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Brighton progressive Tim Schofield takes his third swing at public office

Tim Schofield's two previous campaigns for public office seemed to prove that being the progressive darling of Brighton is not a winning political niche.
Last chance in Brighton
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 02, 2011
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Active Child | You Are All I See

Pat Grossi used to be a choirboy, which is not surprising at all, given that his full-length debut under the Active Child moniker sounds like it was cut in some sort of dimly lit, hallowed hall under the cover of night.
Vagrant Records (2011)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 19, 2011
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Ash Borer | Ash Borer

NorCal black-metal trio Ash Borer's debut full-length is as diminutive as their namesake (limited to a 150-cassette run) but no less destructive or striking as they hurtle through three tracks in 40 minutes.
Flenser (2011)
By JANSSEN McCORMICK  |  July 15, 2011
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Review: Esben And The Witch | Violet Cries

This debut is akin to an amateur theater production. Throughout its unnecessary drama, the Brighton (UK) trio try to reinvent shoegaze but get lost in their own excessive and confusing use of effects pedals.
Matador (2011)
By MIRIAM LAMEY  |  January 28, 2011
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Review: The Go! Team | Rolling Blackouts

For close to a decade now, this Brighton (UK) band have gleefully championed going all in.
Memphis Industries (2011)
By REYAN ALI  |  January 28, 2011
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Zocalo Cocina Mexicana

I wasn't crazy about Zocalo when it was in Brighton, but others were. Now it has reopened near Back Bay Station, and the food and drinks are much the same.
Just as it was in Brighton, for better or worse
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 03, 2010


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Freaks, Geeks, and Faux Bono

As Bay Staters, we recognize that our European ancestors sure knew how to roll: scarlet letters, sticks up asses, if-she-drowns-she's-not-a-witch-if-she-floats-she's-a-witch-so-let's-kill-her legal applications.
Boston-area subcultures keep the Bay State comfortably kooky this summer
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  June 18, 2010

Menino's money problems

David S. Bernstein’s article on the mayor’s feud with the firefighters and allegations that the city’s coffers are bigger than Mayor Tom Menino lets on is one of the only thoughtful treatments of this contract dispute to appear in the media.
Letters to the Boston editor, June 18, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  June 18, 2010
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Mandy and Joe's Restaurant

Keeping it real in Brighton Center for more than 60 years
Keeping it real in Brighton Center for more than 60 years
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 29, 2010
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Mostly noir

The definition of film noir has become elastic through the years. Of the five movies included in the MFA’s series “Rialto’s Best of British Film Noir” only two, strictly speaking, are noirs: Brighton Rock, Graham Greene & Terence Rattigan’s adaptatio
And mostly masterpieces, at the Museum of Fine Arts from June 2-13.
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  May 28, 2010
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Moneybags Menino

Inside Boston’s political back rooms, there is a growing suspicion that Mayor Thomas Menino is sitting on millions of dollars — tens of millions, maybe as much as $400 million — that could be used to save vital city services, such as, among many examples
The mayor cuts services, but sits on a stash of cash.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 14, 2010


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It takes an identity thief

In late April 2006, shortly before the hearing to evict his tenant Karen Keester, Lee Gersch received a phone call from Keester’s twin sister, Michelle. She had just gotten divorced, Michelle claimed, and needed to move to Boston from Arkansas for a new
How Karen Keester made off with $250,000 — and became one of Boston's most accomplished con artists
By JACLYN TROP  |  April 23, 2010
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El Pelón Taquería

A 2009 fire in the Fenway destroyed an entire block of beloved independent restaurants, including the very popular El Pelón Taquería. It was the second fire in two years to hit this Baja-style joint, prompting my comment, “If there is a God, he’s an ang
New home, same winning way with fish tacos
By MC SLIM JB  |  April 23, 2010
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This must be the place

It is a place so confident, so much an institution, as to presume to call itself by its last name. When someone says they’re going to the Square, nobody expects them to turn up at the Statler Building in Park Square or under the CITGO sign in Kenmore Squ
A short paper on Harvard Square's roots
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  April 23, 2010
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The question of Iran

Once again, Washington’s gunslingers are agitating for a war with Iran. Cheered on by Fox News and enabled by uncritical talking heads such as NBC’s David Gregory and PBS’s Charlie Rose, the let’s-bomb-or-invade-or-maybe-do-both-to-Iran brigade is busy s
Plus, Tim Flaherty for State Senator
By EDITORIAL  |  April 09, 2010

Food Fight

I don't think food critic Robert Nadeau knows very much about fine dining and what it means to cook good seafood.
Letters to the Boston editor, March 19, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 19, 2010


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Holy Scrollers!

It hadn't been a pleasant millennium so far for books. But then, lo this past month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled his company's new iPad, and there was much rejoicing.
The future of e-publishing can be found in one of the world's oldest books.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 19, 2010
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Steampunk and Lima Beans

The hook for Darcy James Argue's Secret Society — who come to the Regattabar Thursday the 25th — is that they're a "steampunk big band."
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society and the Bert Seager Trio
By JON GARELICK  |  February 12, 2010
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Small wonders

The books — a quartet of them, each five-by-five, smaller than a CD case — feel like treasures, handsome little volumes, a different gem of a story in each.
Quirks of Literature Dept.
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  February 05, 2010
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Cafe 57 and Grille

I've always felt a little sorry for Brighton; it's a lovely residential neighborhood, but seems short on decent places for a quick bite.
Fresh flavors and super-friendly service in an indie neighborhood restaurant
By MC SLIM JB  |  January 22, 2010
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Slow emotion

Whatever happened to good old-fashioned reflection?
John Cunningham’s songs are worth the wait
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  January 15, 2010


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A Bean grows in Brighton

Deep in a Brighton garage, five guys are dreaming of winter.
How five guys in a garage put together Boston's biggest little snowboard brand
By CLEA SIMON  |  November 20, 2009
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Get into gear

A new season brings new toys, and snow sports fanatics are nothing if not gearheads.
Hit the slopes in style with the coldest season’s hottest innovations
By CLEA SIMON  |  November 20, 2009
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Boston rat rampage

Residents say that if you jam a leaf blower in the earth virtually anywhere in Allston, furry bottom feeders will be blown out of every crack and hole in sight and rain down like unsavory screeching meatballs. North Enders joke that something similar wou
Thanks to the global economic collapse, which has stalled initiated construction projects, Boston’s rat population is surging
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 06, 2009
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Monkey Business

Craig Cook remembers when friends tried to draw him out of a deep depression — by offering to get him a monkey.
Boston's an academic city, even for capuchins who attend Brighton's Monkey College, where they are trained to be live-in lifesavers for the disabled
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 23, 2009
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The importance of being Ernie

Media feuds don’t come any nastier than the metastasizing spat between Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr and one “Ernie Boch III,” the pseudonymous blogger at the liberal Web site Blue Mass. Group. (Note: the blogger is no relation to the car dealer.)
What drives Howie Carr’s anonymous tormentor?
By ADAM REILLY  |  October 16, 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
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Crash proof

I've never trusted music that's too engineered, too perfect. Headphones on the drummer and a hundred tracks running off a laptop? Most bands practice and practice to get things just right, but it's that threat of the unexpected that makes a show worth
Arms and Sleepers are more than just a hard drive
By MATT PARISH  |  October 02, 2009
Stuff It: Devlin's

Stuff It: Devlin's


Among all Boston neighborhoods, Brighton is probably most associated with our city’s college culture — hence the proliferation of take-out joints and, of course, pizza...
By Scott Kearnan  |  September 21, 2009
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Review: Various artists | Tru Thoughts Covers

Brighton-based label Tru Thoughts emerged at the dawn of the millennium with hit down-tempo/IDM acts like Bonobo.
Tru Thoughts (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  September 18, 2009