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Mighty Mighty Bosstones deliver mighty good show By Brett Milano link

Monday, December 29, 2008 - Updated 49d 11h ago

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones opened their 11th Hometown Throwdown with “I Want My City Back,” in which singer Dicky Barrett wishes that Boston could be just like it once was. For the next 80 minutes on Friday night, Barrett pretty much got his wish.

Revived last Christmas after a four-year break, the Throwdown is a holiday tradition once again, and some things never change: You can expect the stage to be decked out in Christmas lights, with black and white Santa mannequins at either end. You can expect handpicked and high quality opening bands (on Friday it was Roll the Tanks and Westbound Train, who blended their punk roots with ska and funk influences, respectively). You can expect familiar songs and onstage camaraderie, with the band giving shout-outs to family and fellow bands. And you can expect a high demand for tickets; all four Middle East shows sold out within days.

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