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Haunted by sound, Pile is rising

The five-year-old quartet Pile, among the brightest of Boston's bursting subterrane, makes waltz-time, feel-bad guitar music that is gothic in the non-eyeliner sense: angular songs express the sort of specific, primal anxieties that litter a liberal-arts

By JAY BREITLING  |  October 26, 2012

Where was everybody on St. Patrick's Day?

We piled into a car, we three intrepid journalists, and set out from the Back Bay Sunday morning to find our way to Royal Bolling’s party. “Roxbury’s Salute to St. Patrick’s Day,” as Bolling called it, should be easy to find, we reasoned. After all, the
Where's the (political) party?  
By MICHAEL RYAN  |  August 28, 2009

Really? Best small towns 2009

CNN Money released their Best Places to Live 2009, for small towns (population: 8,500 to 50,000), today.  In Massachusetts, six places made the cut: Top 100 Rank...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  July 13, 2009
prison list

Prison in turmoil

Will reform have to wait for a new governor?
Investigators probe killing, stabbing, corruption allegations
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 19, 2009

Sporting Eye

There were 7800 official entries and between 2000 and 3000 others along for the ride. By our crude calculations, the leaders were a mile and a half into the course by the time the last runner crossed the starting line.
See how they ran: No loneliness for these long-distance athletes
By GEORGE KIMBALL and MICHAEL GEE  |  May 01, 2009

Light that failed

How has Maine's term-limit law, restricting legislators to eight consecutive years in office, been working since it was approved by voters in 1993?
How is Maine's term-limits law working?
By AL DIAMON  |  March 25, 2009


The Political virgins

At this incalculably critical time — with a fiscal nightmare threatening billions of dollars of state-government spending and momentous budget decisions to be made — everyone in Massachusetts wants to be represented on Beacon Hill by someone with clout.
With a crucial state-legislature session looming, Boston residents turn to untested newbies to fight for their share of the pie
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 08, 2009

DiMasi’s sheep

DiMasi’s overwhelming victory in the recent casino vote — in which only 34 of 140 Democrats voted against his plan to banish the bill for further study — was actually, as meager as it was, an unusual show of dissent.
How Stepford politics rule Beacon Hill
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 09, 2008

Guitar leaders

Boston is known for the ’60s folk boom, the garage-y “Bosstown sound,” and as one of the birthplaces of alternative rock.
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Ronnie Earl
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 31, 2007


It’s payback time for Boston’s blues and roots music scene.
The best of the season’s roots, world, folk, and blues
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 12, 2007

Editors' pick: Place to shoulder up against Cantabrigians while you order the most supreme cup of coffee in the city

One drawback exists to getting coffee at Simon's Coffee Shop in Porter Square.

By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 19, 2007


Healey quietly vetoes Bike Safety Bill

As everyone but the most oblivious knows, Boston has a reputation for being one of the most inhospitable American cities for cyclists.
Unhappy trails  
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  January 11, 2007

George Howell’s Terroir Coffee

Coffee drinkers are creatures of habit.
Welcome to the Terroir-dome
By JEREMY SAUER  |  June 14, 2006