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[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.

[Friday Nutshells] Kristin Hersh, Tanya Donelly, Rose Melberg, David Bazan, & Exit Verse

Posted on October 7, 2016 at 8:58 am | No Comments

A ‘nutshells’ post, in which I share five new things rattling around my between my ears…

On November 11th, Kristin Hersh will deliver her long-awaited next album, “Wyatt At The Coyote Palace”, in the U.S. (and in the U.K. 2 weeks earlier – lucky sods). It’s her first solo LP since 2010’s “Crooked”, and continues her unique practice of combining her singular talent for songwriting with her more-recently explored knack for book-writing — by releasing it with an accompanying collection of essays.

The Throwing Muses founder hasn’t exactly been resting on her laurels in the six years since her last solo release – Two books (the acclaimed “Rat Girl” memoir and “Don’t Suck, Don’t Die”, her moving reflection on her special relationship with the much-missed Vic Chesnutt – the KH-narrated audio version was just released), a double-length Muses LP (“Purgatory/Paradise“), two releases from her noise-rock trio, 50 Foot Wave, including this year’s “Bath White” EP, and a new trio, Outros, with Chris Brady from (the real) Pond/Audio Learning Center & 50’~ drummer Rob Ahlers. All of this while sharing her creative process with a small army of devoted fans (dubbed “Strange Angels”, who support her work through regular contributions) and suffering some personal upheavals that she’s candidly discussed in recent interviews. There was a time she’d worried she’d lost her songwriting spark, so the announcement of this record came as welcome news indeed.

The first sonic taste of the 24-track (!), double-disc, hardcover book “Wyatt At The Coyote Palace” is “Soma Gone Slapstick“, which also has a new Orrin Anderson-directed video to go along with it…

Pre-order WATCP through Kristin’s website, and while you’re there, check out what it takes to become one of her Strange Angels. Signing up not only gets you her releases, but free tickets to upcoming shows — she hits the road (and the airport) in November for a 6-week international tour that finishes up here in the Boston area at the Sinclair on Sunday, December 18th. Grab tickets for that one right here.

Speaking of the Muses, erstwhile TM co-founder Tanya Donelly is having one hell of an active year with both the return of her beloved 90s-era quartet Belly to live stages and the release of her collected “Swan Song Series” of solo work on American Laundromat records. She just played a couple dates in support of that triple-LP (!) with an ace backing band and a slew of guests at the Somerville show that included Bill Janovitz (Buffalo Tom/Needy Sons), Tom Gorman (Belly), Sam Davol (Magnetic Fields), and duo Damon & Naomi (Galaxie 500). Not long before that she shared the Brighton Music Hall stage with Janovitz and Mike Gent of (the Figgs/Needy Sons) as part of the Concert Across America. Boston is one lucky town that we get to see these kind of live collaborations so often.


Bill Janovitz, Tanya Donelly, & Mike Gent
at Brighton Music Hall on September 25th, 2016

Tanya’s busy year includes a gorgeous contribution to American Laundromat’s incredible “Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith” collection, which sees its official release next week. My pre-order package arrived a couple days ago, and it’s a something special to behold and be heard, with striking design work from Daykamp Creative, and a ridiculously stacked lineup of artists that includes J. Mascis, Juliana Hatfield, Waxahatchee, Lou Barlow, Adam Franklin (of Swervedriver), Yuck, and more. Order yours over at ALR.

Here’s Tanya Donelly’s gorgeous take on Elliott Smith’s “Between The Bars“…

Another lovingly-produced tribute to one of my all-time favorite songwriters was released just last week: The 21-track “Constant and True – A Tribute to the Songs of Rose Melberg” on February Records. The covers come from all throughout Rose’s musical career, including songs from Go Sailor, Tiger Trap, the Softies, her solo releases, and more. Especially excited to see my pals in The Smittens contribute their version of Go Sailor’s “Together Forever In Love“. Have a listen to that track below, hear the rest of the songs at Bandcamp, and order your own copy (with proceeds benefiting Rose’s chosen charity of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada) right here.

After years of begging/demands/threats from the miscreants at the PedroTheLion.org forum, David Bazan is finally gathering together his long-out-of-print Christmas singles into a collection titled “Dark Sacred Night”, which will be out on November 11th.

While he’s released a total of 14 carols since the first 7-inch on Suicide Squeeze in 2002, the compilation gathers just 10 remixed/remastered tracks. Completists need not fear, though, as Amazon let slip the news that there will be a limited edition “Christmas Bonus” 12-inch with the other 4 remaining songs. Look for an official announcement on that companion EP soon, and in the meantime pre-order the “Dark Sacred Night” collection from Undertow or Suicide Squeeze, where you can snag one of the 2000 limited edition blue vinyl (with white snow flakes!) copies.

Here’s one of the tracks, David Bazan’s cover of Low’s “Long Way Around The Sea

I’ve been a fan & follower of Geoff Farina‘s work since his days in Boston trio Karate and duo Secret Stars, have dug his solo work and frequent collaborations with Chris Brokaw, and always look forward to news of another full-band record on the way. November 25th will bring “Grant No Glory”, the sophomore full-length from Exit Verse, Farina’s trio with bassist Pete Croke (Brokeback, Tight Phantoms) and drummer Chris Dye (Speck Mountain, Chin Up Chin Up). The 9-track record follows their 2014 self-titled debut, which was also released by the Ernest Jenning Record Company. Pre-order “Grant No Glory” through Bandcamp while you stream lead-off track “Sleeping In Graceland“…

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  • Boston-Area Action

    Monday, February 20th
    Japandroids,
    Craig Finn & the
    Uptown Controllers
    @ the Royale

    Wednesday, February 22nd
    GZA
    Meyhem Lauren
    @ the ONCE Ballroom

    Thursday, February 23rd
    Rose Polenzani
    Dave Godowsky
    @ the Lizard Lounge

    Sunday, February 26th
    Shadow Band
    @ Great Scott

    Sunday, February 26th
    Queen Moo, The Superweaks,
    Leaner, No Thank You
    Weller, Who Loves You
    @ the Middle East Upstairs

    Sunday, February 26th
    The Griswolds
    Dreamers
    Parks
    @ the Sinclair

    Monday, February 27th
    Strange Mangers
    Funeral Advantage
    (album release/tour kickoff)
    Luna Tullgren
    Teenender
    Champagne Charm
    @ Great Scott

    Tuesday, February 28th
    Jon Langford (Mekons)
    a career-spanning solo
    acoustic show with artwork
    @ Atwood's Tavern

    Wednesday, March 1st
    Sad13 (Sadie from Speedy Ortiz)
    Bellows
    Christian Holden (of The Hotelier)
    Horse Jumper of Love
    @ ONCE Somerville

    Thursday, March 2nd
    The Joy Formidable
    (acoustic)
    @ the ONCE Ballroom

    Friday, March 3rd
    Robyn Hitchcock
    Emma Swift
    @ ONCE Somerville

    Friday, March 3rd
    The Flaming Lips
    @ the House of Blues

    Saturday, March 4th
    Aloud (7-inch release show!)
    Peter Buzzelle & the Academy
    @ the Plough & Stars

    Sunday, March 5th
    Save Ferris
    Baby Baby
    Petty Morals
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Sunday, March 5th
    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
    Steady Holiday
    @ ONCE Somerville

    Sunday, March 5th
    Adrian Belew Power Trio
    Saul Zonana
    @ The Sinclair

    Monday, March 6th
    The Game Of Thrones
    Live Concert Experience
    @ the TD Garden

    Tuesday, March 7th
    The Radio Dept.
    Germans
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Friday, March 10th
    The Phil Aiken Army,
    Love Love,
    The Nickel & Dime Band
    (featuring Rick Berlin),
    Cujo
    @ the Midway JP

    Saturday, March 11th
    Los Campesinos!
    @ the Paradise

    Saturday, March 11th
    Dawes
    @ the Orpheum

    Monday, March 13th
    NEW MUSIC NIGHT
    with DJ Bad Squirrel (that's me)
    2 hours of new songs
    and ticket giveaways
    6pm-8pm @ ONCE Somerville

    Tuesday, March 14th
    Tennis
    @ the Sinclair

    Wednesday, March 15th
    Jens Lekman & his band
    Lisa/Liza
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Wednesday, March 15th
    Deafheaven
    This Will Destroy You
    Emma Ruth Rundle
    @ the Paradise

    Wednesday, March 22nd
    Fishbone
    Rebuilder
    @ the Sinclair

    Saturday, March 25th
    At the Drive In
    @ the House of Blues

    Saturday, March 25th
    Allah-Las
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Sunday, March 26th
    Minus The Bear
    Beach Slang
    Bayonne
    @ the Royale

    Tuesday, March 28th
    Thursday
    Basement
    Touche Amore
    Wax Idols
    @ the House of Blues

    Tuesday, March 28th
    Lambchop
    Animal Hospital
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Wednesday, March 29th
    Richard Ashcroft (the Verve)
    @ House of Blues

    Friday, March 31str
    Dear Leader (reunion!)
    The Douglas Fir
    The Furniture
    @ the Emerson/Paramount Center’s
    Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre

    Saturday, April 1st
    Courtesy Tier
    When Particles Collide
    Sidewalk Driver
    The Upper Crust
    @ the Emerson/Paramount Center’s
    Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre

    Sunday, April 2nd
    Pile
    @ the Sinclair

    Sunday, April 2nd
    Six Organs Of Admittance
    Minibeast
    @ Great Scott

    Sunday, April 2nd
    King Gizzard and
    the Lizard Wizard,
    Orb,
    Stonefield
    @ the Royale

    Thursday, April 6th
    Son Volt
    Anders Parker & Cloud Badge
    @ the Paradise

    Saturday, April 8th
    "Welcome To Night Vale" podcast
    with music from Erin McKeown
    @ Berklee Performance Center

    Tuesday, April 11th
    Mark Eitzel
    (of American Music Club)
    Howe Gelb
    (of Giant Sand)
    @ ONCE Somerville

    Wednesday, April 12th
    Sondre Lerche
    @ the Sinclair

    Thursday, April 13th
    Modern English
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Friday & Saturday
    April 14th & 15th
    The Magnetic Fields:
    "50 Song Memoir"
    50 songs over 2 nights
    @ Berklee Performance Center

    Sunday, April 16th
    The Wedding Present
    Colleen Green
    @ Great Scott

    Monday, April 17th
    PJ Harvey
    @ the House of Blues

    Wednesday, April 19th
    Surfer Blood
    @ Great Scott

    Thursday, April 20th
    Chairlift
    Kristin Kontrol
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Sunday, April 23rd
    Tobin Sprout (of GBV)
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Sunday, April 23rd
    Aimee Mann
    @ the Wilbur

    Tuesday, April 25th
    The New Pornographers
    Waxahatchee
    @ the House of Blues

    Thursday, April 27th
    Steve Winwood
    @ the Orpheum

    Friday, April 28th
    The Maine
    The Mowgli's
    Beach Weather
    @ the Royale

    Thursday, May 4th
    The Damned
    The BellRays
    @ the Paradise

    Friday, May 5th
    Real Estate
    Frankie Cosmos
    @ the Royale

    Monday, May 8th
    Mastodon
    Eagles of Death Metal
    Russian Circles
    @ the House of Blues

    Tuesday, May 9th
    Coheed and Cambria
    The Dear Hunter
    @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

    Wednesday, May 10th
    Ryan Adams
    Jenny Lewis
    @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

    Friday, May 12th
    Meat Puppets
    Mike Watt w/Jom + Terry
    Grant Hart
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Tuesday, May 16th
    Laura Marling
    @ the Paradise

    Friday & Saturday
    May 19th & 20th
    Pixies
    Cymbals Eat Guitars
    @ House of Blues

    Sunday, May 21st
    Happyness
    @ Great Scott

    Sunday, May 21st
    Pixies
    Cymbals Eat Guitars
    @ the Paradise

    Wednesday, June 7th
    Southern Culture on the Skids
    @ the Sinclair

    Thursday & Friday
    June 8th & 9th
    Reverend Horton Heat
    Flat Duo Jets
    @ the ONCE Ballroom

    Saturday, June 9th
    Marcela Cruz
    Sidewalk Chalk
    Sam Trump
    @ the Emerson/Paramount Center’s
    Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre

    Monday, June 19th
    PWR BTTM
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Wednesday, June 21st
    Third Eye Blind
    Silversun Pickups
    @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

    Sunday, June 25th
    U2
    The Lumineers
    @ Gillette Stadium

    Tuesday, June 27th
    Jason Isbell & the 400 Units
    The Mountain Goats
    @ Blue Hills Pavilion

    Monday, July 17th
    Foreigner,
    Cheap Trick, &
    Jason Bonham’s
    Led Zeppelin Experience
    @ Blue Hills Pavilion

    Thursday, July 20th
    Tom Petty &
    the Heartbreakers
    @ TD Garden

    Friday, July 21st
    Conor Oberst
    Hop Along
    @ the House of Blues

    Sunday, July 30th
    Blondie
    Garbage
    Deap Vally
    @ the Blue Hills Pavilion

    Wednesday, August 2nd
    Belle & Sebastian
    Andrew Bird
    Porches
    @ Blue Hills Pavilion

    Monday, August 28th
    Green Day
    Catfish & the Bottlemen
    @ the Xfinity Center

    Saturday, September 16th
    Sturgill Simpson
    @ the Blue Hills Pavilion

    Saturday, September 16th
    Chameleons Vox (featuring
    Mark Burgess of Chameleons UK)
    with Soft Kill & Way Out
    @ the Middle East Downstairs

    Thursday, November 9th
    Bruce Cockburn
    @ the Wilbur