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Pop and culture in brief

Last month, a peculiar scrap of music history went up for auction in England: a framed pair of ELVIS PRESLEY's husky briefs — "unwashed," according to the BBC, and still "soiled with stains."
The Big Hurt
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 21, 2012
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Local heroes at the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame

Rick Bellaire, one of the chief organizers of the new Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame, had an early feel for the state's gifts to the national culture.
Honor Roll
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 13, 2012
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Chris Isaak | Beyond the Sun

Critics of Chris Isaak have long considered him a neo-Elvis in a cheaper suit.
Vanguard (2011)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 21, 2011
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Amy Winehouse, 1983–2011

While we all await the inevitable "Last Days of Amy Winehouse" report from Rolling Stone , let's take a breather and remember the voice. It was slow, smoky, insinuating, sweet-and-sour, and seemed to conjure a handful of jazz-and-soul divas in a sylla
In Memoriam
By JON GARELICK  |  July 29, 2011
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A bankrobber downsizes

There's nothing like an art heist to make a journalist spout hyperbole.
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By JOHN LARRABEE  |  April 15, 2011
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Classic burlesque star swings into town

"I've always been a class act," says Tempest Storm, the 82-year-old Burlesque Hall of Fame dancer. "I have a personality that really connects with the audience — the expression on your face, your eyes, your smile — I've been told that . . . when I hit
Octogenarian dedication
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 05, 2010


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Grave Spotting

I asked the question this way: "Where would you want to be buried?" Not "do," but "would." That is to say if, by chance, you were to die, unlikely as that might be, where would you want to spend all of nonexistence?
Spooky? A bit, but Massachusetts's cemeteries are also the bucolic, final resting places of many great American writers.
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  June 18, 2010
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Temptation: Some Like It Hot

Cole Porter and I disagree about love. He's always too darn hot. Me? I'm like a lizard: the weather heats me up.
A Martha's Vineyard lust odyssey
By ELIZABETH WEIL  |  June 18, 2010
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Temptation: Some Like It Hot

Cole Porter and I disagree about love. He's always too darn hot. Me? I'm like a lizard: the weather heats me up.
A Martha's Vineyard lust odyssey
By ELIZABETH WEIL  |  June 18, 2010
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Cool killer

Ace Atkins’s new novel is what the movie Public Enemies should have been.
Ace Atkins runs down Machine Gun Kelly
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  May 21, 2010
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The radio on TV

There is nothing new about bands playing on television. But local bands and local channels? Lately there’s been something of an explosion.
Suddenly local music is all over the airwaves
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 14, 2010


Election attracting urine stains

For those who have felt that the entertainment value of Our Little Towne’s mayoral elections has been in serious decline since the Bud-I’s extended stay in New Jersey, look no further than the RIFuture blog.
Drama queens and vampire squids
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 23, 2010
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Midnight ramblers

In rock ’n’ roll, it was possible to live in Harvard Square, be a musician — a local musician — and be able to pay your rent and find restaurants where you could eat and buy food and survive, and feel that there was a sense of . . . future, with hope and
Rock legend Peter Wolf serves dinner and verse to the Phoenix ’s poet .
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 09, 2010
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Joyride

It is May 1966, in the Prelude Club in Harlem, an Atlantic Records release party.
The Worcester Art Museum shows us ‘Who Shot Rock & Roll’
By GREG COOK  |  March 26, 2010

Play by play: March 26, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, March 26, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 26, 2010
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Go for the doughnuts

The French Press occupies the conceptual space matching its geographic location: to the left of Dunkin Donuts — more local, more artisanal, but hitting the same basic notes.
The French Press is making a name for itself
By BRIAN DUFF  |  March 26, 2010


Play by Play: March 19, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule.
Boston's weekly theater schedule.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 19, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Clench and release(1)

Press-release time again!
The week in awful press releases
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 12, 2010

Play by play: March 12, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, week of March 12, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 12, 2010
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Unitards survive the ages


  Truthfully I've been looking for an excuse to do a blog post in which I could use this clip of Jean-Claude Van Damme dancing in...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  March 04, 2010
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Fela Kuti | The ’69 L.A. Sessions

Amiri Baraka put it best in his poem "In the Funk World": "If Elvis Presley is King/Who is James Brown, God?" So, by that logic, is Fela Anikulapo Kuti higher than or equal to God?
Knitting Factory (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  February 12, 2010


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Excerpt: Evening’s Empire by BIll Flanagan

In this chapter, "The Drugs Don't Work," aging rock star Emerson Cutler and his manager, Jack Flynn, are seeking inspiration — and desperately trying to jumpstart his career.
An excerpt from Bill Flanagan’s new novel, Evening’s Empire , the true story of a band that never existed
By BILL FLANAGAN  |  February 05, 2010
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Various Artists | Casual Victim Pile: Austin 2010

The notion that regional musical flavors exist independently in American cities is quickly becoming an archaic truism, seeing as how the world really is a stage these days, at least in the digital sense.
Matador (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  January 08, 2010
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Tech Support

"Lo! Men have become the tools of their tools." So wrote Henry David Thoreau, a long time ago, in Walden .
Stereo equipment is so passé. This year's unnecessarily awesome gadgets will stir coffee and turn T-shirts into guitars.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 11, 2009
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Elvis Presley | Elvis 75: Good Rockin' Tonight

There's a plethora of Elvis Presley albums on the market, most of them compilations and box sets, each focusing on certain hits, eras, and/or styles.
RCA/Legacy (2009)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  December 11, 2009
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Rear-view mirror

After a few days of Indian Summer to remind us of the summer we nearly didn't have, it's timely to shed some warm light on albums released recently that didn't get their proper due.
Albums you shouldn't let slip by
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 13, 2009


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David Bowie | Space Oddity: 40th Anniversary Edition

David Bowie’s 1969 album Man of Music/Man of Words was retitled a few years after its debut, most likely because it was quickly becoming known as Space Oddity and Those Other Eight Songs We Could Care Less About .
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By ZETH LUNDY  |  October 30, 2009
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Photos: ACT UP New York: Activism, Art and the AIDS Crisis

Photos from the exhibit on display from October 15 to December 23, 2009.
ACT UP New York: Activism, Art and the AIDS Crisis 1987–1993 at the Carpenter Center 
By CARPENTER CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS  |  October 23, 2009
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Lowe life

Nick Lowe is a rare creature, a punk rock founding father who has endured and evolved gracefully.
 Nick Lowe on growing up and growing old in the music business
By MICHAEL ATCHISON  |  October 09, 2009
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Rosanne Cash | The List

In 1973, when she was an 18-year-old rock fan, Rosanne Cash's dad gave her a list of songs he felt she should know — mostly country, all falling under the current banner Americana. She held onto that list, and now she's recorded a dozen tunes from it.
Manhattan (2009)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  October 02, 2009