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Searching Trader's shelves

What should we make of the craze for cheap Trader Joe's wines that has overtaken Portland?
In which we sample Joe's cheap wines
By BRIAN DUFF  |  December 03, 2010

Review: Holy Rollers

Loosely based on a true story, Kevin Asch’s film is an unlikely fusion of Almost Famous and Scarface featuring Hasidic Jews.
Hasidic Jews try the drug trafficking biz
By ZAK JASON  |  June 04, 2010

Hustle and flow

M-Dot is live on Brookline Ave, chopping it up with nurses, businessmen, and co-eds.
Let us tell you about M-Dot —  before he does
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 30, 2010

Making change

John Sinclair’s poem “Ask Me Now” leaves little question about the poet’s values.
John Sinclair vs. ‘the dictates of conventional society’
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 23, 2010

Hidden letters from the Holocaust

Thirteen years ago, a carpenter demolishing an old tenement in Amsterdam found 86 letters and postcards and one telegram hidden in the attic floor.
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  April 09, 2010

Ex–porn star blogs her way sober

This past week at the Radcliffe Union of Students (RUS), Jennie Ketcham taught her first class about something besides, er, “dick-sucking.”
Jennie Does Harvard  
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 02, 2010


A Dutch treat lands in Providence

Not long ago, a Brown student with a big idea decided to bake cookies. A ho-hum sugar cookie wouldn't do. No, this budding baker wanted something a bit more exotic.
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  March 12, 2010

Past perfection

Everybody please stop calling Alan Palomo "nostalgic." When I check in with him last Friday, the dude seems far more interested in whatever is on the horizon than whatever's in the past.
The radiant, repressed pop of Neon Indian
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 05, 2010

The Low Anthem visit the Low Countries

Plus Brown Birds and Toughcats

Steampunk and Lima Beans

The hook for Darcy James Argue's Secret Society — who come to the Regattabar Thursday the 25th — is that they're a "steampunk big band."
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society and the Bert Seager Trio
By JON GARELICK  |  February 12, 2010

Those drums and wires

Makeupbreakup + Jon Hope + more
Off the Couch


Swing, etc.

The music may suffer plenty of economic slings and arrows these days, but it's still full of thrills galore. As usual, it's looking outside of its orthodoxy for invigorating ideas. Here are titles you truly need.
10 must-hear jazz discs
By JIM MACNIE  |  January 01, 2010

Hacking pact

On an unheralded fall weekend right before Thanksgiving, a roomful of amateur hackers and Web rock stars gathered in East Cambridge for a historic convention that could dramatically reshape the way we get our music.
With big record companies willingly bucking technology, musicians and software types gathered in Cambridge to revolutionize the industry.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 04, 2009
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Give peace a chance

This year marks the 40th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Bed-In, which found the newlywed couple pontificating about peace from their Amsterdam honeymoon bed for a week. Decades later, the couple is still working together to promote social ju
Yoko Ono on why John Lennon's art remains relevant
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 28, 2009

Photos: Dutch Seascapes at Peabody Essex

Dutch Seascapes at Peabody Essex
"The Golden Age of Dutch Seascapes" at the Peabody
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 26, 2009

Ruling the waves

The Dutch emerged at the dawn of the 17th century as a pre-eminent military and commercial power on the sea. They were in the midst of throwing off Spanish rule and developing a shipping empire that would reach from the Americas to South Africa to Asia.
The golden age of Dutch sea power sails into Salem
By GREG COOK  |  June 26, 2009

Play by play: April 3, 2009

Plays around town
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 01, 2009


There was room for more than one young Jewish diarist in the occupied Amsterdam of World War II. Anne Frank, who died as a teen, is a 20th-century icon. But until recently, her feisty innocence hid Etty Hillesum's fire.
The Wrestling Patient at the BCA; the Lyric's Speech & Debate
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 31, 2009

Play by Play: March 27, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 24, 2009

Play by Play: March 20, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 18, 2009

Propping up a puppet

"If you ask me anything I don't know, I'm not going to answer," Yogi Berra once said. President Obama should do the same.
Obama gets it wrong on Afghanistan
By TED RALL  |  February 25, 2009


Can the geeks save Rhode Island?

The tech sector offers promise for the economic future, but a small labor pool and other hurdles must be overcome
The tech sector offers promise for the economic future, but a small labor pool and other hurdles must be overcome
By MARION DAVIS  |  February 04, 2009

Max Ophüls at the Harvard Film Archive

Max at the Harvard Film Archive
Plaisir d’Ophüls
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  January 20, 2009

2008 Listravaganza!

We are not at all sick of bands with animal names yet and seem to have a soft spot for Erykah Badu that we kept very hush about all year.
An absolute glut of cruelly reductive Top 10 lists from our dedicated staff of tirelessly enthusiastic writers
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 24, 2008

Year in Classical: Celebrate!

In Handel's Hercules, the demented Dejanira's loss is still so painful, I was afraid to listen; now I don't want to hear anything else.
Comings and goings
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 22, 2008

Luckey in Amsterdam

Simply, there’s no more prestigious place for a documentary to debut than IDFA, rightly regarded as the very best documentary festival in the world.
Paralyzing hopelessness at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam
By GERALD PERRY  |  December 05, 2008


Another Nail in the coffin

Big Coffin Hunters are no big fans of McCain/Palin, the Bushies, or neo-cons, either, and their new album, Drive Another Nail , manages toss in a little political commentary amongst fun macabre metal tunes.
A driving new album for Halloween and Election Day
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 29, 2008

Smoke screens

What does it say about America that marijuana movies are a hot genre right now, perhaps hotter even than in the heyday of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s 1978 Up in Smoke ?
Does a surge of stoner movies mean America is going to pot?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 13, 2008

Hot summer nights

The annual Sound Session festival is a weeklong sonic soiree that is expected to draw upwards of 65,000 partygoers from July 6 through 12.
The pulsating spirit of Sound Session ’08
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 24, 2008

The Avery springs to life

John “J.R.” Richard realized the dream of many a nightlife veteran with the opening last week of his stylish new lounge on Providence’s West Side, the Avery.
By IAN DONNIS  |  April 23, 2008