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Mass MoCa finds another country of art

These days you often hear how the Web has made everything more accessible, how the art world is flat, how the art capitals no longer have a monopoly on ideas and whatnot.
Defining Canada
By GREG COOK  |  July 27, 2012
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The righteousness of Japandroids

The same week I first heard Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl), the new sophomore LP by Canadian rock duo Japandroids, I bought a plane ticket to Spain.
House that rock built
By LIZ PELLY  |  June 22, 2012
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Metric | Synthetica

Of all the Canadian acts that stumbled onto the scene in the early aughts, Metric have been the most consistent in putting out quality material.
MMI/Mom+Pop (2012)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  June 08, 2012
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Review: Surviving Progress

Despite prestigious talking heads like Margaret Atwood, Jane Goodall, and Stephen Hawking, there is nothing new here beyond what every conscientious liberal already knows is wrong with the world.
How mankind has gone wrong
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 18, 2012
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Built for two: Bike Porn 4

Sano — Portland bike enthusiast, ordained minister, and curator/instigator of the annual Bike Porn touring film festival — was released from Canadian custody not long after this alleged exchange (which he reported on his Facebook page). Which is lucky f
Bike-curious
By TOM MEEK  |  April 01, 2011
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Photos: Tokyo Police Club and Two Door Cinema Club at the Paradise

Tokyo Police Club and Two Door Cinema Club play live at the Paradise Rock Club on January 19, 2011.
Tokyo Police Club + Two Door Cinema Club | Paradise Rock Club | January 19, 2011
By KELSEY MARIE BELL  |  February 04, 2011


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To curb global gluttony

Consumption outweighs production. What should we do?
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By DAVID KISH  |  January 21, 2011
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Eat your way through 2011 at these 11 places not to miss

While new restaurants intrigue food critics and patrons alike, it's the tried-and-true, the places that have established themselves as mainstays in Portland, that shouldn't be forgotten in all the hype.
Screw resolutions
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  January 07, 2011
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Linc's greenskeeping

Sure, governor-elect Lincoln Chafee used to shoe racehorses up in Canada, but it appears he could also have been a good greenskeeper.
Chafee gets a feather in his cap; dreading Cantor; Korean fever dreams
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 03, 2010

O Canada, for shame: Canucks hope to cash in on Jersey Shore phenom


Lest anyone think that boozing, fighting, tanning and generally trashy behavior is native only to Americans, Canada (late to the party, as usual) has concocted...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  November 10, 2010
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Post-millennial swing

It's not the solos, though they're usually as inviting as they are bracing. And it's not the charts, though they're often as persuasive as they are unpredictable.
Darcy James Argue's genre-stretching Secret Society
By JIM MACNIE  |  August 06, 2010


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Eternia and Moss | At Last

At Last should finally cast the long-dominant Eternia into the undisputed top spot on the female MC food chain. But the Toronto-bred MC's sex appeal is secondary.
Fat Beats (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 09, 2010
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The Devil makes them do it

"Americana, on the rocks" is the official tagline for the Benedictions, steady cooking since forming just 16 months ago (more on that in a minute), led by a familiar name on the folk circuit in G.W. Mercure.
Digging deep with the Benedictions
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 25, 2010
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Summer treats

From Andean to zydeco, pick your flavor and there's a summer music festival ready to serve it up.
Whether classical, jazz, pop, or folk, 'tis the season to get out and enjoy the music
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 18, 2010
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Making waves

Rhode Island’s upstart National Public Radio affiliate, WRNI, aims to be nothing less than a major media player here. And in the space of just a couple of years, the station has taken some impressive first steps.
Can WRNI supplant the ProJo as the state’s news king?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 11, 2010

Layers of buying local

When we drink a glass of organic milk, or eat organic pork sausage with our organic scrambled eggs, it’s easy to forget what goes into securing that “organic” label.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 11, 2010


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Have beer, will travel

Culture and experience have taught us that beer in a can is of lesser quality. But with several craft brewers' recent foray into the world of canning, it may be time to put this crude stereotype to bed.
Craft beer in a cooler? Can do!
By JOSH SMITH  |  June 04, 2010

The powerless rise

I’m an even-tempered guy. I don’t lose my cool more than, maybe, once or twice a day.
The danger of the unfocused anger of the Tea Party
By AL DIAMON  |  May 21, 2010

A groundswell of support for Eastwave Radio

You may have heard by now that the guys in EASTWAVE RADIO were in an accident while on tour in Canada and wound up pretty seriously injured.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 14, 2010
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Words around town

“Every writer I know has trouble writing,” said Joseph Heller. Let that serve as comfort.
Our fair city is chock full of people who write well and are willing to teach you their trade.
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  April 30, 2010
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Life after Pi

In contemporary literature, the Holocaust is the okapi in the room: looming and somehow irresistible.
Yann Martel’s next allegory
By CLEA SIMON  |  April 16, 2010


Soundbender's last show, Battle of the Bands, and more

SOUNDBENDER , in playing the LOKI  EP-release party, will be saying goodbye. The band have announced it will be their last show.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  April 16, 2010

New ways to prevent domestic violence

About eight months ago, the Sanford-based anti-domestic-violence organization Caring Unlimited launched a court-monitoring program that placed observers in York County courtrooms to take notes on domestic-violence case proceedings.
Following Up
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 12, 2010
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25 Hip-Hop acts to see at SXSW 2010

As usual, I've got you covered.
The best boom-bap on tap in Austin
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 12, 2010

The faded Follies

As regular readers of the Cool, Cool World well know, one of the social highlights of the year at Casa Diablo is the Providence Newspaper Guild Follies.
The thrill is gone at the ProJo shindig; there’s something about Cumberland; and more
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 05, 2010

Dan’s Place

We didn't notice any grizzlies or cougars as road kill on our trek to Dan's Place, though we kept our eyes peeled there in the wilds of West Greenwich.
Comfort food in the wilds of West Greenwich
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 05, 2010


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Slap shot

Bogdan "Rudy" Rudenko, a minor-league hockey player who was most recently with the now-defunct Colorado Springs Gold Kings, has been arrested in connection with the Stallings, North Carolina, shooting of a friend and former teammate of his (some reports
Murder hits minor-league hockey. Plus, Chris Chelios gets whistled for DUI.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 22, 2010
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Photos: Metric at House of Blues

Metric live at House of Blues Boston, November 20, 2009
Metric, live at House of Blues Boston, November 20, 2009
By KELLY DAVIDSON  |  November 27, 2009
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Sing your life

Charles Spearin's Happiness Project — to be performed this Friday at the Middle East Downstairs as part of a trio of Torontonian acts — was originally just that: a project.
The Happiness Project speaks volumes
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  November 27, 2009
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Metric live at The Hard Rock Cafe


Metric performed live at the Hard Rock Cafe, Boston, Friday, 11/20/09. Make sure you check out their cover of The Strokes "The End Has No...
By Charlie  |  November 24, 2009