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Newton shooter aims to please

If a Jamaican bobsled team can qualify for the Winter Olympics, then certainly a gunslinger from liberal Newton has a fighting chance in a rigorous shootout below the Mason-Dixon Line.
Run and gun
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 16, 2010

Play by play: March 26, 2010

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

Play by play: March 12, 2010

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

The Big Hurt: Clench and release(1)

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

Choir power

The Romantic notion of artistic merit is that one must plumb the depths of despair to emerge with great work — and that the finest triumphs are often born of the direst misery.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo raise their voices
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 05, 2010


Vampire Weekend | Contra

There are a few words I did not expect to use in describing Vampire Weekend's second album. Paul-Simony-er is one of them.
XL (2010)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 08, 2010

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

Review: Throw Down Your Heart

Hip-hop, funk, and jazz artists are not the only cats who trace creative roots to Africa. So do such banjo-plucking white boys as Béla Fleck.
Magical mystery tour
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 10, 2009

LA story

Ask people around here why they'd never move to LA and "the traffic" will reliably top the list. That sure sounds reasonable, but check it out: by not languishing in belching cars and rotting the sky for hours at a time, by not submitting to the forced
Little Joy's journey starts at home
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  June 19, 2009

Reggae revival

The climate is tropical, sweet skunk fills the air, and reggae jams are hitting such lofty decibels that I can't even feel my phone vibrate.
Booming in Boston's underground, Caribbean riddims are about to burst back into the mainstream
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 22, 2009


The Earth moves

There is an element of bare-bones pageantry in Brecht's play — which, the dramatist being a Marxist, has as much to say about knowledge and the marketplace as it does about the father of modern science's impassioned head butt to the opiate of the people
The Life of Galileo ; Spring Awakening ; Picasso at the Lapin Agile
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 01, 2009

Review: Vampire Weekend and Black Kids live

Somehow, I ended up with extra tickets for last Sunday's Vampire Weekend show, and I gotta tell you: I couldn't give these things away.
WFNX's Miracle on Tremont Street, Orpheum Theatre December 7, 2008
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 09, 2008

Philly busters

Jedi Mind Tricks frontman Vinnie Paz instructed me to meet him at a barren studio beneath a highway overpass in South Philly, where they were at work on their latest, A History of Violence (now out on Babygrande).  
In the studio with Jedi Mind Tricks
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 21, 2008

Winning losers

Every last one of you who votes in our Best Music Poll is a treasure; but blessed are those who write-in.
Stand up for your write(-ins)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 07, 2008

Show and tell

After a brief late-December break from the usual boatload of good shows, the flood picks up right where it left off in early January.
A whole new year of live music
By WILL SPITZ  |  January 04, 2008


A pair of Kings

Elvis loved Elvis tribute acts.
The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Show
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  September 04, 2007

The King is dead (and rich)

It was 30 years ago next Thursday.
Long live Elvis’s ghost
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 08, 2007

Natural born liar

If you ever wanted a definition of “congenital liar,” just look at Dick “Big Time” Cheney.  
“Shots and Beer” lives in persistent denial
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  January 31, 2007

Simon rattled

When Paul Simon reunited with Art Garfunkel in 2003 for a nostalgia tour , I wasn’t alone in thinking, “That’s it, then, he’s thrown in the towel.” Paul Simon,  "Father and Daughter"  (Windows Media) | Paul Simon, "Outrageous" (Windows Media)
Paul’s latest is a surprise
By ELIOT WILDER  |  June 14, 2006

Inside AWAL

Playing middleman between emerging artists and the digital marketplace, Artists Without a Label is quietly reinventing the music industry, one download at a time.
A behind-the-scenes look at the men who put the Arctic Monkeys and the Editors on the map
By IAN SANDS  |  June 12, 2006


Doin’ it live

The winter concert scene’s got something for everybody, from Averi to Zakir Hussain. Okay, I couldn’t resist that bit of alphabetical hackery, but it’s true.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  January 09, 2006