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Spare-Parts Department

The family of a two-and-a-half-year-old Gloucester boy hopes that a new bill, filed in the State Senate by North Shore state senator Bruce Tarr on Monday, December 15, will prompt increased participation in organ donation, especially pediatric organs.
Desperately seeking organ donors  
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  December 17, 2008

Celebration of sound

Despite living in a world that is seemingly rotating off its axis and just plain miserable, there are, believe it or not, many reasons to give thanks.
Kris Hansen’s Left Hand Band; plus, New Year’s Eve options
By BOB GULLA  |  December 26, 2007

Born again

When fondly remembered bands get back together, they usually say they’re just playing a couple of shows and not thinking about the future.
The return of Scarce
By BRETT MILANO  |  December 11, 2007

Heart to heart

We don’t hear too much any more from the people who think heart transplants are a bad idea.
David Grubin looks at our most important muscle
By JAMES PARKER  |  October 09, 2007

Modern enchantress

It’s no wonder producers picked Hickey’s version of “Modern Love” as a soundtrack to aneurysms, scrabble, and heart attacks.
Last Town Chorus, Lizard Lounge, July 11, 2007
By ELLEE DEAN  |  July 12, 2007

Rebirth of a salesman

He’s going too fast.
The return of Russel Pergament
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 25, 2007


Sell your body, or sell your soul?

Desperation had driven me to this point. I was determined not to return to the soul-eating life of a cubicle serf, so, unemployed and grasping for tuition money, I’d become a Craigslist whore, selling my services to slick marketers wielding surveys and h
30 nights as a (well-paid) guinea pig in hospital sleep study
By I-HSIEN SHERWOOD  |  January 25, 2007

Goodbye, cruel America

Toward the end of 2006, we woke up to the glad news that Chile’s former strongman Augusto Pinochet had saved everyone the trouble of hanging his sickly carcass for war crimes and atrocities by dying of a heart attack.
An in-death eulogy for 2006
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  December 20, 2006

The many modes of Waits

By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 20, 2006

Crossword: 'You Don't Know...'

One part of your anatomy from something different
By MATT JONES  |  August 17, 2006


In the pines

Jose’s unapologetically no-frills style is all about the pathetically triumphant moment of restraint that stops you from drunk dialing an ex.
Jose Gonzalez at the Museum of Fine Arts, or, How I could almost hug a man
By SHARON STEEL  |  June 29, 2006

Heart Land

One of the highlights of this year’s Oscar ceremony was the Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed on the Academy’s greatest director and biggest pain in the ass, Robert Altman.
Robert Altman looks back and ahead
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 07, 2006

New day at Cubist Castle?

Back in the ‘90s, the retro psych-pop Elephant 6 collective was known for bands who shared members and configured themselves into new groups.
The Olivia Tremor Control's offshoots and side-projects
By SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON  |  June 06, 2006

Med school drug pushers

You may have heard of a little ongoing row about a Merck drug called Vioxx, which was pulled from the market in 2004 due to evidence that it caused serious heart problems in some users.
How scientists are selling out to drug companies
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 12, 2006
St Pattys wine list photo 3/17

Turning green

We are usually forced to endure either beer-specific holidays or wine-specific holidays, but now, for one day only, St. Patty’s Day will be a wine feast.
Wines for St. Patrick’s Day
By LAYNE WITHERELL  |  March 15, 2006