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A Boston Local Music Surprise

The Novel Ideas playing at the party

By Kerry Clayton

This past Saturday night, I was part of a successful surprise birthday party for a friend that lead to another Boston local music experience. The Novel Ideas were hired by a friend to play a set during the party, and I could not have been happier!

My friend whose party it was saw The Novel Ideas perform at EC Radio’s Music Festival a few weeks back, and he really appreciated their music. As a birthday present, two of our mutual friends got a hold of the band and hired them to play at his party.

Reasons I have recently become a fan of The Novel Ideas:

Their new album, Home, can be downloaded here.

If you enjoy the jokes and interesting anecdotes exchanged during each break in songs and quality music, then definitely keep an eye out for The Novel Ideas to play another show. If you don’t enjoy these things…Well, I definitely recommend them.

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May Day brings the return of the Occupy-ers

The Occupy movement made its return for May Day, the international labor holiday yesterday, May 1st. Protestors throughout the world used this holiday as an opportunity to rally for workers’ rights. WBUR.org quotes Emerson student Suzi Pietroluongo on why she was protesting in Boston.

“Today I’m hoping just to get people aware of what May Day is, get people aware that there is an issue in this country and that they can do something about it.”

Marches, protests and rallies occurred throughout the world in places like NYC, London, Greece, Turkey and Madrid to name a few. The Occupy-ers have found a way to re-emerge in the public eye through the media by choosing to rally on this international holiday.

Occupy May Day in Minneapolis, MN, USA
Photo: Fibonacci Blue Flickr/CC

According to WCVB Boston

“The Occupy movement had organized protests in 125 U.S. cities, according to Occupywallst.org. The theme was a general work strike to create “a day without the 99%” — no work, no shopping, no banking.”

Occupy-ers seem willing to take on any opportunity there is to rally for their causes of worker’s rights and fighting against capitalism. These international protests caused a ruckus, but who knows what sort of impact it will actually have on our society.

Basketball Bumps

By Mitch Moise

This past weekend the NBA playoffs started, as the Boston Celtics faced off against the Atlanta Hawks. The game was won by the Hawks but the biggest story of the night was the actions of Celtic All Star Rajon Rondo towards the end of the game.  He bumped the referee in frustration after a terrible call against his team resulting in Rondo getting ejected from the game. As a result, he has been suspended for the next playoff game. What many Celtics fan are saying is that, it can be seen as the referee’s fault in some way? If the referee makes the correct call, the ‘bump’ Rondo gave him never happens. In fairness this isn’t a backyard pick up game. These men are playing for their livelihood and depend on the right calls being made sometimes in order to be successful at their job. The referee is untitled to his own personal safety but in the heat of a big game, the referee should understand that emotions do run high. Guys are giving their all and because of a bad call, not only did the Celtics lose their star player, but also might have resulted in them losing the next game as well.