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Ten under the radar: Music overlooked in 2012

Year-end lists are so often are based solely on the records that received the most press.

By LIZ PELLY  |  December 21, 2012

5 secrets for making non-drip coffee at home

Cabell Tice, head barista at Thinking Cup, tells all.

By STEVE HOLT AND BRADEN CHANG  |  October 19, 2012

Robot invasion!

Six-legged robots, mechanical snakes, and a friendly dino-bot by the name of Butch will make new friends in Somerville this week at two free events.

By LIZ PELLY  |  October 12, 2012

Boston’s hackerspaces make room for robots and DIY synths, computer geeks, and tech punx

"Hackerspace." At first, that term might bring to mind an image of rows of Internet wizzes staring intently into their screens, coding illegally. But there is more to the term "hacker" than its unfortunate computer-criminal stereotype.
Creative co-working
By LIZ PELLY  |  September 07, 2012

Photos: Allston DIY Fest 2012

Allston DIY Fest 2012 took over Ringer Park on Saturday, July 21.
Ringer Park | Saturday, July 21, 2012
By ALLY THIBAULT  |  July 27, 2012

Allston DIY Fest continues to evolve, unite

This summer's festival is shaping up to be the biggest yet, and could very well earn Allston some respect, even if only for the day.
Eclectic collective
By PERRY EATON  |  July 20, 2012


Homegrown trans rocker Evan Greer keeps her music political

Last month, when Tommy Gabel of Against Me! announced via Rolling Stone that she's transgender (and will now go by Laura Jane Grace), I immediately wondered what Evan Greer might be thinking.
Mother knows best
By LIZ PELLY  |  May 25, 2012

Total Bummer Fest and the quest for a local scene

In the corner of an enormous warehouse in the Winter Park neighborhood of Orlando, Florida, 40 or so kids are sitting on the floor in a semicircle, cross-legged.
The coolest summer camp ever
By LIZ PELLY  |  May 18, 2012

Out: Posi vibes down in Florida with Mutual Benefit, Little Spoon and dozens of others

After visiting Orlando in March while on tour with Quilt, I was so inspired by the vibrancy of the town's burgeoning DIY music community that I decided to return for Florida's annual festival, Total Bummer.
Total Bummer Fest
By LIZ PELLY  |  May 11, 2012

Out: Shark?, Speedy Ortiz, Life Size Maps, and Earthquake Party make a sweaty good time

Every underground scene has its "house bands" — local favorites that play tirelessly, fill slots on stacked line-ups every weekend, and amass a dedicated following of fans and friends in their scenes.
House bands
By LIZ PELLY  |  April 20, 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

Boston experiences an indie-label resurgence

Jonah Livingston was a student at Northeastern's Music Industry program when his next-door neighbor told him that his band, Raise the Curtain, had a record but didn't know what to do with it.
DIY or die
By NINA MASHUROVA  |  February 24, 2012

Anarchistic and self-trained, are street medics the future of first aid?

April 25, 2009: outside of the IMF/World Bank meeting in Washington, DC, police with batons are attacking a group of protesters.
Medic alert
By LIZ PELLY  |  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
review: The Innkeepers

Review: The Innkeepers(1)

Ti West's spook show is atmospheric (thanks to the terrific hotel setting) and frequently funny; but the plot line is choppy, the dialogue often unnecessary, and the scares too sparse.
Ti West's spook show
By PEG ALOI  |  February 03, 2012


Ladyfest is coming!

Chris Strunk was 15 years old when he experienced the "fairly life-changing" momentum of the early-'90s riot-grrrl movement, escaping the conservative suburbs of Philadelphia for Huggy Bear and Bikini Kill shows in the city.
. . . and it's not just for ladies!
By LIZ PELLY  |  January 27, 2012

All over Boston, artists, radicals, and entrepreneurs are finding new ways to work — together

In these strange economic times, groups of young creatives around Boston have banded together to start nontraditional, cooperative work spaces.
Tearing down the cubicle
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 13, 2012
Full line-up + compilation for Ladyfest Boston, February 3-5 @ Cambridge YMCA

Full line-up + compilation for Ladyfest Boston, February 3-5 @ Cambridge YMCA

 Independent versions of LADYFEST have taken place internationally for over ten years. And next month, Boston finally hosts a DIY feminist music festival of its...
By Liz Pelly  |  January 10, 2012
From the Back of the Room: Review

Review: From the Back of the Room

Chronicling the past 30 years of women in DIY punk, Amy Oden's documentary deconstructs the myth that punk is an ideal world free of gender prejudices.
Amy Oden's documentary about sexism in the punk rock community
By LIZ PELLY  |  December 09, 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


Andrew Jackson Jihad's sincere sarcasm

Punks, frequently eager to shove a stick of self-important vainglory up their own asses, have been some of the worst offenders. But, as is usually the case with sweeping generalizations, the exceptions to this one make it look ridiculous.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  October 28, 2011
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Tampa re-emerging as a death-metal hotbed

People up here in the Northeast normally associate Tampa, Florida, with balmy beaches and snowbirds. But look beyond the sands and the area is the perfect grindcore dystopia: boulevards flanked by miles of strip sprawl cut across a lattice of low-slung
Dark rays
By JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  August 26, 2011
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The World/Inferno Friendship Society lead a punk cult

If Ann Orrin had done some crafty editing on her 2008 documentary about the World/Inferno Friendship Society, it would have been easy to confuse the band with some fringe religion.  
Anarchy in the BK
By REYAN ALI  |  May 20, 2011
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Death Ray Vision emerge from scrap metal

Metal, being a musical genre based on extremes, embodies an ongoing war between conservative and radical forces.  
Veteran thrashers
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 22, 2011

Jeff the Brotherhood bring the DIY

"If I hadn't witnessed Jeff the Brotherhood, there would be no Skimask," Skimask singer Andy Brown told me after an Allston basement show last month.
By LIZ PELLY  |  March 25, 2011


Representing the badgeless at SXSW

Unofficially indie
Unofficially indie
By LIZ PELLY  |  March 25, 2011
Banditas and Sleepover Shows

Getting Intimate with Banditas and Sleepover Shows in Jamaica Plain

It’s just after 7 pm on February 15, and I find myself alone, locked in, trapped after hours at Jamaica Plain vintage-clothing store 40 South Street. I do not work here.
 Jamming in jammies
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  February 25, 2011

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Rule #17 of survival in the DIY-ish indie-rock circuit: always stay busy.
Hardly Art (2011)
By REYAN ALI  |  February 11, 2011

Girl Talk | All Day

In one fell swoop that came in the form of a surprise, free-of-charge digital release a week ago Monday, Greg Gillis overturned the idea he'd been instrumental in creating at the birth of mash-up culture.
Illegal Art (2010)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  November 26, 2010