Playlist

I don’t see as many bands play live as I once did, even though I tend to like music better that way. For one thing, it’s a whole lot pricier and more of an ordeal here than it was back than when I lived in Boston near a handful of great venues. My music interests have also expended considerably over the years as I’ve filled in the gaps in my pop knowledge, and frankly most older acts that I’ve rediscovered aren’t as much fun to see when they’re past their prime. As for the newer stuff the kids all listen to? Well, I barely have the energy to keep up when I’m still trying to track down MP3s of every song that once lived in the 110-cassette mixtape library I once curated.

In the interests of good record-keeping, though, here’s my updated master list. If you remember ever seeing someone with me that I’ve left out, please let me know, since this is largely reconstructed from memory.

1986–2017:

3Puen!

808 State

Bryan Adams

The Afro-Cuban All Stars

The Allstonians

Marc Almond

The Alterbois

Los Amigos Invisibles

Laurie Anderson

Ariana the Rose

Ariel

The Authority

The B-52’s

The Balanescu Quartet

Barenaked Ladies

Basement Jaxx

Shirley Bassey

Bear in Heaven

Sandra Bernhard

The Beta Band

Björk

Black 47

Blood Moon

Justin Bond

The Bonedaddys

Book of Love

BOP (harvey)

The Brand New Heavies

Brassy

Brave Combo

Bright Light Bright Light

The Brodsky Quartet

Brown Belt

Bullet

The Busters

Reuben Butchart

David Byrne

Candy Butchers

Cazwell

The Chakras

Cherie Curry

Chucklehead

Church of Betty

Circle Jerks

Colin Self

Colon on the Cob

Colourmusic

Consolidated

Julian Cope

Corn Mo

Elvis Costello & The Brodsky Quartet

Covergirl

Crazy and the Brains

The Creatures

Allison Crutchfield & The Fizz

The Cure

Cherie Curry

Terence Trent D’Arby

Da Lipstyxx

The Dead Milkmen

De La Soul

Depeche Mode

Digable Planets

D’Influence

Dirty Excuse

Beth Ditto

Dom

Dresden Dance

The Dueling Bankheads

Duran Duran

Echo & The Bunnymen

Elva Snow

El Vez

ESG

Cesaria Evora

Faggot

Fishbone

The Flaming Lips

Julian Fleisher

Lisa Flores

Fringes

Diamanda Galas

Galaxie 500

Gang Green

Gang Starr Posse

Gene Loves Jezebel

Get People

Gio Black Peter

Glassio

The Go-Gos

Go West

Guadalcanal Diary

Hayseed Dixie

The Hazzards

Heart

Imogen Heap

The Hi-Hats

Hyetal

Idles

I, Gingko

I Know I Have No Collar

The Indigo Girls

The Jack Rubies

Joe Jackson

Lisa Jackson

Jonah Baseball

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

The Julie Ruin

Brian Kennedy

Kid Koala

Kiki & Herb

Kinky

Killing Joke

The Klezmatics

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Let’s Go Bowling

Little Hurricane

The Losers Lounge

Lyle Lovett

Gill Manly

Man or Astro-Man?

The Manta Rays

Manufacture

The Maul Girls

Ste McCabe

Jonny McGovern

Meat Beat Manifesto

The Melting Ice Caps

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Miss Fairchild

Moby

Modest Mouse

Monopuff

Morplay

Moxa

Mr. Cranky

Nasty Cherry

New Order

Niki and the Dove

The Night Terrors

Gary Numan

The NY Citizens

ODESZA

OK Go

Pansy Division

Paxton

Pere Ubu

Phranc

The Pixies

PJ Harvey

Poi Dog Pondering

Pop Will Eat Itself

Potato 5

The Power Station

The Proclaimers

The Promise

Public Image, Ltd.

Radiohead

The Rain Dogs

Lee Ranaldo

Anthony Rap

Rebounder

R.E.M.

Robyn

Royal Crescent Mob

Saint Etienne

Salt Cathedral

JD Samson & MEN

The Scissor Sisters

The Scofflaws

John Sebastian

The Selecter

Shadows of Dreams

Shy Five

Sigur Rós

Siouxsie & The Banshees

The Skatalites

Sleater-Kinney

Sleep Chamber

Sleeping States

SmaxXx

The Smiths

Jill Sobule

Sofi Tukker

Special Beat

The Specials

Skylar Spence

The Spin Doctors

Ssion

Stephanie St. John

The Sugarcubes

Teen Vice

Texas Is the Reason

The The

They Might Be Giants

Think Tree

The Three Terrors

Tippy Toes

Title Fight

Toad the Wet Sprocket

The Toasters

The Toilet Boys

Too Much Joy

Tribe

Trophy Wife

T.S.O.L.

Tune-yards

Russ Turk

Twist and Shout

Ultramarine

US Girls

Vallis Alps

The Velvet Mafia

The Violent Femmes

Rufus Wainwright

The Wau-Wau Sisters

The Who

Xavier

“Weird Al” Yankovic

Wire

W.I.T.

Yaaks

Yolanda & the Plastic Family

Zog