It’s an almost daily ritual at music clubs everywhere: the afternoon sound check. The band rolls in–maybe in a shiny tour bus, maybe in a beat-up hatchback–plugs in its gear, and plays to an empty room, so the sound crew can get the levels right for the big show. Sort of like a dress rehearsal. I knew the practice well in a previous life, when I played in a band myself. But I wanted to see what a good, loud sound check sounded like these days, especially from the streets. So I hit the Paradise Rock Club on Commonwealth Avenue, one of the city’s preeminent music venues, on a recent Friday, when English reggae legends Steel Pulse were in town.
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