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Music 

REVIEW + FOTOBOM: GARDENS & VILLA AT THE SINCLAIR

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It seems blog hype doesn’t always lead to a rise and fall. If the cards are played right, the only direction you can go is up. Gardens & Villa are talented enough to follow that route. 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

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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

Music 

INTERVIEW: JOANNA GRUESOME

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“It’s normally a small percentage of losers on the internet who reply with sexist comments or start debating about semantic nonsense, but obviously those people justify the need for loud feminist voices. They make you realize that it’s easy to start living in a bubble and forgetting that shit is basically the norm.” Continue reading

Music 

RUN FOR COVER: NEW ORDER VS. BUKE AND GASE: “BLUE MONDAY”

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When it comes to New Order, there’s something about their songwriting that feels like they aren’t trying to be cool, and Buke and Gase are following in their footsteps. Continue reading

Music 

OKKERVIL RIVER: THE SILVER GYMNASIUM

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From cheerfully bouncy to spitting feedback to whispering the most intimate memories, The Silver Gymnasium proves to be a treat for veteran fans and newcomers alike. Continue reading

Film 

HOW YOU QUEUIN’: SLEEPAWAY CAMP II: UNHAPPY CAMPERS

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A campy horror movie starring the relatives of Bruce Springsteen and Emilio Estevez? OK! Continue reading