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Review: For Colored Girls

Can a mid-'70s play consisting of 20 monologues delivered by seven women survive the transition to movie screens in 2010? The short answer: not if it's adapted by Tyler Perry.
Tyler Perry turns Ntozake Shange’s “choreopoem” into . . . a Tyler Perry movie.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 30, 2010

No moves required

Some of us are just better off not shaking it in public. So here are a few recurring options for rad nights of music that require not an ounce of dance mojo on your part.
Club nights for ye who cannot dance
By MATT PARISH  |  February 26, 2010

Ten years of great sports

Moments after Adam Vinatieri's field goal split the uprights as the clock expired in the Louisiana Superdome on February 3, 2002, the streets of Boston were in bedlam. Drunk people dangled from trees and hung off lampposts. Motorists leaned on their ho
Boston's road from Loserville to Title Town
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 25, 2009

The Big Hurt: Lambert works it, 50 blows it, Moz ends it

ADAM LAMBERT 's spicy AMA performance continues to dominate entertainment headlines, weeks after it first scandalized the nation — but why does America care what a man does with another man in the secluded privacy of the American Music Awards?
The Big Hurt: Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 11, 2009

The Big Hurt: Don't look back in anger

"You don't know what you've got till it's gone," Janet Jackson once famously sampled, and how true it is. Only now that Noel Gallagher has left in a firestorm of brotherly acrimony can I truly take stock of my feelings toward Oasis.
The best of times with the worst of bands
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 11, 2009

Kinky Boston

A small audience settles in to a few rows of plastic chairs to watch a woman named Bunny get spanked — but not as voyeurs. They're students. And this is Sadomasochism 101.
Chased underground by Bay State blue laws, fetishists are flourishing
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  April 10, 2009


The Big Hurt: Playing with fire

Milli-selling rapgoblin Lil Wayne probably didn’t worry too much about borrowing the Rolling Stones’ “Play with Fire” for the hook of his track “Playing with Fire.”
Lil Wayne runs afoul of the ABKCO juggernaut
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 05, 2008

The week in boners

With his new album expected to hit #1 on the Billboard charts this week, I think (Nasty) Nas is getting a bit swell-headed.
Ross exposed, FCC hosed, hicks opposed
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 28, 2008

Going on sale: June 13, 2008

Mogwai, Janet Jackson, Coldplay and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  June 10, 2008

The cyborg and the sistah

What’s in a fantasy world?
Janet’s Discipline and Badu’s New AmErykah
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  March 17, 2008

Dance, Monkey!: Tracy Morgan

Janet Jackson. I’ll get to her.
We put a visiting comic on the hot seat
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  December 26, 2007


Start with some Spice

The game is on for the reunited Spice Girls.
A recipe for a tuneful 2008
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 26, 2007

Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?

Janet Jackson as the staid academic “Perfect Patty” delivers a smoldering nugget that lingers on screen long after the moment has passed.
Another African-American life lesson
By TOM MEEK  |  October 18, 2007

In praise of four-letter words

The perversity of today’s FCC is that by being vague it can be more effectively chilling, censorious, and repressive.
Or why the FCC should go fuck itself
By EDITORIAL  |  August 29, 2007

Marketing magic

When you dial the Disney Channel headquarters in Burbank and ask to be transferred, the operator will cheerily instruct you to have a “magical day.”
Building the new Disney empire, one tween at a time
By SHARON STEEL  |  August 15, 2007

Basstown tales

As Boston goes, the origin stories of superstar DJs are few and far between.
Superstar DJ/producer Armand Van Helden’s Boston story
By DAVID DAY  |  May 21, 2007

Dick for a day

I don't consider myself very girlie.
Arcades, sports bars, cigar bars, and strip clubs: for two intrepid female reporters, it’s all in the name of research  
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  May 17, 2007

Tie me up, tie me down

It’s always an inspiring moment when an artist goes independent, breaks from the major-label corporate structure, and joins the brave new world of DIY.
Melissa Ferrick takes stock
By BRETT MILANO  |  January 03, 2007

Wired for sound

In the hideyholes and squares all around our expansive city, pockets of electronic-music action can be found churning and yearning. Paul Dailey, "Live in Portland" (mp3)
Paul Dailey nationwide; Jimmy Van M at ID
By DAVID DAY  |  December 06, 2006

Citizen Slaine

Trying to get to the bottom of one of the Boston scene’s more controversial rappers is no easy feat.
In the studio with Boston’s hardest-working rapper
By MATTHEW M. BURKE  |  September 27, 2006

On the racks: September 26, 2006 Ludacris, Alan Jackson, and Scissor Sisters.
Tori Amos, the Lemonheads, Janet Jackson
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 26, 2006


Forward into the past!

Could it be just a coincidence that as I sit here writing this, a grizzled Bob Seger is gearing up for the release of Face the Promise , the Detroit rocker’s first proper studio album in, oh, forever and a day? The Lemonheads, "No Backbone" (mp3)
Oldies and more in the season’s CD releases
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 14, 2006

Rating the raters

I’m surprised that this close to the November elections neither party has opted for the tried-and-true tradition of scapegoating Hollywood indecency for easy votes. You don't know Dick: Kirby on making an unrated film. By Peter Keough
Kirby Dick goes after the MPAA
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 13, 2006

Everywoman blues

America’s R&B queen brings the pain.
Mary J. Blige at Bank of America Pavilion
By MICHAEL FREEDBERG  |  August 04, 2006

Folk hero

Richard Thompson’s fans can be a bit smug about the singer/guitarist’s ongoing failure to achieve a commercial breakthrough.
Richard Thompson’s Free Reed box
By BRETT MILANO  |  March 29, 2006