Music

Passim Awards Grants to Local Musicians

Passim doled out $42,000 this winter to musicians with ties to New England as part of its annual effort to help artists advance their careers. The Harvard Square-based nonprofit’s Iguana Music Fund is designed to enrich local communities by supporting musicians and making it easier to be a full-time artist. “It’s really to help the […]


The Alley Walkin’ Dan Blakeslee Strolls Home to Somerville

Whether you know him from his decade-spanning career spent making warmly rambling folk music or as one of his many alter egos—the ghoulish, Halloween-loving “Doctor Gasp,” the psychedelic face on Alchemist Brewery’s famed Heady Topper IPA, or, in the case of a 2015 Boston Magazine headline, “The Toothless Troubadour of a Gentrifying Somerville”—Dan Blakeslee is […]


PHOTOS: Pindrop at Aeronaut

Of all the companies bending backwards in the digital age to create an approachable wackiness for viral approval, breweries tend to be the most egregious offenders of cheap Twitter laughs. Thankfully, Aeronaut Brewing Company’s creative output doesn’t need a gimmick. The Somerville-based brewery quickly built up a name over the last half-decade putting quality beer […]


Third Annual Hip-Hop Festival Heads to Union Square

Rap, spoken word, dance, and visual art will take over Union Square this Sunday at the city’s third Evolution of Hip-Hop Festival. Yvette Wilks, who runs production company “Wat’s da WURD!” and SCATV show “The Somerville Line,” sparked the annual event when she came to the arts council with her idea for a hip-hop festival. Wilks […]


Behind the Scene With Ryan the Terrible, RTT Presents

“I think people think I’m pop punk ’til I die,” Ryan Agate confesses from his seat at the Winter Hill Brewery bar. Agate—who promotes shows under the name Ryan the Terrible—started booking bands when he was 17. Since moving to the Boston area in 2004, he’s become a fixture in the city’s music scene, where, […]



From The Boss to Boston, Ron Pownall Recorded Rock History

Can’t make it out to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Photographer Ron Pownall’s Somerville studio is a pretty solid substitute. The walls of his loft at the Brickbottom Artists Association are lined with decades of rock history. Here’s the guys in Boston, passed out in their tour bus as they travel between cities. […]


Opera? At the Burren?

When you think live music at the Burren, you’re probably thinking folk, Ameriana and (of course) traditional Irish tunes—and with good reason, as the bar hosts some of the best in the city. You’re probably not thinking opera, though as it turns out, it’s actually not too uncommon! Each month, Opera on Tap comes to the Burren Backroom and invites […]




At the Rockwell, Friends and Former Bandmates Remember Jason Molina

I’m to blame for the fact that Jason Evans Groth is answering my questions from the frozen goods aisle of a North Carolina Costco. Groth and the other musicians calling themselves Songs: Molina – A Memorial Electric Co. will be at the Rockwell in Davis Square on Saturday to perform a tribute to their friend and collaborator Jason […]


Schooltree’s ‘Heterotopia’: A Multi-Sensory Exploration of Other Worlds

It’s been four years since Schooltree‘s debut record—the anthemic, experimental prog-rock production Rise—hit streets. But for frontwoman Lainey Schooltree, those years have been anything but downtime. “After our first album, people were like, ‘You should make this into a rock opera!’” Schooltree reflects. “I was like, ‘I’m gonna write a rock opera. This’ll be easy!’” “Four years later, […]