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When I was a little kid, there was only one thing I wanted to do more than be a professional basketball player—and that was be a professional basketball player on a team made up of nothing but my friends. It’s what I was doing every winter season anyway, and it was a lot of fun, so I figured, why not keep going with it? I would spend hours in the driveway every day after school putting up jumpers, counting down an imaginary game clock and drawing up nonexistent plays that almost always ended with a championship-winning bucket. I didn’t know exactly how it was going to happen, but I could see the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. My friends and I were going to stick together, keep practicing and eventually travel the country and play basketball together for the rest of our lives. More
Reigning Sound’s Greg Cartwright doesn’t take too kindly to the term “legend.” Despite being a prolific cornerstone in punk music for over two decades (past projects include Compulsive Gamblers, Oblivians, Deadly Snakes, and Detroit Cobras), he maintains a sweet and down-to-earth stance on not being classified as one. “I’m flattered, but I don’t take any of that seriously,” he says with a slight chuckle. More
There wasn’t a more fitting location to interview Ned “Leedz” Wellbery than the Middle East. The historic club has served as the backdrop for some of the most groundbreaking hip hop shows in Boston for the last decade. Wellbery, who prides himself on his resilience as much as he does his keen business acumen, has adjusted well to being the epicenter of Leedz Edutainment (his independent promotion company). As expected, it was an adjustment that came with a palpable price tag: his personal life. More
When Jason Trefts started booking shows for the Middle East in Cambridge a few years back, it didn’t seem to line up. Being a former musician himself, it’s not exactly a common reaction to want to try your hand on the other side of the deal. But for Trefts, who himself toured and booked shows internationally when he performed, carving out a space for local and national bands to play without getting duped by sheisty booking agents and publicity firms, seemed like second nature. More
Though shamrock-n-roll was the most prominent genre ringing in the streets of Boston this weekend, it was the sound of a different island nation that took over the Middle East Downstairs on Saturday night.
For the third year, the Icelandic musical showcase Reykjavik Calling came to Boston, this time inauspiciously crossing paths with the Hub’s favorite excuse to puke green. More