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The Shins | Port of Morrow

Meet the new Shins. Same as the old Shins? Kinda sorta.
Aural Apothecary/Columbia (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 16, 2012

Crossword: ''All the right angles''

 They've got the market cornered.
 They've got the market cornered.
By MATT JONES  |  June 11, 2010
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Scrunk happens

According to AbsolutePunk's Jason Tate, brokeNCYDE "epitomize everything that music (and human beings) should not be."
We're not fans, but the kids seem to like it
By LEOR GALIL  |  July 17, 2009
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Water world

What's the difference between art photography and fashion photography? That's the question I kept wondering about at Joni Sternbach's "SurfLand" exhibition at Salem's Peabody Essex Museum.
Surfing photos in Salem, new talent at PRC
By GREG COOK  |  June 12, 2009
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Review: Sunshine Cleaning

What lifts this tasty little dramedy above Sundance mediocrity is a pathos that overcomes all the "quirky" dysfunctional contrivance.
Not “completely pie free,” but close
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  March 18, 2009
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Scenes 4 tweens

When I was a teenager, all I ever longed for was to live in a world where it was socially acceptable, nay, a social requirement , to frequently burst into song.
Troy, Gabriella, and the HSM2 crew put the music in them. Now our two quasi-theater critics are trying to get it out.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN AND CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 07, 2009


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Working girl

On USA’s nifty summer series In Plain Sight , Mary McCormack, as federal marshal Mary Shannon, joins the select league of those who’ve made jeans, tank tops, boots, and leather jackets into an American fashion statement.
In Plain Sight’s straight talk
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  July 15, 2008

Energetic Engineering

This article originally appeared in the June 27, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
The man behind a far-out idea for providing solar power
By MICHAEL MATZA  |  July 01, 2008
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Activist leads criminal-justice reform festival

When Bruce Reilly was released from the Adult Correctional Institutions (ACI) in 2005 he had serious plans for how he intended to make up for lost time.
Justice or just us?
By ARIEL WERNER  |  May 08, 2008

Crossword: ''Did I stutter?''


Sure sounded like it
By MATT JONES  |  February 06, 2008
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Send in the clowns

They might as easily have titled it Half and Half by Sondheim .
Side by Side by Sondheim; Disney High School Musical
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 12, 2007


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Present tensions

If it weren’t for the Middle East — the Cambridge club, not the region — NYC’s latest musical cause célèbre might not exist.
Battles look to the future, not the past
By WILL SPITZ  |  July 10, 2007
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Feels like teen spirit

Forget Tony and Maria, or Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski.
Disney's High School Musical graduates to the stage
By IRIS FANGER  |  June 29, 2007
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Human touch

Sage Francis has become the poster-boy emcee for a generation of literate rappers.
Straight outta Rhode Island, Sage Francis works it coast to coast
By BOB GULLA  |  June 19, 2007
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Predators!

I kept my appointment with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach this time and was rewarded.
On the hunt with Rabbi Shmuley, Tred Barta, and prehistoric felines of the Arctic
By JAMES PARKER  |  April 02, 2007
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Size matters

The Shins’ third album, Wincing the Night Away (Sub Pop), is as good as any rational mortal should expect an indie-pop album to be in the winter of 2007. The Shins, "Phantom Limb" (mp3)
The Shins tend to a growing fan base
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  February 06, 2007


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Gadfly Driver brings independent challenge to Langevin

While US Senator Lincoln Chafee is fond of likening himself to the Independent Man atop the State House, Rod Driver might have an even better claim.
Talking politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 25, 2006
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Crimson pride

The last pre-training-camp days of summer are always a bad time for collegiate and pro-football arrests.
Sports blotter: Harvard football edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 19, 2006
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The Handsome Family

Attentive indiephiles and alt-country fans will soon realize that lyrics about tying a captain to a tree and trying hard not to hear his screams could only be the observations of Albuquerque’s husband-and-wife team the Handsome Family.
Last Days of Wonder | Carrot Top
By KEN MICALLEF  |  July 11, 2006
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Menino: Get help!

Tom: take a deep breath. Count to ten. Think serene thoughts.
Why you must get Boston a top cop from the outside world
By DAVID BERNSTEIN  |  May 17, 2006
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She heard something pop

The world of sports journalism has for decades been one giant Willie Wonka chocolate factory for the tired cliché. And while sportswriters themselves are generally just literate enough to keep from confusing their products, the general public may be excu
Plus, the troubles of the Delaware Blue Hens
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 08, 2006


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No end in sight

Two years ago, Boston’s law-enforcement leaders were crowing over their defeat of the homicide problem. In retrospect, it was Boston’s version of Bush’s “Mission Accomplished.”
Boston’s murder rate has doubled in five years — and may not have peaked yet. Here’s why.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 04, 2006