Film 

‘THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS’ IS WONDERFULLY WHACKED OUT

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At times, co-directors Cattet and Forzani seem to disregard narrative altogether, but they never abandon the effort to make your pupils dilate, skin crawl, or nipples harden. Continue reading

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SPECIAL: THE UNTOLD STORIES OF HUB HIP-HOP

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Like so much history about communities of color, the narrative of Boston hip-hop has been largely buried, ignored, forgotten. Thankfully, there remain innumerable artists, writers, fans, and even academics who, in the storytelling tradition rap music is rooted in, have kept dope alive via marvelous multimedia tributes. This whole package is dedicated to them. Continue reading

Arts Music 

EXCLUSIVE BOSTON EXCERPT FROM BRIAN COLEMAN’S ‘CHECK THE TECHNIQUE 2′: ‘LIFE OF A KID IN THE GHETTO’ BY ED O.G

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When I went about compiling my list of hopefuls for this next volume, Ed’s classic from 23 years ago was at the top of my list. And the more I analyzed it, as well as interviewed the people who helped make it happen, the more its classic status was confirmed to me. Continue reading

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THREE RAP HISTORIANS AND A MICROPHONE: TURNING THE TAPE RECORDER ON HIP-HOP AUTHOR BRIAN COLEMAN

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With the publication of Check the Technique Volume 2 on October 14, Coleman puts forth an impressive 544 pages and 25 chapters of new material, complete with more than 350 images for 80 interviews with rap legends ranging from Ice Cube and 3rd Bass, to Stetasonic and Mantronix, to MF Doom and Mos Def. Continue reading

Music Read 

WHEN THE MOB RAN RAP MUSIC IN BOSTON: TDS MOB WAS THE HUB’S FIRST HUGE HIP-HOP HOPE …

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I interviewed Kool Gee the day after he rocked Wally’s. At his request, we met at the place where the TDS Mob story begins—the stoop of the old Tower Records on the corner of Newbury Street and Mass Ave. From there, he took me back to 1989, when TDS ran the calendar with a year of rap perfection. Continue reading

Food and Drinks 

I’M NOT YOUR BAR MOM

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There reaches a point when you should just stop, and go home while you’re ahead. Newsflash: That girl is not going to call you. She wants pizza. Continue reading

Arts Music 

TWICE THOU THEN & NOW: THE BOSTON RAP ICON RETURNS YET AGAIN

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While a lot of MCs from the ’90s and early 2000s try in vain to chase trends set by rappers half their age, Twice Thou avoids this pitfall. He’s mature, and instead reflects on hard lessons learned while sticking to the formula he’s had for two decades … Continue reading

Music 

LYKKE LI NEVER LEARNS, WHICH AMOUNTS TO A COURAGEOUS THIRD ALBUM

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This isn’t Taylor Swift cheekily throwing shade at an ex, or Beyonce turning heartbreak into grand anthems of defiant self-affirmation. Li doesn’t attempt to control the narrative, the result of which isn’t always neat and uplifting, but entirely more courageous and affecting. Continue reading

Music 

FOTOBOM: ERASURE AT HOUSE OF BLUES

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Andy Bell began the evening wearing six sequined pieces of clothing and accessories. To the delight of the House of Blues crowd, most of them had been stripped off by Erasure’s mixed-message-encore of “Always” and “Sometimes.” Continue reading