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V.21 No.39 | 9/27/2012
Chris Smither
Jeff Fasano


Mel Minter talks Zen, baseball and the blues with Chris Smither

Singer / songwriter Chris Smither grew up and learned his three first chords in New Orleans, but he’s made his home and the bulk of his music in Boston. Mel Minter chats with Smither about Zen, baseball, blues and existential strategy in this week’s issue. Read all about it here.

See and hear Smither conjure those ol’ cosmic blues at Outpost Performance Space on Saturday night. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $25-30.

Chris Smither
Jeff Fasano


Buddha’s Songwriter Gives Voice to Optimism

Chris Smither takes on the imponderables—and wins

Singer/songwriter Chris Smither doesn’t need much to cast his spell, just his blue guitar and a miked particleboard so his tapping foot can keep time.
V.19 No.14 | 4/8/2010
“Keep your eye on the ball, honey! Eye on the...shit.”


The Return of Major League Baseball

Or, how to have a 9-month excuse for vegetating in front of your TV with a beer and a bath robe.

Ah, spring time is finally here. Flowers a bloomin’. Birds a chirpin’. Wood’s a crackin’. Time to roll out “America’s Favorite Pastime™” from its ever-so brief hibernation.

The 2010 MLB regular season kicked off in dramatic fashion Sunday night as the Boston Red Sox hosted George Steinbrenner (who may look more like the Tales from the Crypt crypt keeper than the crypt keeper himself) and his gazillion-dollar circus New York Yankees Sunday night. The Yankees, whose payroll easily dwarfs most countries’ entire GDPs, are heavily favored to win it all again this year, fresh off their record 27th title win last season. If their “Mission: Redux” isn’t made clear enough, manager Joe Girardi wears a jersey emblazoned with the number 28 to show that his team means business, once again. What a prick.

If there’s any justice, goodness and grace left in this world, they could be challenged by strong AL East division rivals in the form of the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox, while over in the NL, the Philadelphia Phillies are expected to head back to the big dance for the third consecutive year. Yankees vs. Phillies again? That sounds about as anticlimactic as a Dick Cheney heart attack.

For the love of Christ, is anybody willing to don the glass slippers and be this season’s Cinderella story? Young teams stacked with talent like the Colorado Rockies St. Louis Cardinals or San Francisco Giants could make a strong run at it.

Who ya got?

V.18 No.34 | 8/20/2009
From left: Kyle Crane, Paul Hansen, Katie Franich and Adam Sankowski of The Grownup Noise air their dirty laundry.
Nicole Tammaro


The Grownup Noise

Being flipped off never felt so good

When Boston's The Grownup Noise plays a show in Beantown, there's usually a solid turnout.

The fan base took about four years to fully cultivate. It began with family and friends, then strangers started taking notice. "When we first started, we would ask ourselves, Do they really like it, or are they just being nice?" singer and guitarist Paul Hansen recalls. "It's gotten to the point where a lot of them tend to be people we don't know. So, unless everyone's just being really nice, they actually like us."

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