Current Issue: July/August 2017

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On the cover: Loone plays the Middle East Upstairs during the DisruptJ20 benefit in March. Photo by Ben Stas.

In the “Sounds of the City” issue—which hits streets beginning July 6—we caught up with the booking agents, bartenders, artists, illustrators and even archivists who contribute to the Cambridge music scene. We stepped inside the Hiphop Archive and Research Institute at Harvard to find out how the university is stewarding the past, present and future of the intergenerational genre. One of our writers took a “wild juke chase” through the city in an attempt to find the best jukebox bars. We asked area artists who design incredible show flyers why they won’t let that become a lost art, even in the era of Facebook events. Plus, we talked to just a few of the 150-plus staffers at the Middle East about the venue’s enduring legacy. And hey, ever thought of opening a venue of your own? The Licensing Commission told us how it’s done.

Sonic stuff aside, we stepped into the lab with a few groups of MIT scientists to ask them about their cutting-edge research. We also sat down with Emily Thibodeau, former owner of Hub Bicycle in Inman Square, to find out why she closed her beloved shop, known for “crashing the bike industry’s sausage fest since 2010.”

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