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Tom Araya and Slayer

The 30-year metal reign of Tom Araya and Slayer

Suicide, serial killers, Satan worship, demonic possession, hatred, violence, and depravity: succeeding as a heavy-metal band through the '80s and early '90s meant being able to withstand a gauntlet of accusations as the cause of all of society's ills.
Coolest of the heavies
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 03, 2012
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Review: Magic Mike

After January's Haywire , director Steven Soderbergh revives another genre, the '80s beefcake buffet, with better results than could have been expected.
Reviving the '80s beefcake genre
By NICK JOHNSTON  |  July 06, 2012
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Delta Spirit | Delta Spirit

The characters in Delta Spirit's songs— wistful daydreamers, hopeless romantics, and clear-eyed pragmatists alike— are as rich and complex as the music.
Rounder (2012)
By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  March 16, 2012
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Review: Being Flynn

Adaptations are always difficult to pull off, but this one had the extra baggage of being based on a lyrical book with chapter titles like "The Piss of God," and a tendency to jump back and forth through time as Flynn unpacks his life story.
Father complex
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  March 09, 2012
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Nite Jewel | One Second of Love

Los Angeles songstress Ramona Gonzalez began home-recording dark dance music in 2008, attracting the attention of blogspots and boutique labels with her soulful voice, lo-fi post-disco beats, and distinct sense of weirdo minimalism.
Secretly Canadian (2012)
By LIZ PELLY  |  March 09, 2012
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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


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Photos: Images from Live . . . Suburbia

The Live . . . Suburbia art show at Orchard Skate Shop's Extension Gallery opens December 10, 2011.
Images from Live…Suburbia! by Anthony Pappalardo and Max G. Morton
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 02, 2011
Arts Well - Buffalo Tom

25 years later, Buffalo Tom's frontman looks back at the early days

Buffalo Tom was on its way up. But back then, the farthest imaginable point "up" for a band like us was to be able to tour the States and Europe, maybe headlining places like the Channel or even, in our wildest dreams, the Orpheum. This was P.N. (pre-Nir
Career in rock
By BILL JANOVITZ  |  November 18, 2011
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Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone

Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler's documentary details Fishbone's quarter-century journey from musically-diverse South Central middle school classmates to becoming one of the most influential Los Angeles bands of the '80s.
Fishbone's quarter-century journey
By SCOTT FAYNER  |  November 18, 2011
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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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Eugenides's updated Austen

For his long-awaited third novel, Jeffrey Eugenides goes back to look at love in the '80s — and apparently decides that it's a lot like love in the early 19th century.
Jeffrey does Jane
By SHARON STEEL  |  October 14, 2011


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When God Walked Through the Projects

Boston's crack era effectively began in late 1986, when Darryl Whiting stepped into Roxbury's Orchard Park projects.
Twenty years after he became the first man in the state to get life in prison for dealing crack, Darryl Whiting's twisted legacy lives on
By GEORGE P. HASSETT  |  October 07, 2011
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Grace Jones | Hurricane

Seriously: you'll probably refuse to believe me when I say that a one-time Bond villainess is behind this near-masterpiece, a collection of way-heavy grooves packed with wit, wisdom, and ballsier-than-ballsy vocal takes.
Wall of Sound/Play It Again
By ZETH LUNDY  |  September 09, 2011
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The schizoid stronghold of Iwrestledabearonce

The experts claim irony is dead, but the experts are stupid morons. Irony is an abstract concept. It was never alive, therefore cannot die.
Metal hedge
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  August 05, 2011

Say Hi to I Love Music

That photo with the high heels is so good you almost don't need to know anything else about Hi Tiger before taking the plunge with their music.
A burning Tiger
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 05, 2011
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Review: The Smurfs

It may be a 3D movie set in a world populated by computer-animated blue-skinned natives, but this isn't Avatar .
An uninspired rip-off
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 29, 2011


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Cold Cave | Cherish the Light Years

The '80s have been dead for a while, but the decade's goth-rock/post-punk/synth-pop sounds still maintain cultural prestige.
Matador (2011)
By REYAN ALI  |  March 25, 2011
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Review: Take Me Home Tonight

Standard buddy comedy turned zany bacchanal has moments of inspiration
Standard buddy comedy turned zany bacchanal has moments of inspiration
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 04, 2011
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Gang of Four roar back with post-punk fury

The history of popular music is littered with musical questioning, from "Why must I be a teenager in love?" to "Who put the bomp in the bomp buh-bomp buh-bomp?" But when pop turned to rock and artists began to attempt to wield their popular might in orde
Still in uniform
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 04, 2011
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Review: George Michael | Faith: Remastered

Long before he was driving into storefronts and gladhanding undercover police officers in public restrooms, George Michael was in the closet and struggling to break free from having been in the short-shorts-wearing duo Wham! Faith did the trick, despite
Legacy (2011)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  January 28, 2011

She-Ra turns 25, remains ahead of her time


She-Ra's bad-ass backstory, as explained in her first appearance in Secret of the Sword She-Ra: Princess of Power, a spin-off of He-Man that capitalized on...
By Maddy Myers  |  September 27, 2010


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Chromeo | Business Casual

As far as genres go, the '80s-influenced synth-pop revival is a modestly populated one.
Atlantic (2010)
By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  September 24, 2010
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Review: La Roux at the Paradise

"I could have been singing this at the Grammys — but I'm here with you tonight," declared Elly Jackson, the public face of La Roux, with a detectable dash of annoyance folded into several dollops of playful sarcasm.
Paradise Rock Club, January 31, 2010
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 12, 2010
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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