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Not-so-humble pie

The frozen-food aisle doesn't seem like a likely place to find asafetida. Ditto for harissa, mustard seed, or habanero chillies.

By LOUISA KASDON  |  December 14, 2012

Bondir’s tiny kitchen welcomes its first sous-chef

Rachel Miller and Jason Bond are standing side by side — as they do for roughly 13 hours a day, every day but Tuesday — in Bondir's subterranean prep space.
Miller's Time
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  November 30, 2012

Elsa at 75: The Cambridge photographer looks back

Elsa Dorfman, now 75, is the most unassuming of Cambridge literary/art-world legends.

By JON GARELICK  |  October 19, 2012

SLIDESHOW: Photos from ''Elsa's Housebook: A Woman's Photojournal''

Photos from Elsa Dorfman's 1974 book, featuring portraits of Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, and Elsa herself.

By ELSA DORFMAN  |  October 19, 2012
Music: Converge

Converge go back to basics

For most Bostonians of a certain age, Converge's Jane Doe (2001) is always going to be "that" record. But sentimentality aside, the metal/hardcore quartet's latest, All We Love We Leave Behind — out Tuesday on Epitaph — bangs right up against it.

By JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  October 05, 2012

Help! Our bands are on fire!

Brendan Burns and his 11 housemates were asleep early last Thursday morning when flames engulfed their three-floor Cambridge home around 3:15 a.m.
Fanning the flames
By LIZ PELLY  |  August 31, 2012


Dance around town before the students come back

The W Hotel's Electric Summer Music Series goes underground with the party crew DJ team of M|O|D.
Phoenix Shakedown
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  August 17, 2012
Passion Pit: Gossamer

Passion Pit | Gossamer

It's now been more than three years since Cambridge-bred Passion Pit birthed debut Manners to critical acclaim, a wait largely the result of a two-year world-touring schedule.
Columbia (2012)
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  July 20, 2012

Review: Moksa

Moksa, or moksha, is the concept in Buddhism and Hinduism of enlightenment by way of release from the mental bonds of reality.
Asian-fusion takes on tapas
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 01, 2012

Out: Richard Davies reconnects his Cardinal roots

Last Thursday was full of surprises at Cambridge's Plough and Stars, as Australian singer/songwriter Richard Davies and one very lucky pick-up band were set to perform the music of Cardinal — the legendary duo whose 1994 homonymous LP was perhaps the mo
On the fly
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  May 18, 2012

On the Cheap: Dwelltime Coffebar & Bakeshop

Jerry Seinfeld once said that our only true goal in life is to find a place to sit. If you really think nice and hard about it, you'll find that your day may indeed just be moments spent in chairs, or couches, or beds, strung together by your attempts t
A new spot in Cambridge to sit and sip
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  May 18, 2012


Out: Blastfest 5 mixes sounds and scenes at a furious pace

"How many people here have been at all five Blastfests?"
30 Rock
By EMMA DESSAU  |  April 06, 2012
Youth Lagoon

Contemplating the self with Youth Lagoon

Knowing what kind of wall hangings a musician had as a child doesn't always offer clues about his adult personality, but in the case of the Boise-situated creator of hazy pop project Youth Lagoon, Powers's posters provide handy visuals when listening to
Poster child
By REYAN ALI  |  March 30, 2012

Smash It Dead Fest goes after rape culture

Smash It Dead Fest happens this weekend in Allston and Cambridge, with three days of punk shows and feminist workshops to raise funds for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.
No joke
By LIZ PELLY  |  March 23, 2012

Out: Fedavees help launch the pRIMORIAL sOUNDS label

Last Wednesday night at the Middlesex Lounge offered another celebratory occasion for Cambridge's long-standing psych scene, as pRIMORDIAL sOUNDS launched their new record label.
Neo-Flower power
By PERRY EATON  |  March 16, 2012

As MIT expands eastward, Cambridge officials struggle to balance the allure of tech development with Central Square's gritty soul

A decade from now, the east end of Central Square will look nothing like the west.
Square roots
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 09, 2012

UrbanIditarod 2012

Photos: Boston Urban Iditarod 2012

Boston Urban Iditarod teams took over Cambridge roadways during the annual shopping-cart street race (which includes a costume contest, food drive, and bar crawl) on March 3, 2012.
Boston Urban Iditarod | March 3, 2012
By JEREMIAH ROBINSON  |  March 09, 2012

Big changes are coming for Central Square

In December, Councilor Kenneth E. Reeves presented a report to the Cambridge City Council.
Can this unique neighborhood maintain its identity?
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 02, 2012
Overdub Tampering 3

The Overdub Tampering Committee

Armed with an idea, a hastily written manifesto, a press release, and some software to disguise my computer's IP address, I was able to raise the question, "How do you know that what you're illegally downloading is the actual music it claims to be?" This
How a group of Boston musicians exacted their weird price from the world of online music sharing — without actually doing a thing
By RYAN WALSH  |  February 17, 2012

Out: Preparing for one H.E.L.L. of a weekend in Cambridge

Next weekend at the Democracy Center in Harvard Square, Vermont DIY label Get Stoked! Records and bike safety group Helping Everyone Live Long (H.E.L.L.) will co-host a weekend with a stacked line-up of Northeast punk, hardcore, indie rock, pop-punk, and
Protecting your interests
By LIZ PELLY  |  February 17, 2012
Hello Helios opera

Helios Early Opera's Charpentier; plus, the BSO's Mendelssohn Lobgesang

There's a new group in town doing Baroque opera — not an easy ambition.
Hello, Helios!
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 03, 2012


Out: Lube coats Charlie’s Kitchen in distorted garage-rock goodness

Among other off-point celebrations this past Martin Luther King Jr. Day was a gathering of homegrown rock and roll at Charlie's Kitchen in Harvard Square.
Getting messy on MLK Day
By ALI DONOHUE  |  January 27, 2012

Review: Catalyst Restaurant

So you have this very high-end chef, William Kovel, running a fancy hotel dining room, Aujourd'hui at the Four Seasons.
Some wonder sprinkled amid the uncertainty
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 27, 2012
Review - A Separation

Review: A Separation

Somehow, despite an increasingly repressive regime that has jailed many prominent filmmakers, including the world renowned auteur Jafar Panahi, Iranian cinema continues to produce some of the world's subtlest and most illuminating films about the relati
Family drama
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 27, 2012

Waiting to exhale

A nervous little chill ran through me as I stared at the Chapstick-size tube sitting on my desk.
Breath the buzz
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  December 30, 2011
the Solstice Circus winter 2011

Photos: Solstice Circus welcome winter at Plough & Stars

Solstice Circus celebrated this year's winter solstice at Plough & Stars in Cambridge on December 22, 2011.
Solstice Circus | Plough & Stars | December 22, 2011
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  December 30, 2011


Pretty Things turns 21, in Dog Years

There's something so very Somerville about Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project.
Old enough to drink
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  December 02, 2011

Visualizing the experimental sound of Leisure

A few days before Halloween, Cambridge pop trio Leisure released the YouTube video for "Green Light," their new 7-inch single off San Francisco indie label Crash Symbols.
Green Light go pop
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  November 18, 2011

Papercut Zine Library & the Lucy Parsons Center re-open

Zinesters perused hand-stitched books and photocopied pamphlets on topics ranging from punk politics and parenting to feminism and freeganism, while local musicians played folksy tunes on acoustic guitars, mandolins, and cello between floor-to-ceiling
Radical reading
By LIZ PELLY  |  November 11, 2011

Cambridge moves to Boston in Before I Leave You

Fear of mortality is a domino in Before I Leave You, the play with which 72-year-old dramatist Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro, who has been flexing her inky fingers in Cambridge for 40 years, enters the big time.
Autumn garden
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 04, 2011