“When I got the email, I was like, ‘Is someone trolling me?’” Ronnica says. “I replied, and it turned out to be real.”
Notes from the Scene
MUSIC NOTES: BONG PARTIES + HOME VIDEOS
“Our overall vision for the ‘Morning Coffee’ video was to combine spheres of creativity and good fun. Nothing real dramatic; we were shooting to make something humorous and light as well as visually stimulating."
MUSIC NOTES: NEW RECORDING DIGS + ‘BEST ON EARTH’
While things were already popping for Bia before 2020 arrived; over the past few weeks she has landed her biggest smash hit yet in the Rihanna-approved “Best on Earth” with New Jersey hair rapper Russ.
MUSIC NOTES: W.O.K.E. + GRANTS + TUFF GONG BOSTON
“Grants are allocated in the areas of recording or manufacturing assistance, publicity and marketing support, equipment and instruments, songwriting retreats, tour support, special projects and other specific activities that promote artists work and/or professional growth.”
STICK TO THE PLAN: HALLELUJAH THE HILLS WENT THROUGH HELL BUT RETURNED FOR SEVENTH LP
"If a title is strong, unusual or funny, it’s because those are the type of things that will drive me to write a song for that title.”
FOLLOWING FOOD NETWORK FAME, OAK LONETREE DROPS BEST EFFORT YET WITH ASSIST FROM INSIGHT
"I know this is really random, but you’re like a Boston Greek dad rapper and construction worker and I can totally get you on a show."
MUSIC NOTES: ONE NIGHT BAND, SHE IS BOSTON, BRUNCH WITH BIG SHUG
Both directed by Jay Hunt of Smoke House Media, they’re back-to-back proud Boston bangers with enough fuel to power the region through the winter and spring until we get the next crop of summer anthems.
STL GLD + SLAINE TEAM UP FOR ALBUM RELEASE PARTY, PLUS VINTAGE LEE ON THE MBTA
"I was frustrated [after getting sober] that I couldn’t write songs in a half-hour without the cocaine, but I hit a creative burst this year. I’m sharper, I’m more on top of my game.”
BMA SETS, BOSTON CALLING VETS, SXSW TREKS
"We were waiting around to be plucked from obscurity and then we got the email we’d been picked. We actually tend to keep our expectations pretty low."
Q&A WITH MELISSA DENIZARD: ON THE UPCOMING CONVERSATION ABOUT THE BLACK DIASPORA THROUGH AN ANALYSIS OF SOLANGE’S ALBUMS
"You can’t build a sustainable movement if you aren’t rooted in some type of theory, some type of text, some type of work that’s already been done before."