Fiction 

SUMMER FICTION: THE SEVEN STAGES OF CAMPING WITH THE POET

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I ask him whether he’s ever put up a tent before and he says yes, but when I press him on it—what kind of tent, where, how long did it take, which girlfriend was that with—he avoids answering. This only makes me think he does not know how to put up a tent at all, but that each one of his ex-girlfriends does. Continue reading

News Opinion 

BLUNT TRUTH: HOME-GROW OR NO-GO

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Barring divine intervention, Massachusetts will vote on legal pot in 2016. But what will “legalization” mean? Will it be legal for you and me to grow dope in our homes? Or will growing dope only be legal for the owners of pot stores and marijuana dispensaries? Continue reading

Music 

FOTOBOM: NINE INCH NAILS AT THE XFINITY CENTER

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Last night Nine Inch Nails revisited Boston at the Xfinity Center. Fun fact: 1992′s Wish from the Broken EP won a Grammy, and may be the only song ever to do so incorporating lyrics, “fist-fuck.” Continue reading

News Opinion 

FREE RADICAL: TIME TO EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT GAZA

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Here in the Hub, when hundreds upon hundreds of people gathered to protest in the name of Palestine last week, our own Boston Globe didn’t even send a photographer. Continue reading

Music 

RECORD REPORT 7/29/14: MITCH MURDER, SHABAZZ PALACES + JENNY LEWIS

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A new column featuring our top three new music picks, in brief. Whether for Nintendo games, lost love or Egyptian symbolism, this week is all about nostalgia. Continue reading

News Opinion 

IDIOTS VS. IMMIGRANTS: TWO RALLIES, TWO MARKEDLY DIFFERENT POSITIONS ON GOV’S PLAN TO HOUSE DETAINED CHILDREN

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Not surprisingly, community leaders in Boston were left uninspired by the demonstration against immigrant children. Same goes for the hostile arguments made by the likes of hard-right gubernatorial candidate Mark Fisher, who was in his comfort zone beneath the Golden Dome among those who call undocumented immigrants “illegals.” Continue reading

Music 

RUN FOR COVER: CHARLES MINGUS VS. NO BS! BRASS BAND: “HAITIAN FIGHT SONG”

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It would be foolish to think a cover of this sort could out-do the original, but No BS! Brass Band never claim that as their goal. Instead, they bring a new decade’s worth of personalty to it — something Mingus would be smiling over, for sure. Continue reading

Music 

REVIEW + FOTOBOM: DAY THREE OF NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL

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Caitlin Rose comes to party, Jeff Tweedy gets intimate, Conor Oberst brings the intensity, Lucero rocks the roadhouse and Mavis Staples shows why she’s as timeless as Newport. Continue reading