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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
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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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Britney Spears | Femme Fatale

To fans and detractors alike, Britney Spears is less a flesh-and-blood human being than an abstraction, an ideal, a pagan icon, a symbol of innocent temptation and not-quite-articulated desires.
Jive (2011)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 01, 2011
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The Big Hurt: Snoop goes 4G

Plus, Scott Walker's drift, Rick Ross's Tweet thuggery, Sting's Libya worries, Biebs's deep thoughts
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 04, 2011
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The Big Hurt: The 'best' of Digital Songs

Let's check out Billboard 's Digital Songs chart, which tracks the most-downloaded songs in all genres. Should make for some interesting diversity, right? No! Actually, it's all the same crap from the Hot 100 in a slightly different order.
Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 18, 2011
Haters: Come one, Come All and Take a Stan

Haters: Come one, Come All and Take a Stan


The other day, I found a link from one reliable source/friend to another reliable source/friend lying ever-so-unassumingly on a facebook thread. The subject of said...
By Marianna Faynshteyn  |  February 10, 2011


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The Big Hurt: A Swift descent into Cake, Broadcasting death, and Steven Tyler's Idol

It was a minor tragedy when blameless young TAYLOR SWIFT scored the worst-selling #1 album in recorded chart history. But the humiliation didn't end there: the poor kid's record was shattered only a week later by quasi-novelty dorks CAKE , who manage
Music News in Brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 28, 2011

Hot damn! Britney's back with a club banger


Despite the creamy Brit-step center, today’s new Britney Spears single is some white-hot shit. With the help of hit-making co-producers Dr. Luke and Max Martin,...
By Michael Marotta  |  January 11, 2011
Britney Spears + Mel Gibson: BFF!!

Britney Spears + Mel Gibson: BFF!!


Oh, Brit Brit. We knew you were cuckoo bananas back when you first started traipsing around gas stations in your bare tootsies and dating men...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  July 22, 2010
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Karen Finley won’t be naked, or covered in chocolate. Candied yams will not be involved. If there are neighborhood morality-watch squads in Salem, they’ll have the night off.
Karen Finley does Jackie
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  May 28, 2010

Friartown, redux

Phillipe and Jorge have always had a problem with Providence College basketball’s advertising campaign, which refers to the area as “Friartown” in a delusional suggestion that the squad has support throughout the local community.
PC players foul out. Plus, helping Johnny Mac, a Supreme shift, and ‘Monbo Time’
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 16, 2010


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The Big Hurt: Say anything

It’s almost impossible to read a single page of YouTube comments without being confronted by society’s ugliest afflictions: ignorance, pointless fights, horrifying racism, and unfair criticism of Justin Bieber’s haircut.
The week in YouTube comments
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 09, 2010

Video: Miike Snow at the Paradise


Miike Snow play "Animal" at the Paradise The elusive Swedish producers-turned-indie-pop-hitmakers Miike Snow have worked hard at translating a subdued electronic debut album into a...
By Carrie Battan  |  April 03, 2010
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Championship vinyl

You have a better chance of hearing Taylor Swift songs banging out of Kanye’s tinted windows than you do of hearing either of their pop asses on the Good Life speakers during Fever.
Flavorheard, Frank White, and Mister Jason are Fever  
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 02, 2010
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Interview: Max Raabe

"It was so crazy in the '20s, in the Weimar Republic. Everything was so open-minded and wide, and that is why I love that period so much."
Killer cabaret: bringing Berlin to Boston
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 05, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Britney vs. bulls#!t

At the end of a grim year and a disappointing decade, the music press has become a particularly peaty slog.
Damage control ain't what it used to be
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 08, 2010


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Photos: Most popular slideshows of 2009

Our most popular slideshows from the last year: including Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Dale Bozzio's crazy cat house, and much more.
Don't blame us. You clicked on them!
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 25, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Faces refaced

Faces refaced, Spears speared, Hook hacked
Also Spears speared, Hook hacked
By DAVID THORPE  |  November 27, 2009
CLICK TRACKS: Ashlee Simpson worms back into the Great White Way, Courtney Love re-mounts Hole, and more

CLICK TRACKS: Ashlee Simpson worms back into the Great White Way, Courtney Love re-mounts Hole, and more


  Thought Macbeth was the most cursed play in history? Think again. Former pop starlet/defensive hoedown expert Ashlee Simpson has been tapped to reprise her...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  November 14, 2009
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Photos: Britney Spears at TD Garden

Photos of Britney Spears' Circus tour at TD Garden
Britney Spears, live at TD Garden on August 29, 2009
By KELLY DAVIDSON  |  September 04, 2009
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The Big Hurt: MJ murder mystery, Aerosmith injuries

Much as I hate to bring up Michael Jackson again, I was intrigued by sister La Toya's allegations that he was knocked off for his publishing assets.
Music News in Brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 24, 2009


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LIVE STREAMING: Michael Jackson memorial

Thousands attend Michael Jackson's memorial inside the Staples Center in LA
Watch live streaming video of Michael Jackson's memorial in LA
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 10, 2009
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The Iquitarod

Phillipe and Jorge wish they could claim to have coined that headline about professional loony Sarah Palin's resignation as governor of Alaska prior to her first term being completed, but full points go to Geoffrey Dunn of The Huffington Post .
Sarah says 'no mas.' Plus, the United States of Goldman Sachs.
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  July 10, 2009
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Britney Spears and Michael Jackson fight it out

Cue up track six on the new Britney (Jive) and prepare yourself for the Technicolor disco flash-back of the year, swooning string section, chunky Nile Rodgers guitar riff, and all. The song's called "Anticipating," and it captures the most famous 19-yea
Who's #1?
By SEAN RICHARDSON  |  July 03, 2009
Announcing Our Britney Tix Contest Winner: The what fell out of her what?

Announcing Our Britney Tix Contest Winner: The what fell out of her what?


Last week we decided to try our hand at a little Mad-lib, Twitter-style (or maybe it was kind of a l...
By Carly Carioli  |  June 23, 2009
Twitter-to-win our @britneyspears tix -- before they go onsale!

Twitter-to-win our @britneyspears tix -- before they go onsale!


Maybe they really dug our slideshow from the first time Britney brought her Circus to town -- you r...
By Carly Carioli  |  June 15, 2009


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I Monster | A Dense Swarm of Ancient Stars

Twins of Evil (2009)
Twins of Evil (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  May 29, 2009
Boston Phoenix makes Greil Marcus-edited Best Music Writing 2009

Boston Phoenix makes Greil Marcus-edited Best Music Writing 2009


Former Boston Phoenix staffer JAMES PARKER -- who now covers SpongeBob for some up-market liberal r...
By Carly Carioli  |  May 26, 2009
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He shall overcome

There’s nothing lamer than articles that lead with cheap metaphors inspired by an artist’s stage name. But I can’t avoid this one: when Amadeus the Stampede rushes, get the fuck out of the way.
Amadeus the Stampede keeps on pushing
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 22, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Jacko solvent! Boyle swelling! Lupus dissed!

If you had your heart set on picking up a gently used chimp tuxedo or a suspicious child skeleton, you're outta luck
MJ's ranch, Hoppus and Wentz on Twitter, and Susan Boyle
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 01, 2009