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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces family, bombing victims, and supporters at his first public hearing / video by Casey Herz and words by Liz Pelly

It’s Wednesday morning and the sky is overcast. I grab an umbrella in anticipation of rain, and head from my Allston apartment towards Boston’s discomforting downtown. One bus and two trains later, I show up at Boston’s federal courthouse at 1pm, where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s arraignment is scheduled to start at 3:30pm.

Tsarnaev is suspected to have been responsible for the April 15th Boston Marathon bombings, along with his older brother Tamerlan, who was killed in a shoot-out with the police in April. This is Tsarnaev‘s first public appearance since April 19, when police captured him from the back of a boat in Watertown. Today he will hear all of the . . .


Freak Flag Roadtrip
The freaky sounds of sunshine and open roads.

by Cassandra Long
UFO's are real.

by Kerry Cardoza
A feminist perspective on Sheila Heti’s How Should A Person Be?

by Ethan Long
A Farewell to Arvid Noe.

Talking genre, Detroit, and DIY with the long-lost punk outsiders / by Faye Orlove

Death formed in the early 70's by Bobby, David, and Dannis Hackney, three brothers living in Detroit during the height of Motown. Inspired by Alice Cooper and The Who, the Hackneys played punk music in their spare bedroom back when the idea of punk music barely existed. Detroit's United Sound Studios recorded a seven song demo reel for Death during the summer of 1974. However, label after label rejected Death after perceiving their band name to be too aggressive and finding their sound confusing for a band of black teens growing up during the emergence of disco. With no other backers, the band self-released 500 copies of a 7" featuring their songs, "Politicians in My Eye" and "Keep on Knocking." But after years of constant rejection, the band broke up in 1977.

Three decades later in 2009, after finding their original pressing, releasing it digitally, and seeing its popularity spike over the internet, Drag City Records released …For the Whole World to See, an LP featuring all seven of the songs Death recorded back in '74. Later that year, the brothers reformed Death to play three shows with guitarist Bobbie Duncan filling in for the late David Hackney. And this year, filmmakers Jeff Holett and Mark Covino are touring the world with their independent documentary A Band Called Death which chronicles the band's success decades after they'd broken up. Tomorrow, the Brattle is showing the Boston premiere of the film along with a Q&A with its directors. The Media had the opportunity to chat with Bobby and Dannis Hackney about Death, Detroit, and how the Internet helped the resurgence of their music careers . . .

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