Over the course of its seven-year history, HipStory has been many things. It started as a mixtape, found a home online as hipstory.org, and then, at one point or another, set its sights on conquering every corner of the musical world. “It had many different aspirations,” founder and co-owner Cliff Notez says. “We wanted to […]
ONCE Somerville will close for at least the month of August after a series of financial setbacks including a “bookkeeper failure,” some show cancellations, and a robbery, according to owner JJ Gonson. “The robbery was almost like we were already sitting on the edge of a precipice, and it was like the wind blew,” Gonson […]
Scarlet Sails performs at ONCE Somerville on June 15. All photos by Jonathan Beckley.
Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys performed at ONCE Somerville on May 6 as part of the Rock Parents show. All photos by Jonathan Beckley.
Over JJ Gonson’s shoulder at Diesel Café is a striking photograph she took of a now-deceased friend, Kurt. She first met him in 1989 at Green Street Station, a now-defunct venue steps away from the actual T stop in Jamaica Plain. Kurt and his bandmates crashed at Gonson’s apartment after their set, rolling out foam […]
Somerville violinist Marji Gere knows firsthand that seeing live music can get expensive. “I just want it to be as accessible as possible for anyone to come,” she says. “It’s expensive to go out for concerts. We went out to one this weekend, a friend casually invited us, and we ended up paying $25. Maybe […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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, […]
A look at the ultra-inclusive multimedia series that’s uniting performers across race, gender, geography and genre.