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Real Guitar Heroes

Zing go the strings at the Colonel’s Super Dooper Guitar Party
Johnny "The Colonel" Maguire's legacy is carved in stone around these parts, from his shredding with the Amazing Royal Crowns to his Lucky Diamonds and, most recently, a re-gathering of his beloved Cobra-Matics crew.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  October 13, 2009

Culture and choreography

Horse and Yellow Bird Dancers at FirstWorks
Not only is the FirstWorks organization devoted to presenting “first-time-in-Rhode Island” performances throughout their seven-week fall festival (through November 15), but the staff is also always seeking diversity of cultures, media, and experiences.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 15, 2009

Plotting experience

Kendra Ferguson and Noa Warren at June Fitzpatrick
Kendra Ferguson and Noa Warren are deftly paired at June Fitzpatrick’s Congress Street gallery this month, as an established and emerging artist each compulsive explore the subjective and human potential of minimalism.
By ANNIE LARMON  |  October 14, 2009

Live at the Avon

Off the Couch
Catching up with the Low Anthem and more
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 13, 2009

Re-taking a leak

Atlas Sound shines through on Logos
When last we left Bradford Cox of Deerhunter, it was November of 2008, and he was ready to put that year to bed. A couple of months earlier, an eager fan downloading one of Cox's many "virtual seven-inches" had sleuthed out a whole Mediafire folder full of goodies that Cox had posted but not protected.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  October 15, 2009

Flight of the Conchords | I Told You I Was Freaky

Sub Pop (2009)
The New Zealand “folk-comedy” duo Flight of the Conchords transcended folk and comedy on their debut LP, a soundtrack to the absurdist HBO show of the same name, with genre parodies that were great songs in their own right.
By ZETH LUNDY  |  October 14, 2009

Play by play: October 16, 2009

This week's theater listings
Boston's weekly theater schedule
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 14, 2009

Review: Chelsea on the Rocks

Abel Ferrara paints an affectionate portrait
Manhattan’s Chelsea Hotel has been the roost of artists, writers, musicians, actors — and a lot of wanna-bes.
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  October 14, 2009

Epics in minutes

Sian Alice Group make a lot from a little (of everything)
Rupert Clervaux has made a game out of reading how people dissect his band's sound. As a multi-instrumentalist in the London collective Sian Alice Group (who come to the Middle East on Monday), he hears the whole spectrum of genres.
By REYAN ALI  |  October 13, 2009

Review: Couples Retreat

Couples (and everyone else), retreat.
This movie has the power to make any date feel as endless and soul-sucking as the lifetime’s worth of defective, hateful marriages that doom the film’s protagonists.
By SHAULA CLARK  |  October 14, 2009

Crossword: ''What are the odds''

You may be luckier than you think
You may be luckier than you think
By MATT JONES  |  October 14, 2009

Love at second sight?

Chemistry is key in Trinity’s Shooting Star
The little two-person play that Trinity Repertory Company is staging in the intimate downstairs theater got its title from the poignant Bob Dylan song "Shooting Star."
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 13, 2009

Review: More Than a Game

More than a LeBron James showcase, too
Most know about the rise of LeBron James from impoverished Ohio roots (fatherless and raised in public housing) to mega-millionaire and NBA phenom, so why make a documentary?
By TOM MEEK  |  October 14, 2009

He, himself, and Hi

Eric Elbogen's Say Hi comes into its own
“I was always the kid who hated to do group projects at school because I always thought I could work better on my own.”
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  October 13, 2009

The Big Hurt: A healthy death

Music news in brief
A member of the recently reunited BACKSTREET BOYS — the really Christian one who looks like the Beast from that 1980s Beauty and the Beast TV show — has swine flu. That doesn't even come close to being sufficient punishment for his many aesthetic atrocities (which include his face), but it'll do for the moment.
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 13, 2009

Paramore | Brand New Eyes

Fueled By Ramen (2009)
 If you haven’t spent time in a rock-and-roll band, you’ll probably never understand how every outfit, no matter how united in appearance, is made up of supremely self-conscious individuals continually teetering on the brink of a meltdown.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 14, 2009

A Dark Night with Mamet and a Mad Horse

Circling the central mystery of The Cryptogram are a camping trip, the provenance of a German pilot's knife, and a young boy's "sleep issues."
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 14, 2009

Review: Brütal Legend

Brutal is one way to put it
The cover of Brütal Legend sports an interesting detail.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  October 16, 2009

Boycott Blues | Irony

Brick (2009)
Here’s one way to interpret the title of the debut disc from Boycott Blues: on one paw, he’s a street cat who says “fuck it” for a fast ducat; on the other, this Roxbury beast laments the residual effects that come from poisoning his people and advancing cyclical oppression in the “concrete Congo.”
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 14, 2009

Ask the Black woman: 'Good Hair' edition

Diverse City
Time to don the official robe and mantle of Black Representative, and answer a question of "blackness."
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  October 14, 2009

Grown man rap

Masta Ace and Edo G pair up to tear down
Del the Funky Homosapien and Tame One. Canibus and Keith Murray. AG and OC. Buckshot and KRS. Masta Ace and Edo G. These aren’t comments on a Facebook thread asking for hip-hop dream duos. They’re real pairs of united legends who are giving disenchanted heads unprecedented reasons to put aside the throwbacks and enjoy music recorded this millennium.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 13, 2009

Full speed ahead

Riding high with the Sea Captains
The Sea Captains don't take themselves particularly seriously.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 14, 2009

Review: Mirah at Somerville Theatre

 At the Somerville Theatre, October 9, 2009
The mid-March release date of Portland-based singer/songwriter Mirah’s newest solo album, (A)spera , seemed ill fitting.
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  October 15, 2009

Dafnis Prieto Si o Si Quartet | Live at Jazz Standard NYC

DafnisonMusic (2009)
Prieto is one of the supermen drummers of contemporary jazz — Cuban-born, fluent in all idioms, a multitude of patterns flowing through him and into his hands and feet at any given point.
By JON GARELICK  |  October 14, 2009

Review: New York, I Love You

A collection of acting and screenwriting exercises
The multi-episode portmanteau movie is usually less than the sum of its parts.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 14, 2009

In the swim

Guerilla Opera, von Stade’s farewell, the BSO, Handel and Haydn, the BPO, and that Tosca
My head’s swimming.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 14, 2009

Review: Where the Wild Things Are

Jonze, Eggers, and Sendak aren’t kidding around
I can’t speak for the kids, but I would rate Spike Jonze & Dave Eggers’s adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s 40-page children’s picture book up there with Up and Wall•E as topping the recent renaissance in children’s movies. If pressed, I’d rank it close to The Wizard of Oz .
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 16, 2009

Baroness | Blue Record

Relapse (2009)
For a band of ultra-prosaic album titlers, Baroness are big thinkers when it comes to their music.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  October 14, 2009

Play by play: October 9, 2009

Theater listings
Boston's weekly theater schedule
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 07, 2009

Music Seen: Sufjan Stevens + Marie Stella

Port City Music Hall, October 2 | SPACE Gallery, September 29
The ironic thing about Sufjan Stevens's belated debut in Portland was that a big show for this town is an intimate event for him.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 07, 2009

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