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Review: Afghan Star

The Russians couldn't conquer Afghanistan, and to this point neither have the Americans, but it seems a televised singing-competition has.
Moving, chilling
By LANCE GOULD  |  July 31, 2009

Spare Us the Early Onslaught of Christmas!!

On the night of Saturday, November 1, I went to a house party in the Fox Point section of Providence. Standing in the beer line, flanked by Cruella DeVille and Catwoman, I was both confused and underdressed.
Rant
By PHILIP EIL  |  November 12, 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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Vicious squircles

Someone has made off with Ian Curtis's gravestone.
The Big Hurt: grave errors and virtual disappointments
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 15, 2008
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Socks appeal

Rico swaggers down the aisle of the Art House Theatre in Provincetown, oozing confidence and brazenly flirting with the cheering women who’ve claimed every available seat for the sold-out show.
Drag kings flip the script on gender impersonation. We go undercover to get to the meat of the matter.
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  July 09, 2008
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‘Hell’ yeah!

The richness of Guillermo del Toro's vision as a filmmaker is even more visible in Hellboy II: The Golden Army than it was in 2004’s Hellboy , the last movie he made before Pan's Labyrinth .
Hellboy II is even better
By GARY SUSMAN  |  July 08, 2008


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Cover girls

On Cat Power’s second album of covers, she might be traveling the same territory Elvis did in “Kentucky Rain” — a country road with low clouds on a chill, gray afternoon.
Cat Power and Shelby Lynne
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  February 04, 2008
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Defending the universally loathed

Forsaken entities deserve a second chance.
The Phoenix looks with loving eyes at some of the worst people, places, and things in the world — and gives them a big hug
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 14, 2008
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Comedy Rambo

Misunderestimate Stephen Colbert at your peril.
A gladiator of mockery, Stephen Colbert is dismantling American society from the inside
By DAVID BIANCULLI  |  November 16, 2007

Flashbacks: May 26, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966 .  
By EDITORIAL  |  May 24, 2006

Ladies' man


Letters to the Boston editor, May 12, 2006
By EDITORIAL  |  May 10, 2006


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St. Anger

Plus new albums by Jewel, the BellRays, and Rebel Meets Rebel.
On the racks: Neil Young's Living with War ; Pearl Jam's comeback album
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 02, 2006
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Holding the phone

Love-birds on a wire are the lead paramours of Neil Simon’s 1977 Chapter Two , a romantic comedy set in New York, produced by the Freeport Community Players under the direction of Barbara Buck.
Love, round two, in Freeport
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 26, 2006
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Hip-hop history interview and podcast

Authors Jeff Chang and Brian Coleman talk about the latest wave of hip-hop criticism.
Hip-hop journalism comes of age
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  March 09, 2006
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Hitsville UK?

Of the many, many excellent jokes singer Eddie Argos makes on the crackerjack debut by his London-based band Art Brut, the best might be the band’s name itself.
Art Brut, the Cribs, and Brakes spearhead Britain’s new underground
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 22, 2006
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Third impressions

"With new bands I always listen to the third album," the Kinks’ Ray Davies has said. "That’s the real key to know what’s going to happen."
Do the Strokes have anything left to say?
By WILL SPITZ  |  January 14, 2006