Monday, March 5, 2012

Allston's Underground Music Scene



March 4, 2012 - A crowd gathers around a makeshift stage area in a warehouse in Allston, Mass. on a Sunday evening for a do-it-youself concert. Allston has a rich history when it comes to underground music and underground show spaces with shows often taking place in unconventional places like warehouses and basements. The door to the warehouse space can be seen on the left is adorned with a flier for an upcoming show at a different underground venue. Photo by Ali Donohue.


March 4, 2012 - Pat Breen, right, shoots a video of the band Luau playing Sunday night in a warehouse space in Allston, Mass. Breen is the founder of Garbage Town Productions, a local video production group that focuses on documentary work and music videos. The group has been shooting a series of Sunday concerts at this particular venue in hopes of creating a video series of live videos showcasing what happens in this particular warehouse space. "I lit the space up so that I could have more control of how the video would look. I got tired of going to shows and trying to shoot video in low lights. Plus I think the lights make it easier for the crowd to see what is happening," said Breen. Photo by Ali Donohue.


March 4, 2012 - Matt Shearer, singer and guitarist of the band Battle Cries, performs at an Allston, Mass. warehouse space on Sunday night. Shearer has been involved with music for years and has performed with a number of bands, mostly in underground music spaces like warehouses and basements. During the day Shearer works at the Greater Boston Media Group as an on air producer. Photo by Ali Donohue.



March 4, 2012 - Jay Brown of Brighton, Mass. drinks a beer while watching a concert in an underground music venue on Sunday night. Do-it-yourself and underground music venues typically do not have legitimate staff and security like bars or other legal venues in the city. Patrons of these underground show spaces typically BYOB to these events. Photo by Ali Donohue.



March 4, 2012 - The makeshift stage area can be seen in this warehouse music space after a concert on Sunday evening. This warehouse space in Allston, Mass. hosts underground concerts and also serves as a practice space for several different bands when not hosting shows. The space tries to limit the numbers of concerts they do a month in order since noise complaints can lead to police showing up. The longevity of do-it-yourself and underground music spaces relies on their ability to remain under the radar. Photo by Ali Donohue.


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