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The punk business plan of Cock Sparrer

If you play in, work with, or write about bands, you've doubtlessly listened to dozens of wheeler-and-dealers pitch purportedly clever plans to "make it" in the music biz.
Oi! To the World
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 18, 2012
ThePruittIgoe Myth

Review: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

The Pruitt-Igoe projects in St. Louis were supposed to be a means for poor farmers and field workers to find big-city opportunities.
On the sabotage of the American dream
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 06, 2012

Pondering the Southworth Planetarium’s laser shows

Every year as spring approaches, the Southworth Planetarium hosts its weekly Laser Fest, a 3-D bonanza of about a dozen programs that light up the dome theater with retro-futurist animation.
Galaxy defenders
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 24, 2012

Interview: James Wolcott's semi-dirty years

The brilliant cultural critic James Wolcott has written for the vast majority of respectable periodicals, lately and most often for Vanity Fair.
Cleaning up
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  November 25, 2011

Where goth rock came from

Beneath pop's facade lurks a dark undergrowth, always present and forever providing its own counterpoint — a bleakness that makes your feet move even as it subsumes you in gloom .
Under cover of night
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 28, 2011
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Review: The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

Star Wars came out the year after Nicolas Roeg's enigmatic sci-fi film (re-released now in an uncut version), and after that no studio was likely to make anything similar again, nor would many audiences have the patience to watch it.
Nicolas Roeg's enigmatic sci-fi film
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 12, 2011


Death | Spiritual, Mental, Physical

Death's story is one of felicitous, accidental rebirth.
Drag City (2011)
By REYAN ALI  |  January 21, 2011

Midlake | The Courage Of Others

On this lovingly crafted follow-up, the men of Midlake have moved on to emulating the late-'60s/early-'70s British folk-rock scene.
Bella Union (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 12, 2010

Review: Patti Smith's Just Kids

How do you get to be the Godmother of Punk? Pure dumb luck, for starters.
The small prophecies of Patti Smith
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  February 12, 2010

Photos: 'Seeing Songs' at MFA

Contemporary Outlook: Seeing Songs at the MFA
An eclectic mix of work that draws on music as inspiration
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 17, 2009

Photos: WBCN through the years

A look back at WBCN
Photos of WBCBN and its personalities from the Boston Phoenix archives
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 17, 2009


Review: Various Artists | Instro Hipsters A Go-Go!

Psychic Circle (2008)
Throwback Throwdown
By DEVIN KING  |  December 15, 2008