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Inside the globe-spanning pop of Beirut
Pictures on walls have held great meaning to Zach Condon.
Worlds in flux
| 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.
| 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.
| 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
| 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
| December 18, 2009
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.
| September 04, 2009
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.
| August 28, 2009
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
| 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
| April 10, 2009
Taste of Summer
For pure, shimmering, lush beauty, Arborea are hard to beat.
Arborea remain singularly breathtaking
| April 01, 2009
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.
| February 24, 2009
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'
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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?
| August 20, 2008
Balkan trends with DeVotchKa and Firewater
MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG
| May 12, 2008
Boston Theater Marathon 2008
| May 08, 2008
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”
| April 30, 2008
Why are beauty salons so popular all over the world as settings for microcosmic movies?
Love, loniliness, aging, and bad hair
| 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
| 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
| 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
| July 27, 2007
Ian MacKaye has set quite a model for how a punk rocker ought to grow up.
Indie-rock weekend: a play in three acts
| June 20, 2007
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
| 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
| April 30, 2007
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
| March 07, 2007
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
PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| January 02, 2007
The Year of living strangely
So let’s see if we have this straight.
A year in media
| December 20, 2006
Lainie has stripped one room in her house of art, furniture, carpets, and even paint.
Cell + home + spirits in Two Rooms
| November 15, 2006
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