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Just Another Scene’s Sean Carlson (right) as a teen with Davey Havok, lead singer of California band AFI, at a 2001 concert at Suffolk Downs.

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How a high school student became New England’s go-to source for live shows big and small

Believing every band deserves a chance at an audience, Sean Carlson built his website into an exhaustive list of shows in the region.

Boston, MA: Voodoo Dolls perform at The Rat in Boston in an undated photo. (Eric H. Antoniou/Freelance) --- BGPA Reference: 170531_BS_016 *FOR MAGAZINE USE ONLY*

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It closed 20 years ago, but the Rat’s rollicking echoes reverb on

The Kenmore Square club was dark and dirty but everybody went there because every band played there.

WFNX’s Kurt St. Thomas (right) interviewing Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain (left) and Dave Grohl on Lansdowne Street in 1991.

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The rock radio wars: BCN vs. FNX

When upstart WFNX launched in 1983, the battle was on to win listeners and uncover the city’s next stars.

Clockwise from top left: Foley with John Lydon of PIL at the Lenox Hotel in 1980; Foley with Bono of U2 in Dublin in the early ’90s; Foley and David Robinson of The Cars, taken at the Rat in the early ’80s; with Producer Roy Thomas Baker at Syncro Sound; and with Michael Hutchence of INXS after a 1983 show in Springfield.

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U2’s The Edge loved my apple pie and more memories of a rock ‘n’ roll housemother

By day, Anne Marie Foley worked at Strawberries. By night, she offered visiting rockers a place to crash and a home cooked meal.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones live; Dicky Barrett holds the microphone (top left).  Black  Francis of the Pixies (right); and Jonathan Richman  at Jonathan Swift’s in Harvard Square in 1984.

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Why we love the Modern Lovers, the Pixies, and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Their unique sounds had an influence far beyond Boston.

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An ode to Boston’s rockin’ history of the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s

Remembering the bands, the songs, the scene when fans packed Boston’s gritty clubs and basements to hear rock history in the making.

A guitar amplifier or speaker on a white background

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Playlists from Boston’s rock heydays of the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s

Take a listen to Aerosmith, the Modern Lovers, ’Til Tuesday, New Edition, The Lemonheads, Morphine, and many more memorable bands who found their sound in Boston.

From left: Juliana Hatfield, ’Til Tuesday’s Aimee Mann, and Kay Hanley of Letters to Cleo,

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How Boston’s female musicians helped define alternative rock

During “that five minutes in rock ‘n’ roll radio history where they played women,” female-led bands out of Boston wowed fans.

Syncro Sound’s control room.

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Inside The Cars’ secret clubhouse on Newbury Street

Behind an unmarked door lay a world where rock ‘n’ roll royalty stopped by to play.

Almighty RSO’s DJ Deff Jeff (Jeff Neal) burning up the turntables at a live show.

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Boston’s influence on hip-hop might surprise you

The city’s hip-hop history is vibrant and much deeper than you would expect, given its rock reputation.

for Globe West 02/19 - the famous V66 channel that predated MTV and was based out of Framingham and Marlborough. V66 founder John Garabedian on-air with Kenny Loggins, 1985. (handout)

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In 1985, V66 was MTV for Bostonians who didn’t have cable. And we loved it.

Surviving just 19 months in the ‘80s, a little UHF station in Boston brought music videos to MTV-starved teens.