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Django and Zero fade as Lincoln landslide looms

Had you asked a couple of weeks ago, I would have given Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained and Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty good odds at raining on Steven Spielberg's Lincoln parade. But reality has since intruded.
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By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 04, 2013
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Outside the box: PC indie games of 2012

Here are five PC indie games of 2012 that serve as important counterpoints to the Halo s and Mass Effect s of the mainstream gaming world.

By MADDY MYERS  |  December 21, 2012
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Thinking man's action: Top games of 2012

At some point, it stopped being a trend and became the reality: the most interesting, thought-provoking games aren't mega-budget retail releases, but smaller downloadable titles.

By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 21, 2012
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Cutting edge: The 10 best movies of 2012

Torture, vengeance, guilt, despair, mental decline, a rough night out — so why do I feel so exhilarated about the 10 best movies of 2012?

By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 21, 2012
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Head turners: Jazz acts of 2012

In a year in which WGBH-FM gutted its jazz programming and the Atlantic took the predictable broadside swipe at the health of the genre, there were signs of vibrant life everywhere.

By JON GARELICK  |  December 21, 2012
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Descending into madness: National pop of 2012

Harvests are deteriorating, polar icecaps are melting, eternal global war is a way of life, and people seem to think that Japandroids are the future of rock.

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 21, 2012


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Banger style: Hip-hop ringers of 2012

In recapping 2012, I embraced the chance to parade some recent unsung hip-hop ringers.

By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 21, 2012
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It’s Adam And Eve, Not Adam And Scumbag Steve

In 2012, Christians manifested a wholly new phenomenon by creating their own memeosphere, and by flipping Scumbag Steve and his other advice animal ilk into pro-gospel statements.
The Year In Christian Memes
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 21, 2012
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Ten under the radar: Music overlooked in 2012

Year-end lists are so often are based solely on the records that received the most press.

By LIZ PELLY  |  December 21, 2012
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Boston Ballet's Nutcracker: Visions of Sugarplums

Boston Ballet's stunning re-visioned Nutcracker is the best $2 million–plus investment this company has ever made.

By DEBRA CASH  |  December 07, 2012
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Review: 2012 British Arrow Awards

These British imports come from varying corners of the marketplace, from phone companies to soft-drink makers, and seek to appeal to international jet setters, the child in all of us, or even to the daring bit of ourselves that would like to piss off Ch

By MONICA CASTILLO  |  November 23, 2012


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The first Obama administration was a disappointment for progressives. What makes us think the second will be any different?

On LGBT rights, civil liberties, economic inequity, immigration, criminal justice, labor organizing, money in politics, and voting rights, the Obama administration let progressives down time and time again. And who's to say Obama's second term won't be
The fire this time
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 16, 2012
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The Big Hurt: One week ago in brief

Due to my strange publishing schedule, I'm writing this on November 5, the day before Mitt Romney will be elected to our highest office. I'm not at all worried about jinxing him, since he's a total lock and absolutely nothing could go wrong.

By DAVID THORPE  |  November 16, 2012
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Stein or Supreme: What kind of voter am I?

I'm an Italian Bostonian from Korean Queens who's embarrassed by Caucasian corniness and loves soul food. Race isn't my big issue, though; I despise Glenn Beck and Tyler Perry equally, adore Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld, and loathe both Mitt Romney a
Scream On
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 02, 2012
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A fortunate event

This coming Saturday, author Daniel Handler, in the persona of his alter-ego Lemony Snicket, delivers the "Kids' Keynote" address at the Boston Book Festival.

By STEPHIN MERRITT  |  October 26, 2012
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Black Moth Super Rainbow | Cobra Juicy

Technology makes secrecy well-nigh impossible, so Black Moth Super Rainbow settle for employing it as a narrative device.
Rad Cult Records (2012)
By RYAN FOLEY  |  October 12, 2012


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Benjamin Gibbard | Former Lives

"It's been a basement of a year," Ben Gibbard sings over a perky two-chord strum on the saccharine "Oh, Woe." It's hard not to take him literally.
Barsuk Records (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  October 12, 2012
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Yet another Jill Stein puff piece

I meant for this to be a hatchet job — with the silver noggin of Jill Stein, the Green Party nominee for president of the United States, on the butcher block.
Or, how I learned to stop worrying and vote third party
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 24, 2012
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Photos: Slash at the House of Blues

Slash performs live at the House of Blues on August 2, 2012.
August 2, 2012
By TIM BUGBEE  |  August 10, 2012
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The Gaslight Anthem | Handwritten

Handwritten finds the Gaslight Anthem firmly grounded — all grease, grit, and earnest emotion as visceral as the hometown soil caked beneath their fingernails.
Mercury (2012)
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  July 20, 2012
Album: Purity Ring - Shrines

Purity Ring | Shrines

Ever imagined what it would be like to hear an angel-voiced woman recite a book of fairy tales in the back of a nightclub at 2 am as drowsy synth lines float through the speakers?
4AD (2012)
By REYAN ALI  |  July 20, 2012


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The Very Best | MTMTMK

"World music" is an archaic label, but there's no better way to describe the Very Best's MTMTMK .
Moshi Moshi/Cooperative Music (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  July 20, 2012
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Photos: Passion Pit at the MFA

Passion Pit perform at the Museum of Fine Arts on June 22, 2012.
Acoustic session | June 22, 2012
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  June 29, 2012
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Review: A Cat In Paris

Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol's nicely hand-drawn and colored French cartoon was a 2012 Academy Award nomination for best animated film.
Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol's French cartoon
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 29, 2012
Slideshow: Dengue Fever and Omar Souleyman

Photos: Dengue Fever and Omar Souleyman at the Paradise Rock Club

Dengue Fever and Omar Souleyman played the Paradise Rock Club on June 3, 2012.
 Dengue Fever and Omar Souleyman | Paradise Rock Club | June 3, 2012
By COLLEEN MAGYAR  |  June 08, 2012
2012 Boston Beer Summit

Photos: Boston Beer Summit 2012

Boston Beer Summit attendees had only two days to sample from the annual craft beer showcase, held at the Park Plaza Castle on April 13 & 14, 2012.       
Boston Beer Summit | Park Plaza Castle | April 13 & 14, 2012
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  April 27, 2012


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Photos: 2012 Boston Marathon

April 16, 2012
April 16, 2012
By JEREMIAH ROBINSON  |  April 20, 2012
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Photos: Boston Urban Iditarod 2012

Boston Urban Iditarod teams took over Cambridge roadways during the annual shopping-cart street race (which includes a costume contest, food drive, and bar crawl) on March 3, 2012.
Boston Urban Iditarod | March 3, 2012
By JEREMIAH ROBINSON  |  March 09, 2012
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Getting the Ron-around

While fellow Republican hopefuls Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum fight it out in Florida, Ron Paul, dark-horse candidate and Constitutional fundamentalist, sallied forth along his unorthodox campaign trail, hitting states with upcoming cauc
Checking in with presidential hopeful Paul
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 03, 2012
Off the record: The Asteroids Galaxy Tour

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour | Out of Frequency

Getting a boost with songs from their 2009 debut, Fruit , featured in iPod and Heineken ads, and getting handpicked as concert openers by a then-still-functioning Amy Winehouse in their native Copenhagen, the Asteroids Galaxy Tour rode a lucky streak o
BMG Rights (2012)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 03, 2012