Articles by Matt Ellis

A Stitch In Time

We talked shop with Marlene Clauss and Gary Drinkwater—both longtime residents of the area, owners of beloved clothing stores and sparkling, one-of-a-kind figures who make up the fabric of this community. Marlene Clauss Great Eastern Trading Company When Marlene Clauss started working at Great Eastern Trading Company in 1974, it was a far different place […]

At Temple Bar, Nearly Two Decades of Quiet Excellence

On a stretch of Mass. Ave. between Porter and Harvard, a buzzworthy culinary scene has begun to blossom. Spots like Giulia (which has been wowing guests and critics since it debuted at  in 2013), Shepherd (one of Bon Appétit’s Best New Restaurants in 2016) and Honeycomb Creamery (whose small-batch ice cream and house-made cones just landed […]

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 […]

Meet the Regulars

It’s easy to get a feeling for why a regular fits into their favorite bar when you see them there, laughing and catching up with other patrons and staff members as though they were seated at their own dining room table. And that relationship with a bar isn’t one sided either—it’s symbiotic. A friendly face across the […]

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 […]