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The Intelligence | Fake Surfers

With more and more blasted lo-fi nerd bait polluting the record bins and stolen-music blogs these days, it's gotten increasingly difficult to sort out the real deal from the hangers-on.
In the Red (2009)
By MARTIN PAVLINIC  |  May 22, 2009
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Review: Skate 2

Skate 2 is legit
Chairman of the board
By MITCH KRPATA  |  January 26, 2009
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The pile-up

No longer is there an off-season or even a chance to catch our breath after the fall deluge.
A blizzard of new games
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 29, 2008
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Technically improved

Snow sports shred the space-time continuum this winter, with new styles that push technological boundaries for form and function.
Ski and snowboard gear refined, not redefined
By CLEA SIMON  |  November 18, 2008
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Skatepark design picked


Results
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 01, 2008
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Beautiful Losers (2008)

A documentary, directed with Joshua Leonard, about an energized group portrait whose accessibility is abetted by the artists’ collectively keen sense of humor.
An energized portrait of Alleged Gallery artists
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  September 24, 2008


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Vote for your favorite design online

Slowly but surely, the city’s skaters (and bikers) are moving closer to getting the skatepark they need.
Skatepark rolls forward
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 17, 2008
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Roller-skate skinny

Sometime between the advent of rollerblades and the invention of those irksome Heelys, America forgot about roller-skating.
Struggling Chez Vous keeps it on the wheel
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 16, 2008
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Monsters unleashed

The best moments came when Eso ran down his action-figure collection — from Silver Surfer to Storm Shadow — while wearing an X-Wing commander helmet.
7L + Esoteric at the Middle East Downstairs, June 14, 2008
By DAVID BOFFA  |  June 16, 2008
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Fringe festival

Off the beaten path, the fringes of Boston's gallery scene are seeing new development, and even expansion.
Galleries off the beaten path
By GREG COOK  |  June 10, 2008

Smoking the terrain with a heavily radical nose-wheelie

This article originally appeared in the May 30, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
In which we try to understand the skateboarding subculture
By D.C. Denison  |  June 02, 2008


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Ignoring the void

A deceptively conventional, open-minded documentary.
Surfwise leaves the ties that bind knotty and frayed
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 21, 2008

Oddballs and noisemakers

Twenty years ago, the American Top 40 was nothing like Boston’s live music scene.
Looking back 20 years to the Pixies' Surfer Rosa and the beginning of the Best Music Poll
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 07, 2008

Jump to it

Tax reform is the Evel Knievel of political issues. It gives us the most pleasure when it crashes and burns.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  March 19, 2008
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Memory laps

The memory plays tricks, but not enough to change the past.
Van Sant takes time for a ride in Paranoid Park
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 12, 2008
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Hot for teacher

Jack Black may have popularized the notion of a fantasy school of rock, but for 3200 students at 40 schools around the country, the School of Rock is very real.
Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes joins the School of Rock
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 12, 2008


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Merry Christmas . . . not

A holiday gift should say something about the giver.
Passive-aggressive gifts for the asshole who has everything
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  December 10, 2007
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The other side of the mountain

If you don’t ski or snowboard, winter is the longest, loneliest season.
New winter-sport challenges for snow-klutzes and hotshots
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  December 10, 2007

Evel dead

Evel Knievel certainly wasn’t the first person to become a superstar by risking life and limb to entertain the masses.
Balls and pucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  December 05, 2007
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Insane fun

You don't have to go to the Rockies or the Alps or jump out of a helicopter skis-first to get a chilling thrill this winter.
New England resorts embrace extreme skiing and riding
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  November 14, 2007
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If looks could thrill

The world of snow sports merges with the world of art in completely unique way.
Graphic design meets boards and twin tips
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  November 14, 2007


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Pure idiocy

We’ve had some real winners light up the crime blotter this year.
Sports blotter: "Genius of the year" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 07, 2007
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Strummer vacation

The first two installments of the enormously popular Guitar Hero franchise were designed and developed by Harmonix, a Cambridge-based company famous for employing a horde of musicians.
Guitar Hero 3  is on its own
By RYAN STEWART  |  November 06, 2007
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Warren Miller’s Playground

Playground loses the intimacy that the similarly fashioned Endless Summer surfer series achieved.
Skiing in a relentlessly-cut-to-heavy-metal format
By TOM MEEK  |  October 31, 2007
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Kid at play

Slouching on a Marriott lobby couch in jeans, T-shirt, and sandals, blond-haired Teddy Thompson looks like a California surfer.
Teddy Thompson ’ s country jag
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 16, 2007
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Board meeting

Competition is a good thing.
EA’s latest is no cheap Skate
By MITCH KRPATA  |  October 09, 2007


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Say anything


A Scarborough man’s new movie shows a lot, but tells little
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 19, 2007
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War, peace, and Robert Pinsky

Every few years, a fall publishing season emerges that should remind us that Boston could be the literary epicenter of America.
The season's fiction, non-fiction, and poetry
By JOHN FREEMAN  |  September 12, 2007
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And one

Let’s play a game — it’s called “Celebrity Take-the-Hint.”
Sports blotter: "NBA Street" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  September 05, 2007
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With a blank slate, anything’s possible. Plus, Art on Decks

Today, the cracked and faded tennis courts off St James Street are nothing much to look at.
Skate park
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 05, 2007