John Liam Policastro

Music

Remembering the Rat, the Famously Violent Boston Punk Club That's Now a Luxury Hotel Suite

How can a hotel room capture the essence of Boston's legendary shithole? And why would anyone want to?
John Liam Policastro
11.10.14
Music

Led Zeppelin's Road Manager Is Still a Badass

Richard Cole wasn't even 20 in 1965, when he became manager of the Who—but he's most famous for managing Led Zeppelin at the peak of their rock-god insanity. Now nearing 70 and still full of manic energy, Cole agreed to sit down with us for a quick...
John Liam Policastro
6.24.14
Travel

When Irish Guys Are Smiling

South Boston's legendarily divisive St. Patrick's Day Parade was marched amid considerable rancor between gay-veterans groups and parade organizers. But the parade went on Sunday, and I chatted with a few shamrock-festooned revelers about what St...
John Liam Policastro
3.17.14
Sports

The Good News About Boston's Horrible Week in Sports

If you are a die-hard Boston sports fan, chances are you're relieved this week is over. The heartbreak started on Sunday with the announcement that Doc Rivers, head coach for the Boston Celtics, was leaving for the Los Angeles Clippers. It only got...
John Liam Policastro
6.29.13
News

Snitch on Snitch on Snitch - What to Expect from the Whitey Bulger Trial

This week, the racketeering and murder trial for infamous Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger finally began, roughly 18 years behind schedule. Bulger fled Boston based on a tip from a childhood friend that the Feds were finally coming after him. And...
John Liam Policastro
6.16.13
News

Where Were You When the Bombs Went Off?

To get a sense of how the city was dealing with Monday’s terrorist attack, I walked Boston’s streets the day after the Marathon bombing and talked to people about where they were when the attack went down and whether or not they feel safe in their city...
John Liam Policastro
4.17.13
Stuff

Aren't You Tired of Old Musicians Asking for Money on Kickstarter?

Kickstarter has funded all kinds of worthy and interesting and innovative projects. But old musicians re-collecting on their past fame seems to me a loathsome and un-DIY usage of the crowd-funded model.
John Liam Policastro
3.30.13
Stuff

South Boston Is Too Ugly for Reality TV

Fifteen years after Ben Affleck and Matt Damon perfected their Boston accents in their breakthrough, 'Good Will Hunting,' the Adidas track-suit-wearing, R-dropping broods of South Boston remain ripe objects of fascination.
John Liam Policastro
3.10.13
Stuff

The Passing of a Magnificent Wind

In not-really-that-surprising news, this week the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered Fung Wah Bus, the notorious progenitor of low-cost interstate bus services, off the road. This news hit me especially hard. Not only because I...
John Liam Policastro
3.2.13
Sports

Among the Football Fans of Cardiff City

Few cities exemplify football's tradition of white-knuckled fury better than the Welsh capital Cardiff, where I recently spent a night awash in White Storm malt cider with Valium-veined supporters of the infamous Cardiff City Football Club.
John Liam Policastro
12.9.12
Stuff

The Slayer Christmas Sweater Is a Disgrace

Sure, you can make the argument that the Three Wise Men following a star through the desert in search of a Baby King to give him resin is kind of the Christian religion’s "Seasons In The Abyss" video. But I simply cannot reconcile the inherent...
John Liam Policastro
12.8.12
Stuff

No One Was Sober at a Monday Afternoon Outdoor Aerosmith Show

Earlier this week, quintessential roofer-rock band Aerosmith gave a free concert in Boston in front of the apartment building where the band first lived and jammed in together. Home Depots across New England must have been severely understaffed.
John Liam Policastro
11.10.12
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