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The Hip-Hop of Oddisee, Olivier St. James, & Latrell James

The crowd at the Brighton Music Hall consisted of a different makeup than the last show I saw there. Rather than a venue full of teenage boys (myself included) who threw themselves into the crowd at the Maxo Kream concert, this audience was full of more mature twenty-somethings ready for a more relaxed night. The […]

Boston Calling’s Friday Lineup and the Challenges of Music Festivals

Boston Calling took a year off to discover itself. In 2016, the local music festival was biannual, with fall and spring iterations. At the end of the spring 2016 iteration of the local music festival, rumors swirled not about next falls lineup, but about a new location, a move to an annual model, and an […]

Maxo Kream and the Importance of a Good Audience

The first one to take the stage was Kid Fame. His Sonicbids account says, “Rap’s James Dean, clean cut with that “bad boy” image. His music is Fun, upbeat, intimate and energetic. The spectrum is infused with everything from Jazz to Electronic leaving no genre untouched.” They might be overselling it. Kid Fame falls in […]

PWR BTTM and the Separation of Artist and Work

Two weeks ago, PWR BTTM was well on the way to beating a sophomore slump and releasing a truly remarkable album. The Massachusetts natives met at Bard College, and formed PWR BTTM, a self-described queer punk band. The duo holds a unique style consisting of drag, glitter, and ripped denim — a mix of David […]

Told Slant and Company at the Middle East Upstairs

The Middle East sits on the corner of Brookline Street and Mass Ave, and catches the eye of any passer by with its bright yellow and deep purple facade. The building itself houses a multitude of spaces, including a night club, a couple of restaurants, and, most importantly, two concert venues. After weaving our way […]

ROSTAM’s Intimate Evening at the Sinclair with Nat Baldwin

When Nat Baldwin opened the Monday night show at The Sinclair, he shuffled on stage as though he was one of the roadies. He wore a somewhat messy flannel button up over a plain grey t-shirt. He walked to the mic stand, lifted his double bass, and started playing. At the beginning of the set, […]

Desiigner’s Electrifying Outlet Tour (featuring 16yrold)

We were met with quite the scene outside of the Sinclair in Cambridge on Tuesday night. A line weaved down Church Street, reaching all the way to Brattle Street, and it consisted of a variety of concert goers. And this scene was before the doors to the show even opened.  After an ID check and […]