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Inside the globe-spanning pop of Beirut

Pictures on walls have held great meaning to Zach Condon.
Worlds in flux
By REYAN ALI  |  August 24, 2012

Beirut | The Rip Tide

Beirut's most tolerable album since the 2006 pairing of Gulag Orkestar and Lon Gisland (both featuring their best song, "Scenic World") keeps it tasteful.
Pompeii (2011)
By DAN WEISS  |  August 26, 2011

With Boston Ruit, beer pong gets ready for its close-up

Mikey Connors of Peabody growls at his opponents from across the folding table. Whipping the crowd into hysterics, the beer-pong heavyweight steps back from the edge and starts to kick his heels up like a bull about to charge.
Pong stars
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 10, 2011

2009: The top 10 in pop music

Hmm, lots of women, a few old dudes, and some African banjo (not to be confused with Steve Martin's Hollywood banjo).
Music you need to own
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 25, 2009

Bring the trauma

Even with the new order completely renovating the rock biz, some things have to be done the old-fashioned way. And after having their asses duly kicked by the old-fashioned way this past month, the five-piece London orchestral-pop combo known as Fanfarl
Fanfarlo adjust to the road
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 18, 2009

High dives

Dive bars. Where the drinks are cold and stiff. Where the air wafts with the unmistakable but not-altogether-unpleasant tang of suds long since spilled. Where the neon shines bright and true and the jukebox plays good and loud.
It's harder than ever to find a bar with soul in town these days. But it's not impossible.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 04, 2009

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Late-night bites

Yes, there are places in Portland to get something to eat after 10 pm — even as late as 3 am. From pizza and wings to pancakes and homemade apps, this city has your appetite covered, whether it's been a long night of Beirut or studying (ha!). We wouldn
It's dark. You're tired and hungry. You've come to the right place.
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  August 28, 2009
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Three-ring circus

This is the fifth season of the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory Theater, and the three productions are quite a delightful array of comedies-in-the-works, all dealing with social survival. The plays being workshopped include an existential examinati
The Brown/Trinity Playwrights' seriously funny fare
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 31, 2009

The moving pictures

There are moments when, by coincidence or an aligning of the stars, something amazing accidentally comes together. Here in Providence, next week is one of those times.
David Polonsky and the Festival of Contemporary Animation
By GREG COOK  |  April 10, 2009

Taste of Summer

For pure, shimmering, lush beauty, Arborea are hard to beat.
Arborea remain singularly breathtaking
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 01, 2009

Me time

It’s a lazy weekday afternoon, and we’re finishing breakfast at Kevin Micka’s house in Jamaica Plain.
Animal Hospital has achieved a hermetic place in the city’s musical landscape.
By MATT PARISH  |  February 24, 2009


White room

The first striking thing about Annabel Daou's exhibit, "Knot," at Brown University's Bell Gallery (64 College Street, Providence, through March 8) is the room itself.
Annabel Daou's disorienting 'Knot'
By GREG COOK  |  February 03, 2009

Review: Waltz With Bashir

The so-called anti-war-film genre has lately "distinguished" itself with a flurry of Iraq-war flops featuring earnest polemics.
Dancing on the edge
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 13, 2009

Are universities selling out to oil nations?

As Academia searches for elusive dollars in a downward economy, oil-rich nations are enticing American schools to open satellite campuses in the Gulf.
As their big bucks beckon, Gulf campuses boom
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  September 24, 2008


Although it can mistake emotion for poignancy, the film teaches us to ask the right questions, and it makes clear the consequences if we don’t.
A scattered yet effective documentary
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  September 16, 2008

Should Americans Send Books to Iraq?

Sending books to Iraq to promote civic culture in Iraq might help you to sleep more soundly. But do small-scale efforts make more than a symbolic impact?
Foreign relations
By A.J. PACITTI  |  August 20, 2008


Eastern promises

Balkan trends with DeVotchKa and Firewater

Fact and fantasy

Walid Raad’s installation feels like a Borgesian detective story in which truth is elusive, and cities themselves shiver with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Walid Raad’s installations seek the “truth”
By GREG COOK  |  April 30, 2008


Why are beauty salons so popular all over the world as settings for microcosmic movies?
Love, loniliness, aging, and bad hair
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 06, 2008

Show and tell

After a brief late-December break from the usual boatload of good shows, the flood picks up right where it left off in early January.
A whole new year of live music
By WILL SPITZ  |  January 04, 2008


Beirut’s French kiss

Beirut’s role in the Gypsy reappropriation wave is more whimsical than their more aggressive counterparts in Gogol Bordello, in both form and function.
Escaping the Gulag, with romance and accordions
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 10, 2007

Around the clock

Any drink with which you can, reasonably and tastefully, both begin your morning and end your evening, is my kind of drink.
Savor sambuca and its siblings from morning until night
By RUTH TOBIAS  |  July 27, 2007

Major threats

Ian MacKaye has set quite a model for how a punk rocker ought to grow up.
Indie-rock weekend: a play in three acts
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  June 20, 2007

Far out

Carol Abbe sat very still on the international flight taking her from Beirut to Taipei.
As the war escalates, a onetime hippie chick reflects on the groovy time she spent in Afghanistan and Iran in the late ’60s
By LAUREN WOLFE  |  May 04, 2007

The hunt for Tim Armstrong

Last fall, Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong posted a letter on the Epitaph Records Web site announcing his plan to give away his solo debut for free on the Internet.
One track at a time
By WILL SPITZ  |  April 30, 2007

Bishop Allen

The kids aren’t all right. They’re obnoxious, ignorant alcoholics, and they ruined my night.
Music seen, March 1, Jack McGee’s Pub, Bowdoin College, Brunswick
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 07, 2007

Guest lists

What small, private lists like this remind us is that big, honking institutional lists are largely fictions, mirages of a consensus that no longer exists, if it ever really did in the first place.
 What 30 of the Phoenix 's music critics liked this year
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 02, 2007

The Year of living strangely

So let’s see if we have this straight.
A year in media
By JOHN CARROLL  |  December 20, 2006

Stripped bare

Lainie has stripped one room in her house of art, furniture, carpets, and even paint.
Cell + home + spirits in Two Rooms
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 15, 2006