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Interview: Ayana Mathis and her tribes

One of the most buzzed-about and acclaimed books of the new year since its publication last December, the Oprah Book Club selection The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Knopf) is Ayana Mathis's first novel.

By LISA WEIDENFELD  |  February 22, 2013

Review: Searching for Sugar Man

An obscure, forgotten singer-songwriter, Sixto Rodriguez was first discovered in a Detroit bar by celebrated producers Dennis Coffey and Mike Theodore in the late '60s.
The freshman film from Malik Bendjelloul
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 10, 2012

Fawn | Coastlines

Jaded girl-boy harmonies, gleeful three-chord riffs, healthy doses of punkish noise and emo melody: Coastlines , the debut LP from Detroit indie-pop quartet Fawn, feels like a charming souvenir from a musical era two decades in the rear-view.
Quite Scientific Records (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  June 08, 2012

Review: Burn: One Year on the Front Line of the Battle to Save Detroit

In case you haven't heard, Detroit is in shambles — 39 percent unemployment, 50 percent illiteracy.
BURN takes on Detroit
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 20, 2012
Random Axe; Random Axe

Random Axe | Random Axe

It's no wonder that it takes a 10-ton Uzi to get rap fans psyched about posse cuts these days.
Duck Down (2011)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 15, 2011
Detroit, what?: 2011 Movement Electronic Music Festival preview

Detroit, what?: 2011 Movement Electronic Music Festival preview

I'm heading to Detroit tonight. In fact, by the time you read this, it's likely that I'll be en route. While you're lounging about this...
By Michael C. Walsh  |  May 27, 2011

This week in The Big Hurt by David Thorpe

The Big Hurt: Britney, Billy Joel, John Mellencamp, Rebecca Black, and Miley Cyrus weigh the price of fame

BRITNEY SPEARS is being sued for $10 million by the company that helped her score a fragrance deal with Elizabeth Arden. It's claiming that she owes it a 35 percent commission on the sales of her popular scents. This boosts my self-esteem a little — say
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 15, 2011

Photos: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. performs at SXSW

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. performs live at the Phoenix in Austin, TX, for SXSW, on March 16, 2011.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. | SXSW | The Phoenix, Austin TX | March 16, 2011
By JANICE CHECCHIO  |  March 18, 2011

Death | Spiritual, Mental, Physical

Death's story is one of felicitous, accidental rebirth.
Drag City (2011)
By REYAN ALI  |  January 21, 2011

Riot squads

On the morning that the Celtics and the Lakers readied for Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, framing one of the most storied and intense rivalries in pro sports, the police departments of Boston and Los Angeles geared up for the worst.
While Boston chilled, LA burned. What makes fans in some cities go wild — win or lose?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 25, 2010

Dubb Sicks | Lifestyles Of The Sick And Fameless

Dubb Sicks makes no secret of his white-trash roots.
Backyard Recordings (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 25, 2010


Interview: Glenn Danzig

There was a moment, while I was on hold on the phone as Glenn Danzig was being summoned by his publicist, where I was a tad intimidated. And not just because I was about to talk about one of the more legendary and divisive figures in the history of punk
The horror-punk legend on  Deth Red Sabaoth , comics, and vast global conspiracies
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 18, 2010

Voodoo economics

To paraphrase The Communist Manifesto , a specter is haunting Hollywood. Actually, two of them: zombies and vampires. The undead.
What vampire and zombie movies can tell us about the future of capitalism
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 21, 2010

Terry McMillan brings her groove to Providence

Terry McMillan, best known for her blockbuster novels Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back , made a quick stop in South Providence the other day to raise money for the Community Preparatory School and talk shop — with 10-year-olds.
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  April 30, 2010

Radical night out in Portland

“People are upset about Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib,” Noam Chomsky told 750 people packed into the Woodfords Congregational Church last Saturday night, “but if you’re concerned about human rights, take a walk into a maximum-security prison.”
 Activism Optimism
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 30, 2010

Making change

John Sinclair’s poem “Ask Me Now” leaves little question about the poet’s values.
John Sinclair vs. ‘the dictates of conventional society’
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 23, 2010


Legends of Bucktown

Despite his notorious blunt-scented halitosis, Sean Price feels terrific these days.
Sean Price and the second coming of Duck Down
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 16, 2010

25 Hip-Hop acts to see at SXSW 2010

As usual, I've got you covered.
The best boom-bap on tap in Austin
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 12, 2010

Rocky Mountain low

Ever since Steven Soderbergh put what was a grade-Z resort town on the film-business map with sex, lies, and videotape in 1989, the Indies and foreigners essentially hijacked the Oscars.
A little frayed, the Sundance brand endures
By HARLAN JACOBSON  |  February 12, 2010

Candles + caring

Former Best Music Poll nominee Mike Gendron and uncle Pete Gendron team up and unplug at the Greenwich Hotel on THURSDAY (the 4th), rocking the lounge free of charge til 12:30 am.
Bob Marley’s b-day + downcity benefits

Tour of the Rust Belt

For more depression, see the Farm Belt
By DAVID KISH  |  January 22, 2010


How is Obama doing?

In response to a question from Oprah Winfrey about how he would grade his time in office, President Barack Obama gave himself a "solid B-plus."
Not as well as he thinks
By EDITORIAL  |  December 18, 2009

Wild about Harry

What I want to do — what most photographers want to do — is write Harry Callahan a love letter. At the very least, he deserves an elaborate thank-you note for innovating or validating 80 percent of the successful photographs we ever took.
Trailblazing along a narrow path
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  December 11, 2009

Supersonic youth

It’s been a rough couple of months for Randolph Chabot, a/k/a Deastro.
Nothing’s gonna stop Deastro now
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  November 06, 2009

Hip-hop is dead

Depraved hip-hop is the biggest thing to hit trailer-trash America since sliced meds — and not just in redneck pockets, where rap music hardly reached before, but in suburban enclaves where acts like Twiztid and Tech N9ne sell out shows with ease.
. . . or undead, rather — just ask Zombie Death Squad
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 30, 2009

Hip-hop from Hell

Depraved hip-hop is the biggest thing to hit trailer-trash America since sliced meds.
Horrorcore salutes Ice Cube and Alice Cooper
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 30, 2009


Review: Capitalism: A Love Story

In his new film about the Wall Street meltdown, Michael Moore — surprise! — denounces capitalism and its exploitation of the working class. Not that he's above doing a little exploiting himself.
Moore of the same: Capitalism fails to make a prophet
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 02, 2009

Soul training

Mayer Hawthorne rose to instant retro-pop acclaim the same way that everyone from Al Green to Michael Jackson moved on up — work and luck.
Suddenly, Mayer Hawthorne is running retro-pop
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 25, 2009

Wonderdrug wonders reunite

Are you ready for COLEPITZ to be back?
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 25, 2009

Review: It Might Get Loud

Some guitar teachers will tell you there’s a right way and a wrong way to play the guitar. But Davis Guggenheim’s rousing new documentary, It Might Get Loud, reminds us that that’s not true at all.
Davis Guggenheim films his essay on the electric guitar
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 28, 2009