Hub Hits and Misses

I can be a bit of a homer when it comes to Boston artists … but I do have my limits. I’ll champion a local band or actor or writer when I feel it’s justified, but deal some slammage when it’s not. Let’s bat around a few shall we.


  • the Click Five. Ah, yes the precious power-poppers out of the Berklee College of Music. Gosh they’re all just so darn cute with their bed-head hair and pouty lips — and they write songs and play their own instruments and everything (is the sarcasm coming through?). Big deal. As they say in Texas, big hat no cattle. Stop posing, start playing.
  • Buffalo Tom. The real deal. Deserving of a much wider audience. They’re new CD “Three Easy Pieces” proves that a 9 year layoff from recording has not diminished their quality.
  • Mission of Burma. Vital as ever. Alternative and indie before those words were ever connected to rock music. Proof that passion and experience can be a powerful mix.
  • Aerosmith. Bloated and ludicrously overrated. Two decent albums, “Rocks” and “Toys in the Attic.” The rest is corporate sludge.
  • Boston. See Aerosmith! Okay, they had their moment, but their first two albums are all you need. Brad Delp’s pipes were ones for the ages.


  • Matt Damon. Still growing on me, but he seems to get better with age. Smart guy. Grounded. His ability to go from leading man to ensemble actor is impressive.
  • Ben Affleck. A good natured goof. Man has he made some bad decisions, and delivered some god awful performances. Still, he seems determined to grow. Easy to make fun of, but hard to dislike.
  • Steve Carell. This guy has so much potential, and clearly he’s up for just about anything. It’s his performance in “Little Miss Sunshine” that I like best though.
  • John Krasinski. Cut him a wedge on “License to Wed.” He’s got a nice everyman vibe.


  • Robert B. Parker. Nothing better than early “Spenser.” Nothing worse than some of his current stuff. Are they paying him by the pound now?
  • Dennis Lehane. Nice gritty style and he really understands Boston. “Mystic River” was great, but I think the best is yet to come.

Let me know what you think, and we’ll do this again soon.


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