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Thursday, September 20th
BOSTON BEYOND BORDERS (featuring Paula Cole, Bob Bradshaw, Susan Cattaneo, Melissa Ferrick) at Red Star Union – Hosted by John Laurenti, this musical showcase spotlights the musical diversity in our own backyard, and will engage the audience and artists in conversation as well as performance.
Friday, September 21st
DR. DOG at the Royale – This always-overlooked group from Philly returns to Boston to kick off a weekend of awesome indie names. If Beach Boys style harmonies and mind-blowing Architecture in Helsinki covers are your style, this is your Friday show.
STARS at Paradise Rock Club – Toronto indie darlings return to promote their recent album “The North” (released September 4th), the second date in a tour that will span the globe. Best to see bands beforethey collapse of exhaustion, right?
Saturday, September 22nd
GOTYE at Bank of America Pavilion – Time will tell if Belgian-Australian artist Gotye (known as Wally De Backer to his mother) will be able to escape the stigma of that xylophone solo in “Somebody That I Used to Know”, and he’ll be playing the Pavilion with tracks from 2011’s Making Mirrors and his two albums previous. If he doesn’t keep churning the hits out, he’ll become somebody you used to…never mind.
Sunday, September 23rd
ST. VINCENT AND DAVID BYRNE at the Orpheum – Once in a while, a multi-generational artist collaboration can inject much-needed life into a genre, and that’s just what St. Vincent and Talking heads frontman Byrne are doing to indie music in the post-punk age. Playing the best of their recent collaboration on Love this Giant, expect equal doses of bizarre and excellent.
LIFE IS GOOD FESTIVAL (September 22-23), Prowse Farm in Canton, MA – All this weekend, some of music’s biggest names will be playing to support the Boston-based Life is Good organization. The Dave Matthews Band, Sara Barreilles, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and more will play the festival along with a slew of family-friendly acts to support the annual fundraiser.
That’s a wrap for this week, everyone—go forth and be awesome!