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Review: Black Box’s One-Act Play Festival

The more the merrier seems to be the theme of the sixth annual Black Box Theatre One-Act Play Festival, with the first of two nine-play "Waves" running through August 14 (a second will be staged August 19-28).
Cutting to the chase
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 12, 2011
Blog: Jay-Z Would Rob Chris Martin In A Parallel Life

Blog: Jay-Z Would Rob Chris Martin In A Parallel Life


Jay-Z discusses the finer points of parallel dimensions, and how they relate to his friend, Chris Martin of Coldplay.Read the article here.  
By MorningIntern  |  August 26, 2010
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The later, the better

Showcases for local talent tend to be hit-or-miss affairs. Although it provides a few bull's-eye successes, Black Box Theatre's 4th Annual One-Act Play Festival (through August 22) unfortunately is freighted with misses.
Black Box's one-act play festival
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 20, 2010
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Daydream believer

Long a young songwriter with buzz, Pete Miller has been woodshedding with Eric Bettencourt all winter working on a debut record that sees the light of day this weekend.
Pete Miller debuts with Shake the Dawn
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 21, 2010
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Slideshow: History of Guru and Gang Starr

Here is our salute – in photo, audio, video, and writing – to a Roxbury legend and the vast Gang Starr legacy he left behind.
A collection of videos, photos, music and more from our archives
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 21, 2010

Beating HPV

When I was an undergrad student in Boston, I was diagnosed with HPV and went through all the same medical procedures Lisa Spinelli experienced, and the LEEP procedure, too.
Letters to the Boston editor, September 25, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 25, 2009


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The Big Hurt: Taking on pain, cooling on wangs

Weezer's forthcoming album will be titled Raditude . I almost want to pep them up: "Come on, Weezer, you're not that bad." But they are.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 04, 2009
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Review: Howling Bells | Radio Wars

Australian dream-rock dudes (and dudette) toured North America earlier this year with Coldplay — and like Chris Martin's not-so-merry men, Howling Bells on their sophomore album attempt to dress up what might otherwise be a clutch of dour, namby-pamby
Independiente/Nettwerk (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  August 07, 2009
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Review: Brüno

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Sacha Baron Cohen's Brüno restores bad taste to its rightful place
By A.S. HAMRAH  |  July 10, 2009

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We can't imagine anything lamer than being a colorless vegetarian musician who pokes a frigid aristocratic phony like Gwyneth Paltrow. Wait - yes we can - the lives of anyone who listens to Coldplay's soulless pedestrian garbage rock.
We can't imagine anything lamer than being a colorless vegetarian musician who pokes a frigid aristocratic phony like Gwyneth Paltrow. Wait - yes we can - the lives of anyone who listens to Coldplay's soulless pedestrian garbage rock.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Weezy goes free, Miley turns bitter, Martin still lame

The good news: the 2006 drug charges against   Lil Wayne   have been dropped after a judge ruled that the search leading to his arrest wasn't proper.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 19, 2009


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Master of ceremony

As if Ash Wednesday weren't already the best party night of the year in Boston, George Clinton and his motley crew swung their tour bus through Lansdowne Street last night.
George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic live at House of Blues, February 25, 2009
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 03, 2009
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Boston music news: August 1, 2008

Two promising local indie-rock up-and-comers have up and come out with new CDs for your enjoyment.
Notes on the Living Sea, Hangman's Alphabet, and the Luxury
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 29, 2008
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Dance, Monkey: Kelly MacFarland

"Robots are hot and are incredibly strong."
We put a comic on the hot seat. This week’s victim . . .
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  June 03, 2008
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The Big Hurt: Jammin’ with Nordstrom

“I am stoked to collaborate with Nordstrom,” said Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz in a recent press release.
Living guy sells out; dead guy sells out; living guys die
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 01, 2008
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In the Black

Twisted Roots transformed their “reunion” into a forward-looking intent to bestride Portland once again and develop a new crop of fans who dig terrifying guitar solos and teeth-rattling vocals.
Twisted Roots return to prominence with their first full-length since 1999
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 20, 2007


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Justify my love

Oh, Justin. Even you know that your undeniable charisma and brilliantly executed choreography somehow balance out your post-boy-band status and lack of indie cred. Justin Timberlake on Saturday Night Live, "Dick in a Box" (YouTube)
He already brought sexy back. Now can Justin Timberlake shed his boy-band image and become a music legend?
By SHARON STEEL  |  February 05, 2007
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Larger than life

Although predictions that Jay-Z, in his comeback, would pull in the biggest sales numbers of the year were proved wrong (at 680,000, his Def Jam release Kingdom Come ranks third behind Rascal Flatts and Justin Timberlake in 2006), that’s hardly the story
Two kinds of triumph from Jay-Z and the Game
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  December 06, 2006
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Living Wage

I had a girlfriend once who claimed to experience actual orgasms every time Phish played “Chalkdust Torture.”
Living Wage
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 01, 2006
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Sexy's back

Club gigs by superstars are inherently contrived, exclusionary, economically unsustainable. They also feel more human because they are more human. Duh.
Justin Timberlake, Avalon, August 26, 2006
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  August 29, 2006
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Designer imitation

No doubt their mimeographed postpunk is about as fresh as a tray of Shaw’s sushi. And yet Editors are well aware that they can be past expiration date and still come through with the upper hand. Slideshow: Editors at the Paradise, July 30, 2006
Editors at the Paradise, July 30, 2006
By SHARON STEEL  |  July 31, 2006


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Cutting Loose

Her new third album, Loose , celebrates the emancipation of Nelly Furtado.
Nelly Furtado gets promiscuous with Timbaland
By KEN MICALLEF  |  June 24, 2006
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On the Racks: May 9, 2006

Plus new albums by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Grandaddy, and Snow Patrol.
Art Brut’s Bang Bang and Matmos’s brutish art
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 09, 2006
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Big business

Now that the music biz has licked its wounds from a nasty 2005, things are finally starting to heat up, and an indie-heavy winter is giving way to a more major spring.
The majors gear up for a promising spring
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 10, 2006
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Stipend

Michael Stipe’s not the kind to sit around and let a hurricane destroy the Gulf Coast without calling some friends and putting together a fundraiser.
Together, for a good cause: rock's most insufferable frontmen
By MATT ASHARE  |  February 14, 2006