get their faves posted by end-of-year, my goal is always to get this thing up sometime in January (made it). I listen to a ton of new music in December, and revisit early-year faves, so things never settle until the calendar turns. Should go without saying at this point (as with almost any list about anything ever) but these are not “the best”, these are “my favorites”. Albums I had time to hear and that demanded more once I did. The sounds that got me through. Because jeez, the year tried to set a high bar for brutal. And the new one is already clearing it.

Some years back, while posting yet another overdue annual musical faves wrap-up in a fast-fading February, I prefaced it with something like “… sharing this in March sure would have been embarrassing!” If that was true, imagine how I feel about punting for a whole year. Not that anyone noticed in the list flood we drown in, but yeah, I procrastinated 2015 entirely. First one I’ve missed in ages, but I’m going to remedy that now by posting a belated rundown below, alongside my 2016 faves.

So here they are, my favorite records from 2016 followed by those from 2015 – mostly long-players along with some short-players and comps. Read, explore, absorb, and click the label links to buy direct. Support those who make the music you love with your dollars, and no, streaming doesn’t count.

Stream a 32-track Soundcloud playlist of songs from most of the releases listed below.

Check out previous year-end faves lists: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, and 2001.


Favorite LPs of 2016


Eric Bachmann
“Eric Bachmann”
[ on Merge Records ]

The former Archers of Loaf frontman steps away from his Crooked Fingers moniker and offers up his strongest set of songs in years. I’ve had the pure pleasure of seeing him tour this record both solo (in my own damn livingroom) and with a full band, and each was equally magical. Cannot wait to hear what he does next.

[ Stream another track on Soundcloud / Buy direct from Merge ]


David Bazan
“Blanco”
[ on Barsuk Records ]

This LP started as a series of 7-inches in 2015, after which Bazan fleshed out his favorite tracks into this cohesive whole. Another captivating step in the sonic journey he’s been on since leaving the Pedro the Lion name behind.

[ Stream three songs on Soundcloud / Buy direct from Barsuk ]


Bent Shapes “Wolves of Want”
[ on Slumberland ]

Happiness is when one of your longtime favorite Boston-area bands hooks up with one of your all-time favorite record labels, and the recorded result is just as great as the team-up promised. Damn do I ever love this band.

[ Stream the whole LP on Bandcamp / Buy direct from Slumberland ]


Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place
“You’re Doomed Be Nice”
[ on Temporary Residence ]

After the worrying news that Pinback‘s Rob Crow was quitting music in 2015, seeing him return just a year later with such a strong record was a very welcome surprise.

[ Stream the LP on Bandcamp / Buy direct from Temp. Residence ]


DIIV“Is The Is Are”
[ from Captured Tracks ]

Zachary Cole and his cohorts followed up their 2012 debut with an extended record that doesn’t so much evolve their sound as refine it. That’s not a complaint – even if many DIIV songs sound the same, their original blueprint is a cut above: Sons of shoegaze with a knack for ear-grabbing guitar melodies and an energy that similarly-styled bands strive for. I could do without some of the peripheral hype and the occasional obnoxious, indie-star gossip-followers at their live shows (“Where’s Skkyyyyyyy?!” – ugh), but the record itself: Gold.

[ Stream two tracks on Soundcloud / Buy direct from Captured Tracks ]


Tanya Donelly“Swan Song Series” 3xLP/CD
[ on Laundromat Records ]

Stand-out record label American Laundromat did us all a favor by gathering, expanding, and beautifully packaging former Throwing Muses, Breeders, and (current!) Belly member Tanya Donelly’s self-released series of collaborative EPs into a triple LP collection. And what a list of collaborators: Belly bandmates Tom Gorman and Gail Greenwood, Muses bandmate David Narcizo, author Rick Moody, Robyn Hitchcock, John Wesley Harding, Fuzzy members Chris Toppin and Hilken Mancini, Bill Janovitz from Buffalo Tom, Claudia Gonson and Sam Davol of the Magnetic Fields, and many more. An all-star list if ever there was one.

[ Stream two tracks on Soundcloud / Buy direct from ALR ]


Dowsing“Okay”
[ on Asian Man Records ]

I’m relatively late to the Dowsing party – the Chicago trio has been putting out records since 2011, but it wasn’t until 2015 that I caught the track “Get Dead!” (from their first full-length) on SomaFM’s indispensable “Indie Pop Rocks” channel and fell hard. After inhaling their back catalog, I was psyched to see this excellent new record arrive last year. I’ll be around for whatever else comes.

[ Stream the “Okay” LP on Bandcamp / Buy direct from Asian Man ]


E“E”
[ on Thrill Jockey ]

Thalia Zedek has been making powerful music for a remarkable three decades, early on with the bands Live Skull and Uzi, then with 90s quartet Come, until settling into a steady run with the Thalia Zedek Band. It would have been easy for her to keep making great records with her eponymous combo (see below for another one), but instead she’s found herself in two additional productive projects, both very different from her own, and both f’in great. New trio E is one of ’em, and their pedigree is impressive: Thalia with Gavin McCarthy (ex-Karate) on the drum kit and Neptune’s Jason Sanford on his homemade, stringed contraption. I saw them live before I heard their stuff and was pretty well blown away. Their debut LP delivers.

[ Watch the Great Light” video on YouTube / Buy from Thrill Jockey ]


Field Music“Commontime”
[ on Memphis Industries ]

Another ace full-length from the brothers Brewis. Somehow they find the soul inside razor-sharp, precision playing. Seeing these guys perform is like watching a master-class in musicianship (and proper English manners), but there’s humanity in that technicality. Amazes me that they’re still playing places as small as Great Scott.

[ Stream a song on Soundcloud / Buy direct from Memphis Industries ]


Ghost Box Orchestra“High Plaine”
[ via Bandcamp & Evil Hoodoo ]

Doing our city proud, another solid release from this Boston-based psych-noise quintet. Powerful live shows with songs you can get lost in – epics that can both entrance and pummel you all at once. Keep it comin’, GBO.

[ Stream and buy the “High Plaine” LP at Bandcamp ]


Hallelujah the Hills
“A Band Is Something To Figure Out”
[ on Discrete Pageantry ]

Two years ago I called HtH’s previous record “their best album to date”, and that was two years after thinking that 2012’s “No One Knows What Happens Next” was their best album to date. So, yeah, take a guess what I though of their latest? Not sure how they keep upping their game, but I can probably just call whatever they release in 2018 their best ever. I’d say this is getting old, but no. No it’s not.

[ Stream and buy the album on Bandcamp ]


The James Rocket“Thrust”
[ via Bandcamp ]

Speaking of dependable, another stellar set of sharp GBV-styled rock-pop from the long-distance duo known as The James Rocket. Still frustrated that I’ve never had a chance to see their NYC-based full-band configuration on stage, but I’m holding out hope the timing works out this year.

[ Stream and buy “Thrust” on Bandcamp ]


Kristin Hersh“Wyatt at the Coyote Palace” CD/Book
[ on Omnibus Press ]

My long-standing love for all things Kristin Hersh is further deepened by her most ambitious and satisfying release in ages. That she’s able to up her game decades into her career is remarkable, and not just musically, but within the written words that have been accompanying her output. She makes her own rules, forges her own path, and I’ll be following whatever direction it takes.

[ Buy WatCP at her website / Stream songs on Soundcloud / Become a Strange Angel supporter ]


Kestrels“Kestrels”
[ on Sonic Unyon ]

Kestrels third full-length is a self-titled one, and the eponymous naming is appropriate – this record acts as a mission statement. They’ve perfected their rhythmic, powerful take on shoegaze, legitimate sons of Swervedriver and MBV but propulsive and exciting enough to rarely sound like a rehash.

[ Stream on Bandcamp / Buy from Sonic Unyon ]


Matt Pond PA“Winter Lives”
[ on 131 Records ]

This proper MPPA full-length has been a long time coming, and its release feels like a victory after some temporary renaming in the wake of drawn-out label drama. But it seems Matt, Chris, and their rotating crew of on-stage collaborators are finally free. Their recent Boston show featured perhaps the best backing band they’ve ever pulled together, and along with this record, it properly recharged my fandom. Get yourself on board by pitching in through Patreon.

[ Stream the LP on Bandcamp / Buy direct from the band ]


Nada Surf“You Know Who You Are”
[ on Barsuk Records ]

Nada Surf just keeps on keepin’ on, dependable in their regular deliveries of melodic, ear-grabbing collections of rock-pop. No dramatic shifts in direction, but when you’ve got the formula down so well, why mess with it? They know who they are. And they’re still capable of delivering aural gems like “Rushing“. The 2012 addition of guitar-genius Doug Gillard to live shows (and the last couple LPs) certainly upped the ante, so here’s hoping he sticks around despite being pulled back into Robert Pollard’s orbit.

[ Stream a song on Soundcloud / Buy the LP from the band ]


The Needy Sons“Vis-A-Vis”
[ via Bandcamp ]

Mike Gent of the Figgs and Bill Janovitz of Buffalo Tom teamed up with the ace rhythm section of Ed Valauskas (The Gravel Pit/Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents) & Eric Anderson (Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents/Schnockered) for a Boston-based soopah-groop that’s been kicking around for a few years putting on killer rock-n-roll shows at area bars. A few studio recordings snuck out in 2015 through Bandcamp (see below) before they decided to put out a proper debut in the form of “Vis-A-Vis”. And proper it is. The opening track was an instant fave the first time I caught it live, so getting to hear it on demand is a regular joy.

[ Stream and buy the LP through Bandcamp ]


New Dog“Teeth Marks”
[ on Heart Of A Dog ]

Anar Badalov (ex-Metal Hearts/Travels), aka New Dog, follows up 2015’s excellent “Classic Ballroom Dances” with an even better full-length in the form of “Teeth Marks”. Both beautiful and haunting, soothing and unsettling, there’s quiet power in both the production and performance. Keep an eye on his Bandcamp page for randomly-released singles and covers (such as last August’s Running At Night).

[ Stream and buy “Teeth Marks” at Bandcamp ]


Nocturnal Habits“New Skin For Old Children”
[ on Glacial Pace ]

What a gift. As an unabashed Unwound fanboy who believes their final LP (2001’s “Leaves Turn Inside You”) was an unqualified masterpiece, I’ll listen to anything and everything the former bandmates put out. The 2011 formation of Survival Knife supplied a satisfying fix of Justin Trosper’s songwriting, and I assumed we’d get an eventual follow-up to that band’s great 2014 debut LP, “Loose Power”. Then, outta nowhere, Nocturnal Habits is born. Not only is Justin at the helm, but his collaborators include incredible Unwound drummer Sara Lund and Melvins’ Dale Crover. As much as I love Survival Knife, “New Skin For Old Children” feels like the spiritual and sonic successor to “Leaves…”, and like I said… a gift.

[ Stream the LP on Bandcamp / Buy direct from Glacial Pace ]


Peyton Pinkerton“Rapid Cycler”
[ on Darla Records ]

Former New Radiant Storm King co-captain Peyton Pinkerton follows up his 2013 solo debut with a second stellar set of his distinctive songs, showing off some wide-ranging influences, masterful guitar skills, and deft home production skills. Without regular live gigs or a promotional machine behind him, Peyton’s output runs the risk of being criminally under-heard, so do your part to help fight crime and dig in.

Read a new interview about the LP at MassLive, and check out my 2013 chat with him here.

[ Hear song samples & buy direct from Darla Records ]


Pinkshinyultrablast“Grandfeathered”
[ on Club AC30 ]

My favorite Russian shoegaze band. Well, also the only Russian shoegaze band I know, but I can’t imagine there being a better one. Propulsive noise-pop-chaos behind ethereal, entrancing female vocals. Love this band, and hoping they make it to the States before we shut down immigration entirely. Sigh.

[ Stream some songs on Soundcloud / Buy direct from Club AC360 ]


Radio Dept.“Running Out Of Love”
[ on Labrador Records ]

For me, the long wait between Radio Dept. albums has never resulted in a let down. So far we’ve seen gaps of 3 years, then 4 years, and for this one 6 years. They’ve got such a knack for mood and melody that even shifting the balance from guitars to electronics on some songs retains their singular, identifiable sound. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that their decaying release trend doesn’t continue, and we see another record before this decade is done.

[ Stream some songs at Soundcloud / Buy direct from Labrador ]


Savak“Best of Luck In Future Endeavors”
[ on Comedy Minus One ]

I randomly heard the Savak track “Reaction” last Spring without any context whatsoever – didn’t know who was in the band, no clue where they were from, or what label they had hooked up with – and I dug it immediately. Once I got the facts, that instant love came as no surprise: Members of Obits, Ted Leo’s Pharmacists, Edsel, The Make-Up & Holy Fuck with an album on the way from ace label Comedy Minus One. To say I was positively predisposed is an understatement. The entire LP lives up to the pedigree. Stream it below for proof.

[ Stream the LP on Bandcamp / Buy direct from Comedy Minus One ]


Split Single“Metal Frames”
[ on Inside Outside Records ]

I completely missed out on Jason Narducy’s time in the band Verbow, and ashamedly his 2014 debut LP as Split Single escaped my radar as well. To me he was mostly “Bob Mould’s awesome bass player” and then the guy who had the unenviable task of filling Laura Ballance’s shoes in the live version of Superchunk (and fill them he damn well did). It was last Spring’s Pledgemusic campaign to finish up “Metal Frames” that woke me to his songwriting skills, and after inhaling his debut I jumped on board funding full-length #2. Every taste he gave of the record as it progressed blew me away – and the final result is as strong and cohesive a collection of songs as I heard all last year, start to finish. He’s no longer “that guy on bass”, but instead a guy who makes bands better in between releasing his own awesome albums. Just let me know when I can pitch in for #3.

[ Stream “Metal Frames” on Soundcloud / Buy the album direct ]


Suburban Living“Almost Paradise”
[ on 6131 Records ]

That thing where you think you’ve discovered a brand new band only to realize they’ve been around for years. Well, when I say “they”, I mean Wesley Bunch, the driving force behind Philly’s Suburban Living. He released his first songs in 2011 while based in Virginia, and the internet says I missed him and his band when they played nearby at Allston’s Great Scott in 2013. I’ve made up for that by seeing them a couple times since the 2015 release of their self-titled debut (a fave from that year – see below). That record grabbed me from the get go, and last year’s follow-up solidified my fandom. Crackling, catchy songs that mix just the right amount of 80s-pop with 90s-indie influences. Ear worms that dig in and crawl around your head long after you’ve heard ’em.

[ Stream the LP on Bandcamp / Buy it direct from 6131 Records ]


Tancred“Out of the Garden”
[ on Polyvinyl ]

As a longtime Now Now fan, I first became aware of Jess Abbott when she joined the band as a guitarist back in 2009 – making an already-great band even better. Given what an impact her playing and backing vocals had, it shouldn’t have surprised me that her own material would be so strong. This third full-length builds on the strengths of her first two: Utterly infectious indie-rock with fantastic vocals and pop hooks galore. This one feels a bit more cohesive, more fleshed-out production wise, and lyrically she’s stepped it up a notch. Reminds me of the best 90s-era alt-pop-rock combos (Tuscadero, Letters to Cleo, Veruca Salt, etc), without being any kind retread.

[ Stream the LP on Bandcamp / Buy direct from Polyvinyl ]


Teenage Fanclub“Here”
[ on Merge Records ]

One of those rare bands whose album releases (and live shows) are infrequent enough that they feel like true ‘events’. It seems insane that I’ve been listening to them for 25 years now, but here we are. “Here” didn’t grab me as quickly as some of their previous LPs, but it eventually set down roots that dug even deeper after seeing them live last October. The songs washed over me – I wanted that show to last forever. Come back soon, guys.

[ Watch the video for “I’m In Love / Buy direct from Merge ]


Terry Malts“Lost At The Party”
[ on Slumberland Records ]

This record hit me like a brick to the brow. It takes a lot to get a ‘wow’ out of me these days (reminder: increasingly old & jaded), but this one did it. Full of energy, powerfully angular at times but criminally catchy when it wants to be. A recording that captures the sound of goddamn band in action. I never numerically order these lists, but if I was pressured to pick an LP that defined 2016 for me, most days this would be the one.

[ Stream the LP at Bandcamp / Buy direct from Slumberland ]


Washer“Here Comes Washer”
[ on Exploding In Sound ]

Another worthy addition to the Exploding In Sound roster, Brooklyn duo Washer’s debut full-length delivers on the promise of their killer 2014 EP and a couple of ace split 7-inches. 14 songs in less than 30 minutes, ranging from deceptively simple to slightly more complex arrangements, they’re one of those rare duos that sound fuller than most trios, and not just on record.

[ Stream the LP on Bandcamp / Buy direct from Exploding In Sound ]


Wedding Present“Going, Going…”
[ on Scopitones ]

Unlike most other Weddoes records, this one took awhile to get into. I blame the first four tracks: A quartet of varied instrumentals. That’s an unusual choice for a band that relies on David Gedge’s distinctive vocals and rocky-relationship lyricism, but once the ‘proper’ songs kick in, it’s a corker. Some of Gedge’s strongest songs in years, so try skipping those first four after your first listen, or just put the digital version on random play. That’ll do it.

[ Stream some tracks on Soundcloud / Buy direct from the band ]


Wussy“Forever Sounds”
[ on Damnably ]

It’s no easy feat to follow up what many called your breakthrough record (2014’s “Attica!”), but Wussy proves they’ve hit a creative stride and aren’t letting up. “Forever Sounds” is just as vital an LP, equal parts urgency and beauty, and quintessentially American. Their years of experience (in the ‘business’ and on the road) yields serious dividends we’re all lucky to share in. Bostonians were spoiled last year with two amazing live shows in the span of four months. Can’t wait for the comeback.

[ Stream the LP on Bandcamp / Buy direct from Damnably ]


Wye Oak“Tween”
[ on Merge Records ]

Wye Oak further justify my ever-lasting faith by collecting a batch of songs that couldn’t find a home on a proper release, only to end up with an album that sounds more ‘proper’ than most. Cuts that could have been cast-offs are far from it, and side-by-side they show off the range they’re able to cover, from organic to the electronic, and all keepers.

[ Watch “Watching The Waiting” video on YouTube / Buy from Merge ]


Thalia Zedek Band“Eve”
[ on Thrill Jockey ]

Thalia Zedek finds herself on this list twice, and after the year she’s had, she damn well deserves it. Though TZ been spending more time in both E (see above) and Dyr Faser lately, the long-running band that carries her name feels like the unfiltered representation of her art. She’s got some of the Boston-area’s best musicians behind her to bring it to life, and they’ve been together long enough to make it seem effortless. There was a moment, last year, after seeing them play for the umpteenth time, that I just stood there in awe, realizing it was the best I’ve ever seen them on stage. And that’s saying something.

[ Stream the “Eve” LP on Bandcamp / Buy direct from Thrill Jockey ]



Favorite Short-Players of 2016


Allo Darlin’“Hymn on the 45” (7-inch series)
[ via WIAIWYA ]

Big sigh. The very last we’ll ever hear from Allo Darlin’. Two songs that put the perfect bow on the gift that was their entire existence. I loved this band, I’ll keep loving this band on record, and I’ll never forget the shows. It was a true honor to open for them a couple times, something I’ll forever count as a highlight of my modest little musical career. Farewell, darlins.

[ Listen & buy digitally on Bandcamp ]


50 Foot Wave“Bath White” EP
[ on Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records ]

The second musician who finds herself on this list in two different projects, Kristin Hersh keeps funneling her more aggressive side through the power-trio that is 50 Foot Wave. I feel like they get overshadowed by her solo work and Throwing Muses output, but they’re an important aspect of her songwriting personality, offering up an entirely different kind of aural intensity.

[ Stream and buy the “Bath White” EP on Bandcamp ]


Film School“June” EP
[ self-released digitally via iTunes/Spotify/etc ]

This one came outta nowhere. I thought the San Francisco quintet had called it quits back in 2011, so news last year of a new EP was a very welcome surprise indeed. As satisfying as it was, hopes are high that it’s just a teaser for a full-length to follow.

[ Stream the entire “June” EP on Soundcloud ]


Lush“Blind Spot” EP
[ self-released ]

While seminal shoegazers Ride and Slowdive reunited and stuck around with the promise of new music, Lush reformed and immediately gave us an EP of new material that featured on their now-finished comeback tour. And unlike their sister-bands, they’ve already headed back into the sunset, calling it quits once again in the wake of bassist Phil King’s exit from the band. The reunion was short, but very, very sweet, and this EP was a welcome part of it.

[ Watch the Out of Control” video / Buy the EP from the band ]


Mint Mile“The Bliss Point” EP
[ on Comedy Minus One (vinyl) & digitally via Bandcamp ]

In the wake of Bottomless Pit‘s self-imposed hiatus in 2014, co-frontmen (and ex-Silkworm guys) Andy Cohen and Tim Midyett have thankfully kept on with the music-making separately – Cohen with fellow BP member Brian Orchard in Light Coma (new LP soon on CMO), and Midyett under the moniker Mint Mile. Having combined my 2015 & 2016 faves into this single post, you’ll see both Mint Mile 12-inches listed: 2015’s debut EP (“In Season and Ripe”) below, and the sophomore set, last year’s “The Bliss Point” EP. So far, I’m digging this whole “one EP per year” plan, especially when they’re as solid as these first two, and when each includes contributions from TM’s pool of talented musician-friends. Wouldn’t turn down a full-length, though.

[ Stream the EP on Bandcamp / Buy both EPs from Comedy Minus One ]



Favorite Compilations/Tributes of 2016


“Constant and True – a Tribute to the Songs of Rose Melberg”
[ via February Records ]

My art-crush on Rose Melberg is unending, and her voice, whether solo or in a band, has been a steady presence in my life for 20-something years. So I’m smack dab in the middle of the target market for a tribute album, even if it didn’t have some of my favorite people playing on it. Which this one does. My pals in the Smittens and the wonderful Emma Kupa (Mammoth Penguins/ex-Standard Fare) are among a stellar lineup of artists paying homage to all things Rose. Interpretations of her solo songs, Softies songs, Go Sailor songs, Tiger Trap songs… just about every base is covered here with care, respect, and with one of her favorite subjects, love.

[ Stream and buy the tribute on Bandcamp ]


“Say Yes! A Tribute To Elliott Smith”
[ via American Laundromat ]

We’re over 13 years removed from the sudden loss of Elliott Smith and it still hurts like it happened yesterday. It was tough to listen to his songs for awhile afterwards, and I still can’t do so without deep sadness. This beautiful tribute does his memory and unmatched talent justice – respectful interpretations of some of his best work by an impressive lineup, some straightforward, some less so, all presented in an immaculately-designed package. I bristled a bit when I heard an Elliott tribute was on the way, but then I heard it was from American Laundromat, and knew it would be done just right.

[ Stream the LP on Soundcloud / Buy direct from ALR ]


“Continental Drift”
[ via Slumberland / Fortuna POP! ]

Two top-notch labels team-up for a 4-band, 8-song mini-LP that is remarkable in its quality and cohesiveness. This is no mere “label sampler” – the exclusive tracks could easily have lived on any of these artists’ own full-lengths. If you’re unfamiliar with any or all of those involved, take a listen and find yerself some new faves.

[ Stream three tracks on Soundcloud / Buy direct from Slumberland ]



Favorite “Works In Progress” of 2016


Gregory and the Hawk“On the Orange Mountain”
[ via Patreon ]

Meredith Godreau is Gregory and the Hawk, and her latest work is being created and shared in a truly unique way: Outdoors in the Pacific Northwest, one song at a time, recorded live on video and released monthly. She’s up to eight songs so far, with two more to go, and each offering is more moving than the last. A truly special way of releasing an ‘album’, and following along has been pure pleasure. Join in at the link below.

[ Follow and support GatH’s journey on Patreon ]

And for the record, my favorite music from the year 2015. These are without commentary, otherwise I’d end up finishing this sometime in 2018…


Favorite LPs of 2015


Courtney Barnett
“Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit”
[ on Mom and Pop Music ]

[ Stream her songs on Soundcloud / Buy the LP from Mom and Pop ]


Beach Slang
“The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us”
[ on Polyvinyl Records ]

[ Stream at Bandcamp / Buy from Polyvinyl ]


Built To Spill“Untethered Moon”
[ on Warner Bros. Music ]

[ Stream on YouTube / Buy from Amazon ]


Caspian“Dust and Disquiet”
[ on Triple Crown Records ]

[ Stream and buy on Bandcamp / Buy through Hello Merch ]


The Fireworks“Switch Me On”
[ on Shelflife Records ]

[ Stream & buy at Bandcamp / Buy at Buy from Shelflife ]


Funeral Advantage“Body Is Dead”
[ on Native Sound / Disposable America ]

[ Stream the LP at Bandcamp / Buy from Native Sound ]


Hop Along“Painted Shut”
[ on Saddle Creek ]

[ Stream songs at Bandcamp / Buy from Saddle Creek ]


Knife Pleats“Hat Bark Beach”
[ on Lost Sound Tapes ]

[ Stream at on Bandcamp / Buy at Lost Sound ]


Krill“A Distant Fist Unclenching”
[ on Exploding In Sound ]

[ Stream at Bandcamp / Buy at Exploding In Sound ]


Low“Ones and Sixes”
[ on Sub Pop ]

[ Stream on YouTube / Buy from Sub Pop ]


Mac McCaughan“Non-Believers”
[ on Merge Records ]

[ Stream songs on Soundcloud / Buy from Merge ]


Moonsocket“Eurydice”
[ on Noyes Records ]

[ Stream at Impose Magazine / Buy from Noyes Records ]


Palehound“Dry Food”
[ on Exploding In Sound ]

[ Stream at Bandcamp / Buy from Exploding In Sound ]


Philosophical Zombie
“Loneliness Is Blue And Not Blue”
[ on Killer Wail Records ]

[ Stream & buy on Bandcamp ]


Speedy Ortiz“Foil Deer”
[ on Carpark Records ]

[ Stream at Bandcamp / Buy from Carpark ]


The Spook School“Try To Be Hopeful”

[ Stream & buy at Bandcamp ]


Stove“Is Stupider”
[ on Exploding In Sound ]

[ Stream & buy at Bandcamp ]


Suburban Living“Suburban Living”
[ on Papercup Music ]

[ Stream a couple songs & buy from Papercup Music ]


Swervedriver“I Wasn’t Born to Lose You”

[ Stream a song at Soundcloud / Buy at the band’s website ]



Favorite Short-Players of 2015


David Bazan“Bazan Monthly: Volume 2” (7-inch series)
[ via Undertow ]

Long-since sold out, but many were included in reworked
form on his latest record, “Blanco”
, one of my faves of 2016.


Mint Mile“In Season & Ripe” 12″ EP
[ on Comedy Minus One ]

[ Stream at Bandcamp / Buy via Bandcamp or Comedy Minus One ]


Needy Sonsdigital singles
[ self-released through Bandcamp ]

These songs were released digitally throughout the year, and
were later reworked to become part of their full-length debut
(see above – one of my faves from 2016).

I’m giddy about what 2017 promises: Planned & potential new recordings/shows from Ride, Slowdive, Buffalo Tom, Versus, Jeremy Enigk, Will Johnson, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The New Pornographers, The Wrens (at last!), The New Year, Overseas, the resurrections of both Land of Talk (!!) and Flower (?!), and incredibly, rumblings of activity from the much-missed American Analog Set (!!!!). Oh, my heart.

[Last Week’s Playlist] November New Music Night at ONCE Somerville

Posted on December 5, 2016 at 11:11 am | No Comments

The November edition of New Music Night is in the books, so here’s a rundown of what was spun last Monday (JJ’s birthday!) at Somerville’s indispensable ONCE Lounge

NEW MUSIC NIGHT playlist
at the ONCE Lounge, Somerville, MA
on Monday, November 28th, 2016

01. Jonathan Richman – “People Are Disgusting
02. Harmony Tividad – “Penny Ghost
03. New Dog – “Blue Eyed Baby” (Ed Askew cover)
04. Will Johnson – “Nervousness Fangs

     

05. Kristin Hersh – “Bubble Net” (ticket giveaway!)
06. Slowdim – “Take Your Only Heart That’s Solely Free
07. The Shins – “Dead Alive
08. Hands and Knees – “Banish Your Dance
09. Happyness – “Falling Down

     

10. Sad13 – “The Sting” (ticket giveaway!)
11. Braid – “Next of Kin” (Alvvays cover)
12. The Douglas Fir – “Daylight
13. Nada Surf – “Rushing” (live/orchestral version)
14. The xx – “On Hold
15. Matt Pond PA – “The Glow” (ticket giveaway!)
16. Stove – “Blank

     

17. Suggested Friends – “Chicken
18. Tobin Sprout – “Future Boy Today/Man Of Tomorrow
19. Surfer Blood – “Six Flags In F Or G
20. Mint Mile – “Bellflower

     

21. Peyton Pinkerton – “Letter to Kelly Clarkson
22. Canshaker Pi – “Bonox
23. Cloud Nothings – “Modern Act

     

24. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – “Rattlesnake
25. Geometers – “L’appel Du Vide”
26. Split Single – “Blank Ribbons
27. Bash & Pop – “On the Rocks
28. Los Campesinos! – “I Broke Up in Amarante
29. Shepherds – “Moment
30. Sleepy Monks – “This Is Why We Broke Up
31. Pissed Jeans – “The Bar Is Low

     

32. Nocturnal Habits – “Good Grief
33. Hard Left – “Western Rifles
34. Vanishing Life – “Painter
35. No Hope No Harm – “This Living Wage
36. Afghan Whigs – “Regret” (New Order cover)

New Music Night is taking a holiday break and will return in January 2017. Keep an eye out here or on the Almanac Facebook page for date and details.

[Tonight In Somerville] New Music Night at the ONCE Lounge (plus past playlists)

Posted on November 28, 2016 at 10:01 am | No Comments

The November edition of New Music Night goes down this evening at the ONCE Lounge in Somerville, and I’m deep into prepping the 2-hour playlist of nothing but new tracks. While you’re absorbing the carefully-selected songs (and savoring tacos from the ONCE kitchen), I’ll be picking winners’ names for tickets to some ace upcoming local shows, including Boston-area appearances from Kristin Hersh, Matt Pond PA, Sad13 (Sadie from Speedy Ortiz), and Kurt Vile. Admission is free, taco time starts at 5pm, and I’ll be behind the DJ table promptly at 6 o’clock. Come hang, chow down, listen up, and say hello if you get a chance.

Bonus: As New Music Night wraps up at 8pm, another excellent Bob Colby-presented show kicks off with sets from Só Sol and Cold Expectations. Admission is also free, though donations are encouraged, so toss some dollars in the hat if you’re so inclined. Find more details over on the FB event page.

Want an idea of what you’re in for during tonight’s DJ set? Have a look at the playlists from the previous two NMN installments…

New Music Night playlist
from Monday, October 24th, 2016
@ ONCE Somerville

01. Minor Victories – “Cog” (Orchestral version)
02. Lou Barlow – “Anniversary Song
03. Tony Molina – “See Me Fall
04. Kristin Hersh – “Hemingway’s Tell
05. Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions – “Let Me Get There
06. Really Big Pinecone – “Big Plans
07. Squirrel Flower – “Not Your Prey

     

08. Thee Oh Sees – “The Poem
09. Soft Pyramids – “Planes
10. Plastic Flowers – “Falling Off
11. Suburban Living – “If It’s Real
12. Allison Crutchfield – “Dean’s Room
13. Cleo Tucker (of Girlpool) – “Call It Tie
14. Nice Try – “Glow
15. Loney Dear – “Humbug
16. Flock of Dimes – “Potential
17. Mary Onettes – “Juna

     

18. The Hermit Crabs – “Wonderful” (Rose Melberg cover)
19. American Football – “Desire Gets in the Way
20. Sleepy Monks – “Bodiddly
21. Crying – “Wool in the Wash
22. Dead Cats Dead Rats – “Radio Face
23. The Magic Es – “Colour Up My World
24. Exit Verse – “Sleeping In Graceland
25. Ted Leo – “More Hard Times
26. Sad13 – “Devil In U

     

27. Vanishing Life – “Realist
28. Affordable Hybrid – “Bat
29. The Wedding Present – “Bells
30. Elephants – “In Place Of
31. Peyton Pinkerton – “Lips and Lungs” (premiere)
32. Hundred Plus Club – “Reminders
33. Terry Malts – “Used To Be

     

34. Philosophical Zombie – “Inanimate Ending
35. J. Robbins – “Static
36. Pill – “Fetish Queen
37. Major Stars – “For Today
38. Psychic Dog – “Rev Mike
39. Honey Lung – “End Of Time
40. La Bete Blooms – “Breaking In
41. Mint Mile – “City of Speed Traps

     

42. J Mascis – “Waltz 2” (Elliott Smith Cover)
43. Caspian – “127 North

New Music Night playlist
from Monday, September 19th, 2016
@ ONCE Somerville

01. Sharon Van Etten – “Not Myself
02. Lou Barlow – “In Your Eyes” (Peter Gabriel cover)
03. Ultimate Painting – “Song For Brian Jones
04. Dyr Faser – “Estranged
05. Wilco – “Someone To Lose
06. Tanya Donelly – “Tooraloo

     

07. The Dodos – “Never Meant” (American Football)
08. American Football – “Give Me The Gun
09. Hiss Golden Messenger – “Tell Her I’m Just Dancing
10. Douglas Fir – “I Know That You Don’t
11. Flock Of Dimes – “You The Vatican
12. The Minders – “Into the River Pt. 2
13. Philosophical Zombie – “Dream On

     

14. Soft Pyramids – “Paper Houses
15. LVL UP – “Spirit Was
16. The Needy Sons – “Lost Against the Twilight
17. Pixies – “Tenement Song
18. The Dazies – “Little Things
19. The Wedding Present – “Lead
20. Terry Malts – “Seen Everything
21. Boys Forever – “Voice In My Head
22. Halfsour – “Ten Year Tenure

     

23. Strange Passage – “Lament
24. Tokyo Police Club – “My House
25. Tangible Excitement – “Muddled Whine
26. Bodyheat – “Moon Singer” (Rose Melberg cover)
27. Real Numbers – “Wordless Wonder
28. Split Single – “Leave My Mind

     

29. Nancy Sin – “Room For Rent”
30. La Sera – “Queens
31. Krill – “Happy
32. James Rocket – “Clothes Make the Man
33. Pansy Division – “He’s Trouble
34. Kestrels – “No Alternative

     

35. Expanda Fuzz – “It’s Your Glow UFO
36. Kim Gordon – “Murdered Out
37. E – “Great Light
38. Cavemen – “Too High To Die
39. Poster Children – “If You See Kay” (demo)
40. Whoa Melodic – “Goodbye Good Luck And See You

For more ‘Nac-endorsed new music, check out my always-in-progress Nac Tracks playlists over on Soundcloud.

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  • Almanac Archives

  • Boston-Area Action

    Sunday, October 15th
    Everything Everything
    @ the Sinclair


    Sunday, October 15th
    Peter Case (Plimsouls/Nerves)
    1pm @ Atwood's


    Sunday, October 15th
    Andrew W.K.
    Swivel
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Monday, October 16th
    Weakened Friends
    The Courtneys
    Versing
    @ Great Scott


    Tuesday, October 17th
    Pickwick
    @ Great Scott


    Thursday, October 19th
    Peter Wolf
    @ the Somerville Theatre


    Thursday, October 19th
    Jessica Lea Mayfield
    @ Great Scott


    Friday, October 20th
    Brand New
    Nada Surf
    @ the Wang


    Friday, October 20th
    Janeane Garofalo
    @ ONCE Somerville


    Friday, October 20th
    Wolf Parade
    Charly Bliss
    @ the Royale


    Saturday, October 21st
    Death From Above
    @ the Paradise


    Saturday, October 21st
    Scissorfight
    Roadsaw
    @ Great Scott


    Saturday, October 21st
    Queens of the Stone Age
    Royal Blood
    @ Agganis Arena


    Saturday, October 21st
    Hope Sandoval & the
    Warm Inventions
    with Holy Wave
    @ the Royale


    Sunday, October 22nd
    Kal Marks
    Rozamov
    Husbandry
    The Nomad Stones
    @ the Middle East Upstairs


    Saturday, October 28th
    Kristin Hersh &
    Tanya Donelly
    @ City Winery Boston


    Monday, October 30th
    Craig Finn (the Hold Steady)
    @ the Uptown Controllers
    with John K. Samson
    @ City Winery Boston


    Tuesday, October 31st
    Tera Melos
    Speedy Ortiz
    And The Kids
    @ the Sinclair


    Tuesday, October 31st
    Boris
    Mutoid Man
    Endon
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Wednesday, November 1st
    John Hodgman presents
    his new book "Vacationland"
    @ Coolidge Corner Theatre


    Wednesday, November 1st
    Grizzly Bear
    @ the House of Blues


    Wednesday, November 1st
    Elbow
    @ the Paradise


    Thursday, November 2nd
    Tori Amos
    Scars on 45
    @ the Orpheum


    Thursday, November 2nd
    The Rural Alberta Advantage
    @ the Sinclair


    Thursday, November 2nd
    The Dears
    @ Great Scott


    Friday, November 3rd
    The Breeders
    @ the Sinclair


    Friday, November 3rd
    Human Sexual Response
    Unnatural Axe
    @ House of Blues


    Friday, November 3rd
    Boston Rock 'n Soul Review
    with the Woggles,
    Muck & the Mires,
    Stupidity, and
    the Andrea Gillis Band
    @ the Middle East Upstairs


    Friday, Saturday, & Monday
    November 3rd, 4th & 6th
    The Dresden Dolls
    @ the Paradise


    Saturday, November 4th
    Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile
    and the Sea Lice
    @ the Orpheum Theatre


    Saturday, November 4th
    Shout Out Louds
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Saturday, November 4th
    The Clientele
    Hoops
    @ the Sinclair


    Monday, November 6th
    The English Beat
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Tuesday, November 7th
    Blizten Trapper
    Lilly Hiatt
    @ the Sinclair


    Wednesday, November 8th
    Lee Ranaldo
    DJ Carbo
    @ the ONCE Ballroom


    Wednesday, November 8th
    Joyce Manor
    Wavves
    Culture Abuse


    Wednesday, November 8th
    David Bazan
    Michael Nau
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Thursday, November 9th
    Lydia Loveless (solo)
    @ the Red Room at Cafe 939


    Thursday, November 9th
    Bruce Cockburn
    @ the Wilbur


    Thursday, November 9th
    Tegan and Sara
    The Con X: Tour
    @ the Orpheum


    Friday, November 10th
    Ghosts of Sailors at Sea
    Brown Lasers
    MINIBEAST
    The Modern Voice
    @ the Midway in JP


    Friday, November 10th
    Channel 3
    The FUs
    Silver Screams
    Fast Times
    @ the Middle East Upstairs


    Saturday, November 11th
    Iron & Wine
    @ Berklee Performance Center


    Sunday, November 12th
    Bully
    @ the Sinclair


    Monday, November 13th
    Modern English
    @ ONCE Somerville


    Monday, November 13th
    The Mountain Goats
    Mothers
    @ the House of Blues


    Monday, November 13th
    David Crosby & friends
    @ City Winery Boston


    Monday, November 13th
    Joywave
    The Aces
    The Demos
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Tuesday, November 14th
    Slowdive
    Cherry Glazerr
    @ the Paradise


    Tuesday, November 14th
    The Black Heart Procession
    Sam Coomes (Quasi)
    Chris Brokaw
    @ ONCE Somerville


    Tuesday, November 14th
    The Drums
    @
    the Sinclair


    Wednesday, November 15th
    The Jesus and Mary Chain
    Mark Crozer & the Rels
    @ the Paradise


    Wednesday, November 15th
    Dream Theater
    @ the Orpheum


    Thursday, November 16th
    Bob Dylan
    Mavis Staples
    @ Agganis Arena


    Thursday, Friday, & Saturday
    November 16th, 17th, & 18th
    Letters To Cleo
    (playing full LPs)
    with the Blake Babies
    @ the Paradise


    Friday, November 17th
    Hot Snakes
    SAVAK
    @ the Middle East Downstairs


    Friday, November 17th
    Hot Water Music
    Big Jesus
    @ the Sinclair


    Sunday, November 19th
    Turnover
    Elvis Depressedly
    Emma Ruth Rundle
    @ the Royale


    Tuesday, November 21st
    Squeeze
    @ the Wilbur


    Tuesday, November 21st
    American Football
    Pure Bathing Culture
    Land of Talk
    @ the Royale


    Sunday, November 26th
    Ducktails
    @ the Sinclair


    Sunday, November 26th
    Cut Copy
    @ the Royale


    Thursday, November 30th
    St. Vincent
    @ House of Blues


    Thursday, November 30th
    Beach Slang
    Dave Hause & The Mermaid
    The Homeless Gospel Choir
    @ the Sinclair


    Friday, December 1st
    Maximo Park
    Ava Luna
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Friday, December 1st
    Dream Syndicate
    The Richard Lloyd Group
    @ the ONCE  Ballroom


    Saturday, December 2nd
    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Saturday, December 2nd
    Jolie Holland &
    Samantha Parton
    (of The Be Good Tanyas)
    @ Great Scott


    Sunday, December 3rd
    Do Make Say Think
    @ the Sinclair


    Tuesday, December 5th
    Jake Bugg
    @ the Paradise


    Wednesday, December 6th
    Hiss Golden Messenger
    @ the Sinclair


    Thursday, December 7th
    Mogwai
    Xander Harris
    @ the Royale


    Thursday, December 7th
    The Bouncing Souls
    TSOL
    Rebuilder
    @ the Sinclair


    Thursday, December 7th
    Morrissey
    @ the Orpheum


    Friday, December 8th
    Converge
    Pile
    Give
    @ Brighton Music Hall


    Friday, December 8th
    Pinegrove
    Saintseneca
    Adult Mom
    @ the Royale


    Friday, December 8th
    LCD Soundsystem
    @ Agganis Arena


    Sunday, December 10th
    Reverend Horton Heat
    & Junior Brown with
    The Blasters & Big Sandy
    @ the Sinclair


    Tuesday, December 12th
    The Dear Hunter
    The Family Crest
    Vavá
    @ the Royale


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


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


    Thursday, December 28th
    Cymbals Eat Guitars
    @ Great Scott


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


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


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


    Sunday, January 21st
    Tennis
    @ the Royale


    Wednesday, January 24th
    Sleigh Bells
    @ the Paradise


    Wednesday, January 24th
    Destroyer
    Mega Bog
    @ the Sinclair


    Friday, January 26th
    The Posies
    @ City Winery Boston


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


    Friday, February 9th
    Girlpool
    @ the Paradise


    Friday, February 16th
    Robert Plant
    @ the Orpheum


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


    Friday, March 9th
    OMD
    @ the House of Blues


    Sunday, April 22nd
    The Darkness
    @ the Royale


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


    Friday, May 18th
    The Fratellis
    @ the Paradise