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Boston should help make indie shows happen safely

Boston police apparently are trying to infiltrate small, unlicensed rock shows, allegedly using fake Internet personas that speak in dated slang. According to a recent article in Slate, one band received a message asking, “What is the Address for the local music show tonight?” Asked another, “whats the 411 for the show saturday?”

The scheme, as reported by writer Luke O’Neil, seems half-baked and heavy-handed. Asked by’s The Hive to respond to O’Neil’s report, Boston Police said merely they “can’t confirm that information.” Yet behind all the skulduggery are entirely legitimate concerns about fire hazards and other threats to public safety, and the police and other city officials can’t just turn their backs.

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