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Photo Essay: the Lovable Local Losers of Mean Creek
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Looking to photograph Mean Creek, I went to meet the band at their practice space in Brighton. The room was in a large, nondescript building, and when I went to the back door, I wasn’t even sure I was in the right place. There were three guys smoking and I asked them if it was a practice space. They nodded, and asked which band I was looking for.

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Leedz Edutainment celebrates 10 years as a promoter and a force in local hip-hop
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There wasn’t a more fitting location to interview Ned “Leedz” Wellbery than the Middle East. The historic club has served as the backdrop for some of the most groundbreaking hip hop shows in Boston for the last decade. Wellbery, who prides himself on his resilience as much as he does his keen business acumen, has adjusted well to being the epicenter of Leedz Edutainment (his independent promotion company). As expected, it was an adjustment that came with a palpable price tag: his personal life. More
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Giveaway: Together Boston and Zakim Recordings Release Festival Compilation on Vinyl
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There’s something about listening to a song on vinyl that just doesn’t translate in digital format. With the convenience that digital technology allows, songs can easily get lost in the shuffle; with vinyl, a song is more long lasting. A little more chronic. You hold it in your hands; you peruse the album art and liner notes; you play it over and over again. You know that the people who pressed the vinyl really believe in the songs on it. More
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Boston Calling Announces Fall 2014 Lineup, its Best Yet
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Boston Calling Music Festival, the city's premiere semiannual outdoor music event, is yet to occur this spring, but already festival organizers have decided to release the fall lineup into the world. The festival, which will take place Sept. 5-7 on City Hall Plaza will feature five headliners, as opposed to the standard three that the festival usually presents. More
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Stream Local Singer Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed’s New Album ‘Nights Like This’
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Brookline's own Eli "Paperboy" Reed has been hitting the high notes for the better part of a decade now, coming up through local clubs like The Middle East to now being one of the leading voices in R&B. Reed, now based in New York, is set to release his third full-length, "Nights Like This," next Tuesday, but thanks to Rolling Stone, you can stream the entire album a week in advance. Known prominently for his soulful wail, Reed has always had a knack for recreating the solid gold sounds of yesteryear, but "Nights Like This" presents a departure from that formula. More
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Stream Pixies’ first album in 23 years, ‘Indie Cindy’
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Boston legends Pixies have been back on our radars in the past year or so, first parting ways with original bassist Kim Deal, then going through another bassist named Kim before settling on current bassist Paz Lenchantin. The band then toured, released three EPs, and now, looking at the release of the its first album since '91's "Trompe Le Monde," they're streaming it in full. More
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The 5 best local shops for Record Store Day
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Earlier this week, we spoke with record collector Omar Roca about his meditative celebration of dedicated listening, Ears on the Couch.  Roca's philosophy on how people should experience music, specifically vinyl records, was so impassioned and magnetic that we decided to pick his brain for some suggestions for Record Store Day shopping in the city. More
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Local rapper Dutch ReBelle releases new ‘YEN’ video
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Dutch ReBelle has established herself as one of Boston's strongest lyricists with a unique rhyming style to go with it. Respected across the board by rappers both locally and beyond, ReBelle's waves have recently grown bigger and reached further audiences than ever before, with an appearance at SXSW, an increased exposure on outlets as big as MTV, and continuos collaborations with other likeminded artists. More
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Kid Ink, Loop, Betty Who, more Boston shows this weekend
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It's almost unfair how spoiled we are this weekend. Touring band after touring band, all rolling through on the same weekend of a national pot-smoking holiday? Seriously, this was like the greatest coincidence ever. Anyway, there are more than enough shows to check out this weekend, the challenge will be choosing wisely. More