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OTR: Tame Impala :: Lonerism

Tame Impala | Lonerism

Australia's Tame Impala make music as the Lester Bangs character describes it in Almost Famous : if and when their psychedelic rock and roll "chooses you," it begs for intimate consumption.
Modular Records (2012)
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  October 05, 2012
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Opening alert: Aesop

Australia's Aesop is one arty, smarty beauty brand. It doesn't advertise.

By JACQUELINE HOUTON  |  September 28, 2012
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Review: Bellflower

In addition to the flamethrower, they've also rigged up a whiskey-dispensing car dashboard, and as a piece de resistance have created the Road Warrior–inspired "Medusa," a 1972 Buick Skylark souped up to breathe fire.
Petal to the metal
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 09, 2011
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Review: Griff the Invisible

Like Kick-Ass and Super , Leon Ford's Griff the Invisible reaffirms the notion that superheroes exist to provide the meek and marginalized with an empowering fantasy.
Downtrodden superheroes
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 26, 2011
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Review: The Tree

In a less drastic take on grief than her role in Lars von Trier's Antichrist, Charlotte Gainsbourg plays Dawn, a wife and mother of four children whose idyllic life on a farm in the Australian outback shatters when her husband drops dead.
Adjusting to loss
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 22, 2011
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Review: Wilfred

It's hard to say what's more surprising about Wilfred , FX's new comedy — adapted from an Australian series — about a depressed ex-lawyer (Elijah Wood) and his friend Wilfred, who he thinks is a man in a dog suit but who is, in actuality, a dog. Is it
Good dog
By RYAN STEWART  |  July 01, 2011


Boston concert photos of Kylie Minogue

Photos: Kylie Minogue at Agannis Arena

Kylie Minogue | Agannis Arena | April 29, 2011
 Pop diva Kylie Minogue performed at Agannis Arena in Boston on April 29, 2011
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  May 06, 2011
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Kylie Minogue brings her long-running disco to Agganis Areana

Most talk in America regarding Kylie Minogue surrounds the mystery of her lack of popularity here: while the rest of the world regards the pint-sized Aussie pop diva as a multiplatinum stadium-filler, here she is little more than an import-only dance que
Live review: In ‘Motion
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 06, 2011
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PhDisasters

I knew a man pursuing a PhD in literature. His dissertation had to do with humor as a form of dissent in 20th-century literature. And how enthused he was at first! How passionate and excited.
Worried about writing that thesis? Turns out writing could be the least of your problems.
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  April 29, 2011
Review of Zonoscope by Cut Copy

Cut Copy | Zonoscope

The most difficult thing about releasing a near-perfect album has to be the follow-up. People flipped when Cut Copy dropped 2008's In Ghost Colours , which saw the Aussie dance trio ramping up the formula of their debut LP with unrelenting momentum, str
Modular (2011)
By Michael C. Walsh reviews "Zonoscope" by Cut Copy  |  February 11, 2011
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The Temper Trap's televised rise to fame

Dish duty is one thing that Lorenzo Sillitto really misses when he's on tour.
Commercial appeal
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  September 24, 2010


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Quiet riot

I'm sick and tired of music bossing everybody around.
The Points North don't need to be pushy
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  June 25, 2010
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Bombay Club

As we were on our way home from dinner at Bombay Club, Mrs. Nadeau said, "We didn't try any curries — we missed that."
A favorite local Indian eatery finds a new home
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 11, 2010
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Making waves

Rhode Island’s upstart National Public Radio affiliate, WRNI, aims to be nothing less than a major media player here. And in the space of just a couple of years, the station has taken some impressive first steps.
Can WRNI supplant the ProJo as the state’s news king?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 11, 2010
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Stark reality

Steven Stark is known to Phoenix readers for his "Presidential Tote Board" odds-making feature, but it turns out that he and his son, Harrison, are also soccer aficionados, having become fans of London side Fulham FC during stays in the British capit
Your indispensable World Cup update
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 11, 2010
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Balls of fire

For one month every four years, the United States — try as it might — can’t impose its vacuous culture on the rest of the planet. The World Cup arrives and the Americans are, at best, an afterthought.
Porn stars, witch doctors, elephant farts, and the worst soccer team on the planet take center stage at this summer’s World Cup
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG AND LANCE GOULD  |  May 28, 2010


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Slideshow: The Maya And The Mythic Sea at Peabody Essex Museum

Mayan works of art at the “Fiery Pool: The Maya And The Mythic Sea,” exhibit
“Fiery Pool: The Maya And The Mythic Sea,” Peabody Essex Museum through July 18  
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 21, 2010
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Voodoo economics

To paraphrase The Communist Manifesto , a specter is haunting Hollywood. Actually, two of them: zombies and vampires. The undead.
What vampire and zombie movies can tell us about the future of capitalism
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 21, 2010

Review: Middle East and Laura Marling at SPACE

At SPACE Gallery, May 11
Music Seen
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 21, 2010
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Transformations

As fans of the film are aware, that precipitous crag atop which the castle of Young Frankenstein sits is a Catskill. But in The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein (at the Opera House through May 2), the mountain is shrouded less in 1930s-horro
Young Frankenstein at the Opera House; The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead in Lowell
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 30, 2010
News of the strange: Octopuses prefer HDTV, Souls for sale, and more

News of the strange: Octopuses prefer HDTV, Souls for sale, and more


Octopuses prefer HDTVOh those snobby cephalopods! Watching crabs run around on a mere big screen isn't good enough for them, they want that crisp, sharp,...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  March 19, 2010


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Swede heart

Few contemporary singers achieve as perfect a confluence of sound and image as Sarah Assbring. It's deeply reassuring to hear mournful, stylized '60s pop coming out of a melancholic beanpole who resembles a recently bereaved Edie Sedgwick.
El Perro del Mar cheers up — a little
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  February 19, 2010

Crossword: ''Burns, Baby, Burns''

Crossword results: February 5, 2010
It's a growth industry.
By MATT JONES  |  February 05, 2010
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Booked solid

The holidays are over — time to hit the books.
A hefty season of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  January 01, 2010
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Party like it’s 2010

Your usual lackadaisical approach to New Year's Eve — just see what happens and go with the flow — is not going to cut it this year. So to help you make this one count, here are some sure-thing NYE happenings, and some suggestions for the first day of '1
Get your New Year’s Eve on — and hit the ground running on New Year’s Day
By JIM MACNIE  |  January 01, 2010
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Injustice for all

Scott Sturgeon loses his train of thought a couple of times during this interview. He's loopy from jet lag — which is unavoidable after a 20-hour flight from New Zealand (halfway around the planet from his non-residency at a squatted apartment building i
Getting serious with Star Fucking Hipsters
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  December 11, 2009


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Interview: Nicolas Cage

"When people like to label any kind of performance as over the top, I suggest that if you were to go to the Guggenheim and look at a Francis Bacon, would you call that over the top?"
Xtreme acting
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 27, 2009
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Academia under attack . . . by zombies

Ah, kids these days. What with their tight pants and cigarettes and rising-from-the-dead-to-nosh-on-delicious-human-flesh . . .
Flesh in the Pan Dept.
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  October 30, 2009
The Temper Trap live in Studio 45

The Temper Trap live in Studio 45


 You may know them from the 500 Days of Summer soundtrack, or their recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's show. Australian band The Temper Trap performed...
By Charlie  |  October 29, 2009
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Walk on the wild side

With Douglas Adams dead, where have we to turn for quirkily unconventional questions about life, the universe, and everything?
 Inner beasts are unleashed in Avenue Q
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 23, 2009