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A well-armed GOP?

If you want to see how much the Republican Party is imprisoned by its conservative base and estranged from an America and Maine possessing a mixture of political views, look at the accompanying picture.  
Base Appeal  
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 06, 2013

Maine celebrates the Civil War sesquicentennial

"Other than statehood itself, there has been no more disruptive or transformative event in the history of Maine" than the Civil War, says state archivist David Cheever, who oversees the most extensive collection of Civil War documents in the nation.
Go back in time
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 25, 2013

Shane Carruth’s rapturous Upstream Color

One of the many triumphs of Shane Carruth's second film, Upstream Color , is that it demands to be heard as well as read.
Regaining Senses
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 20, 2013

Charlie Hall drinks and dabbles

The Industrial Trust Building in Providence looks like a hairspray can with a condom on top. This is what Charlie Hall — Rhode Island's unofficial comedian laureate — is telling a room full of boisterous guests at Chester's Restaurant in Harmony, Rhode
The Arts
By PHILIP EIL  |  April 05, 2013

An intimate look at New England’s most popular crustacean, the lobster: Its hopes, needs, values and future

Let’s face it -- that is, assuming that you can stand to face something that looks as though it ought to be using John Agar to clean pieces of Tucson out of its teeth.  
Inordinate claws: The ugliest fruit of the sea
By CHARLES P. PIERCE  |  April 03, 2013

Juggling work and life at Maine’s biggest companies

"Work-life balance" is about so much more than working from home; it's about so much more than women "having it all" — or not.
  Striving for balance
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 23, 2013


Whitey's Southie: A tour of Bulger's haunts

In the 1960s, 28 West Broadway was the Transit Café, headquarters for the loansharking Killeen gang.


The Good Fight: Why the Massachusetts Democratic Senate primary is, unexpectedly, one of the hottest fronts in the planet’s biggest battle

The first time I ever threw my heart and soul into a political campaign, I was 13.

By BILL MCKIBBEN  |  March 22, 2013

Solveig Says Hello: The French DJ/producer finally hits Boston

Third time's the charm for Martin Solveig.

By SCOTT KEARNAN  |  March 22, 2013

Charles Jackson’s second act

F. Scott Fitzgerald claimed there were no second acts in American life.
The author of The Lost Weekend gets a lift from a new biography and a couple of reprints
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  March 22, 2013

Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s second program and Vladimir Jurowski returns to Boston

Benjamin Zander’s Philharmonic Youth Orchestra debuted at Symphony Hall last November with an especially impressive performance of Richard Strauss’s elaborately demanding autobiographical extravaganza, Ein Heldenleben (“A Hero’s Life”).
Batting a Thousand
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 22, 2013


Oates Gets her Goth On

Joyce Carol Oates has written in all manner of modes and genres — naturalistic fiction, suspense novels (under the pseudonyms Rosamond Smith and Lauren Kelly), plays, poetry, memoir, and essays.

By LISA WEIDENFELD  |  March 22, 2013

Brown Bird | Fits of Reason

Brown Bird, a boundary-pushing Americana duo from Rhode Island, make music that touches upon that can't-put-my-finger-on-it amalgamation of past and future sounds.
Supply & Demand (2013)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 22, 2013

The Strokes | Comedown Machine

The Strokes burst out in a post-9/11 musical world with a sound that was compact and airtight, melodies coiled frictionlessly in beats and fuzzed vocals.
RCA (2013)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 22, 2013

Caitlin Corbett continues

"I'm Mrs. Abstract, but Elvis has it!" says Boston dance maker Caitlin Corbett.

By DEBRA CASH  |  March 22, 2013

Sign painter: Los Angeles painter Ed Ruscha

There's no denying that Los Angeles painter Ed Ruscha is one of the preeminent artists of the past half-century. But do I have to like him?

By GREG COOK  |  March 22, 2013


Strip show: Lisa Nilsson's Tissue Series

A few years back, Lisa Nilsson was rummaging though a junk shop when she found a quilled crucifix.

By GREG COOK  |  March 22, 2013

Mama knows best: the Huntington's feel-good A Raisin in the Sun

Fifty-four years after its groundbreaking Broadway premiere, Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun remains as dense, and as concentrated, as its title fruit.

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 22, 2013

BUFFet dining: The 15th Boston Underground Film Festival

"Copraphagy" is a key word at this year's Boston Underground Film Festival at the Brattle.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 22, 2013

Review: Ginger & Rosa

Sally Potter likes to mess around with form and narrative.
Nuclear family
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 22, 2013

The Big Hurt: Lupe’s career change

You may have already had a big luxurious eye roll at celebrities as "creative directors" of companies ...

By DAVID THORPE  |  March 22, 2013


At the Sinclair, good drinks and good music meet at last

Boston has a handful of great cocktail bars, and more than its share of solid music venues.

By LUKE O'NEIL  |  March 22, 2013

What's F'n Next? FIDLAR

Ask FIDLAR bassist Brandon Schwartzel some basic questions about his band, and his answers reflect more than a bit of weariness with the rigmarole of publicity and music journalism.
Los Angeles, California
By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  March 22, 2013

The 2013 WBRU Rock Hunt semi-finalists, Pt. 2

Congratulations to Lolita Black and the Brother Kite on moving ahead to the 95.5 WBRU Rock Hunt finals following impressive performances last weekend.
Ready to rumble
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 22, 2013

Whistleblower returns; Maine a prison-reform model

On Valentine's Day, prisoner Deane Brown, who sounded an alarm that drew international attention to the savagery of solitary confinement and other abuses in the Maine State Prison's "supermax" unit, was returned to the Warren prison after an exile of mo
Prodigal Sons  
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  March 22, 2013

Rex Brown delivers the word on Pantera

“No holds barred” and “warts and all” are typical qualifiers when it comes to rock-and-roll memoirs, but rarely do they fulfill the promise.

By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  March 22, 2013


The unified melody of Slowdim

Slowdim drink wine with pizza. It's true. I was there.
Cellars by Starlight
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  March 22, 2013

Freedom Watch: My Final Phoenix column

I have two indelible memories from my more than 40 years with The Boston Phoenix.

By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  March 22, 2013

On economic development, the Speaker cedes the spotlight

In recent months, Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed has emerged as perhaps the state's leading voice for economic revival.
Playing Politics
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 22, 2013

A Richard Goulis retrospective at RIC’s Bannister Gallery

Sometimes I think if Richard Goulis had lived in New York or Los Angeles he'd be in the art history books, instead of being a guy from Providence whom we cherish for making our town a bit more crazy and dangerous and wondrous.
Escape artist
By GREG COOK  |  March 22, 2013