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Prescription opioids have wreaked havoc on the Bay State. For Big Pharma, that’s fantastic news.

The Price of Pain
First there's the pain. Then comes a prescription for an opioid: OxyContin, Tylox, Percocet, Roxicodone, among others. But what often follows is a vicious cycle of tolerance, increased dosages, abuse, and addiction.
By: ERIN BALDASSARI  |  October 23, 2012


Boston's Rap Class of 2011

A slice of area hip-hop's diverse scene — from hardcore boom-bap to frat rap
The announcement of  last year's Rap Class  rang so loudly that we had to step back in the arena and cause more noise.
By: ERIN BALDASSARI  |  September 29, 2011


Domo Arigato

The robots are here — and they look nothing like we expected
When Czech playwright Karel Capek first used the word "robot" nearly a century ago, it was to describe a coldly calculating machine, evil in its perfection and scornful of human frailty. And so began our fascination with the possibility of humanoid machines designed to be our underlings but destined to be our overlords.
By: ERIN BALDASSARI  |  May 02, 2011


Photos: Scenes from the Rally to Restore Sanity

Thousands of Daily Show fans, Flying Spaghetti Monsters, and Hogwarts alums, and more converge on the National Mall | October 30, 2010
With nary a pair of be-skidmarked Betsy Ross boxer shorts in sight.
By: ERIN BALDASSARI  |  November 01, 2010


Photos: Curren$y at Middle East Downstairs

Curren$y | Middle East Downstairs | October 4, 2010
Curren$y takes the Smoker's Club Tour to the Middle East Downstairs, along with Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA, and others on October 4, 2010.
By: ERIN BALDASSARI  |  October 14, 2010


Black EL x Durkin | Color Commentary

Self-released (2010)
If you have yet to hear Black EL x Durkin's first project, you've probably never read a hip-hop blog.
By: ERIN BALDASSARI  |  September 30, 2010


Storming the streets with the Moped Army

Easy Riders
Friday night. It's the start of Moped Massacre II, a three-day-long, all-moped, all-metal, two-stroke-engine spectacle hosted by Boston's only moped gang, the kHz.
By: ERIN BALDASSARI  |  September 09, 2010


Photos: Certified G'z at the Western Front

Certified G'z, live at the Western Front, on July 29, 2010
Certified G'z perform live at the Western Front on July 29, 2010.
By: ERIN BALDASSARI  |  August 03, 2010


Photos: Nappy Roots at Harpers Ferry

Nappy Roots, live at Harpers Ferry, on July 22, 2010
Rap quintet Nappy Roots perform at Harpers Ferry on July 22, 2010.
By: ERIN BALDASSARI  |  August 03, 2010


Photos: 2010 Boston Rap Class at the Middle East Upstairs

Urban Nerdz, Bay Holla, Concep, Certified G'z and more, live at the Middle East on July 14, 2010
Boston's Rap Class matriculates at the Middle East Up
By: ERIN BALDASSARI  |  July 21, 2010


Boston Rap's Class of 2010

These 10 homegrown hip-hop artists are ready to graduate to the big time
With Sam Adams burning up the iTunes charts and Slaine set to co-star in Ben Affleck’s upcoming Charlestown heist flick, The Town , major-label poachers may well be looking toward Boston for the next up-and-gunning rap talents.
By: ERIN BALDASSARI  |  September 19, 2010


Photos: Nova-Cain ''Birthday'' single release show

 Nova-Cain, live at the Middle East, April 27, 2010 
Nova-Cain, Vee Knuckles, Millyz, Letia Larok, and more
By: ERIN BALDASSARI  |  May 03, 2010


Photos [NSFW]: Naked Girls Reading at the Coolidge

Naked Girls Reading presents "Down the Rabbit Hole" (extremely NSFW)
Hey, our books are up here.
By: ERIN BALDASSARI  |  May 07, 2010


Photos: International Pillow Fight Day 2010

Banditos Misteriosos' International Pillow Fight Day 2010 | April 3, 2010
Some 1,500 combatants converged upon Cambridge Common for Banditos Misteriosos' International Pillow Fight Day on April 3, 2010
By: ERIN BALDASSARI  |  April 05, 2010


Photos: Vivian Girls at Great Scott

Vivian Girls, live at Great Scott, March 8, 2010
Photos of Vivian Girls at Great Scott
By: ERIN BALDASSARI  |  March 12, 2010


Photos: The Magnetic Fields at the Wilbur Theatre

The Magnetic Fields, live at the Wilbur Theatre, on February 11, 2010
Photos of the Magnetic Fields, live at the Wilbur Theatre, on February 11, 2010
By: ERIN BALDASSARI  |  February 18, 2010


Photos: Anya Marina at Jose McIntyre's

Anya Marina, live at Jose McIntyre's, January 21, 2010
Photos of Anya Marina performing at WFNX and Coors Light Snoriders show on Thursday, January 21, 2010
By: ERIN BALDASSARI  |  January 25, 2010
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