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Sarah Palin, Inc.

Confused commenters have no clue as to the opportunities that await Palin — because few understand the extraordinary, multi-billion-dollar marketplace that has developed for movement conservatives.
The biggest brand name in conservative politics is about to enter the burgeoning right-wing marketplace — and she's perfect for it. Ka-ching!
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 17, 2009

Stuck in the middle with you

On the surface, moderation appears to be a simple concept. Avoid extremes. Seek compromise. ... It's sort of like being a hypocrite, except without most of the fun parts.
Alliance for Maine's Future thinks the Maine Legislature needs more moderates.
By AL DIAMON  |  February 25, 2009

Ask Dr. Lovemonkey

Dear Dr. Lovemonkey
By Dr. Lovemonkey  |  December 10, 2008

Dirt merchants

In the hegemony of mid-’80s mega-rock-star benefits, Farm Aid stands as the American blue-collar uncle to Live Aid’s international whiz kid.
Farm Aid crops up in Massachusetts
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 16, 2008

Lucky, beautiful, and, now, holy

He was the king of rock, there was no higher . The sucker MCs, they should call him sire .
Rev Run runs straight
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  August 20, 2008

Blues juniors

A guitar howls through the streets of downtown Chattanooga just as the sun begins to set, pealing out an elaborately improvised solo pasted onto the end of “Red House.”
Back Door Slam rejuvenate a British tradition
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 19, 2008


Fans cheer; earth weeps

It’s a bummer that the four-plus hours I spent in my car feeling guilty about barfing loads of carbon into the air is most salient in my mind, because, as always, Radiohead delivered an awe-inspiring show.
Radiohead at Comcast Center, August 13, 2008
By WILL SPITZ  |  August 19, 2008

Photos: Radiohead in Boston

August 14, 2008 at the Comcast Center, Mansfield, MA
By CARINA MASTROCOLA  |  August 14, 2008

Fight club

It’s Saturday night and I’m looking for a fight.
Why Bostonians can’t get their smackdown fix
By JONATHAN SEITZ  |  July 23, 2008

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

The 11th Annual Muzzle Awards

Freedom of expression may be guaranteed by the Constitution. But it’s an idea we have to fight for every day.
Silencing free speech
By DAN KENNEDY  |  June 25, 2008


Photos: Iron Maiden in Boston (2008)

Rev. Aaron photographs Iron Maiden, live at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA, on June 20, 2008.
June 20, 2008 at the Comcast Center, Mansfield, MA
By REV. AARON  |  June 21, 2008

Rush survive 40 years on rock’s very edge

“When we started out, we were just kids playing the kind of music that we liked,” says bassist/singer Geddy Lee.
‘Nowhere is the dreamer or the misfit so alone’
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 09, 2008

Newspapers censor Bono’s ‘fucking’ gaffe

Why does our ostensibly “free” press insist on acting like prudes or cowards when reporting stories for which it’s vital that readers learn someone said “fuck” rather than an undefined “expletive”?
The FCC’s ‘broadcast indecency’ rules: Still, well, bullshit
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  March 12, 2008

Comcast plays dirty

The Ames Courtroom at Harvard Law School was full past capacity Monday morning.
Seat-fillers "bused in" for net neutrality hearings
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 26, 2008

Movies from outer space

Our new-found DVD-ness and cable-TV luxury notwithstanding, movies have always been a public medium, a spatial experience we share in the theater and a topical experience we share in the culture at large.
From the tsars to the stars at Harvard
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  November 30, 2006


Canadian trailer trash chug 420 IPA

Trailer Park Boys , a cult-hit Canadian mockumentary about mobile-home living, will feature scenes about Maine in its upcoming seventh season on cable TV north of the border.
Export quality
By LISA CRAIG  |  October 26, 2006

Good times at the U

Remember when the University of Miami was an unbeatable football team? Watch the brawl (YouTube)
Sports blotter: "You don't come into the OB" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 18, 2006

Why must I be a teenager in love?

Hysterical teenagers don’t edit their journals to make them sound less like life. Neither does Degrassi . A tribute to the couples of Degrassi (YouTube) Teen screams: five other shows that pushed the envelope. By Ryan Stewart
Degrassi and South of Nowhere put the dirt back in teen soaps
By SHARON STEEL  |  October 04, 2006

Jeff Cohen on the weird and disturbing world of CNN, Fox, and MSNBC

In his new book, Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media , Jeff Cohen writes about his years with cable news channels as a pilgrim who’s returned from a strange and hostile land.
Cable nit
By DAN KENNEDY  |  September 18, 2006

Off Center

The result is emotional pornography not unlike that produced by cable stations when they pump up the “human” angle of catastrophe for higher ratings. Watch the trailer for World Trade Center (QuickTime) Feel-good movie of the summer: Oliver Stone:
Oliver Stone’s trite take on 9/11
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 09, 2006


Global Murder

Forget the Greens and Libertarians. It’s the Couch-Potato Party that will be the next alternative force in Massachusetts politics.
Plus, can Healey speak for herself?
By JOHN CARROLL  |  August 03, 2006

Tuned out

Disney’s tweenpop smash is now the fastest selling TV movie on DVD, ever. Here’s five reasons not to hate the most disgusting show on television.
A guide to surviving High School Musical
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  June 02, 2006

Work ethic

Sheer desperation motivated Greg Giraldo to jump into comedy.
Greg Giraldo stands up for comedy
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 31, 2006
Beat Report 2/24/06 list photo

Beautiful locals

Remember when there was music on MTV? Now I check in occasionally to see if Real World er Ruthie’s finally been put in rehab.
What if good new music was right on your TV?
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 23, 2006

Booze money

Discussing politics is a lot less fun than getting drunk. Two recent books, both collections of previously published material, demonstrate this axiom to perfection.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 19, 2006


Add it up, suckers

When you live in Boston, you may not notice every little price hike. But they add up.
Taxi surcharges, rising cable rates, higher oil prices — it’s gonna cost a lot more to live in Boston in 2006
By DAVID BERNSTEIN  |  January 17, 2006

Satellite of love

Omelets are being served. Cappuccino is being poured. And we’re all listening to a woman describe the details of putting finger after finger up a man’s ass.
Inside the studio on Howard Stern’s first Sirius morning
By BILL JENSEN  |  January 13, 2006

Game on

Dodgers win the Series! Bird plays H.O.R.S.E.! Congressman Canseco! We have seen the future of sports (and its name is Tony Graffanino).
Our 2006 predictions for New England's teams
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  January 06, 2006