MORE CONCERTS: Little Village, starring John Hiatt, Ry Cooder and Nick Lowe, confirmed at the Orpheum April 26. Tickets on sale tomorrow. Connie Kaldor and Heather Bishop perform April 10 at Nightstage. Howard Jones plays an acoustic show at the Paradise April 14. And the WFNX party is taking shape on April 15. Bands playing at the Lansdowne Street clubs of Avalon, Axis and Venus de Milo that night include the Beastie Boys (where the heck have they been lately?), Barrence Whitfield & the Savages, Blur, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Cliffs of Dooneen and Real People. Tickets, costing $10, go on sale March 28 at the Orpheum and through Ticketmaster.
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WFNX history lesson: (April 15, 1992) Two days after the release of Check Your Head, the Beastie Boys headlined a Lansdowne Street show that nearly ended in a riot. "I booked the Beasties to play right before Check Your Head came out," music director Kurt St. Thomas recalled. "The Bosstones opened the show. I have never seen a pit like this before. The roof felt like it was going to blow off of Avalon. The band was amazing. I was hanging in the upper loft, watching the bodies fly off the stage. It seemed like everybody knew every word of the Beasties' songs. One of the best concerts I have ever seen."