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Equal scary people

Should foreigners -- like folks from NH -- vote in Maine?
I have nothing against people who've had the misfortune of being born in other nations. Unless they're from Chad.
By AL DIAMON  |  April 08, 2009

Are you a retrosexual?

Facebook's latest erotic application
A few months back, one of my best friends from high school slept with the guy to whom, years earlier, she had lost her virginity.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 22, 2009

Light Reading

The Coen Brothers have talent to Burn
Every now and then so-called independent filmmakers have to make money and prove to the studios that they have some traction at the box office.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 09, 2008

Pretty & Nice: A Tour Diary

On the road from Oregon to Boston with New England's newest Sub Pop signees  
On the road from Oregon to Boston with New England's newest Sub Pop signees  
By JEREMY MENDICINO  |  September 04, 2008

Paper or plastic?

Baghead keeps itself covered
The Duplass brothers have constructed a compact meta-movie laced with knowing winks.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 30, 2008

Immigrant song

How US terror policy is ruining your summer concert season
You, my young British friend, start a band.
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  June 18, 2008

Political dispatches

State Radio approach punk on Year of the Crow
Last summer, Chad Stokes (né Urmston) had the ultimate New England jam-band experience.
By MATT ASHARE  |  April 15, 2008

Dance, Monkey: Robby Roadsteamer

We put a comic on the hot seat
Rumours is the album where everyone starts fucking everyone else in the band. The albums after that, you can hear that they all hate each other.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  February 12, 2008

Return of the kings

Rustic Overtones at the Mercury Lounge in NYC, December 6
The tiny room in the East Village shook from top to bottom for almost an hour on a frosty New York night last week.
By RYAN O’CONNELL  |  December 12, 2007

Hell on earth

The Devil and Darfur
How does the Devil get his work done? With the greatest of ease, seems to be the answer.
By JAMES PARKER  |  November 27, 2007

Twenty-first-century syndromes

The “New Crowned Hope” series at the MFA
Simon Field and Keith Griffiths, who commissioned the series, found four directors who responded to the call with brilliant films.
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  August 28, 2007

Marketing magic

Building the new Disney empire, one tween at a time
When you dial the Disney Channel headquarters in Burbank and ask to be transferred, the operator will cheerily instruct you to have a “magical day.”
By SHARON STEEL  |  August 15, 2007

True believer

Dispatch reunite for a good cause
Dispatch aren’t even supposed to be a band anymore.
By MATT ASHARE  |  June 04, 2007

Peers, pressure

PBRC's thought-provoking Done
Every time there is a school shooting, interest peaks in the media about the pressures that students are under.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 01, 2007

State of Nirvana

A conversation with Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, and Krist Novoselic
This article originally appeared in the March 11, 1994 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
By KURT ST. THOMAS  |  March 28, 2007

Exit the King

All Shook Up is all screwed up
The Elvis Presley–themed musical All Shook Up has all the makings of an entertaining train wreck: a bunch of Elvis songs strung together with inane dialogue; silly characterization; an implausible plot.
By BRETT MILANO  |  October 03, 2006

Africans suffer while the world stands by

Despite the efforts of student activists, it’s hard to get Americans to care about death, rape, and disease in Sudan
Raised on a steady diet of “Never Again,” members of Brown University’s Darfur Action Network found it infuriating to watch the international community stand idly by as murder and rape in Darfur continued unabated.
By ALEXANDER PROVAN  |  June 07, 2006

The politics of songwriting

State Radio and Josh Ritter
It’s a windy Saturday afternoon in February and already a long line has formed in front of Axis.
By MATT ASHARE  |  April 28, 2006

Good ’n’ Evil

The Stumbleweeds cut loose on their hot new platter  
Five years to the month since the Stumbleweeds released their debut, the sassy Boston/Providence hayseeds have at last spit another record out.
By BOB GULLA  |  April 26, 2006

Genocide today

Plus, outlaw prosecutors and Healey’s true colors
It was a spooky image. Two women, who look like grandmothers and are identified as Russian Communists, standing in front of the American embassy in Moscow waving pictures of Slobodan Milosevic.
By EDITORIAL  |  March 15, 2006

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