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Live review: The Upper Crust and the Lights Out rock New Year’s Eve

An annual tradition, local fop-rock faves the Upper Crust headlined Church's NYE festivities for a fourth straight year, but rock upstarts the Lights Out provided a healthy bit of rock of their own during 2010's last gasp.
Dropping balls at Church in the Fens
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  January 07, 2011

Review: Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel

You might expect that a sycophantic documentary about Hugh Hefner would suggest that Hef invented tits and ass. Brigitte Berman's Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel goes farther.
Rabbit run: Hef poses as a history maker
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  August 13, 2010

Photos: KISS at TD Garden

KISS brings their Alive/35: 2009 North American tour to Boston's TD Garden
KISS, live at TD Garden, October 5, 2009
By CARINA MASTROCOLA  |  October 09, 2009

Review: Extract

I'm hard-pressed to say, though, whether Extract is a significant leap forward for Judge in terms of story or just not as funny as his earlier work.
Mike Judge goes back to work
By MARK BAZER  |  September 04, 2009

Review: AC-DC at Gillette Stadium

Photos of AC/DC at Gillette Stadium: Let There Be Rock 
AC/DC, live at Gillette Stadium, on July 28, 2009
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 07, 2009
Fletcher, LeVeille, Johnston, Gene Simmons, MRTPQ and WTF

Fletcher, LeVeille, Johnston, Gene Simmons, MRTPQ and WTF

Fletcher finds out he's an uncle again, via Facebook. Again. Steve Leveille joins us on th...
By Charlie  |  January 29, 2009

Bringing sexy back

I give you serious props for listing all-time douche Roger Clemens at the number-one slot, as well as for giving Tom Cruise, Tom Brady, and other unsavories their, uh, “due.”
Letters to the Boston editor, April 11, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 09, 2008

Post-punk pantheon

They were, by definition, misfits.
Daydream Nation  tops our list of 10 landmark albums that made indie rock
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 16, 2007

The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 60-51

These guys couldn't turn on a radio
By  |  April 13, 2007

Worst in breed: Music

Who are the unsexiest music men of 2007?
The 100 Unsexiest men 2007
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 12, 2007

Worst in breed: Television

Who are the unsexiest TV men of 2007?
The 100 Unsexiest men of 2007
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 12, 2007


Bon appétit

With apologies to those of my readers who were expecting a poignant analysis of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s Shalom in the Home .
Sometimes you eat the bull and sometimes . . .
By JAMES PARKER  |  March 28, 2007

Extended family

Last year, after surviving a deal with RCA and returning to indie Hydra Head, Cave In were voted Best Local Metal Band in the Phoenix /WFNX Best Music Poll. Octave Museum, "Kid Defender" (mp3)
Cave In spin off
By JEFF BREEZE  |  January 11, 2007

On the Racks: May 23, 2006

Plus new releases by Osaka Popstar, PJ Harvey, and the American Idol kids.
Def Leppard, Dixie Chicks, Damone
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 23, 2006

Bad to the bone

What happens when a savvy creative person starts believing his or her own hype?
Has Hank III self-destructed?
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 13, 2006