Music

New Festival Highlights Local Womxn in Music

For the team behind Bust Out Boston, the music festival is a sign of support for the #MeToo movement. “We wanted to create a platform and a safe space for womxn, non-binary, trans, and marginalized individuals to perform,” Alyssa Spector, a producer of the five-day festival, told Scout in an email. “It’s important for our […]


ONCE Somerville to Reopen with Day of Celebrations

ONCE Somerville will reopen on Sept. 16 after a a roughly six-week closure, according to owner JJ Gonson. The venue closed indefinitely in August due to a series of financial setbacks including a “bookkeeper failure,” some show cancellations, and a robbery, Gonson told Scout in July. But Gonson and her team have used the intervening weeks […]


The SheBoom Sisterhood

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 […]


Somer Fest Variety Show Heads to ArtFarm

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 Brings Hyperlocal, Secret Shows

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 […]



How HipStory Is Redefining Storytelling in Digital Media

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Artist Spotlight: JJ Gonson

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 […]


Around Hear Strives to Make Live Music Accessible

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 […]