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Lucid dreaming

How far the Lucid have come. Sure, sometimes a band come out of the gate firing on all cylinders and crush their debut album, using chemistry and energy to overcome lack of experience. But far more common is for a band to take a little while to find the
An effervescent ride on the mothership
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 04, 2011
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Updike does death, R. Crumb does God, Vanity Fair does Proust

Trying to reach as broad a range of tastes and pocketbooks as possible, we this year scavenged everything from the front pages of the Onion to R. Crumb's genesis, to valedictory Updike. Stuff to read, stuff to look at, glossy pages and matte. Remember
Gift books to savor
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 11, 2009
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Review: A Serious Man

The Coen Brothers have put the sad back in sadism.
The Coens find no country for A Serious Man
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 09, 2009
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More than a feeling

The centerpiece of the Museum of Fine Arts' "Contemporary Outlook: Seeing Songs" is Candice Breitz's 2005 Queen (A Portrait of Madonna), a wall of 30 televisions, each showing a different Madonna fan singing a cappella to her 1990 greatest-hits compilat
Music inspires art at the MFA, Panopticon, and the Gardner
By GREG COOK  |  July 24, 2009
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Photos: 'Seeing Songs' at MFA

Contemporary Outlook: Seeing Songs at the MFA
An eclectic mix of work that draws on music as inspiration
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 17, 2009
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Psyched Up

The music of these bands are rooted in the psychedelic movements that erupted 40 years ago, but we were spared extended druggy superjams.
The Black Angels + The Warlocks at the Middle East Downstairs, June 29, 2008
By MEGAN V. BELL  |  July 01, 2008


Then and now

It’s not exactly a stroll down Memory Lane, but pretty close to it.
Listening to A State of Blue
By BOB GULLA  |  February 06, 2008
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Flying solo

No man is an island — not even in solo performance.
And Now Ladies and Gentlemen, Miss Judy Garland; RFK; Nightingale
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 13, 2007
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Moscoso and more

Victor Moscoso’s ’60s rock posters can get you all choked up about the shows. Slideshow: Posters from Sex, Rock & Optical Illusions: Victor Moscoso, Master of Psychedelic Posters & Comix
Hearing the ’60s through poster art
By GREG COOK  |  July 25, 2006
Wolf Parade

Holy F#@%!

ThePhoenix.com’s Pulitzer-winning classical music columnist told us he was going to see Wolf Parade. We said, “You better get us a camera-phone photo.”
A classical aesthete checks out Wolf Parade. And their vulgar opening band, too.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 08, 2006
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Break on through (to the other side)

Rachel Perry Welty sees art where many of us see annoying little things to be thrown away or deleted: the funny-shaped plastic tabs cleverly invented to close the bag around a loaf of bread; the identifying stickers found on most fruit; answering-machin
Traveling Scholars and rock posters at the MFA, student annual at the SMFA, and Islamic drawings at the Sackler
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  February 10, 2006