Music 

REVIEW: ALLSTON GRIME CLINGS TO DIRTY DISHES’ LATEST

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On “Red Roulette,” the third single off the full-length debut Guilty, the duo manages to lay down a track so filled with noise-pop and rounded punk that the chaos it creates surpasses their previous work—and that alone has us ready to put bills on the table. Continue reading

Food and Drinks 

SLUSH PILE: SAKE SLUSHIES RULE AT NIGHT MARKET

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I took mine down with a side of Asahi beer (and Sichuan fried chicken wings), from the list that includes other Asian beers (think: Hitachino Nest White Ale, Beerlao), all of which supported the overall secret-y vibe, as if I had just discovered a former punk rock stronghold that’s been retrofitted into a Japanese izikaya. Continue reading

Film 

STILL REPPIN’: LOOKING AT THE FRANK CAPRA FORMULA THROUGH ‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE’

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The sentimental streak of Frank Capra—whose masterpiece, It’s A Wonderful Life, plays at the Brattle this weekend—was so distasteful to the critics of his day that they coined a mocking phrase to define it: Capra-corn. Continue reading

News 

BLUNT TRUTH: ZONING OUT IN ESSEX

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Where should a medical marijuana dispensary be located? Not too close to anywhere. In fact, nowhere. That’s the substance of a set of ordinances adopted by the town of Essex at a town meeting in June. Dispensaries in Essex must not be within 2500 feet (about five blocks or half a mile) of a school or playground, or within 1500 feet of a residence. As chance would have it, that excludes the entire town except for a couple of dirt paths bordering a swamp.
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Arts LULZ 

INTERVIEW: RYAN DONAHUE OF DAVIS SQUARE THEATRE’S NEW COMEDY SHOW ‘STRANGE BEHAVIOR’

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When Leonard Bucket invented the bucket, he didn’t tell people they needed buckets. They just saw how cool his bucket was and then they were like, “Man. I want to go see that new comedy show in Davis Square.” Continue reading

Food and Drinks 

INMAN INCOMING: FANS OF BERGAMOT AND FUNKY PLATES HAVE REASON TO REJOICE WITH BISQ

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And the staff, largely made up of the people that have been with Pooler and his team for the four years that Bergamot has been operating, are ready to take next step with Bisq. Continue reading

Film 

WITH AMC’S MONTHLY MOVIE PASS, A FLICK A DAY JUST GOT A WHOLE LOT CHEAPER

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If you were to actually use the $45 monthly movie pass every day in a 30-day month, you’d be spending $1.50 on each screening – the lowest fare I’ve seen in my lifetime. That said, you don’t need to be a die hard to see the benefits. At IMAX tickets of upwards of $18, going to the theater three times in one month with the pass saves you money. With the $35 pass, you’d only need to go four times. Continue reading

Shop 

SUPPLY AND DEMAND: YOUR NEW UNION SQUARE PEGBOARD WORKSHOP OF BEAUTIFUL STUFF

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“We wanted to support people that have dedicated their lives to making awesome things,” says LaFoy. “To us, it’s a privilege.” Continue reading