Tasty Burger is a late night snack mecca that sits in the shadow of America’s oldest ballpark. People leaving last calls, concerts, or long days at work congregate under the neon lit sign that takes you back to the days of fast cars and cigarette packs under your shirt sleeve. The restaurant’s charm comes from that homage to the post-World War II burger joints that reeked of neighborhood flavor. Burgers, fries, shakes; simple pleasure food that seems to never lose its weight in our minds continues to draw crowds all day long. The Fenway location, and sister restaurants in Southie and Harvard Square, attract all kinds of characters. Especially during the witching hour. These are their faces.
[Music: Johnny Ripper “Imaginary Friend”]
“Chillin’ mad hard, playin’ no games.” That’s the ideology that BUFU Records founder Ben Katzman says fuels his independent label. The motto is surprisingly accurate, too, as Katzman didn’t stop smiling throughout a lengthy interview. He has good reason to beam: In just a year and a half, BUFU has put out close to 30 releases and booked a number of its bands on national tours. Now, he’s planning the first festival thrown by the label. More
For a moment, please indulge me in some hyperbolic doom mongering.
Let’s say that the BPD masters the infiltration of punk rock circles via bogus Facebook profiles and shuts down every D.I.Y. venue in the city. (It could happen.) Around the same time, real estate developers bulldoze the Middle East, then whimsically decide to raze all the other Boston rock clubs, leaving nothing but high-income condominium housing in their wake. In this not-entirely-absurd dystopian future scenario, with no traditional or underground venues, where will bands play?
Other kinds of places, that’s where. Like Tasty Burger, for instance. The Harvard Square eatery has hosted under-the-radar shows for a while, and launches an initiative for regular publicized concerts with Speedy Ortiz’s “Real Hair” EP release party on Saturday. More