Music


From Kool Herc to Kendrick, Hip-Hop History Has a Home at Harvard

Harvard University—that old, stuffy, Ivy League institution—might not seem like the most hip-hop-friendly place. After all, hip-hop grew from Bronx block parties in the 1970s, where Black and Latino kids created a new culture in the shadows of abandoned buildings, rubble and project housing, not some quad full of old-money kids. But considering that recent […]


Boston Calling Gears Up for its Biggest Year Yet

This weekend, Boston Calling is back. But this year, for the first time, the music festival is saying farewell to its digs at Boston’s City Hall—where it’s been held since it debuted in 2013—and setting up camp at the Harvard Athletic Complex. The move to Harvard marks Boston Calling’s biggest event to date, with headlining sets from Chance the Rapper, […]



Every Weekend, School of HONK Teaches Tunes and Takes to the Streets

On a Sunday afternoon in October, more than 50 expectant musicians have filled a gymnasium in Cambridge. They stand in a wide circle around trombonist Kevin Leppmann, clutching their instruments. “We’re here to have fun,” says Leppmann, looking around at the eager group of artists both young and old, novice and experienced. “And you can’t […]


Get to the Gig: Car Seat Headrest at the Sinclair

Calling Car Seat Headrest’s meteoric rise feels unfair in two ways. First, the band—which for most of its existence was frontman Will Toledo’s solo project—self-released numerous albums previous to this year’s smash hit Teens of Denial. Toledo spent the better part of the last decade recording material by himself and releasing it through Bandcamp, and he […]



Creativity, Collaboration and Confidence at The Hip Hop Transformation

While small kids run around the Cambridge Community Center’s main floor—laughing and stomping, sneakers squeaking, chased by adults who strike a balance between fun and authoritative—a very different noise is blaring out of a small room deep in the building’s basement. Down here, syncopated drums, digitized strings and confident vocals boom from a Mac monitor […]


How Adia Victoria Unstuck Herself From The South

The basement of the Lizard Lounge is a cozy space, caressed by soft red lights and the quiet din of folks enjoying drinks and one another’s company. Saturday night is always ripe with the chance to soak up a new experience, to try on a new feeling, and on this Saturday night, in this little […]


SCOUT PICK: Beach Slang at The Sinclair, May 19

The way bands make money has shifted dramatically over the last decade. Due to the ubiquitous presence of streaming services, album sales are no longer the best way to make a buck. Artists now have to hit the road—and hit it hard—if they want to make a living playing music. Take a look at the ever-growing […]


Bands on Breakups: Local Artists Share Their Favorite Sad Songs

Sometimes, love can change your life, affirm your existence, shift your worldview. Sometimes, in the words of the immortal J. Geils Band, love stinks. In case your romantic life is currently trending toward bitter rather than sweet, we asked some of our favorite Cambridge-based artists to share their most-played breakup songs with us. Because misery loves company! Walter Sickert […]


We’re Crushin’ on Allston Pudding

Love is in the air—or maybe it’s in your stomach after a first date with your recent crush. You swiped right to find out that he/she/they dig well-curated playlists about love, and your ol’ pals at Allston Pudding have you covered! We asked our favorite local music bloggers to share their top tracks for sensitive, sappy suckers. Check out their picks below, then grab your headphones and […]