Ryan H. Walsh’s Quest To Document (And Become) Part of Local Music History In 1968, Van Morrison found himself with a clean slate in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Irish singer-songwriter had just gotten married (partially out of love, partially for a green card) and cut himself from a shady record deal he made back in New […]
Articles by Tim Gagnon
A few miles away from the setting of “Cheers,” there’s another mythic place where everyone knows your name after a visit or two. To be fair, it’s probably best for a pharmacy to know everyone’s name for the sake of filling out prescriptions, but Skenderian Apothecary treats a first-name basis like a common courtesy, not […]
Aside from the piercing glow of a Sox game on the TV, The Plough and Stars is a dusky scene late on a Tuesday night. A date winds down in the corner, and the after-work drinkers close their tabs. The members of the B-3 Kings seem like late patrons themselves until a thud from the […]
Content warning: This article discusses sexual assault. Aside from a cuss-filled account of a stoned undergrad meeting a middle aged man after a weekend of bathhouse debauchery, Jeffrey Eugenides appears right at home behind a church lectern. No story of Eugenides’s ends in overt fire and brimstone, nor did he play an iconized minister to […]
Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest first came together in 1978 thanks to Frank Cardullo, owner of traditional German restaurant Wurtshaus. The restaurant would have celebrated 100 years this year, but after its closing in 1996, the Oktoberfest serves as the restaurant’s legacy and the Cambridge German community’s pride. The early festivals maintained strict adherence to old world […]
We spent a night trying to track down the city’s finest jukes, with varying degrees of success.
Despite the lingering presence of small clubs like The Cantab Lounge in Central Square, soul music largely remains a footnote in the books of Greater Boston’s musical history, dwarfed by dense chapters on the city’s contributions to rock. The Sugar Shack, a premier soul club nestled between a strip of adult theaters on Boylston Street […]