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Dom Kennedy passed on big offers to do it his way. And it’s paying off
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In the genre of hip-hop, perhaps more so than in any other type of music, it’s almost standard practice for artists to come and go overnight. The “Lamborghini dreams and beach house wishes” that Wiz Khalifa rapped about in 2009 have hooked countless aspiring emcees, but more often that not, the attraction rapidly morphs into distraction and the dreams are never realized – not even at Acura and apartment level, forget Lambos and beach houses. In order to make a career out of music, longevity needs to be the goal, yet most up-and-coming rappers fail to recognize this. They’ll subconsciously sacrifice a foundation for 15 minutes of fame and be dumfounded when their one hit song they poured everything into grows stale. Luckily, Dom Kennedy, who comes to the Middle East Downstairs Saturday night, is not most rappers. More

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Boston bands dress up: Best Halloween cover shows (including Dio!)
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Halloween brings one of Boston’s coolest local music traditions, with bands taking the stage (sometimes in costume) as a more famous/often hilarious musical act. You may be particularly intrigued this year in the week leading up to ‘ween, particularly if you have an appetite for pizza, Green Day, or EDM. If cover sets aren’t your thing, there are plenty of Halloween-themed shows, including RadioBDC’s Retro Halloween Ball at Ned Devine’s on Oct. 31. But wherever you go, make sure you dress the part. Nothing is more embarrassing than not looking like a total idiot at a Halloween show. Here are our picks for Boston’s best cover sets this October. More