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[Nac Tracks] July 2015 New Music Playlist

Posted on August 3, 2015 at 10:20 am | No Comments

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…

[Nac Tracks] May 2015 New Music Playlist

Posted on June 2, 2015 at 11:32 am | No Comments

Another month under our belts means another installment of Nac Tracks, my cumulative monthly new music playlist of just-released songs that strike me on Soundcloud. May brought 36 tracks, and the June edition is, of course, already in progress

[Nac Tracks] April 2015 New Music Playlist

Posted on May 4, 2015 at 9:55 am | No Comments

File under: Better eventually then not at all. With blogging time at a premium (i.e. non-existent), I’m always looking for song-sharing shortcuts, so throwing new Soundcloud tracks that grab me into a monthly playlist is a no-brainer. Here’s the first one: My 35-song April 2015 “Nac Tracks” Soundcloud playlist, embedded for your listening pleasure…

The May 2015 edition is already in progress.

keep looking »
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    Thursday, July 30th
    Veruca Salt
    Charly Bliss
    @ the Paradise

    Thursday, July 30th
    X (original lineup)
    @ the Sinclair

    Thursday & Friday
    July 30th & 31st
    Steely Dan
    with Elvis Costello
    & the Imposters
    @ the Blue Hills Pavilion

    The Sadies
    These Wild Plains
    Willard Grant Conspiracy
    Annabelle Lord-Patey
    @ Cuisine en Locale

    Friday, July 31st
    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
    10th Anniversary Tour
    (playing entire 1st album)
    Teen Men
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Friday, July 31st
    Someone Still Loves
    You Boris Yeltsin
    Sinnet
    Surf Vietnam
    @ Great Scott

    Saturday, August 1st
    YOUR FRIENDS FEST
    A Night of Music, Art,
    Community, & Your Friends

    illustrators, painters, designers,
    leather smiths, herbalists & galleries
    with music from
    Spo, DCDR, Psychic Dog
    currents, & Great News
    5pm @ Cuisine en Locale

    Saturday, August 1st
    Abadabad
    Soft Pyramids
    Eternals
    Furniture
    @ Great Scott

    Saturday, August 1st
    KMFDM
    Chant
    Seven Factor
    @ the Sinclair

    Saturday, August 1st
    Cheap Trick
    Peter Frampton
    @ the Blue Hills Pavilion

    Sunday, August 2nd
    (the) Thurson MoOre Baand
    Chain & the Gang
    @ the Sinclair

    Tuesday, August 4th
    Desaparecidos
    The So So Glos
    Bandroidz
    @ the Paradise

    Wednesday, August 5th
    Shepherdess
    Weather Weapon
    @ O'Brien's

    Wednesday, August 5th
    Stan Ridgway
    (of Wall of Voodoo)
    @ Johnny D's

    Wednesday, August 5th
    Wolf Alice
    @ the Middle East Down

    Thursday, August 6th
    James Taylor
    Bonnie Raitt
    @ Fenway Park

    Friday, August 7th
    Phillip Selway (of Radiohead)
    @ the Sinclair

    Friday, August 7th
    Dean Ween Group
    @ the Paradise

    Saturday, August 8th
    halfsour
    The Operators
    Grave Ideas
    WYDYDE
    1pm @ the Middle East Up

    Sunday, August 9th
    Ducktails
    (Matt from Real Estate)
    Julian Lynch
    Itasca
    @ Great Scott

    Sunday, August 9th
    Jamie xx
    @ the Royale

    Tuesday, August 11th
    Mac DeMarco
    Jerry Paper
    @ the Royale

    Wednesday, August 12th
    "Fat Wrecked For 25 Years"
    Fat Wreck Chords Tour with
    NOFX, Lagwagon, Strung Out,
    Swingin' Utters, The Flatliners,
    Masked Intruder, toyGuitar,
    and Bad Cop/Bad Cop
    @ House of Blues

    Thursday, August 13th
    Cracker
    on a boat

    Friday, August 14th
    Delta Spirit
    @ the Sinclair

    Saturday, August 15th
    Failure
    Hum
    @ the Royale

    Sunday, August 16th
    LVL UP
    Basement
    Adventures
    Palehound
    @ the Royale

    Sunday, August 16th
    The Church
    The Psychedelic Furs
    @ Cape Code Melody
    Tent in Hyannis, MA

    Saturday, August 22nd
    Exploding In Sound presents:
    Thank You For Being A Friend

    Krill, Big Ups,
    Unholy Strength,
    Stove, & Palehound
    @ the Sinclair

    Sunday, August 23rd
    Exploding In Sound presents:
    Thank You For Being A Friend

    Vundabar, Zula, Washer,
    Swings, Lady Bones,
    & Great Deceivers
    @ O'Brien's

    Sunday, August 23rd
    Exploding In Sound presents:
    Thank You For Being A Friend

    Pile, Kal Marks, Gnarwhal
    Bunny's A Swine, & Leapling
    @ Great Scott

    Sunday, August 23rd
    Social Distortion
    Nikki Lane
    Drag The River
    @ House of Blues

    Tuesday, August 25th
    This Year's Model:
    An All-Female
    Tribute to Elvis Costello

    with Jess Collins (The Static Dynamic,
    Petty Morals), Jen de La Osa (Aloud),
    Amy Douglas (FEINTS, Sunrise Hwy),
    Bridget Duggan (Paper Waves),
    Jess Jacobs (Band Without Hands),
    Tanya Pearson (Drab), Gretchen
    Shae (The Knock Ups), and
    Magen Tracy (Parlour Bells,
    The Missed Connections)
    @ Johnny D's

    Wednesday, August 26th
    The Good Life
    Big Harp
    @ the Sinclair

    Friday, August 28th
    Thick Shakes
    Thalia Zedek Band
    Royal Wedding
    Gondoliers
    @ the Midway, JP

    Friday, August 28th
    Sidewalk Driver
    Jenny Dee &
    The Deelinquents
    Ruby Rose Fox
    The Lights Out
    @ the Sinclair

    Sunday, August 30th
    Speedy Ortiz
    on a boat!
    with Downtown Boys
    (a Rock n' Blues Cruise)

    Wednesday, September 2nd
    Jen Kirkman
    Sam Jay
    @ the Sinclair

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

    Sunday, September 6th
    Swervedriver
    Gateway Drugs
    @ the Sinclair

    Tuesday, September 8th
    Lou Barlow
    @ Great Scott

    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
    Death Cab For Cutie
    Explosions In The Sky
    @ the Blue Hills Pavilion

    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

    Tuesday, September 22nd
    Dawes
    @ the Royale

    Wednesday, Sept. 23rd
    Low
    Andy Shauf
    DJ Carbo
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    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

    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
    ChameleonsVox (w/Mark Burgess)
    performing "Script of the Bridge"
    @ Boston venue TBA

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

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

    Tuesday, October 6th
    Girlpool
    Eskimeaux
    Told Slant
    @ 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

    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
    Titus Andronicus
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Thursday, October 15th
    Craft Spells
    @ Great Scott

    Saturday, October 17th
    Joe Walsh
    @ the Orpheum

    Saturday, October 17th
    The Dead Milkmen
    @ the Sinclair

    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
    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

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

    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

    Monday, November 16th
    Fuzz
    @ the Sinclair

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

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