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PHOTOS: Arisia 2013 at the Westin Waterfront | January 20, 2013

Little mermaids, clockwork automatons, and legions of other cosplayers descended upon the waterfront for Boston's annual sci-fi extravaganza Arisia.

By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  January 25, 2013
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Subscriptions to arts organizations are good for the community and for you

Some gifts you open and are all excited about, but then you find, a few weeks or months later, that you have forgotten you even got it — and you've never used it.
Gifts for the entire year
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 07, 2012
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Review: An Ian McEwan trifle

Sweet Tooth — a light, comic novel from Ian McEwan, tells the story of an intelligence agent in MI5 in the '70s.

By LISA WEIDENFELD  |  November 16, 2012
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Review: ''Insider/Outsider''

"Something I learned from going out into public spaces is that sometimes public space isn't actually public," says Sandrine Schaefer.

By GREG COOK  |  November 16, 2012
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R.K. Project’s sprawling ‘Micro-Eutopia’

If you're looking for where art is headed, "Micro-Eutopia," the 19-artist show at Sam Keller and Tabitha Piseno's R.K. Projects (204 Westminster Street, Providence, through November 10), is a good place to start.
Ambitious abstractions
By GREG COOK  |  October 19, 2012
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No neigh-saying War Horse at the Opera House

War Horse's puppet Joey, all chestnut mesh and cane and repurposed bicycle parts, could become America's biggest equine sensation since Secretariat.

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 19, 2012


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Dum Dum Girls | End of Daze

More than an artistic evolution, End of Daze is a stylistic one.
Sub Pop (2012)
By DEVON MALONEY  |  September 28, 2012
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Dark Dark Dark | Who Needs Who

Back in 2010, the loosely Minneapolis-based quirk-folk jamboree Dark Dark Dark wrote songs that felt like they were about being outside (even if they weren't).
Supply and Demand
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 28, 2012
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Mumford & Sons | Babel

Three years ago, London folk-rock quartet Mumford & Sons blew up in a major way with "The Cave," an angst-fueled, Grammy-nominated strummer built on quiet-loud dynamics, Country Marshall's propulsive banjo, and Marcus Mumford's gruff bellow, which c
Glassnote (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  September 28, 2012
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From the mind of Morrissey: on celebrity worship, his new book, and Boston

When you're a veteran music journalist, especially one as miserable and jaded as I am, it takes a lot to get you excited for an interview.

By LUKE O'NEIL  |  September 28, 2012
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Interview: Comedian Brian Regan hears crickets

For seasoned stand-up and cult favorite comic goofball Brian Regan, life's embarrassments are inseparable from his routines.
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By DANIEL MCCARTHY  |  September 28, 2012


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What's F'N Next: Niki and the Dove

Of all the near-perfect things to emerge out of Sweden over the past few decades, from IKEA’s meatballs to Peter Forsberg’s playoff beard, perhaps the country’s most impressive import has been electro-pop.
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By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 28, 2012
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The sound quality of Caspian

Bands looking to create a BUZZ should take note of Caspian.

By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  September 28, 2012
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Intermezzo's 'Diva Monologues'

John Whittlesey's feisty little Intermezzo chamber opera series has just entered its 10th season.

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 28, 2012
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Shelf life: Twin Shadow

On Sunday, George Lewis Jr., a/k/a TWIN SHADOW, brings his new-wave and R&B-inflected indie-pop to the Paradise, where he'll play songs from his latest record, Confess.
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By LIZ PELLY  |  September 28, 2012
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Following Julia Easterlin's beat

Long accustomed to repeating herself, Julia Easterlin is finally done explaining.

By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 21, 2012


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The measured success of Metric

Two years ago, Metric dropped their fourth effort, Fantasies , with catchy-as-fuck compositions "Sick Muse," "Help I'm Alive," and "Gold Guns Girls."

By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  September 21, 2012
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Pop and culture in brief

Last month, a peculiar scrap of music history went up for auction in England: a framed pair of ELVIS PRESLEY's husky briefs — "unwashed," according to the BBC, and still "soiled with stains."
The Big Hurt
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 21, 2012
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Minimalists and maximalists

When working on a sophomore follow-up to a successful debut, most bands react to the extra dough and time-as-luxury bounty given to them by trying to cram as much as they can into the confines of their new grooves.
The xx | Coexist
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 21, 2012
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Suddenly spotted

With polka-dot doyenne Yayoi Kusama’s retrospective on display through September at the Whitney Museum, the style set is seeing spots — and not just in NYC.

By JUSTIN REIS  |  September 21, 2012
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Local pop records to look for this autumn

The four quick cuts on the Boston quartet Pretty & Nice's Us You All We embody what guitarist Holden Lewis calls an endless-summer mentality. "I think our songs got happier," he says.
Elbows and knees
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 21, 2012


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What's F'n Next? DIIV

Zach Cole Smith is grappling with extremes.

By LIZ PELLY  |  September 21, 2012
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Getting loud with Lightning Bolt

What is noise?

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 21, 2012
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Autumn's classical events

The Boston Symphony Orchestra still has no music director, and has suffered for that absence.
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By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 21, 2012
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Fall jazz preview

The former day of celebration has now grown to encompass one long weekend that includes ticketed club and concert events.
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By JON GARELICK  |  September 21, 2012
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Field Report | Field Report

Just because Chris Porterfield recorded his debut solo record at ex-DeYarmond Edison bandmate Justin Vernon's April Base studio in Eau Claire does not mean it will break your heart like Vernon's mythic cabin in the woods.
Partisan (2012)
By DEVON S. MALONEY  |  September 21, 2012


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Grizzly Bear | Shields

The initial moments of "Sleeping Ute" are so quintessentially Grizzly Bear, they almost have no impact — Daniel Rossen nurses jagged, staggering chords on an electric guitar likely purchased from a 12th-century pawn shop.
Warp (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  September 21, 2012
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R.E.M. | Document [25th Anniversary Edition]

Fans of R.E.M. enjoy arguing over which album was the band's true shark-jump, but 1987's Document was inarguably the end of a groundbreaking era.
Capitol/I.R.S. Records (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  September 21, 2012
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Bloc Party regain their post-punk edge

When Bloc Party announced in 2009 that they were taking a break, the band's future was a big question mark.
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By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  September 14, 2012
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Patterson Hood sidesteps his Trucker mouth

Rock and roll once saved Patterson Hood's life.
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By NICK A. ZAINO III  |  September 14, 2012