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Throughout the run of How to be a Rock Critic at the Paramount, we asked audiences to write down the name of an album they would go to bat for as the best album of all time. The responses were wide ranging, some including drawings of the band logos or additional commentary (i.e. “Double Fantasy (minus Yoko’s song)”) or even some simple doodles and exclamation points to really hit home just how crucial the album is for…

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  Lester Bangs never lived in Boston; by all accounts he probably never even visited The Hub. But in the middle of the critical and audience rave—How To Be A Rock Critic—we’ve dug through his writing to find out what the legendary rock critic thought of the music scene and rock criticism coming out of Boston in the sixties and seventies from afar.   Bangs credited local band Black Pearl with developing the genre that…

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“In all, 26 ‘Norties’ went to various local and visiting companies and artists for outstanding work at venues around the greater Boston area.” – WBUR Congratulations to all of the winners. We are so proud to have two award winners from our 2016/17 Season: Outstanding Ensemble: “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” Druid Theatre Company presented by ArtsEmerson Outstanding New Script: “Mala,” by Melinda Lopez, ArtsEmerson Also, looking to the future, we are so excited to see the…

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Thank you for joining us for How to Be a Rock Critic. We hope you enjoyed your visit with Lester. Were you familiar with Lester Bangs before coming to the show tonight? Is there are critic whose opinion you value and whose writing you follow? What do you feel is the most overrated album of all time? There’s so much to pull from the writings of Lester Bangs partially because there’s so much to say about…

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“Record stores can’t save your life. But they can give you a better one.” – Nick Hornby As streaming services become the dominant source for people’s daily musix-fix, when so many brick & mortar record stores struggle to stay in business through out the country, Boston is quite lucky to have so many unique, thriving record stores all around the city. We are proud to host two of Boston’s best record stores in the lobby…

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