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Beautifully brooding, bleating new wave from Future Islands

Romance is terrifying. It is second-guesses and regrets, passion manifested in polar extremes, and an ongoing search for certainty.
Heart on fire
By  |  April 25, 2012
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Moving out

At the heart of the cover-band craze that's recently swept Portland is a very simple concept: musicians getting paid.
88 keys, 2 songwriters, 1 grand plan
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 06, 2011

This week in the Phoenix: Actionable odors! Spine hymens! Weirdly prescient scholarly Godzilla throwdowns!


A whole heap of nerdly delights ensconced in this week's Phoenix -- from an interview with comix goddess Lynda Barry (who encourages you to "blow...
By Ariel Shearer  |  April 17, 2011
This week in The Big Hurt by David Thorpe

The Big Hurt: Britney, Billy Joel, John Mellencamp, Rebecca Black, and Miley Cyrus weigh the price of fame

BRITNEY SPEARS is being sued for $10 million by the company that helped her score a fragrance deal with Elizabeth Arden. It's claiming that she owes it a 35 percent commission on the sales of her popular scents. This boosts my self-esteem a little — say
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 15, 2011
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Johnny Lingo Band returns with Somewhere To Go

The Johnny Lingo Band are back with Somewhere To Go , the follow-up to their ’09 debut Shake It Off (both available at iTunes).
Sparking it up
By CHRIS CONTI  |  September 24, 2010
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Goldfrapp | Head First

The case can be made that artists like Goldfrapp function like pop music’s doormat, showing artists the way to commercial success while not necessarily passing the threshold themselves.
Mute (2010)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 26, 2010


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Flanagan’s empire

Once a staple of the pages of The NewPaper (original incarnation of The Providence Phoenix ), Warwick-born Bill Flanagan went on to become a prominent rock journalist whose credits include U2: At the End of the World , the definitive portrait of on
Native son Bill Flanagan — novelist and MTV executive — dissusses big books, musical longevity, Irish Catholicism, and behind the music.
By MICHAEL ATCHISON  |  February 05, 2010
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Burrito, Investigates, Pop Trash and WTF x 2


The Info Burrito, Sandbox Investigates, Pop Trash and both WTF Lines are in todays The Sandbox Podcast! Listen here! Put us on your iPod.
By Charlie  |  November 30, 2009
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Three-hour tours

They crowd our sidewalks, wearing lobster hats and carrying LL Bean bags, from August through October. We’re told about how their presence is vital to our economy.
Lessons from a cruise-ship trip to Portland
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 06, 2009
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Crossword: ''Chance collisions''

A random assortment, across and down.
A random assortment, across and down.
By MATT JONES  |  October 02, 2009
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Second summer

Summer's over, the kids are getting back to school and I'm loath to turn the seasonal page. The music's been terrific. New discs by Spencer and the School Spirit Mafia, Grand Hotel, dilly dilly, Samuel James, and Gypsy Tailwind have highlighted the dep
Catching up with discs missed
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 28, 2009


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Review: Pissed Jeans | King of Jeans

Billy Joel told us that the future of Allentown was bleak, but he could never have predicted that out of the decaying Pennsylvania steel mills and a crumbling economy, a sound as ugly and exciting as Pissed Jeans would emerge.
Sub Pop (2009)
By MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  August 07, 2009
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Review: AC-DC at Gillette Stadium

Photos of AC/DC at Gillette Stadium: Let There Be Rock 
AC/DC, live at Gillette Stadium, on July 28, 2009
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 07, 2009

Play by Play, May 8, 2009

Theater around town
Plays from A to Z 
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 08, 2009

Play by Play: May 1, 2009

Theater around town
Plays from A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 01, 2009

Play by Play: March 20, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 18, 2009


Play by Play: March 13, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 10, 2009
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Keyed up

Johnny Lingo just may be the unabashed king of piano-pop ditties here in Li'l Rhody, as showcased on his recent full-length debut Shake It Off.
Piano man
By PROVIDENCE MUSIC STAFF  |  January 27, 2009
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Sizzling frost

The winter dance season starts out promoting international coexistence.
Dance heat 2009
By DEBRA CASH  |  December 29, 2008

Crossword: ''Come on, get it right!''


Driving grammar purists crazy since, well, forever
By MATT JONES  |  December 03, 2008
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Preserved Jam

There’s always something great about seeing someone who is (or has been) big in the UK when he comes to Boston.
Paul Weller at Berklee Performance Center, September 9, 2008
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 16, 2008


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Here we go, yo

No Rock the Bells tour would be official without a godlike headliner at the helm.
Rock the Bells: Q-Tip reunites A Tribe Called Quest one last time
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 21, 2008
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North Shore's snazzy revival of contact

For a Broadway show, contact is closer to Twyla Tharp than George M. Cohan.
Plus, Gurnet’s Essential Self-Defense
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 17, 2008

Portland scene report: May 9, 2008

Portland’s little music scene continues to make strange bedfellows.
Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 07, 2008

Crescent City health report

“Is much better! The tourists is coming back !” That was our cab driver from Louis Armstrong Airport into New Orleans — a transplanted Haitian from Jefferson Parish.
The New Orleans Jazz + Heritage Festival buoys a wounded community
By JON GARELICK  |  May 06, 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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Sideshow and tell

She goes by the name Baby Dee, even though she was born in Cleveland in 1953.
The strange and wonderful world of Baby Dee
By WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  January 28, 2008
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Couples

The Eternal Feminine gets a workout this week.
Kiki & Herb; Lucia’s Chapters; Our Son’s Wedding
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 19, 2007
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Subtle stars

In the gaps between words are the things that really intrigue me,” sings Maxïmo Park frontman Paul Smith on “Girls Who Play Guitars.”
Separating Maxïmo Park from the pack
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  May 21, 2007

Converging streams

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater offered two milestones in the development of contemporary dance during its annual Celebrity Series visit to the Wang Theatre last week.
Ailey does Ailey and Tharp, plus Caitlin Corbett
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 01, 2007