They have many names for themselves. “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Drums.” “The Rolling Crones.” A “post-menopausal percussion and vocal ensemble.” They are many things—women, activists, mothers. One was a realtor, another’s a former professor, and a third has written five books about Halloween. They came together haphazardly. “It’s a small world in Somerville and […]
What is Somer Fest? Think of it as a variety show: It’s rap, it’s magic, it’s comedy. Zoë Reiches and Stephond Goler—a married couple and co-curators of Somer Fest—have been putting on their variety shows for years under the moniker “Thorpe Street Presents…” Reiches is a semi-professional, part-time magician, and Goler moonlights as the rapper […]
Sofar Sounds, a network of intimate concerts in more than 400 cities worldwide, is pushing a new type of music experience—one that is personal rather than distant, focused rather than chaotic. “Our founding principle [is] respecting music, listening to musicians, supporting them as much as we can, and giving them the focus and attention that […]
Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, Frenchy and the Punk, Radiator King, Andrew O’Neill, and Andy Estabrooks performed at ONCE Somerville on July 21. All photos by Jonathan Beckley.
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 […]