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Scratching beneath Cuffs’ indie-pop surface

On a Friday night in Central Square, the guys from Cuffs are hanging around before a show they're playing with some local friends' bands.
Living splendor
By LIZ PELLY  |  August 10, 2012
boston band Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library

Local music blogs weigh in on BMP 2011

We came up with the nominations, you came up with the winners. But what about the blogs, man? Don't they get a say? They sure do.
Polling the InterWeb
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  June 17, 2011
Pains list

The twee glide of the Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Kip Berman has obviously listened to enough pop music to know damn well his band totally kick ass, even if he won't admit it.  
A lack of friction
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  April 29, 2011
Ain't No Party Like a Hotel Party

Ain't No Party Like a Hotel Party



Boston's hotel bars are heating things up and packing 'em in 

On a recent Friday night, the crowd waiting to get into the Liberty Hotel (215 Charles Street, Boston, 617.224.4000) was about 30 well-dressed people deep. Inside, diners, drinkers, revelers, and presumably some actual hotel guests swarmed the lobby. It was a typical weekend night at the Liberty, the holding-cell-turned-hotspot that emerged on the local nightlife map just over a year ago. And the momentum doesn’t appear to be slowing down.

The idea of hotel bars used to conjure up two starkly different — yet similarly unsexy — images. Images, on the one hand, of dark rooms awash in mahogany and filled with a sea of suits and power politicians drinking $20 martinis; images synonymous
By Erin Souza  |  October 17, 2008