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From Jurowski to Gatsby: 10 top-notch spring events hosted at Boston's premier classical-music venues

Last year, Russian conductor Vladimir Jurowski's BSO debut with Shostakovich's daunting Fourth Symphony was Boston's most thrilling orchestral concert in a long time.

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 01, 2013

Mormons, murderers, and mariners: 10 theater sensations coming to Boston stages this spring

Mitt Romney did his Mormon mission in France. But there are no baguettes or croissants to dip into the lukewarm proselytizing of bumbling elders Price and Cunningham, two young men sent by the Church of Latter-day Saints to convert the unfaithful of a U

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 01, 2013

Review: ''Clemency,'' Boston Lyric Opera's new commission

Intrepid patrons braved ice and slush and Boston's parking ban for the North American premiere of Scottish composer James MacMillan's Clemency (co-commissioned by BLO).

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 22, 2013

The Forgotten Oscars 2013: Our annual celebration of unsung sci-fi, horror, and action films

Wherein we give the Academy a time-traveling, slo-mo bloody hatchet to the face.

By MICHAEL NEEL  |  February 22, 2013

The 55 worst sex scenes of the 21st century

When it comes to eye-bleach-worthy cinema, the new millennium started with a drug-addled Jennifer Connelly having ass-to-ass dildo sex with a prostitute — and has just kept on showering us in ever-more inventive perversions.


From the Phoenix, with love: Clip-and-share Valentines

Valentines for the craft-impaired: print, clip, and spread the love.

By MANY TALENTED ARTISTS  |  February 08, 2013


PHOTOS: Arisia 2013 at the Westin Waterfront | January 20, 2013

Little mermaids, clockwork automatons, and legions of other cosplayers descended upon the waterfront for Boston's annual sci-fi extravaganza Arisia.

By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  January 25, 2013

Toro Y Moi | Anything In Return

Chaz Bundick's done with chillwave, the lo-fi, underwater synth-pop fad that propelled his Toro y Moi project to hipster-blog stardom.
Carpark Records (2013)
By RYAN REED  |  January 18, 2013

Holy Grail | Ride the Void

Prosthetic Records (2013)
Prosthetic Records (2013)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 18, 2013

Yo La Tengo | Fade

Matador Records (2013)
Matador Records (2013)
By GARRETT MARTIN  |  January 18, 2013


Jeffrey Tonnesen’s Night — and Day

Raised on '90s raves, Jeffrey Tonnesen started out by spinning bands like the Clash and the Kinks at hipster rock bars on the Lower East Side; now he plays international fashion shows for Prada and DVF.

By SCOTT KEARNAN  |  January 18, 2013

Review: ''Insider/Outsider''

"Something I learned from going out into public spaces is that sometimes public space isn't actually public," says Sandrine Schaefer.

By GREG COOK  |  November 16, 2012

What's F'N Next: Naomi Punk (Olympia, Washington)

In the Pacific Northwest, Naomi Punk started playing in various underground projects as teenagers about 10 years ago, self-releasing online EPs and CD-Rs to the locals, unconcerned with ever being part of the greater "music world."

By LIZ PELLY @LIZPELLY  |  November 09, 2012

Kvelertak put rock in a chokehold

Kvelertak's missives come packaged in dark roiling paeans to Norse gods and demonic urges, filled with screamed yearnings and frantic warnings.

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 09, 2012

What's F'n Next: Squarehead (Dublin, Ireland)

On a sunny autumn afternoon on a side street in Brooklyn, I sit outside on a rickety black staircase with Squarehead, chatting about their week.

By LIZ PELLY  |  November 02, 2012


Globetrotting with Seth Troxler

The last time Seth Troxler played Boston it was to a room of about 50 people. That changes this week when he plays Sónar.

By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  November 02, 2012

Earning interest in MillionYoung

It could be said that Mike Diaz, a/k/a MillionYoung, is living through the adolescence of his musical career.

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 02, 2012

Pretty & Nice, same as they ever were

It has been four years since Pretty & Nice released their standout full-length, Get Young , but they are quick to reassure us that their motives have changed little.
Cellars by Starlight
By PERRY EATON  |  November 02, 2012

No neigh-saying War Horse at the Opera House

War Horse's puppet Joey, all chestnut mesh and cane and repurposed bicycle parts, could become America's biggest equine sensation since Secretariat.

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 19, 2012

Jay-Z takes the train

Last week, our nation's attention was captured by an extraordinary news story: Jay-Z, for the final night of his concert residence at New York's Barclays Center, travelled to the venue on the subway.

By DAVID THORPE  |  October 19, 2012


What's F'n Next? Swearin'

Allison Crutchfield grew up in the punk-rock world of DIY. And with her newest band, Swearin', she's released one of the best records of the year.

By LIZ PELLY  |  October 19, 2012

Diplo dishes a Major Lazer

After years of putting his sonic touches on other people's tunes, Diplo is hoping to finally step out into the light on his own.

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 19, 2012

The Presets' morning-after party

For the Sydney-based Presets' third album, Pacifica , the attitude shifts from night to day, because after every party comes a new morning.

By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  October 19, 2012

Diamond Rings | Free Dimensional

"Love is a drug, and it's the only one I'm dealing," raps gender-bending synth-pop siren John O'Regan deep into his sophomore album.
Astralwerks (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  October 19, 2012

Titus Andronicus | Local Business

That intersection of punk and prog isn't new, but the prog/punk back-to-basics album is. Enter Titus Andronicus.
XL Records (2012)
By DAN WEISS  |  October 19, 2012


Interview: Andrea Arnold's romantic realism

People in love do crazy things, especially in Andrea Arnold's films. So adapting Emily Brontë's masterpiece of pathological love, Wuthering Heights , came naturally.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 19, 2012

Review: Somewhere Between

Upon her adoption of a Chinese baby girl, filmmaker Linda Goldstein Knowlton wondered how, in years to come, her daughter would view her racial identity.

By BETSY SHERMAN  |  October 19, 2012

Review: Conned (2010)

"What is this, some kinda' fuckin' joke?" These are the first words uttered in writer/director Arthur Luhn's homegrown comedy.

By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 19, 2012

Premiere: Two Years At Sea

London-based filmmaker Ben Rivers has proven a restless creator.

By MAX GOLDBERG  |  October 19, 2012