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Riot squads

While Boston chilled, LA burned. What makes fans in some cities go wild — win or lose?
On the morning that the Celtics and the Lakers readied for Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, framing one of the most storied and intense rivalries in pro sports, the police departments of Boston and Los Angeles geared up for the worst.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 28, 2010
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Reality bites

The singular surrealism of Robyn Hitchcock
At some point or another, the greatest artists are pegged as oddballs, weirdos, freaks. Being a great artist does mean going out on a limb.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 04, 2010
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2009: The year in local pop

The '09 mixtape
When I think back on 2009, I feel the same pleasant discomfort you get at the end of a John Hughes movie, when suddenly all the jocks and dorks and punks are good friends. This year, hardcore denizens of time-worn niches came out of hiding and acted all presentable and all sorts of scenes and sounds went behind the bleachers for some unlikely scores.
By MATT PARISH  |  December 28, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Parse and labor

The week in unhelpful headlines
I think music-news headlines are now officially my favorite part of pop music.
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 15, 2009
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Hot ticket

Menopause the Musical  summers at Trinity 
Here's a hot flash for you: dying is easy (in the theatrical sense of bombing onstage); producing a successful show is hard.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 02, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Devil music

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When I was around 10 years old, I wandered into a rural flea market and found one of the greatest pieces of music journalism ever written: a forgotten crank masterpiece called Backward Masking Unmasked that had been written in 1983 by Texan minister Jacob Aranza.
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 05, 2009
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Seeing music

'The Sight of Sound' at Machines With Magnets
"The Sight of Sound" at Machines with Magnets focuses on the impetus behind much locally-made art: music.
By GREG COOK  |  March 30, 2009

Crossword: ''Earning all A's''

Good grades, good grief
Good grades, good grief
By MATT JONES  |  March 11, 2009
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Review: The Bad Plus's For All I Care

Heads Up (2009)
On each of their previous albums, the Bad Plus let it be known they owed as much to classic rock and pop as to prog jazz.
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  January 27, 2009

Class of the Titans

MUSIC SEEN
Hypothesis: If a band perform a tribute to a parody musical act, does it create a meta-textual black hole from which no form of entertainment can escape?
By DAN CLARK  |  December 23, 2008
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Review: Nina Simone - To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story

RCA/Legacy
Nina Simone was her own gospel, a sinuous force of uncompromising power and righteous beauty.
By ZETH LUNDY  |  December 09, 2008
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The Big Hurt: The YouTube anime mystery

What the hell is wrong with the Internet? Thorpe utterly fails to investigate . . .
YouTube is now so shockingly complete in its catalogue of illegally uploaded music that it's like a cheap jukebox that plays every song, ever.
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 02, 2008
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Stayin’ alive

How to survive without resorting to disco
Once in a while, usually during slow rock weeks, some strange little “quirky news” story will get stuck in the media craw and bounce around uselessly to pretty much every outlet.  
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 28, 2008
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Bigger! Better!!

The 12th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival
This year the festival will host 58 world premieres and 41 North American premieres.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 30, 2008
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Meet Dave

A humorless ET-tale
Murphy gives it his best shot, but the humorless script and the overuse of funhouse FX by director Brian Robbins implode Dave on the launch pad.
By TOM MEEK  |  July 16, 2008
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Boston music news: April 11, 2008

Notes on the future of the Paradise Lounge and more
Notes on the future of the Paradise Lounge and more
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 08, 2008
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Seek and Destroy

As Fast As pull out their Plastique
It’s an unpredictable world we live in.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 05, 2008
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Show and tell

A whole new year of live music
After a brief late-December break from the usual boatload of good shows, the flood picks up right where it left off in early January.
By WILL SPITZ  |  January 04, 2008
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Mint Julep and the Masters

French pop, hip-hop, and Ryan Durkin
DJ nights aren’t all for wylin’ out, sweaty dance floors, and scandal. The Masters, "Wednesday Night Live featuring Talib Kewli" (mp3)
By DAVID DAY  |  July 10, 2007
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Drums and wires

DJ Etan reps the new sound, plus rap from Radix
“You should write about my friend Nate,” says a fellow at the counter of Harvard Square clothier Proletariat. DJ Etan, "Civil Disobedience 2" (mp3)
By DAVID DAY  |  May 01, 2007
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Place to buy books from a cat lady


Is that a 1977 copy of George Lucas’s Star Wars ? And over there . . . a stack of those choose-your-own adventure books you used to read as a kid?
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 23, 2010
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Cover bands

Meet the Smithereens! and Pussy Cats
It’s one thing to cover a Beatles or Harry Nilsson tune, another to cover a whole album.
By BRETT MILANO  |  February 13, 2007
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Chamber music revival

Portland should rock out with its Bach out
Classical and rock ‘n roll music suffer the same identity crisis.
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  January 03, 2007

The new year is full of promise

Things we'd like to see happen this year in local music
Local music took a few hits in 2006, with the shuttering of more venues, leaving us with a small cluster of fully functioning outlets for homegrown bands: AS220, the Ocean Mist, Cats, and the Living Room.
By BOB GULLA  |  January 02, 2007
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Hints of Halloween

Scissor Sisters, Orpheum Theatre, October 22
I’ve always thought of the Scissor Sisters as the best UK band to come out of the States, a sort of Frankie Goes to Hollywood with better songs and a broader musical palette that embraces everything from Pink Floydian textural excursions to Ziggy Stardust glam guitars.
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 23, 2006
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Those were the daze

Unearthing the Mad Peck’s psychedelic artifacts
He goes by the Mad Peck, Dr. Oldie, and a few other cheeky monikers, depending on his pursuit: making posters, writing record reviews, archiving comics, spinning discs, or selling rare recordings.
By BOB GULLA  |  October 17, 2006
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Broken Social queens

Feist reveals her avant side and Stars’ Amy Millan goes solo
Since rising to indie prominence with 2002’s You Forgot It in People , Canada’s Broken Social Scene have famously perfected the art of spreading themselves far too thin in all the right ways.
By SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON  |  September 11, 2006
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La-la landings

The return of Paula Kelley, plus Merrie Amsterburg’s folk epiphany
When Paula Kelley left Boston for LA two years ago, some of her fans were concerned. Would she stick to the idiosyncratic pop that had been her staple here in town or start pumping out fodder for film soundtracks?
By BRETT MILANO  |  June 20, 2006
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La-la landings

The return of Paula Kelley, plus Merrie Amsterburg’s folk epiphany
When Paula Kelley left Boston for LA two years ago, some of her fans were concerned. Would she stick to the idiosyncratic pop that had been her staple here in town or start pumping out fodder for film soundtracks?
By BRETT MILANO  |  June 20, 2006

Flashbacks: February 17, 2006

The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.  
These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Jessica McConnell.
By EDITORIAL  |  February 16, 2006

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