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Loving Barry: What, exactly, makes Barry White so sexy?

Barry White always made me crazy. I'd hear him on the radio and I'd just melt. When he said breathe, I'd say how deep.
“You realize it’s a fat 50-year-old you’re wrecking your life for ...”
By ELIZABETH WEIL  |  July 02, 2010
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Hearing voices

Don’t be fooled by its textbook appearance — How To Wreck a Nice Beach (Melville House/Stop Smiling) is hardly a dry anthropological study of “The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop,” as the subtitle suggests.
Dave Tompkins chases the Vocoder
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 14, 2010
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Vegas and Jungleland

Paul Shaffer is a happenin’ cat. Pick an It Moment from pop culture over the past 30 years and Shaffer was there. He was an original band member on Saturday Night Live . He played hapless promo guy Artie Fufkin in This Is Spinal Tap . Disco? He co-wr
Paul Shaffer and the Big Man tell all
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  November 27, 2009
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Carnal knowledge

When I interviewed Nick Cave for the Phoenix three years ago and he told me — drolly, languidly, literarily — that his next writing project was about “a sexually incontinent hand-cream salesman” on the south coast of England, I assumed he was taking th
Nick Cave’s bad Bunny
By JAMES PARKER  |  October 09, 2009

Crossword: '''Tis the season''


For once, I hope you don't catch on
By MATT JONES  |  November 05, 2008
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30 lists

30 things mentioned in the first issue of the Newpaper, 30 things that we miss, 30 things that weren't around 30 years ago, and more.  
Looking forward and looking back, list-style
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX EDITORIAL STAFF  |  October 22, 2008


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Fallopian follies

Speculating on celebrity baby “bumps” is Hollywood blood sport.
While celebrity sages salivate over Hollywood babies, Beltway pundits are spinning the latest wave of ovarian escapades. Have girls really gone wild?
By KARA BASKIN  |  September 10, 2008
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Retro active

The ’80s, pop culture’s most tenacious decade, were a mix of greed, technological breakthrough, and hope for a bright future.
The Regeneration Tour reheats the ’80s
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 12, 2008
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The million-dollar widow

The powerhouses of Massachusetts’s Democratic Party have rallied behind Niki Tsongas’s bid to succeed Fifth District US Congressman Marty Meehan.
Why is the Niki Tsongas juggernaut heading backward? Plus, ignoring global warming close to home.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 26, 2007
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Who’s with whom

For Democratic presidential candidates, Boston is the ATM kiosk on the way to New Hampshire.
When John Kerry bowed out of the presidential sweepstakes, it freed Boston’s big Democratic brokers to find a favorite.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 29, 2007
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Diamond in the rough

If today’s pop-music business is, as it was in the ’60s, driven largely by songwriters and producers who choose singers to put across their latest concoctions hoping for a hit, why does so much current pop feel so utterly charmless? Jackie DeShannon li
Jackie De Shannon’s eternal promise
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 01, 2006


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Screening sounds

Great moments in film have always relied upon great music — and often Hollywood’s most memorable scenes are birthed from that perfect juxtaposition of song and image.
Great music moments at the movies -- from Portland and beyond
By HOOTIE GIANGRECO  |  February 23, 2006