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Articles by Ryan Walsh

  The title of the one-man-show about Lester Bangs– How To Be A Rock Critic –is taken from a snarky self-deprecating piece the infamous music critic wrote for a Buffalo publication called Shakin’ Street Gazette in 1974. But on the heels of the production arriving in Boston this week, we were delighted to find out that this piece originally appeared in Boston alternative newspaper The Real Paper in 1973, albeit under a different title. Former Boston Phoenix…

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  Erik Jensen might be new to the ArtsEmerson stage, but this wont be the first time our audiences have seen him in action. The star of How to Be A Rock Critic is an in-demand actor who has appeared in many major television network and blockbuster hits. Check out which of your favorite programs and films you might’ve seen him in; we guarantee it’ll be a true “oh yeah” moment. How many of these shows on your…

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Photo by Lelund Durond Thompson Tonight, Atiya Martin, Boston’s Chief Resilience Officer will present the proclamation of “Daniel Beaty Day” to Mr. Beaty prior to tonight’s performance of Mr. Joy in Dorchester. From the proclamation: “To celebrate Daniel Beaty’s contributions to the arts and the city of Boston, through his plays (including Mr. Joy), films, books, and his I DREAM: BOSTON social justice work with youth at Boston Public Schools—specifically Snowden International High School and Boston Arts…

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  Supposedly Complimentary Lester Bangs on some of his favorite artists, albums and bands Even when Lester Bangs was trying to lavish a band or an album with praise, he often couched the compliment inside criticism of the band’s earlier work, the genre itself, the culture at large, or perhaps even the thing he was trying to compliment in the first place. This contrarian streak was part of Bangs’ charm. In advance of How To Be…

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