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American Gothic was a subterranean shithole bar known for its existentially tortured clientele and extreme indifference to the minimum drinking age.
Excerpted from the novel by Michael  Atchison
By MICHAEL ATCHISON  |  August 17, 2012
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Charm City looks for inspiration

This is not the only area in which Maryland and the Biggest Little are seeking synergy.
Where? La Prov and the Bucket. Plus, how to stay plugged in
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  June 24, 2011
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Podcast: Trevor Schoonmaker on The Record at the ICA 4-12-11


Trevor Schoonmaker, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum, talks about The Record, Contemporary Art and Vinyl, opening at the ICA 4/15.  To learn...
By FNXAdmin  |  April 12, 2011
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The new TV season

Gil Scott-Heron was wrong: The revolution(s) will be televised.
Power to the people; enviropalooza; on the money; farewell to Dickie
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 25, 2011
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Born Ruffians | Say It

Over the past half of Warp’s robust 20-year run, the label’s enduring legacy as a vanguard force in electronic music has drifted as its tastes have gone positively eclectic. The mixed-media future folk of Bibio, the experimental soul of Jamie Lidell, th
Warp (2010)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 28, 2010
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The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! | I Love You! I Love You! I Love You And I’m In Love With You! Have An Awesome Day! Have The Best Day Of Your Life!

The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! are a dance/electronica collective known around the Manhattan/Brooklyn scene for their elaborate live performances, where members wear outrageous costumes made of stuffed animals and have on-stage pillow fights.
I Love You! I Love You! I Love You And I’m In Love With You! Have An Awesome Day! Have The Best Day Of Your Life! on Luaka Bop (2010)
By DAVID BOFFA  |  May 14, 2010


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David Byrne and the Termite Towers

Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline's second annual Senator Claiborne Pell Lecture on Arts and Humanities wasn't really about the arts. Or the humanities.
Cycling
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 12, 2010
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Review: El Perro Del Mar at the Brattle

Sharing a bill, a backing band, and the cramped stage of the Brattle Theatre last Friday, two Swedish singer-songwriters turned it up to the world-music equivalent of 11 for an audience that, for the most part, refused to dance.
El Perro Del Mar and Taken by Trees, live at the Brattle Theatre, February 19, 2010
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  February 26, 2010
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2009: The top 10 in pop music

Hmm, lots of women, a few old dudes, and some African banjo (not to be confused with Steve Martin's Hollywood banjo).
Music you need to own
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 25, 2009
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Tropicália storm

When Sérgio Dias takes to the Somerville Theatre stage this Sunday with the current incarnation of Os Mutantes, it's a safe bet he'll be beaming with gratitude. "I'm riding the same wave," he says of his band's legendary Brazilian albums, "but this time
The long awaited return of Os Mutantes
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  October 02, 2009
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Time to Dance? Dance. Dance!

Although Island Moving Co. has moved their summer dance concerts inside, after 20 years of battling the elements at outdoor venues around Newport, they have chosen an unusual and historic site — the 1699 Great Friends Meeting House, the oldest surviving
Island Moving Co. Takes It Inside
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 24, 2009


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Recap: Bonnaroo 2009

Live from Bonnaroo 2009
Blog posts, slideshows, and more from Bonnaroo 2009
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 19, 2009
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Photos: Friday at Bonnaroo 2009

Photos from Friday, June 12, 2009 at Bonnaroo 2009
Public Enemy, Santigold, Beastie Boys, and more on Friday, June 12, 2009 at Bonnaroo
By LEXY WINTER  |  June 19, 2009
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Sunset Rubdown | Dragonslayer

Sunset Rubdown's 2007 release, Random Spirit Lover , is an underappreciated tour de force , a sprawling indie-rock epic imbued with a spirit of anarchic glee. Their third album is as ambitious as its predecessors but mutes the joy in favor of a more
Jagjaguwar (2009)
By RYAN STEWART  |  June 19, 2009
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Hot summer nights

If the coming week is indicative of anything, it's that this is going to be one busy summer. Discs have been flooding into the office and there's no end in sight. In an effort to keep up, here's a collection of four reviews for albums being released be
Before the solstice hits, four albums drop
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 12, 2009
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Brave new RISD

The Rhode Island School of Design, for all its artful ambition, is a conservative place. Students draw. They mold clay. They are awash in taxidermy. So there was more than a little anxiety when John Maeda — sneaker designer, MIT professor, digital media
After a year at the helm, president John Maeda is balancing broad shifts in the worlds of art, design, and business
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 29, 2009


VIDEO: Sharon Jones leads a Seeger superjam at Radio City Music Hall


Last night, indie rock luminaries like Bon Iver, Feist, the National, Dirty Projectors, and David By...
By Ryan Stewart  |  May 04, 2009
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Dancing with himself

Arthur Russell's music does little to illuminate the mysteries and vagaries of his life. It simply tosses them aside, in pursuit of moods and rhythms few have successfully replicated, two decades later.
Arthur Russell's posthumous renaissance
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 24, 2009
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All at once

If nothing else, the release of The Spirit of Apollo (Anti-) a few weeks ago by the intercontinental hip-hop/baile/other duo of N.A.S.A. (that’s North America/South America) makes an encouraging, if not actually uttered, statement.
N.A.S.A.’s gang bangers might be a little much
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 03, 2009
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N.A.S.A. | The Spirit of Apollo

I could fill up my allotted space by simply listing the plethora of cameos, not to mention incongruous match-ups, stuffed within this Benetton ad of a debut by Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegan, a/k/a N.A.S.A.
Anti- (2009)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  February 18, 2009
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2008 Listravaganza!

We are not at all sick of bands with animal names yet and seem to have a soft spot for Erykah Badu that we kept very hush about all year.
An absolute glut of cruelly reductive Top 10 lists from our dedicated staff of tirelessly enthusiastic writers
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 24, 2008


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Dirge overkill

Against the grainy mix of plucky guitars and water-drop bells in "Burning Hearts," Flora Reed recalls a long-ago tryst that she traces from Paris cafûs across tarmacs and ancient ruins.
The sad songs of Winterpills
By MATT PARISH  |  December 09, 2008
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Kid Sister | Dream Date

It's lame to critique other critiques, but it was a bit much for Spin to bless Kid Sister's debut with four out of five stars.
Downtown (2008)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 02, 2008

Vital overtones



By MICHAEL ATCHISON  |  November 25, 2008
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Same as he ever was

Thirty-four years after forming the legendary band Talking Heads with fellow Rhode Island School of Design students Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, David Byrne returns to the area to perform “The Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno.”
David Byrne on working with Brian Eno, the new music industry, and his time in Providence
By MICHAEL ATCHISON  |  November 25, 2008
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Severed Heads

“This ain’t no CBGB,” David Byrne sang during his late-set dive bomb into “Life During Wartime,” and a glance around the immensely classy premises of the Wang Theatre verified it.
David Byrne at the Wang Theatre, October 31, 2008
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 04, 2008


BABY'S ON FIRE, BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE: DAVID BYRNE

BABY'S ON FIRE, BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE: DAVID BYRNE


 In 1981, Talking Heads founder DAVID BYRNE and glam rocker/producer extraordinaire Brian Eno p...
By Shaula Clark  |  October 23, 2008
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David Byrne and Brian Eno

Everything That Happens is a brilliant addition to a creative partnership that has yielded so much and shouldn’t have taken 27 years to rekindle.
Everything That Happens Will Happen Today | Self-Released
By MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  August 26, 2008
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Remembering a Rhode Island icon

There was never anyone remotely like Jeff Thomas.
Jefferson Thomas was in the vanguard of the Providence underground
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 30, 2008
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Sharp accents

Boston has its own vital scene of pan-American jazz and folk (hey, Mili Bermejo, Alex Alvear, Sergio Brandão, and everyone at Ryles on Wednesday nights!).
Forro in the Dark and Marta Topferova talk the talk
By JON GARELICK  |  June 30, 2008