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Jen Johnson finds her ground with Velah

Last year was many things for many people, but 2011 as a whole just wasn't much fun for former Static of the Gods vocalist/guitarist Jen Johnson.
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By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  May 04, 2012
MP3 of the Week: Fat Creeps "Nancy Drew," performing 01.12.12 @ Precinct

MP3 of the Week: Fat Creeps "Nancy Drew," performing 01.12.12 @ Precinct


The FAT CREEPS are the sound of sweet, sensual musical ennui. Within the depths of 2011’s tastemaker network of bedrooms, all-ages spaces, and the underbelly...
By Michael Marotta  |  January 12, 2012
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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
Jack D'or & Pretty Things Co. Turn Three

Jack D'or & Pretty Things Co. Turn Three


 There's something so very Somerville about the quintessential big-things-come-in-small-packages Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project. It's infectiously fun and quirky, unpretentious, and like Boston's northern...
By Cassandra Landry  |  November 23, 2011
[free download] The New Highway Hymnal, live @ WFNX; Deep Heaven Now content

[free download] The New Highway Hymnal, live @ WFNX; Deep Heaven Now content


Earlier this week we invited former Mp3 of the Week'ers and current new favorite band THE NEW HIGHWAY HYMNAL up to the WFNX studio to...
By Michael Marotta  |  August 05, 2011
[download] 28 Degrees Taurus release Satanic EP, prep for Deep Heaven Now IV this weekend

[download] 28 Degrees Taurus release Satanic EP, prep for Deep Heaven Now IV this weekend


There's a devil inside Jinsen Liu, and for once we're not talking about Jagermeister. The 28 DEGREES TAURUS guitarist/vocalist, kickstarter of the DEEP HEAVEN NOW...
By Michael Marotta  |  August 02, 2011


July 15 | Christopher Paul Stelling at Precinct

July 15 | Christopher Paul Stelling at Precinct


Photo: CLARENCE K. PHOTOGRAPHY You probably won't find him tugging at his guitar strings with nails covered in black polish, and his pensive lyrics sound...
By Scott Kearnan  |  July 11, 2011

Deep Heaven Now IV announced: Aug 5 + 6 in Union Square, Somerville


 It’s baaaaaaack. DEEP HEAVEN NOW returns for a fourth installment this summer, taking over Union Square August 5 and 6 for two days across two...
By Michael Marotta  |  June 20, 2011

Deep Heaven Now 3 releases online compilation


Because compact discs are just so '90s, the brains behind the upcoming third installment of the DEEP HEAVEN NOW festival have released a 25-track compilation...
By Michael Marotta  |  March 29, 2011
The Week in Geek, 3.14 - 3.21: A Robot-Loving, Apples-to-Appling, Turing-Testing Good Time

The Week in Geek, 3.14 - 3.21: A Robot-Loving, Apples-to-Appling, Turing-Testing Good Time


Best possible week: After learning about mushrooms, Nazi ciphers, and cancer, I explore the depths of the human condition in Frankenstein, and chill for a...
By Alec Ernest  |  March 14, 2011
March 19 | Get Your Beard On: A Beard and Moustache Contest at Precinct

March 19 | Get Your Beard On: A Beard and Moustache Contest at Precinct


  The only thing worse than a bad hair day is a bad facial-hair day. You can always toss a hat over your scalp -...
By Scott Kearnan  |  March 07, 2011


MP3 of the Week: Soft Pyramids "Dwightsnake"


“What we need is more guitars,” tweeted Mike Rodriguez of As Built PR on February 13. A week later, the Boston-based marketing and promotions company...
By Michael Marotta  |  March 03, 2011
Deep Heaven Now II crashes Somerville

Deep Heaven Now II crashes Somerville


Yeah yeah, there's a hundred billion things going on this weekend, but there are just about a hundred billion bands playing the second Deep Heaven...
By Michael Marotta  |  November 12, 2010
Craigslist Researchers Drop Some Knowledge on the Secret of Boston’s Lustiest T-Stops

Craigslist Researchers Drop Some Knowledge on the Secret of Boston’s Lustiest T-Stops


Public transportation is a dirty endeavour. Convenience and positive environmental impact aside, once that bell sounds and the subway doors slide shut, you and your...
By Micah Hauser  |  November 01, 2010
MP3 of the Week: 28 Degrees Taurus 'Turn Me On'

MP3 of the Week: 28 Degrees Taurus 'Turn Me On'


Even in the past decade of ambitious musical mash-ups, disco and shoegaze were genres that rarely crossed paths. After all, it’s hard to dance to...
By Michael Marotta  |  August 05, 2010
Kink Academy Open House at Precinct

Kink Academy Open House at Precinct


It's almost back-to-school time again. Time to stock up on new pencils, notebooks, and . . . crotch ropes? Well, yes, if you plan on enrolling at Kink...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  July 30, 2010


Dance the Carmagnole all week long: Your guide to Boston's Bastille Day festivities

Dance the Carmagnole all week long: Your guide to Boston's Bastille Day festivities


Francophiles of the world (or at least of Boston and its associated suburbs) unite! Vive la gluttony, street fairs, live music and more gluttony! Bastille...
By Steve Miller  |  July 09, 2010
Sweet and Lowdown at Precinct

Sweet and Lowdown at Precinct


One of the sweetest little side projects in town has been the Sweet and Lowdown, in which singers Miss Tess and Rachael Price sing old...
By webteam  |  May 26, 2010
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These two bearded dudes walk into a bar

Ever wonder what the world would be like if growing facial hair were a professional sport?
 Battle of the beards in Somerville
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  February 19, 2010
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Photos: Get Your Beard On Saturday at Precinct

Photos from the Somerville Arts Council's winter beard contest
Beards-a-poppin' at Union Square's Precinct on February 13
By JENELL RANDALL  |  February 19, 2010
Beard Contest at Precinct

Beard Contest at Precinct


Ironic facial hair is so last decade. But if you are one of those unfortunate souls still walking around looking like an Amish dude, you...
By webteam  |  February 10, 2010


I Wore a Snuggie All Night and All I Got Was This Lousy Hangover


"Best Snuggie Pirate" contest at the Independent The otherwise frighteningly weird idea of a Snuggie pub crawl -- in which grown adults pay to traipse...
By Carrie Battan  |  February 01, 2010
Precinct’s Outdoor Music Festival ’09

Precinct’s Outdoor Music Festival ’09


In July, Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents lit up the Amazon download charts with their free single “Keeping Time.” Now these deelightful blue-eyed-soulstresses will be...
By Shaula Clark  |  September 09, 2009
Shaun Wolf Wortis, of "Bastille Day A-Go-Go": "Top 5 Bastille Day-Related Songs"

Shaun Wolf Wortis, of "Bastille Day A-Go-Go": "Top 5 Bastille Day-Related Songs"


1. "Song of the Marseillaise of the Federation of 10 August, Year II" (link)An awkwardly entitled song to be sure and one which eventually became...
By Shaula Clark  |  July 14, 2009
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Good dirt

"Part of the mystery, when you find a love letter that was torn into bits: was it torn up by the person who received it, or did the person that wrote it tear it up before they even gave it to them?"
Davy Rothbart's lost-and-Found
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 08, 2009
Susan Cattaneo CD release

Susan Cattaneo CD release


  Berklee grad and assistant songwriting professor Susan Cattaneo celebrates the release of her new album, Brave and Wild, tonight at Precinct. A former TV...
By Shaula Clark  |  May 07, 2009


Playlist: Plumerai: "Top 5 songs to blast when you're trying to drown out the sounds of your roommates makin' sweet, sweet love"

Playlist: Plumerai: "Top 5 songs to blast when you're trying to drown out the sounds of your roommates makin' sweet, sweet love"


1. "I Wanna Be Sedated," Ramones 2. "No Pussy Blues," Grinderman 3. "Love Your Money," Daisy Chain...
By Shaula Clark  |  March 26, 2009