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[Nac Tracks] August 2015 New Music Playlist

Posted on September 3, 2015 at 9:02 am | No Comments

August ends with a new record: 47 tracks for nearly 3 hours of listening in my monthly new music playlist.

September may crush it, though – just 3 days in and 9 new songs so far, including tracks from Stove, Threading, Ex-Breathers, and more.

Here’s August. Stream away…

[Live MP3] Kristin Hersh does Vic Chesnutt

Posted on August 11, 2015 at 9:36 am | No Comments

[MP3] Kristin Hersh – “Panic Pure
a Vic Chesnutt cover, live in Cambridge, MA, 7/27/15

Kristin Hersh, from the stage of Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Monday night, July 27th, 2015…

“I was never very good at therapy, because… I can talk, I just can’t talk out loud.

But I was made to go this year, and it was… it was entertaining.

The therapist said “I can see your work is very important to you, but I feel that it’s rather isolating. So tell me, what is it like at a ‘Kristin Hersh show’?”

“I don’t know, I’ve never been to one.”

“Well, who do reviewers compare you to?”

I said “Everybody who makes anybody sad. Nick Drake, Elliott Smith, Mark Linkous, Kurt Cobain, Vic Chesnutt…”

She said “Well, what I want you to do is reach out to all these people and re-form your peer group.

“I can’t do that…”

“Yes, you can.”

“No, I can’t. They’re dead.”

She said “All of them?

“Yeah, we’re a fragile group.”

Kristin has a new book about Vic Chesnutt, titled “Don’t Suck, Don’t Die – Giving Up Vic Chesnutt” arriving in October. The discounted hardcover is available for pre-order from University of Texas Press.

Keep up with all things Kristin through her website and on Twitter, and consider becoming one of her Strange Angels, who help directly fan-fund her music-making career.

[Nac Tracks] July 2015 New Music Playlist

Posted on August 3, 2015 at 10:20 am | 1 Comment

Another month down, another shared Soundcloud playlist of new songs for your ears. 45 tracks in this one, nearly 3 hours of music, the longest one yet. Who says things get slow in the summer? Enjoy…

(and the August edition starts off with a new one from LOW)

[Nac Tracks] June 2015 New Music Playlist

Posted on July 3, 2015 at 1:39 pm | No Comments

With another month in the rearview, here’s the now-complete 33-track Nac Tracks streaming collection of new music for June 2015. So many great songs. Just three days into July, and the newest edition is already up to 10 tracks, so jump on in…

[Proudly Presenting] Darren Hanlon, Colin Clary, & (the return of) Eef at TT the Bears this Monday

Posted on June 16, 2015 at 9:28 am | No Comments

It’s barely begun to sink in, but in little more than a month, Cambridge, MA rock club T.T. the Bears Place will no longer exist. The reasons behind its end are either straightforward or complicated, depending on who you’re reading, but the simple fact is the well-worn stage of this Central Square institution will soon go silent. Boston rock forebears Scruffy the Cat will provide the closing notes on Saturday night, July 25th.

Before that happens, I’m compelled to put on one last “Bradley’s Almanac presents…” show at TTs, and it’s come together perfectly. The club has always been very kind to me, allowing the occasional custom bill with faves & friends, and the ability to do that there has never been lost on me. The fact that I get one more chance is a gift, so I’m making the most of it…


(show poster gorgeously designed by Nicole at Daykamp Creative)

This coming Monday, June 22nd, 2015, I’m proud to present a night with Australia’s own Darren Hanlon, fresh off a tour opening for Courtney Barnett at sold out shows across the country. If you caught his too-short set at their Sinclair stop last month, you know he charmed the crowd with his witty, literate, irresistibly catchy songs, and all were left wanting more. Well, more is what we’re getting, because before he heads back home to Oz, he’s doing a few North American solo gigs. I’m honored to help make one happen here in the Boston area, and grateful that TTs gave us the green light.

Darren’s set will be preceded by my longtime pal & bandmate Colin Clary (of the Smittens & Let’s Whisper), who will drive down from Vermont to play a special mix of solo & band songs with a group of friends. Before that, the reunion that at least 3 people have been clamoring for: Vermont/Boston-based trio Eef will make their first on-stage appearance in nearly 2 decades. Ok, rather than refer to Eef in the third person, I’ll just say “we”, since yes, I’ll be behind the drum kit. Our unexpected resurrection has resulted in a batch of newly-recorded songs, including a contribution to the just-released charity compilation Keep Safe Boston. You can stream that track, along with songs from Darren & Colin, below.

While I already consider this lineup, at this particular time, and at this particular club, to be something pretty special, there’s another reason the night means a lot to me and others: We’re dedicating the evening to the memory of our departed friend, Joe Wiencis. Joe, who was a longtime indie-pop (and Genesis) fan, passed away in late April. I wasn’t able to attend his memorial, nor were a few other mutual friends I know of, so it felt right to mark the loss at a show he may have attended. Rather than a maudlin affair, it will instead be one filled with some of the songs that soundtracked Joe’s too-short life. We’ll have between-band mixes of his faves playing, and shortly after doors open at 8pm, there will be a tribute set of Joe-centric covers by newly-formed combo The Abacab Lounge Singers. Whether you knew him or not, arrive early to join us in commemorating our missing friend.

Tickets for this 18+ show are available for $8 at Ticketweb, or for $10 at the door on Monday night. If you have Facehole, check the event page for updates.

Some songs from Darren, Colin, & Eef. See you on Monday…

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    Thursday, September 3rd
    Magic Magic
    Funeral Advantage (LP release!)
    Bent Shapes
    Lost Film
    @ Great Scott

    Thursday, September 3rd
    TW Walsh
    Francine
    Mill Pond Falls
    @ the Lizard Lounge

    Saturday, September 5th
    The New Highway Hymnal
    Infinity Girl (LP release!)
    Fiddlehead
    Gold Muse
    @ Great Scott

    Sunday, September 6th
    Swervedriver
    Gateway Drugs
    @ the Sinclair

    Sunday, September 6th
    SWERVEDRIVER
    AFTERSHOW PARTY!
    with DJs Mikey Jones
    (of Swervedriver) and
    Michael V (of the pill & more)
    - free with show ticket -
    @ the Sinclair

    Tuesday, September 8th
    Lou Barlow
    @ Great Scott

    Thursday, September 10th
    Cat Power
    @ the Paradise

    Friday, September 11th
    Funny or Die's
    Oddball Comedy and
    Curiosity Festival 2015
    with Aziz Ansari, Amy Schumer,
    Jeff Ross, Bridget Everett,
    Anthony Jeselnik, and more
    @ the Xfinity Center

    Friday, September 11th
    Mike Peters (The Alarm)
    30 Years since "Strength"
    @ Johnny D's

    Friday, September 11th
    Looker
    LOVE LOVE
    Mount Peru
    Cujo (featuring Jen Trynin)
    @ the Midway, JP

    Friday, September 11th
    Death Cab For Cutie
    Explosions In The Sky
    @ the Blue Hills Pavilion

    Saturday, September 12th
    5th Annual JP Music Fest!
    Over 20 Bands Performing
    @ Pinebank Field, Jamaica Pond

    Saturday, September 12th
    John Hodgman
    @ the Wilbur Theatre

    Friday, September 18th
    The Feelies
    @ the Sinclair

    Friday, September 18th
    Eagles of Death Metal
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Friday, September 18th
    Mikal Cronin
    Calvin Love
    The Cairo Gang
    @ Great Scott

    Friday, September 18th
    Heartless Bastards
    Alberta Cross
    @ the Paradise

    Sunday, September 20th
    Robert Plant and the
    Sensational Space Shifters
    @ Blue Hills Pavilion

    Sunday, September 20th
    Albert Hammond Jr.
    (from the Strokes)
    When Particles Collide
    @ the Sinclair

    Monday, September 21st
    Potty Mouth
    @ Great Scott

    Tuesday, September 22nd
    Dawes
    @ the Royale

    Wednesday, Sept. 23rd
    Low
    Andy Shauf
    DJ Carbo

    Wednesday, Sept. 23rd
    Blake Schwarzenbach
    (Jawbreaker/Jets To Brazil)
    @ Great Scott

    Wednesday, Sept. 23rd
    The Decemberists
    Tune-Yards
    @ Blue Hills Pavilion

    Wednesday, Sept. 23rd
    Bob Mould (solo electric)
    Jason Narducy (aka Split Single)
    @ the Sinclair

    Sunday, Sept. 27th
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor
    Xylouris White
    @ the Paradise

    Tuesday, September 29th
    The Jesus and Mary Chain
    Psychocandy 30th Anniversary
    @ the House of Blues

    Tues., Wed., & Thurs.
    Sept. 29th - Oct. 1st
    Built To Spill
    Helvetica
    Clark and the Himselfs
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Thursday, October 1st
    Mike Krol
    @ Out of the Blue Too
    Central Sq., Cambridge

    Friday, October 2nd
    FFS (members of Franz
    Ferdinand & Sparks)
    @ the Orpheum

    Friday, October 2nd
    Kurt Vile and
    The Violators,
    Waxahatchee,
    Luke Roberts
    @ the Paradise

    Friday, October 2nd
    Destroyer
    Jennifer Castle
    @ the Royale

    Saturday, October 3rd
    RIDE
    @ the Paradise

    Saturday, October 3rd
    Yo La Tengo (acoustic)
    @ the Wilbur

    Saturday, October 3rd
    Kraftwerk
    @ the Citi/Wang Center

    Sunday, October 4th
    Television
    @ the Wilbur

    Sunday, October 4th
    ChameleonsVox (w/Mark Burgess)
    performing "Script of the Bridge"
    @ Boston venue TBA

    Monday, October 5th
    Wavves
    Twin Peaks
    @ Paradise Rock Club

    Monday, October 5th
    Girlpool
    Eskimeaux
    Told Slant
    IAN
    @ the Middle East Down

    Tuesday, October 6th
    The Zombies
    performing the album
    "Odessey & Oracle" in full
    @ the Wilbur

    Tuesday, October 6th
    Girlpool
    Eskimeaux
    Told Slant
    Gracie
    @ the Middle East Up

    Wednesday, October 7th
    Sun Kil Moon
    @ the Somerville Theatre

    Wednesday, October 7th
    A Place To Bury Strangers
    Grooms
    @ the Middle East Down

    Thursday, October 8th
    Makthaverskan
    Lower
    @ Great Scott

    Friday, October 9th
    Eldridge Rodriguez
    Party Bois
    SkyJelly
    @ Wonder Bar

    Saturday, October 10th
    Patti Smith
    discusses & signs her
    new book "M Train"
    7pm @ Back Bay Events Ctr

    Saturday, October 10th
    DIIV
    No Joy
    Sunflower Bean
    @ The Sinclair

    Saturday, October 10th
    Luna
    @ the Paradise

    Saturday, October 10th
    Teen Daze
    Heavenly Beat
    @ Great Scott

    Sunday, October 11th
    Mew
    @ the Paradise

    Sunday, October 11th
    Waxahatchee
    @ the Ottobar in Lynn

    Monday, October 12th
    Mercury Rev
    @ the Sinclair

    Tuesday, October 13th
    Blitzen Trapper
    @ the Sinclair

    Thursday, October 15th
    Craig Finn
    Esme Patterson
    @ the Sinclair

    Thursday, October 15th
    Menace (UK)
    The Clap
    Silver Screams
    Shattered Silence
    @ Hardcore Stadium
    Cedar St., Cambridge

    Thursday, October 15th
    Titus Andronicus
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Thursday, October 15th
    Craft Spells cancelled
    @ Great Scott

    Friday, October 16th
    Ghost Box Orchestra
    (LP Release Show!) with
    Major Stars, Soft Eyes,
    & Boom Said Thunder
    @ the Middle East Up

    Saturday, October 17th
    Crash Safely 2015 - A Benefit
    for the National MS Society

    NIGHT #1 with
    Sprained Ankles, The Dents,
    Phil Aiken Army, Gymnasium,
    and Muck & The Mires
    @ the Midway, JP

    Saturday, October 17th
    Joe Walsh
    @ the Orpheum

    Saturday, October 17th
    The Dead Milkmen
    @ the Sinclair

    Sunday, October 18th
    Suicide Girls:
    Blackheart Burlesque Tour
    @ the Middle East Down

    Monday, October 19th
    The Old 97s
    Tommy Stinson
    @ the Paradise

    Wednesday, October 21st
    Garbage
    "20 Years Queer Tour"
    with Torres
    @ the Orpheum

    Wednesday, October 21st
    Idlewild
    @ the Sinclair

    Thursday, October 22nd
    Joe Jackson
    @ the Sinclair

    Friday, October 23rd
    Crash Safely 2015 - A Benefit
    for the National MS Society

    NIGHT #2 with
    Township, Watts,
    Unnatural Axe, & Fireking
    @ the Middle East Up

    Friday, October 23rd
    Caspian
    Circle Takes the Square
    Dirty Bangs
    @ the Sinclair

    Friday, October 23rd
    Telekinesis
    Say Hi
    Mini Dresses
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Wednesday, October 28th
    Joanna Gruesome
    @ the Middle East Up

    Wednesday, October 28th
    Jukebox the Ghost
    presents "Halloqueen"
    @ the Sinclair

    Wednesday, October 28th
    Holly Golightly
    & The Brokeoffs
    Hayley Thompson King
    @ Atwood's

    Friday, October 30th
    Aviary Lindsay’s
    Golden Birthday Bash

    with Citrusphere,
    Broken River Prophet,
    Planet of Adventure,
    and Volcano Kings
    @ the Midway, JP

    Friday, October 30th
    Youth Lagoon
    Moon King
    @ the Paradise

    Saturday, October 31st
    The Polyphonic Spree
    @ Johnny D's

    Tuesday, November 3rd
    Deafheaven
    Envy
    Tribulation
    @ the Royale

    Saturday, November 7th
    Beirut
    @ the House of Blues

    Wednesday, November 11th
    Minus the Bear
    Murder By Death
    Aero Flynn
    @ the Paradise

    Thursday, November 12th
    Colin Hay (of Men at Work)
    @ the Wilbur Theatre

    Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
    November 13th, 14th, & 15th
    Allston Pudding Presents...
    Three Nights of...
    Diarrhea Planet
    with Music Band
    @ Great Scott

    Sunday, November 15th
    EL VY (members of the National
    & Ramona Falls/Menomena)
    @ the Sinclair

    Monday, November 16th
    Fuzz
    @ the Sinclair

    Thursday, November 19th
    Matt Pond PA
    @ the Middle East Down

    Tuesday, November 24th
    Beach Slang
    Cayetana
    Lithuania
    @ Great Scott

    Sunday, November 29th
    The Front Bottoms
    The Smith Street Band
    Elvis Depressedly
    @ the Royale

    Thursday, December 3rd
    The 1975
    @ the House of Blues

    Saturday, December 5th
    Parquet Courts
    Pill
    @ the Middle East Down

    Monday, December 7th
    We Were Promised Jetpacks
    @ the Sinclair

    Tuesday, December 8th
    The Get Up Kids
    Into It. Over It.
    Rozwell Kid
    @ the Paradise

    Thursday, December 10th
    Squeeze
    "The At Odds Couple"
    Acoustic Duo Show
    @ the Wilbur Theatre

    Thursday, December 10th
    Deerhunter
    Atlas Sound
    @ the Royale