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The Varsity Girls aim for pop stardom

Making the cut
By the time I arrive at their Lowell recording studio to talk to the teenage pop/R&B dynamos Varsity Girls, it's almost 10 pm, and I'm expecting to encounter an exhausted group of studio-tanned kids burned out after a full day of singing and more singing.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 04, 2011



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Heroine chic

Hollywood cashes in on girl power
One of the more satisfying moments in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) occurs when 13-year-old Hermione (Emma Watson) unloads a right hook that staggers the villainous Malfoy. “That felt good,” she says, pleased with herself. “Not good,” offers Ron (Rupert Grint). “Brilliant!”
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 12, 2010
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25 Hip-Hop acts to see at SXSW 2010

The best boom-bap on tap in Austin
As usual, I've got you covered.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 12, 2010
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Excerpt: Evening’s Empire by Bill Flanagan


In this chapter, "The Drugs Don't Work," aging rock star Emerson Cutler and his manager, Jack Flynn, are seeking inspiration — and desperately trying to jumpstart his career.
By BILL FLANAGAN  |  February 05, 2010
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Britney Spears and Michael Jackson fight it out

Who's #1?
Cue up track six on the new Britney (Jive) and prepare yourself for the Technicolor disco flash-back of the year, swooning string section, chunky Nile Rodgers guitar riff, and all. The song's called "Anticipating," and it captures the most famous 19-year-old girl in the world at her guileless, sentimental best.
By SEAN RICHARDSON  |  June 30, 2009

Play by Play: March 20, 2009

Plays A to Z
A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 18, 2009
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Dance, Monkey: Jessie Baade

We put a comic on the hot seat. This week’s victim . . .
Tree humor is not funny. And I’ve tried. God knows I’ve tried.
By MARC HIRSH  |  September 03, 2008

Guitars are from Mars, Feist and Björk are from Venus

A musical battle of the sexes
It’s 3 am. Do you know if you’re a man or a woman?
By JAMES PARKER AND SHARON STEEL  |  March 19, 2008
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High school memories

Spice Girls at the TD Banknorth Garden, January 30, 2008
Tweenagers in 1998 didn’t have Hannah Montana or High School Musical . We did, however, have five British ladies who sold us on Girl Power.
By SHARON STEEL  |  February 05, 2008
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Artificial flavor of the month

The Spice Girls test their shelf life
There is a part of me that sympathizes with Victoria Beckham.
By SHARON STEEL  |  January 22, 2008
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It parade

In 2008, novels turn to fairies, fashion goes faux green, and Star Trek  gets all 90210
There is a moment, at the end of a beauty pageant, when the previous year’s winner is forced to place the sparkling crown on a new champion’s head.
By SHARON STEEL  |  December 26, 2007
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Start with some Spice

A recipe for a tuneful 2008
The game is on for the reunited Spice Girls.
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 26, 2007
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Dance, monkey: Angelo Tsarouchas

We put a visiting comic on the hot seat. This week’s victim . . .
I apologize for the War of 1812. And for Celine Dion.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  December 18, 2007
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Girl Group Redux

The Pipettes, Great Scott, November 15, 2007
I don’t imagine that the Pipettes are doing any more to curtail carbon monoxide emissions or save the rain forest than the Spice Girls.
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  December 09, 2007
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Bob's your uncle

Sports blotter: "Across the pond" edition
When was the last time England was relevant at all in the sporting world?
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 28, 2007



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32 worst lyrics of all time

The votes are in, Ms. Lavigne
The most horrific, the most god awful, the most offensively bad.
By BILL JENSEN AND RYAN STEWART  |  June 08, 2006
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The 100 worst lyrics of all time

It's in your hands, America
"My lovely lady lumps," "She's my cherry pie," and other phrases that make you go "Ewwww."
By BILL JENSEN AND RYAN STEWART  |  January 28, 2010
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Pop toons

Puffy AmiYumi and the art of virtual stardom
"It’s like Christmas in August," gushed the vice-president of development at the Cartoon Network last summer, describing the large box packed with Mattel toys that had just been delivered to his LA office.
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  January 13, 2006

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