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Down the Tubes

Midsummer television has a terrific offering of new and returning shows about aliens, firefighters, crystal meth, and more to turn that beautiful brain of yours to Play-Doh and keep you thoroughly entertained.
Because you can only spend so much time reading Dan Brown novels on the beach
By DAVID EISENBERG  |  July 22, 2011
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Review: A Town Called Panic (2010)

It is, indeed, a golden age for animation, where silent montages can wrenchingly portray a lifelong bond (in Pete Docter's Up ), or a band of stop-motion foxes can act out complex and angsty family dynamics (Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox ), or a c
Chaos reigns in a Belgian Town Called Panic
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 12, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Everybody hurting

The music industry's response to the Haiti disaster has been pretty great, since it's given some huge names a chance to complete the vital circuit between the public's heartstrings and their wallets.
Warning: Scorpions content
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 05, 2010
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Review: A Town Called Panic

This stop-motion comedy from Belgian filmmakers Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar is the anti– Fantastic Mr. Fox — its lack of visual and psychological nuance is, merci, quite deliberate.
Bilge from Belgium
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  January 22, 2010
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2009: The year in local pop

When I think back on 2009, I feel the same pleasant discomfort you get at the end of a John Hughes movie, when suddenly all the jocks and dorks and punks are good friends. This year, hardcore denizens of time-worn niches came out of hiding and acted al
The '09 mixtape
By MATT PARISH  |  December 25, 2009
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10 memorable moments from Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is an unapologetic, cross-promotional cheese-fest. But whether you love or hate it, you have to admit that its giant balloons are nearly as synonymous with the holiday feast as turkey, cranberries, and indigestion.
From historical to horrific to humorous, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is iconic
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  November 27, 2009


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Dethklok: Even Better Than The Real Thing

Heavy metal’s primary contradiction: given a fanbase that is often concerned with detecting what is and isn't "real" metal, so much of what constitutes "real" "metal" is made up of 100-percent pure fantasy.
With Mastodon, Converge, and High on Fire, live at the House of Blues, October 28, 2009
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 30, 2009
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Brute forces

When you get down to it, most music is an attempt to create auditory allegories for our life experiences, whether they’re joyous Maypole dervishes or nightmarish St. Vitus’ dances of doom.
Mastodon, High on Fire, and Dethklok lead metal’s latest charge
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 23, 2009
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An unstoppable force

Appreciation of Converge is one of those things that comes after you stop trying too hard, like driving stick without stalling at the red lights.
This time is (once again) right for Converge
By MATT PARISH  |  October 16, 2009
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Madcap laffs

Come with us now, on a journey through time and space to the world of the Mighty Boosh.
The Mighty Boosh comes to DVD
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 17, 2009
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Is he being served?

In the first animated adaptation of Tony Millionaire's sumptuously debauched comic strip Maakies , the soused Drinky Crow was voiced by erstwhile Conan O'Brien sidekick Andy Richter.
Tony Millionaire's still best on the page
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 18, 2008


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Chick schtick

Sandra Bernhard was supposed to be performing in Boston this week. But that was before she challenged whether Sarah Palin would keep the baby if she became pregnant after being violated by a group of black men in New York.
The case of Sandra Bernhard vs. Sarah Palin begs the question: is it ever okay to use “rape” in a punch line?
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  October 16, 2008
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Ragnarök and roll

Amon Amarth are but the latest assault of the Viking æsthetic on our pop culture’s collective psyche.  
Great moments in culturally appropriated Viking history
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 15, 2008
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Gag reflex

“You are in the elite first wave of people to hear this stuff,” Ben Folds told us Friday night with a smirk, possibly no longer able to be serious on stage after nearly two decades of tongue planted firmly in cheek.  
Ben Folds at the Orpheum, September 26, 2008
By MEGAN V. BELL  |  October 01, 2008

Readers' pick: Piece of public art

There's interactive musical art at the Kendall Square T stop.

By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 19, 2007
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Otaku you

In the 1980s, while Americans were worrying about losing dominance in the automobile industry, Japan was taking over the animation business.
The Five Japanese anime you should be watching now — and the five you will be watching in the future
By ROBERT BRICKEN  |  May 26, 2006


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Who wants to be Tony Millionaire?

Tony Millionaire’s working habits are monastic.
Drunk on cheap beer and india ink, a Gloucester artist’s creatures are ready for their close-up
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 12, 2006