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Live Music Picks: Seven Shows in Seven Days

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Fri 4/21 - Dinosaur Jr @ Troubadour (SOLD OUT) – Here’s a show for the aging indie rocker. That first reunion show a year ago at Spaceland was a little disappointing (packed and a billion degrees inside). While Green Mind and Where You Been are still the best Dinosaur records, the first three with Lou Barlow have some great moments too. The show on Saturday night is sold out too.

Sat 4/22 - Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs @ The Roxy ($20 / $25 dos) – This show should please the record collector crowd. They’re backed by an excellent band and they picked some amazing songs to cover on their new album. If you’re not familiar with any of the songs, check out the original versions too. You can preview tracks at their website.

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Sun 4/23 - Languis @ Hotel Café – Support local Argentinean rock. They play atmospheric music that you can get lost in. It would also sound great in a cool indie film. Download In the Fields of (Lonely Fences) and then buy their solid new EP.

Mon 4/24 – Denison Witmer @ Hotel Café – He’s a sensitive singer-songwriter from Philadelphia. Sufjan Stevens appeared on his recent record as did some mighty fine finger-picked acoustic guitar. The music is more like early Jackson Browne rather than Elliott Smith. Listen to some tracks at his MYSPACE page.

Tues 4/25 – Time Again @ The Echo ($5) – They’re a punk band that sounds like Tim Armstrong’s band, Rancid, and they’re signed to Tim Armstrong’s label and they’re playing their record release party at Tim Armstrong’s night at the Echo. Oh yeah, and Tim Armstrong appears on the title track. Download Junkies

Wed 4/26 – Quasi @ Spaceland ($12) – They’re an ex-married couple from Portland who have been around for 13 years. She’s a great drummer (see: Sleater-Kinney) and he writes pitch black lyrics and makes playing the Roxichord/organ/keyboard entertaining on stage. They used to be Elliott Smith's backing band. Stream the new Dave Fridmann produced album HERE.

Thurs 4/27 - David Garza @ Largo – Catch this talented Texan in an intimate setting before he heads out to open Fiona Apple’s summer tour. He gets compared to Jeff Buckley and Robert Plant a lot, and those comparisons aren’t totally off base. He can really belt out the songs. Listen to some tracks on MYSPACE.

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