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Surveying the scene at Primavera Sound

Visiting Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona felt like a sometimes-surreal glimpse into an indie rock myth: the breezy stages surrounded by the Mediterranean sea, dreamy pop bands playing at sunset, hip European music geeks speaking all different lan
Reign in Spain
By LIZ PELLY  |  June 08, 2012
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Review: [REC] 2

Children with the blackest evil bubbling under their innocent little faces. Ordinary folks mutated into face-chewing berserkers by a virus from Hell. And all the carnage caught on film by an unsuspecting documentarian.
[REC] 's contagion rages again
By SHAULA CLARK  |  July 16, 2010
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Photos: Boston Ballet tours Barcelona

Boston Ballet dancers Jeffrey Cirio and Sabi Varga "have been snapping images like crazy" during the company's five-week trip to Spain -- see what they caught in their lens.
Behind the scenes of the Boston Ballet's five-week trip to Barcelona
By JEFFREY CIRIO AND SABI VARGA  |  July 09, 2010
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Sweaty Palmes

Apichatpong Weerasethakul must have done something right in one or more of his previous incarnations.
The Cannes 2010 jury picks some winners, but some head-scratchers, too
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 28, 2010
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Terry McMillan brings her groove to Providence

Terry McMillan, best known for her blockbuster novels Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back , made a quick stop in South Providence the other day to raise money for the Community Preparatory School and talk shop — with 10-year-olds.
Visitations
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  April 30, 2010
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What's the scam?

Back on the morning of June 7, 1982, a man walked into the New York branch of the Middle East Bank on the 25th floor of a Madison Avenue office building and tried to deposit a $2 million check. The man, a native of the United Arab Emirates, left without
Trying to bilk the Scientologists
By JIM SCHUH  |  September 25, 2009


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The Olympic (shell) games

It’s been 13 years since the pageantry and spectacle of the Summer Olympic Games — and the mythical economic boon that goes with it — has graced US soil. But we’ll find out next week if, in a secret-ballot vote in Europe, the International Olympic Commit
Next week, we’ll find out if an American city will host the 2016 Olympic Games — and if Boston has a shot at 2020. Despite the glitzy international attention, there are billions of reasons why every debt-saddled American should hope that the US does not get the gold.
By ANNE ELIZABETH MOORE  |  September 25, 2009
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Martyr complex

This year the Oscars will honor the men who suffer for our sins and the women who don't wear make-up.
Oscar suffers for our sins
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 13, 2009
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A fest for the senses

Before there was Pitchfork, Stereogum, Popmatters, or almost any other music site you can think of, there was Brainwashed.
The triumphant second coming of Brainwaves
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  November 18, 2008
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Simple gifts

Friday I watched more musicians than even Gustav Mahler used to ask for assemble on stage at Symphony Hall to perform the 10 minutes of Pierre Boulez’s Notations I-IV .
Jordi Savall & Hespèrion XXI, Sanders Theatre, October 25, 2008
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30 on 30

The Providence Phoenix celebrates 30 years with 30 interviews  
30 local luminaries look back on 30 years of the New Paper and the Providence Phoenix
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 22, 2008


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Men from Mars(eille)

“Un jour ou l’autre, parlera l’Europe marseillais” — “Sooner or later, Europe will speak Marseille.”  
Lo Còr de la Plana invade Boston
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 02, 2008
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No Spain, no gain

Many are hailing Woody Allen’s new film, claiming it to be a “return to form.” I agree: he’s returned to the earliest form of his career, the monologue.
Woody takes a siesta in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 14, 2008
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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
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Remasters of the universe

The adage “All things come to those who wait” tends not to find too many useful applications in rock and roll.
The ‘definitive’ Mission of Burma
By MATT ASHARE  |  June 09, 2008
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What's left behind

Tap Olé is less a new-fangled bicultural fusion than a return to tap dancing’s foundational swingtime.
Tap Olé at the Regent, Rachid Ouramdane at the ICA, Prometheus at Boston Conservatory
By DEBRA CASH  |  May 21, 2008


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Spring releases II: The quickening

Last week I discussed a trio of new drone and improv releases by local artists, but there’s a bounty of homegrown beat-based recordings due out this spring as well.
Andr é Obin, Zer0 G, Dutty Artz, and DJ C
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  May 19, 2008
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Indie invasion

Green living and government-subsidized health care and education are breeding smart indie-pop acts by the dozen.

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By GEORGIANA COHEN  |  February 25, 2008
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Before and after images

With José Luis Guerín, the cinema returns to its origin in photography.
José Luis Guerín at the HFA
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  February 06, 2008
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Dark victory

It’s a good pairing: together, Serenade and La Sylphide write an essay on doomed love
Boston Ballet in Serenade and La Sylphide
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 31, 2007

Crossword: ''Together at last''


25, meet 26.
By MATT JONES  |  October 17, 2007


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Political beats

Don’t let the name fool you: producer/DJ Grey Filastine is a sophisticated and well-heeled sonic traveler.
Filastine’s activist groove
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  October 01, 2007
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Manu Chao

Chao’s bold, kitchen-sink approach was unlike anything else.
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By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  September 24, 2007
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''Great Journeys''

Now that the jungle is withdrawing, and the wilderness is tenanted, the brief of the travel writer has altered somewhat.
From Marco Polo to Twain and Shackleton, with a bit of Pico Iyer
By JAMES PARKER  |  September 24, 2007
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One more time

Back in the spring, a bunch of friends came together to pay tribute to Ken Lyon, at 66, now his fifth decade of making music.
Ken Lyon and the Tombstone visit their back pages
By BOB GULLA  |  August 21, 2007
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Michelangelo Antonioni

It seems inherently wrong to be writing an obituary for Michelangelo Antonioni, who died July 30 in Rome, just a day after we lost Ingmar Bergman.
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By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 08, 2007


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Reaching climax

Ten years after the release of their classic debut, Homework , Daft Punk embark on a long-awaited tour across America with only seven dates on its roster.
Daft Punk, WaMu Theater, Seattle, WA, July 29, 2007
By VICKI SIOLOS  |  August 03, 2007
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Pop goes to war

Next time you put on the new Spoon single to make that subway ride go by a little faster, consider what musical escapism means to troops in Iraq.
Music and movies are vital coping mechanisms for US servicepeople in Iraq. And often, say four local troops, after they get home.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 25, 2007
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Locally grown

When Jace Clayton (a/k/a DJ /rupture) steps behind the decks at Great Scott this Saturday, it will be a homecoming of sorts.
The return of DJ/rupture
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  July 23, 2007

Possibilities

As you read this, I’m moving — and probably literally.
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By CLAYTON CAMERON  |  June 13, 2007