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Solveig Says Hello: The French DJ/producer finally hits Boston

Third time's the charm for Martin Solveig.

By SCOTT KEARNAN  |  March 22, 2013

Underground cinema: The 12th Boston Turkish Film Festival

This year's Boston Turkish Film Festival includes works in which directors ponder the relationships between the secular and the religious, between men and women, and between destiny and identity.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 15, 2013

Boston’s Biggest Bouncers

Whether they're guarding doors or patrolling dance floors, nightlife security staffers are intentionally intimidating — but there's more to these guys than brawny biceps.
By SCOTT KEARNAN  |  February 01, 2013

Bodies by Boston 2013

The Sox struck out; the Bruins locked out. We're still fans, of course, but we thought it time to shine a spotlight on some other local athletes, who may lack household names but are nonetheless MVPs.

By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 18, 2013

Paul Lewis in Boston

Even in a city like Boston with so many stars in its musical firmament, concerts in which great musicians triumphantly tackle the very greatest literature is still rare.

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 18, 2013

Dropkick Murphys: Talking punk, place, and parochialism with the last gang in town.

The day after the world didn't end — and a couple of weeks before the January 8 release of their new album Signed and Sealed in Blood — I met up with Dropkick Murphys' Ken Casey, Matt Kelly, and James Lynch at Mul's Diner in Southie.



Isis | Temporal

 Temporal is an assortment of rarities culled from Isis' entire career, and it's a suitably bulky set in both length (almost two hours) and aural weight.
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By REYAN ALI  |  November 16, 2012

Interview: Sound bites from Bourdain

We asked WFNX executive producer (and chef-in-training) Kurt St. Thomas to grill Bourdain on the intersections between music and cuisine.

By KURT ST. THOMAS  |  November 16, 2012

The Chosen keeps the faith

The leap from page to stage for The Chosen (at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston through November 17) is more of a hop.

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 09, 2012

Beauty boom

Human hair grows a measly 1.25 centimeters a month. Boston's beauty scene seems to be growing a helluva lot faster. Here are three local salons expanding their empires this season.
By JACQUELINE HOUTON  |  November 09, 2012

Boston Ballet: falling Awake

Almost every dance by Jorma Elo opens with men rushing from the wings and erupting in big, climactic leaps.

By DEBRA CASH  |  November 02, 2012


Review: Fun Size

Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice ventures onto the big screen in this hokey Halloween misadventure.

By TOM MEEK  |  November 02, 2012

Review: Flight

If Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) could land a doomed plane and save the lives of almost all the passengers while in the midst of a coke- and booze-fueled bender, imagine how well he'd do if he was sober.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 02, 2012

Review: The Details

God is not in these details. Jacob Aaron Estes's black comedy gets so dark that it's not even funny.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 02, 2012

Now or Later's personal is political

Christopher Shinn's new play, which takes place on election night, is so timely that it's hard to imagine staging it later rather than now.

By MADDY MYERS  |  October 26, 2012

Game on

Anthony Montuori's retro-style video games might be called the art of losing. In one, you're the legendary Sisyphus failing to lift a boulder to the top of an 8-bit mountain.
Studio visit
By GREG COOK  |  October 26, 2012


Review: Alex Cross

The level of writing in Alex Cross is inferior to that of your fourth-favorite TV cop show.

By BETSY SHERMAN  |  October 26, 2012

Review: Cloud Atlas

The most disappointing film of the year, Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer's adaptation of David Mitchell's 2004 novel fails on nearly every level.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 26, 2012

Interview: God save John Lydon

When Sex Pistols impresario Malcolm McLaren coined the phrase "cash from chaos," he may have been describing his own filthy lucre, but for the members of rock's most explosive group, the fiduciary comeuppance was and has been eternally forthcoming.

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 12, 2012

The recorded rebirth of Mean Creek

Outside their rehearsal space, Mean Creek are standing with their hands in their pockets, excited to dig into some discussion about their anticipated new record, Youth Companion .

By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  October 12, 2012
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Review: The Other Dream Team

American audiences will be delighted to see how the Grateful Dead helped pay for the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic team, including supplying tie-dyed T-shirts. But only Lithuanians will thrill to the movie's climax...

By GERALD PEARY  |  October 12, 2012


Review: Taken 2

Retired CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) is still trying to remain an active part of the lives of his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) and his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace).

By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 12, 2012

Review: Girl Model

As seen in David Redmon and Ashley Sabin's somber, sometimes poetic, Fred Wiseman-like documentary, the international model trade ranks just above human trafficking in legitimacy.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 12, 2012

Review: Keep The Lights On

Ira Sachs's picture is many things: a snapshot of gay culture at the turn of the century, a brutally personal dramatization of his relationship with author Bill Clegg, a messy look at the realities of addiction, a formally audacious work in the tradition

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 12, 2012

Affleck on 'Argo'

Ben Affleck's Argo may be a 1970s period piece, but that doesn't mean his Iran-set thriller isn't timely.

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 12, 2012

On the Cheap: iYO Cafe

Without any children at my disposal, I decided the best way to evaluate iYO Cafe, a self-serve yogurt and waffle shop, would be to rally some girlfriends and smoke a fat joint before heading over.
DIY dessert in Davis Square
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  October 12, 2012


Review: Wake In Fright (1971)

Combining elements of Heart of Darkness , After Hours , and Groundhog Day , Ted Kotcheff's brutally brilliant Outback thriller follows the moral degradation, or perhaps redemption, of a snooty schoolteacher (Gary Bond) traveling from the backwater w

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 12, 2012

Review: Argo

There are many heroes in Ben Affleck's spunky, polished political thriller. But the biggest hero is Hollywood itself.
Escapist cinema
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 12, 2012

Milligram back for another strike

The history of rock and roll is endlessly cyclical, with each generation hitting "reset" and trimming the fat of a previous generation's indulgences, getting back to what is essential and absolutely needed.

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 12, 2012


Every once in a while the city needs a show like "Elsewhere," the round-up of 17 local artists organized by Flux.Boston blogger Liz Devlin, to get a snapshot of the art being produced here.

By GREG COOK  |  October 12, 2012