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Joseph Difazio Correspondent

Joseph Difazio is a reporter for Bulletin Newspapers and a freelance writer, photographer, and videographer. He's a large Larry Bird enthusiast and often finds himself down Internet rabbit holes of old Celtics highlights and early '80s punk footage.

Stories by Joseph Difazio

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Hidden Gems: 9 of Allston’s Cheap and Lesser Known Dining Spots
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Allston is home to many things such as king sized rats, cool bars, college kids, bands and illegal apartments owned by slumlords. But, one of the many things about “Allston Rock (Rat) City” that is often overlooked is the food. If you stand on the corner of Harvard Ave and Brighton Ave and travel just a few blocks in any direction, you can take a cheap tour of the world with your beer soaked stomach. You can stumble through the Middle East to Brazil to Japan to Ecuador to England. If your palette is more geared towards something more home-grown, Allston has that too. If you are on a budget (read: have a working knowledge of which ATMS give out $5 bills) and still want something delicious, this guide to some of Allston’s hidden gems is for you.  Twin Donuts is cheap and great, but you already know about it. More

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After a Decade of Music, Pretty & Nice Will Resonate With Boston For Years to Come
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Not too long ago I ran into Roger Lussier, Pretty & Nice’s bassist and keyboardist. He was telling me they would be coming out with a new EP soon and showed me some of the art he was making for it. I was excited, but soon after, I heard rumblings of a hiatus, which made me nervous. The band then announced that along with the release of their new EP “Infinity Forever,” Pretty & Nice would be going on indefinite hiatus. In boxing, it’s a move you might call a rope-a-dope. With one last chance to catch them on Saturday at the Great Scott – really it’s a no brainer, this will be an awesome show. More

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Five Years of Starlab Fest, A Chat With Organizer Matt Price
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This year marks the fifth annual Starlab Fest in Somerville, and if you haven’t been yet, you’re doing things wrong. The mini festival put on by Matt Price and Starlab Recording Company is one of the best days of music in Boston, and probably, by default, the best in Somerville. The event will take place this Saturday, July 19, bringing local music, film, and comedy to two different stages. More

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Brotherhood of Grace: Behind the Scenes With Boston’s Best Pre-Teen Rock Band
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At first glance, Brotherhood of Grace seems like an odd collection of people for a hard rock band. Singer Adrienne Cowan and drummer Steve Finn are both talented Berklee students. Cowan is a thin female who wears mostly black, and usually has on a studded belt. Finn, a male, looks like your typical scruffy college student. The bassist and guitarist are brothers Sam and Max Finkelstein, who are 11 and 13. Sam still has braces. More

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Fat Creeps Band Together for Sophomore Album ‘Must Be Nice’
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Fat Creeps is often described in simplistic genre categories, but Gracie Jackson doesn’t consider the band just garage or surf. One of her favorite descriptions she has heard of the band is “gothic surf,” because she agrees that there is something a little darker there.  Describing the band as just surf rock isn’t really an apt depiction, it leaves too much out of the picture. It doesn’t evoke the melancholic harmonies of the two front women, or the rowdy places their songs can go, driven by pounding percussion. More

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Photo Feature: Getting to Know The Boston Derby Dames
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The Boston Derby Dames are a collection of the most badass women you will ever meet. If you’ve never witnessed the sport first hand, then you need to get down to a bout (not game) and watch these skaters brutally bring the hammer down on each other. Not only are these ladies tough as nails, but after seeing them live in action, you’ll quickly realize that they are amazing athletes as well. More

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Photo Essay: the Lovable Local Losers of Mean Creek
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Looking to photograph Mean Creek, I went to meet the band at their practice space in Brighton. The room was in a large, nondescript building, and when I went to the back door, I wasn’t even sure I was in the right place. There were three guys smoking and I asked them if it was a practice space. They nodded, and asked which band I was looking for.

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