- Boston Hassle Fest 7 IS NIGH! Nov. 5-7 @ Elks Lodge, Out of the Blue, Brighton Music Hall
It’s time for our biggest gathering of the year, Boston’s Underground Music Fest, Boston Hassle Fest 7. HF7 is bound to inspire and empower us all in one way or another, with bands like FLIPPER, TYONDAI BRAXTON, SCREAMING FEMALES, PILE, ONJ and TERRENCE DIXON on the bill. A true celebration of the worldwide independent music and arts freak scene, BRAIN Arts Official Nonprofit Collective Fellowship is proud to present a diverse lineup of 50+ artists this year for your visual and aural pleasure. Check out the full lineup below and consider what it took to make this happen — mad volunteers and support from people in the community like YOU. So, good job.
- Get Your History Right: Native American Heritage Month
Long before Europeans ever reached Massachusetts, cities nestled into hills and roads spanned the wilderness. Three major native nations — the Mohegans, the Mohicans, and the Wampanoag, were thriving here. The first couple Thanksgivings would have been an extremely bad scene without them: imagine clutches of frozen, joyless puritans growing progressively bonier before eventually withering away. That may not be the dominant narrative these days, but hopefully you cringe when you reflect on the elementary school spin on the topic. Especially during this time of year, consider how native people have factored into your personal history, and visit the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness at mcnaa.org. — Peter Steele
- Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957 @ the ICA
You should be at the ICA anyway, but if you’re not, make the trip — the BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE exhibition is only here until January 24th. During its short existence, BMC fostered the avant-garde in American music, dance, and visual art and produced influential artists like John Cage, Willem de Kooning, and Merce Cunningham, among many others. Leap Before You Look features their student work, soundscapes, archival materials, and performances. It’s the first exhibition of its kind in the U.S. – leap over to the ICA to see it today! — E.D.
- Boston En Masse RETURNS @ Middle East Upstairs & Great Scott Nov. 18-20
Allston, Back Bay, Cambridge, Dorchester, East Boston, Framingham, and hoods G-Z, now is the time to come together! Follow the man from Mass Ave, Jason Trefts of Illegally Blind fame, to a meeting of the minds Nov. 18 + 20 at the Mideast Up and Nov. 19 at Great Scott. Featuring artists from every corner of Boston’s musical mosaic, Trefts says “the goal of Boston En Masse is to bring people together to celebrate a few of the many talented artists that often play shows locally and, hopefully, to also introduce people to new bands and friends.” The event features hometown heroes Guerilla Toss, IAN, Mal Devisa, and so many more bands you’ll want to become besties with! — Harry B
- 5. The Papercut Zine Library is OPEN: NEW LOCATION @ 10 Ward St, Somerville
So you’ve gone to workshops and developed your own zine, but that only scratched an itch. Now you just can’t get enough — you want to see what else is out there. The PAPERCUT ZINE LIBRARY has opened in its new location for all your comparative, competitive, and just-plain-boredom-inspired reading needs. The Papercut Library is open on Sundays from 2pm-7pm. Celebrate the library’s new home with them on the 1st, and drop by any Sunday after that to get your zine fix. — E.D.