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It’s a little before 6 a.m., and the morning rush is just picking up in Boston’s financial district. A parade of business attire stretches down Hamilton Street, while in Prime Nightclub, a crowd is collecting. The city’s first sober morning rave was hosted on the upper floors of restaurant Umbria Prime Thursday morning. Featuring dance, Acroyoga, kickboxing, and kale smoothies, Awake Boston offered a less-than-expected start to the workday. More

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The Weirdest Products You Can Purchase on Alibaba, Pt. II
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Back in the spring, we here at BDCwire anticipated the IPO of Alibaba with great excitement. Not because we could ever afford any shares in the company, which by the way is the most lucrative online retailer in the world, but because the site itself is filled with some of the craziest shit you could ever purchase. Understandably, we made a pretty lengthy list of some of the weirdest products you could buy on Alibaba. We had such an educationally fun time doing so, that we’re back with even more ridiculous products that you can buy off the site. Others may be getting rich off of Alibaba today, but you can enrich your own life with amazement and humor.

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Who Is More ‘Boston’: Denzel Washington or John Travolta?
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This fall, two Hollywood legends have films hitting movie theaters that were made in New England. Denzel Washington has “The Equalizer,” due out on September 26, while John Travolta stars in “The Forger” out later this year. In both films, Washington and Travolta play troubled men who must confront their pasts in present day. In “The Equalizer,” Washington plays a man who must face his violent past when he meets a young girl under the control of gangsters. In “The Forger,” Travolta plays a petty thief that the mob helped to get out of prison to spend time with his ailing son then pays them back by taking on a job with his father. More

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Remembering The Beatles’ 1966 Suffolk Downs Concert
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Suffolk Downs, Mohegan Sun, and the city of Revere received disappointing news yesterday when they learned that their proposal to build a resort casino at the racetrack lost to the Wynn casino that has been proposed for Everett. As a result, COO Chip Tuttle has announced that the track will end of a 79-year legacy of racing and will be forced to shut down. More

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RadioBDC Ranked: The Black Keys
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I’ve been meaning to start a “let’s argue about some of our favorite bands’ discographies” series for some time now. Seeing The Black Keys at the Garden last night finally gave me the motivation I needed. So it’s Dan and Pat’s eight studio albums for our first edition of RadioBDC Ranked. Read on, then tell me how wrong I am. More

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This Week’s Boston Events: Zombie Cops, Sandwich Operas, and More
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Happy autumnal equinox, everybody! Tomorrow is the first day of fall, or the first day of your plan to move to the southern hemisphere so it’s spring and summer forever and you never have to carry Chapstick. But don’t do that, because there’s fun stuff to do in Boston this week and anyways you have all those nice sweaters.

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My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden, Embracing the Dance and Painting With Blue
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On “Pressure,” a bombastic track that pairs a Detroit marching band with orchestral trills, Shara Worden sings that one billion years pressing down forms a diamond. Yet, she notes that, “Dancing on top, the glitter glows/The pressure slows.” The image sums up Shara’s new album as My Brightest Diamond, “This is My Hand.” The record is a change from her earlier baroque rock; it’s a two-step into the club. Ahead of a show at The Sinclair on Monday, September 22, Shara offered this unbarred annotation of her new music and the importance of dance. More

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Landlady’s Adam Schatz On Lessons Learned Playing in Newton High School Bands
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We’re big fans of New York City’s Landlady and their irascible lead Adam Schatz. Whether he’s leading his bunch or art-rock roustabouts, providing saxophone for primo indie rock acts like Vampire Weekend, Those Darlins and Man Man, or reviewing the latest installment of “Now That’s What I Call Music,” the Newton native brings keen insight, smart grooves and warm humor to every endeavor. Landlady has had a helluva summer, releasing Upright Behavior on Hometapes and traveling the country and wracking up kudos from critics across the nation. In honor of tonight’s sorta-homecoming show at Great Scott, BDCwire caught up with Schatz to find out where it all started and discover the lessons learned in the D.I.Y. scene of mid-’00s MetroWest. More

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Straight Outta Bandcamp: Palberta – ‘Shitheads in the Ditch’
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Straight Outta Bandcamp is a regular feature on BDCwire that digs up solid recent releases from various artists in the wild Internet dreamland known as Bandcamp. A bit too much time spent tag-surfing the bandcamp pages of rockers near and far can yield extremely enjoyable results. Luckily, we’re here to share our discoveries with you. More

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Take My Advice: Only the Lonely
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I moved to Boston about a year ago, and I still feel like I have no friends. I’ve tried all kinds of stuff–signing up for a kickball league, going out for meetup nights, etc. etc., but nobody I’ve met has become more than an occasional “let’s grab a beer” acquaintance. How can I find people I like and who like me for more than just a drink every once in a while? I’m starting to think I should just call it a wash and move somewhere I know more people. More