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Review: Safety Not Guaranteed

For a generation weary of Zooey Deschanel's manic pixie and of staring down a future of student loans and dreary internships, Aubrey Plaza, the deadpan alt-comic who could have stepped out of the pages of Ghost World, may be the next dream girl.
An act of nostalgia
By ANN LEWINSON  |  June 15, 2012
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Classified | Hand Shakes and Middle Fingers

Classified is to Canada what Jay-Z is to the States in that both are pre-eminent rappers in their respective countries.
Decon (2011)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 13, 2011

25 Essential Hip-Hop Acts at SXSW 2011

Before you go coastal on us, let's be clear that this is in no way a slap at rap music's primary metropolitan hubs. The fact is that despite being in Boston, the Phoenix covers as much New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles hip-hop as any paper in America, i
Beyond New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, or Atlanta
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 18, 2011
SXSW Wrap-Up: Why This Party Could - And Couldn't - Pop Off In Boston

SXSW Wrap-Up: Why This Party Could - And Couldn't - Pop Off In Boston


For the sake of striking up a much-needed conversation, let’s imagine that a team of big dick swinging promoters was exploring the possibility of hosting a major South by Southwest-esque music festival in Boston. For the sake of second references, let’s speculatively call it North by Northeast (NXNE) – even though that’s corny and should never be repeated outside the context of this article (and because, as my homeboy Trees notes below, because it already exists in Toronto). While we’re thinking happy thoughts, let’s also imagine that it would be a massive week-long donkey punch designed to consume Bosto
By Chris Faraone  |  March 22, 2009