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By adamg - 4/28/21 - 1:06 pm

Boston Is A Lovely Town

In 1968, Friend & Lover went up the charts with Reach out of the Darkness. They also did a song about Boston that, well, see how long you can listen to it.

H/t Rick.

By adamg - 3/31/21 - 10:27 am

D-Tension - Kenmore Square

Five musicians who had never met got together and wrote four new songs and performed them at the Sinclair, including this ode to old Kenmore Square. Performed in the Before Times, but just released today.

By adamg - 3/29/21 - 11:17 am

The Boston Licensing Board today suspended the liquor license for Macumba Latina, 477 River St., after BPD detectives found a long line outside and lots of people without masks inside, as well as a DJ, last night - all violations of state and city Covid-19 regulations. Read more.

By adamg - 3/27/21 - 9:13 pm
JP Honk on Pinebank Promontory

JP Honk performed in a socially-distanced circle this afternoon on Pinebank Promontory, overlooking Jamaica Pond. Read more.

By adamg - 3/25/21 - 9:46 pm

Cambridge Day reports local comedian Dana Jay Bein has gone public with the names of five trolls he says impersonated him online, "gaslighting a woman into a fake rendezvous and texting her toxic messages." Bein says, to start, he can prove that wasn't him because he was participating in a live Zoom comedy show at the time.

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By adamg - 3/19/21 - 11:25 am

WBZ summarizes the places that can open starting Monday and the places that have to stay shut as Massachusetts goes into its newest Covid-19 phase.

By adamg - 3/10/21 - 9:38 am
Getting ready to film a bar scene for George Clooney movie

Michael Ratty caught the setting up at the Buttery on Shawmut Avenue this morning for filming a scene in George Clooney's movie about a kid who loses his father and bonds with the guy's at his uncle's Long Island bar before heading off to Harvard, um, Yale.

By adamg - 3/3/21 - 3:20 pm
Part of Harvard Square made up to look like Yale

Eric Weinberger reports from New Haven on the Charles that some movie maker has recast an area near Harvard to look like Yale.

Earlier:
When Boston was made to look like New York.

By adamg - 2/28/21 - 2:19 pm

Boston Birthday Flash Mob

In the before times, it was a thing: People would just gather in some crowded place and begin to dance, or sing or play instruments. Remember crowded spaces? Here are some videos of Boston flash mobs back in the day: Read more.

By adamg - 2/26/21 - 11:59 am

Mayor Walsh (yes, he's still here) announced yesterday that unlike the rest of the state, Boston will not be allowing live music to resume at smaller venues and restaurants on Monday, but will instead wait until March 22, "if public health data allows."

More details.

By adamg - 2/26/21 - 10:40 am

Thrillist talks to Frank Poindexter, general manager of Wally's on Mass. Ave. about how it's staying around when so many other small music sites in the Boston area have had to shut over the past year.

By adamg - 2/22/21 - 12:28 pm

Boston Calling says mark your calendar for Memorial Day weekend - in 2022, when it hopes to return after canceling the festival again this year due to exactly the reason you would expect.

After exploring all possible options for hosting Boston Calling this year, we have made the difficult decision in conjunction with local and state authorities to cancel the 2021 festival.

By adamg - 2/11/21 - 7:22 pm

Corea was 79. He grew up in Chelsea, and one of his first gigs was with Cab Calloway in Boston.

By adamg - 1/27/21 - 2:03 pm
Rockwood telling the Boston Licensing Board of his plans

Ken Rockwood talks music-hall buildouts with the licensing board.

The operator of a small Manhattan music hall hopes to open a similar facility at Van Ness and Kilmarnock streets in the Fenway. Read more

By adamg - 1/22/21 - 9:36 am
Hotel in Sacramento that's really the Midtown Hotel in Boston

Something familiar about this Sacramento scene.

Charles Dennison IV was watching an episode of "Mr. Mayor" that involves a trip to Sacramento when he noticed an oddly familiar "Sacramento" hotel.

Roughly similar view from Google that will help you place it. Wonder if the Sacramento hotel is also slated to be replaced?

By adamg - 1/17/21 - 10:16 pm
Walter DeVenne

"Little Walter" DeVenne, who started broadcasting doo-wop and oldies on the MIT student radio station in 1967 and then just kept going across the Boston radio dial before settling on WODS with "Little Walter's Time Machine," died yesterday from Covid-19, according to a posting on the Boston Radio Interest mailing list. Read more.

By adamg - 1/3/21 - 5:49 pm
New York City cabs on Devonshire Street in Boston

Adam Castiglioni discovered that somebody's turned Devonshire Street downtown into a giant New York City cab stand, either because there were all these New Yorkers up here who are very particular about how they get back home or because somebody's filming something downtown where Boston stands in for New York (it's been done before).

By adamg - 12/29/20 - 9:59 am

Larry Davidson listens to the audio version of Hank Phillippi Ryan's The Murder List (affiliate link) and generally likes it, but finds one mistake that is surprising coming from a veteran Boston reporter: Read more.

By adamg - 12/24/20 - 3:49 pm

Michael Spicher watched the JP Honkband perform "Mad World" in the Jamaica Pond gazebo this afternoon: Read more.

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