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For Memphis Three, a bitter guilty plea
On Friday — after inspiring songs, award-winning documentaries, and celebrity-led protests — the West Memphis Three were suddenly freed from state custody, but only after all three pleaded guilty to the murders as part of the deal that secured their free
| August 26, 2011
Various Artists | True Soul: Deep Sounds from the Left of Stax
Soul hounds love deep, obscure shit — the deeper it is, the more obscure it is, the funkier it is, the more Southern it is, the better.
| July 15, 2011
Beth Ditto | Beth Ditto EP
Remember when Mary Beth "Ditto" Patterson was just a blues singer? The Arkansas-born belter used to wail punk blues for the Gossip - the trio who made her a star - like the second coming of Janis Joplin.
| February 04, 2011
Review: John Brandon's Citrus County
Pre-teen creeps abound in contemporary cinema.
Creeps done well: Anti-social wonderland
| September 17, 2010
Though I grew up in northern Indiana, my mother took us to visit her large Southern family during summer and holiday breaks.
Savoring from Arkansas to Shreveport
| July 23, 2010
Art in the air conditioning
From Picasso to William "Shrek" Steig's cartoons, and surfer photos to a Twilight Zone toy store, New England offers art worth traveling to this summer. Here we round up the best in the region, no matter the weather or your artistic inclinations.
Local museums keep you cool — and the art's pretty good, too
| June 18, 2010
Can the Netroots triumph in Rhode island?
Stories of State Representative David Segal’s nascent, underdog run for Congress invariably make a nod to the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. And rightly so.
On the Hustings
| May 21, 2010
Nobody knew very much about Mike Disfarmer. Even his name was a fabrication.
Disfarmer at the ICA
MARCIA B. SIEGEL
| May 21, 2010
It takes an identity thief
In late April 2006, shortly before the hearing to evict his tenant Karen Keester, Lee Gersch received a phone call from Keester’s twin sister, Michelle. She had just gotten divorced, Michelle claimed, and needed to move to Boston from Arkansas for a new
How Karen Keester made off with $250,000 — and became one of Boston's most accomplished con artists
| April 23, 2010
It’s not easy being a rapper from Wisconsin. Just ask 23-year-old hip-hop lifer Juiceboxxx.
Juiceboxxx cares not for your nerdcore
| April 09, 2010
“America’s Pre-eminent Music Writer Dead at 52” was the headline on Robert Palmer’s obituary in Rolling Stone after his liver failed in 1997.
The erudition of Robert Palmer
| November 06, 2009
Art for money's sake
This weekend, hundreds of arts marketing gurus and administrators from across the nation will descend upon the Creative Capital, aka Providence, for a four-day (October 30-November 2) national gath-ering entitled “CollaborACTION!”
| October 30, 2009
Splendor on the screen
The arc of Elia Kazan's professional life has its origins in the Group Theatre, where he was trained as an actor and performed in the original 1930s productions of Clifford Odets's Waiting for Lefty and Golden Boy .
Elia Kazan at the HFA
| July 31, 2009
The Antoine Walker Era was one of the most depressing in the history of Boston sports — having to root for that guy was like having to be a groomsman at your sister's jailhouse wedding to a shoplifter with a club foot.
Antoine Walker throws up a brick. Plus, breaking and entering, Arkansas-style.
| July 24, 2009
Bill Frisell | Disfarmer
Guitarist Frisell is one of jazz's great impressionists, and here he has the perfect subject for one of his audio mini-movies: the eccentric Arkansas portrait photographer Michael Disfarmer.
| July 17, 2009
Sacha Baron Cohen's Brüno restores bad taste to its rightful place
| July 10, 2009
Levon Helm | Electric Dirt
Helm's 2007 Dirt Farmer won the Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy for its acoustic arrangements of songs plucked from the Delta soil of the Band drummer and singer's rural Arkansas youth.
Dirt Farmer Music/Vanguard
| June 26, 2009
Jim Bob Duggar
A conservative Baptist, former Arkansas state legislator, and star of TLC mini-series stinkers such as “14 Kids and Pregnant Again” and “17 Kids and Counting,” Jim Bob Duggar is a cultural carpetbagger with little regard for his wife's vagina. His 20 puk
Boston Phoenix Staff
| March 26, 2009
Revenge of the nerds
Barack Obama's new administration has been characterized many ways — as a return to liberalism, a Chicago Mafia, and the harbinger of a new age.
For the first time since JFK, 'the best and the brightest' are back in the White House. Will Ivy-League intellect be enough to set the country straight?
| January 21, 2009
The politics of division as practiced by lame-duck president George W. Bush at the connivance of his onetime Svengali Karl Rove are not dead.
Equal marriage rights suffers a setback, but there is hope. Plus, young voters.
| November 12, 2008
Let the rabble eat cake
Isn't it comforting to know that Dubya II McCain’s top economic advisors are Phil Gramm and Carly Fiorina?
The economy is in shambles, and McCain doesn’t get it
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| September 24, 2008
For something so full of personal quirks and whimsical detail, John Brandon's first novel, Arkansas, is a sober, even dignified, read.
Disorganized crime, rendered elegantly, in Arkansas
| July 30, 2008
The changes today's presidential candidates are talking about are modest in comparison with the radical leftist politics of the first half of the last century.
Revisiting 20th-century progressivism
| June 04, 2008
Beyond the spin
The day after Barack Obama inched ahead of challenger Hillary Clinton in the superdelegate count, the indefatigable Clinton won the West Virginia primary.
Why Clinton's commanding West Virginia win is more show than substance
| May 14, 2008
Media rebels in the Internet age
Bloggers have “used a new and powerful medium and ‘crashed the gates’ to ensure that information — the most important ingredient in a democracy — would be available to anyone who wanted to write, read, or debate.”
The debate-defining posts of Rhode Island activists wield influence beyond their readership
| May 01, 2008
Elusive animals, the mysteries of time past, peer pressure, and, inevitably, Iraq dominate what we were able to screen from the sixth annual Independent Film Festival of Boston.
The Independent Film Festival of Boston is movie heaven
| April 22, 2008
Jackson's sweet dream
This article originally appeared in the March 4, 1988 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Jesse Jackson's 1988 presidential campaign
| March 07, 2008
Corporate welfare state
In 2006, state lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to give away millions of tax dollars a year for decades to some of Maine’s biggest corporations.
A little change in the tax law with big consequences
| February 20, 2008
See spot run
The roughly 205,000 campaign ads that have run on American TV so far this primary season have undoubtedly played a major electoral role.
Candidates seeking the Oval Office are blitzing the airwaves with political ads. But only one seems to be making any traction.
| February 13, 2008
If there’s still any debate over who was the soul of the Band, it ends with this album.
Dirt Farmer | Vanguard
| February 12, 2008
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