Happy Labor Day/Allston Christmas! Here’s how to celebrate in style this week -- and that means leaving your white pants in the closet because it’s traditional to retire them after Labor Day, and anyways your white pants are covered in various food and beverage stains because you still haven’t learned to properly feed yourself.
Straight Outta Bandcamp is a regular feature on BDCwire that digs up solid recent releases from various artists in the wild Internet dreamland known as Bandcamp. A bit too much time spent tag-surfing the bandcamp pages of rockers near and far can yield extremely enjoyable results. Luckily, we're here to share our discoveries with you.More
Das Racist founder and flagship talent Heems is brings a Far East rap to the mainstream with "Swet Shop," a pulsing club EP he put together with British/Pakistani rhymer Riz MC and a crew of hot-stepping producers.
“But what am I going to do when the rage is gone/ and the lights go out in this trailer park,” rapper Eminem wonders on “Guts Over Fear,” released earlier this week. Perhaps lost in the shuffle of high profile releases – did you know Taylor Swift has a new song out?—“Guts Over Fear” is a shockingly conflicted single from an artist increasingly comfortable with generating pop hits like “The Monster.” In fact, while many have dismissed Marshall Mathers for being past his prime (and perhaps rightly so), “Guts Over Fear” demonstrates he’s still capable of genuine pathos at times. More
The Video Underground, which is celebrating its twelfth year, is both a rarity and a staple. For one thing, it's an independent video rental store in 2014, a time of Netflix binges and illegal streaming. And yet, the store is still hanging on in the heart of Jamaica Plain, not simply because of the sheer novelty, but because of the devotion to the community and the obvious passion for all things film and television. I recently caught up with Kevin Koppes, who took charge of The Video Underground a few months back, to discuss the store's move from Centre Street, the difference between Netflix and a video store, and more. More
You might not feel the wind chill yet and the Farmers' Almanac doesn’t cover the sudden shift in the median age of a city, but still, believe us: it’s fall, and the students are coming. Enjoy the heat and your ability to move your arms in your favorite dive bar while you still can this weekend. You bring that old college try (or, you know, the opposite of that), and we’ll school you on all the topical conversation starters like the latest in the Market Basket drama and the thrill of Allston Christmas. That way, when you chat about current events this weekend, you'll seem … educated. More
Another Best of Boston awards program? Great. You need another sprawling list of pricey restaurants and Newbury Street salons like you need a hole in your wallet, which is kind of what it would be like to actually visit all of those places. More
If you can’t find a way to get out of town for the long weekend to avoid the gigantic mess that is moving day in Boston, make the best of it with some pretty sweet theater, arts, and music events. Or just stroll around and make up a September 1st drinking game: Moving truck stuck under a bridge on Storrow? Take a shot. Recent grad fighting with his mom because he wants to assert his independence but also has no earthly idea how to hang up curtains? Finish your drink. You get the idea. More
Phrosties were a sort of (totally) illegal, pseudo-underground (in the way that everyone knew) operation that sold mysterious plastic bottles full of sugary sweet alcoholic slush in various bright shades — like a rocket pop-inspired red, white, and blue, with the sugary sweet kick from a rumored addition of cough syrup. More