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For an average street fair, Fluff Fest was fine. There were food vendors, carnival games, moonbounces, and an excited crowd of people: an all around recipe for a good time. But let’s be real: for all the hype surrounding the event, it was a disappointment. The occasional fluff flag and single fluffer-nutter stand does not a proper whipped marshmallow celebration make. Where was the fluff keg? The fluff dunk tank? The fluff bazookas to spray the crowd? The “What the fluff?” slogan was fun and all, but it would have been better written out in actual fluff on a giant graham cracker in the middle of the street. I can’t pretend that this festival was fluffy enough. More

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Krill Switching Things Up, Giving ‘More to Unpack’ on Upcoming Album
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For the past few years one of the most prevalent bands in Boston has been Chicago transplants, Krill. The three-piece has quickly become one of the most beloved acts in town. They will soon be coming out with a new, as of yet untitled, album and begin a tour this week that will take them up and down the east coast, to the midwest, and up to Canada. You can catch them tonight, September 29, at Great Scott before they head out, and you probably should. More

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#DownloadBoston: A Weekend Guide to the Snazziest Boston-Based Apps
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Toward the end of last year, Tom O’Keefe, otherwise known as the man behind @BostonTweet, launched a new project called #DownloadBoston. Now up and running, this project serves as a platform for some of the most innovative (not to mention unique) consumer startup apps throughout the city. More

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Kids Break iPhones in Apple Store to Test ‘Bendgate’ Theory
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Within days of the release of Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, scores of complaints and numerous videos began popping up claiming the iPhone 6 Plus was a bendable piece of aluminum garbage. Apple refuted the Bendgate rumors, but a pair of troublemaking UK teens decided they needed to test the phones in person, posting a YouTube video of themselves destroying several iPhones in their local Apple Store.

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This Week’s Boston Events: Cooking, Cocktails, and Concert Films
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Before we get to this week’s event picks, a modest proposal: Let’s make September 31 the new leap year day, instead of taking pity on February. Wouldn’t you rather have one more day of leaf peeping and apple picking in perfect Indian Summer weather every four years? February’s never going to grow out of the calendar welfare state if we keep giving it handouts instead of making it earn another day. Stop with the redistribution of dates.

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Potato Salad Kickstarter Leads to $50,000 Party
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We were pretty skeptical this summer when Zach “Danger” Brown’s tubular Kickstarter proposal to make potato salad (Description: “Basically I’m just making potato salad. I haven’t decided what kind yet.”) raised over $55,000, far outstripping his original goal of $10. With quite literally an infinite number of worthier causes, the zeitgeist-chasing Internet chose to throw its hard-earned cash not to a clean water initiative or a hospital for sick puppies, but to a guy in Ohio who needed some yellow tubers and mayonnaise. More

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Show Scenes: Christopher Owens at The Sinclair
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Ex-Girls frontman Christopher Owens brought a mix of his back catalog favorites and new songs from his forthcoming sophomore solo album to The Sinclair on Sunday night, with an opening set from Chicago singer/songwriter Liam Hayes.

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Giving Our Own Awards Out to Hard Rock’s ‘The Last Band Standing’
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The New England Music Awards gives 24 local Boston bands the opportunity to be crowned “The Last Band Standing.” The 24 bands are split into groups of four, so several bands play one set over the course of four nights. Their goal is to be the high-scoring band of that night, based on the judge’s score sheets, so they can go on to compete in the finals on October 18. In addition to these four semi-finalists, two Wild Card bands are also selected by the New England Awards to compete in the final competition. More

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Take My Advice: Wrong Answer
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Recently, I got back my scores on the SATs–I didn’t do very well. When my best friend asked what I got, I lied and said a much higher score. I don’t know why I did it, but now I don’t know how to take it back, and she keeps pushing me about why I’m not applying to “better” schools. What do I do?  More

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Show Scenes: Tweedy at Berklee Performance Center
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Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer have a new band under the family name, and they brought a tour in support of their debut double-album “Sukierae” to Berklee on Friday night. Brooklyn indie pop trio Hospitality opened.

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Broke Beats: Archibald SLIM – ‘He’s Drunk!’
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Atlanta got hot off trill rap artists like Ludacris, T.I., and, more recently, 2 Chainz. It’s also a city that has a proud club tradition heralded by DJ Smurf and Lil’ Jon, among many many others. It was also the birthplace of OutKast, inarguably the most important makers of weird rap, and neo-soul standouts Usher, The-Dream, and Lloyd. With all these identities in play, it takes a superb rapper to stand out. More

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Boston Children’s Museum Hosts Monsters In New Interactive Exhibit
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Blue ones, purple ones, and green ones. Starting today, Boston Children’s Museum will play host to all sorts of monsters in a brand new gallery exhibit: “Monster Party”. Organized and curated by Studio Miners out of Rhode Island, “Monster Party” celebrates the lot of friendly monsters made accessible through fun, interactive monster artwork for all ages. Search for monsters throughout the entire museum in the Monster Party scavenger hunt, draw your favorite monster on the interactive, monster chalk board mural, guess what smells are coming from the !ND!V!DUALS’ stinky monster sculptures and view tons of other monster themed works from a notable roster of artists from New England and beyond.

“Monster Party” will run through the end of November and has partnered with Flour Café in Fort Point for even more Monster Mayhem! Flour/Fort Point will present a “Monster Party” collage created by Museum visitors and staff. Families visiting Flour/Fort Point can purchase a special Monster Treat, while keeping the monster art alive with artist-designed monster coloring pages.

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