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Beach House's artful myth

Victoria Legrand opened her notebook and saw the word "Myths." "There were no other words on the page," says the Beach House singer and keyboardist. VJust JMythsM. . . . I hadn't even remembered writing it. It was magical. A total sign."

By LIZ PELLY  |  October 12, 2012
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Photos: Run For Your Lives Zombie 5K

Run For Your Lives participants braved a 5K obstacle course while being chased by zombies through Amesbury Sports Park on May 5-6, 2012.
Amesbury Sports Park | May 5-6, 2012
By JEREMIAH ROBINSON AND DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  May 11, 2012
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Review: The Raven

If only Poe could find the solution to the mystery in his own texts! Or if the filmmakers made any use of them.
John Cusack as Poe
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 27, 2012
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Review: Being Elmo

Just in time for the release of The Muppet Movie on November 25 comes Constance Marks's look at the man behind the pilly-fabric Sesame Street character.
A moving portrait of an unheralded artist
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 18, 2011
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Interview: Talking The Wire with Robert F. Chew

Like many cast members on HBO's The Wire, Robert F. Chew is originally from Baltimore and therefore has firsthand experience with much of the urban decay the show depicts.
A bold Proposition
By RYAN STEWART  |  October 14, 2011
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First step for the freak fest

The three key components to any successful underground music concert are good bands, cheap booze, and a sketchy venue whose identity is a semi-well-kept secret.
Rave On
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  July 01, 2011


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Grave Spotting

I asked the question this way: "Where would you want to be buried?" Not "do," but "would." That is to say if, by chance, you were to die, unlikely as that might be, where would you want to spend all of nonexistence?
Spooky? A bit, but Massachusetts's cemeteries are also the bucolic, final resting places of many great American writers.
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  June 18, 2010
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Role model?

John Waters gets up close and personal
John Waters gets up close and personal
By SHAULA CLARK  |  June 04, 2010
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Poetic chaos

The melodic noise collective known as A Troop of Echoes will unveil their full-length debut Days In Automation next weekend at AS220, hosting their album release party alongside an impressive gathering of local support.
A Troop of Echoes spend Days In Automation
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 21, 2010
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Jocktail Party

This past Sunday night, behind Fenway Park, a subtle yet symbolic changing of the Boston sports-media guard occurred, giving unprecedented power to the people.
NESN reaches out to rivals in a sports blogfest. Hugs all around.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 07, 2010
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Murdoch mishegoss

Never mind that Rupert Murdoch is shelling out better than $2 billion to buy Metromedia’s seven TV stations. Never mind that he’s then turning around and reselling Boston’s WCVB-TV, Channel 5 to the Hearst Corporation for an astounding $450 million.
The new brand of gonzo journalism
By DAVE O'BRIAN  |  May 07, 2010


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Worcester rock city

When I first saw the gooey-inked hand-screened sleeve of the Golden Girls’ recent Ultimate Freedom EP, not only did I get that stirring, satisfying feeling that it had come straight from unsound minds confined to some DIY basement workshop, I also sor
Boston, you be nice to Dom and Golden Girls
By MATT PARISH  |  April 16, 2010
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Easy does it

Writer/producer Eric Overmyer was quoted in a New York Times Magazine article last month, but it’s worth repeating: “ Treme is not the The Wire .” He went on: “Those who are expecting The Wire or wanting The Wire may be frustrated.”
Treme tours New Orleans
By JON GARELICK  |  April 09, 2010
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Not teens, not dreams

“The abstract has been very good to us.” I am communicating via e-mail with the two members of Baltimore’s dreamy pop choir Beach House, and to be honest, I don’t know which one of them made that statement.
Beach House avoid the literal
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 26, 2010
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SXSW 2010: The band who wasn't there

This past Saturday around noon, about a dozen of us were cracking our first Lone Stars of the day at Peckerheads, one of scores of dimly daylit venues lining Austin’s teeming Sixth Street.
Beach Fossils, Tanlines, Best Coast, and a wave of minimalism at SXSW
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 26, 2010

Operators are standing by

Here's the ugly truth about Republican 2nd District congressional candidate Jason Levesque.
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By AL DIAMON  |  February 05, 2010


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Beach House | Teen Dream

Before I talk about Beach House's third album — the top dreampop album of 2010 until further notice — I should reveal that I had the big gay whirlwind romance of my life under the influence of a steady stream of Beach House Mania at SxSW three years ag
Sub Pop (2010)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 22, 2010
PODCAST: The Great Poe Debate [MP3]

PODCAST: The Great Poe Debate [MP3]


Happy 201st birthday, EAP.Considering that the man was the original architect of the detective story -- that'd be The Murders in the Rue Morgue --...
By Shaula Clark  |  January 21, 2010
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Punk wreck

Guitar punk rock has a long and, frankly, dull history.
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By MATT PARISH  |  January 08, 2010
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The future is now

Even with all the promise of the new year ahead, it's hard not to feel a little stiffed in the Future of Mankind department. Here it is, 2010, and there's nary a flying car to be seen.
No teleportation, but lots of rad new albums
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 01, 2010

More closings and a question: Can galleries survive here?

More closings and a question: Can galleries survive here?
The Arts
By GREG COOK  |  December 18, 2009


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No sleep ’til Brooklyn

There’s a lot to love about Slumberland Records, the DC-born, Oakland-based label that celebrated its 20th anniversary last weekend with sold-out shows in Washington, DC, and Brooklyn.
Maine ties to Slumberland Records’ 20th anniversary weekend
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  November 20, 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
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Interview: Mark Arsenault

Former Providence Journal reporter Mark Arsenault’s new novel, Loot the Moon, is the second in a series focused on obituary writer, inveterate gambler, and investigator Billy Povich. And the early reviews are strong. Booklist, for one, calls it a “top-
Noir comes to Providence
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 30, 2009
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Noir comes to Providence

Former Providence Journal reporter Mark Arsenault’s new novel, Loot the Moon , is the second in a series focused on obituary writer, inveterate gambler, and investigator Billy Povich.
 In Cold Blood
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 30, 2009
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Mr. Magic, R.I.P.

By the time this goes to press, DJs and designers will be mixing and manufacturing mix-tapes and shirts commemorating Mr. Magic, the seminal New York radio jockey who died of a heart attack at 53 in Brooklyn this past Friday.
Rest in Beats
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 09, 2009


Play by play: October 9, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 09, 2009

Play by Play: October 2, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 02, 2009

Play by Play: September 25, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 25, 2009
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Brush up your Porter

With its supreme Cole Porter score and its robustly entertaining book by Sam and Bella Spewack, the 1948 Kiss Me, Kate is surely one of the half-dozen best Broadway musicals.
Kiss Me, Kate at the Lyric
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  September 18, 2009