As a kid, Sonam Parikh would longingly look forward to Sundays. Sundays were the days that her mom would take her to the record store and buy her one CD. Each week Parikh would scour the Internet, investigating which album she really couldn’t live without any longer. More
The beaches in Florida feel different than the ones up north. The water is warm and clear and so salty you feel like ceviche when you get out. It was about four in the afternoon when we got to St. Pete, and we took the brief time there was before the show that night to visit the nearest beach, Treasure Island.
When Michael Langone designed the first HopBox, he quickly put the hand-crafted brewing kit, made meticulously out of rustic pine wood on the Internet, before it was rapidly swooped up and sold to an eager homebrewing neophyte within two hours. More
The cassette is making a comeback, as confusing as that may seem to some, and I’m welcoming it with open arms because I miss mix tapes like hell. Not mixes, not CDs, not iTunes playlists pieced together and handed to you without ceremony on a thumb drive — mix tapes, the ones your significant other sat by a boombox to record straight from the radio or the well-worn ones with nail polish-painted cases that you shared between best friends. More
Where does underground music live? Just ask Daniel Shea, one of the founders of Boston Hassle, the organization responsible for Hassle Fest. Now in its fifth year, Hassle Fest is a music festival featuring over 40 local and national acts including Prince Rama, Japanther, Black Dice, and Speedy Ortiz. On paper, the lineup of this festival might not ring the bells of your average music fan, but that might just be the point. Hassle Fest 5 runs Friday and Saturday at Cambridge Elks Lodge.
I’m not really sure why I’ve been under the impression that cider making is a big challenge, because it really isn’t — well, it doesn’t have to be. I’ve been procrastinating the whole way, dreading that I was going to have to take the time to do some big involved project for the actual fermentation step. It’s literally so simple though — yeast + apple juice + airlock = fermentation started, hopefully. It’s so much easier than homebrewing beer. More
The journal of a DIYer from Jamaica Plain giving hard cider-making a shot. Follow her elating successes and devastating failures through our three-part weekly series. Along the way, tell her what she’s doing right and wrong. This is part one. More