Music

The Loop Lab to Open Doors for Port Neighborhood

A music and podcast recording studio is set to open in the city next fall that will be a space for underserved young people in the Port neighborhood to learn about sound engineering, music production, and workforce development. The Loop Lab is a collaboration between the lab’s two cofounders and the Cambridge Arts Council. The […]




Frequent Flyers

You’ve seen their work advertising shows around town. Now, meet three local designers who won’t let poster-making become a lost art.



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 […]