Author Archives: CHRIS FARAONE

News Opinion 

POST-PRIMARY: DISPATCH FROM THE SADDEST LITTLE POLLING PLACE IN BOSTON

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As an alternative publication, it’s our responsibility to hammer home the fact that there were more people queuing for Apple products than primaries this week. But since that line of complaint becomes more obvious and cliché with each passing horse race, we sought out an electoral slice of Boston so dismal, such an insult to the democratic process, that it might properly reflect the single-digit idiocracy we’re headed for. Continue reading

Music 

COUNTDOWN TO BOSTON CALLING: NAS + THE ROOTS

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Some indication that Nas and The Roots are doing a whole album together would make for an even more memorable Boston Calling than is already destined. Continue reading

News Opinion 

THE DEARBORN HIJACK: FACED WITH LOSING A NEW $70 MILLION SCHOOL, ROXBURY RESIDENTS FIGHT A CHARTER TAKEOVER

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Due to a risk of the state taking control of the Dearborn, Interim BPS Superintendent John McDonough is proposing to hand over the upcoming $70 million STEM school to a nonprofit that hopes to re-boot it as a charter academy. Since that would mean Roxbury families lose automatic access to the new state-of-the-art Dearborn, locals are intensely pissed. Continue reading

Music 

TERRY MARSHALL TACKLES THE HUB’S SEGREGATED NATURE

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In Marshall’s words and quotations, “put black bodies in places they aren’t ‘supposed’ to be.” Continue reading

Music 

EYES WATCHING REKS: A MASS RAP GOD RETURNS TO HIS NATIVE FORM

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With eight full-length shots in his canon, Reks has pushed much social awareness. At the same time, he’s rocked party-minded booze raps, stepped all over ace production by the game’s most celebrated beatmakers, and in the process become one of rap music’s most revered writers, from the cellar to the stars. Continue reading

News Opinion 

YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT MASS LAWMAKERS DID ON THE LAST DAY OF THEIR SESSION

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For several hours in the House Thursday afternoon, representatives didn’t even bother acting busy. Rather they spent their dwindling time honoring former Boston Mayor and State Rep. Ray Flynn for something or another. 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

News Opinion 

MONTH OF MAYHEM: FROM MARKET BASKET TO THE MIDDLE EAST, A SURVEY OF HUMANITY

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It seemed too optimistic to wait for the end of July to review this past month of mayhem. Considering the tortured state of global and domestic affairs, we might not make it to August. Continue reading

News 

ANOTHER REASON TO BACK MARKET BASKET WORKERS: DJ EMOH BETTA, A 19-YEAR EMPLOYEE, SAYS STORE ACCOMMODATES MUSIC, TOURING

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“I don’t even really tell people about my [music] at work, but I’ve asked to take vacations and weekends off for shows and they’ve let me do it. It’s a good company to work for.” Continue reading

Beer News 

HOW COLD SHOULD BEER BE SERVED?

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We’re releasing the intel on the ideal chill at which suds should be served to you, the thirsty masses, courtesy of the tutelege provided by my professor of proper polar beer temperatures, Harpoon Sales Manager Greg Moon. Continue reading