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The Big Hurt: The Year Ahead

Predicting the future is a little silly.

By DAVID THORPE  |  December 21, 2012
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Review: Growing up fast in 'Dancing Your Bedroom'

"Dancing In Your Bedroom," at the Chazan Gallery at the Wheeler School (228 Angell Street, Providence, through April 9), appears to have teleported stuffed animals, posters, bookbags, and the disheveled beds of teens right into the space.
Inner sanctum
By GREG COOK  |  April 01, 2011
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The Big Hurt: NKOTBSB hit the road!

Guys! You guys! Holy shit, guys: NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK and the BACKSTREET BOYS are teaming up for a headlining tour in 2011.
Plus, Justin Bieber vs. Wyclef Jean, Primal Scream vs. Kevin Shields, and Beatles UK vs. Beatles USA
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 03, 2010

Bubblegum pop, legendary sax, and a taste of Trails

Though they didn't win the ROCK-OFF this year, pop band FYVE did turn more than a few heads, with a bubblegum pop sound bolstered by twin-sister harmonies.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  August 20, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Critic proof

One of the perks of being a credible music journalist for a major weekly is that record labels are always sending you free promo CDs, hoping you'll find the time to shine the light of your critical expertise upon them (and liberally quote the press kit).
The wacky world of Allstar Weekend
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 16, 2010

Hire us now, Ms. Gist!

Wow! Bow-wow! How do we get a job to write a speech for state education commissioner Deborah Gist for a cool $10,000?
Will tap dance for free!
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 28, 2010


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Works in progress

Back in October, Minnesota photographer Alec Soth spoke at MassArt. "Facebook: 15 billion uploaded photos," he said. "At its busiest, 550,000 images each second being uploaded. So I've been struggling with that. How do I function as a photographer in th
Photography after Facebook at the PRC, 'Boston Does Boston III' at Proof, and Taro Shinoda at Gardner
By GREG COOK  |  January 15, 2010
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Photos: Most popular slideshows of 2009

Our most popular slideshows from the last year: including Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Dale Bozzio's crazy cat house, and much more.
Don't blame us. You clicked on them!
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 25, 2009
Ticket on-sale alert: Nick Jonas and the Administration at the Orpheum

Ticket on-sale alert: Nick Jonas and the Administration at the Orpheum


My favorite Jonas Brothers song -- wait, you don't have one? -- is called "One Man Show," and the main reason I like it is...
By Carly Carioli  |  December 01, 2009
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10 memorable moments from Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is an unapologetic, cross-promotional cheese-fest. But whether you love or hate it, you have to admit that its giant balloons are nearly as synonymous with the holiday feast as turkey, cranberries, and indigestion.
From historical to horrific to humorous, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is iconic
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  November 27, 2009
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Band of outsiders

The Beatings got back from their eighth US tour the day before, but they’re already reconvening over at frontman Eldridge Rodriguez’s misplaced little two-story beach house in Lower Allston. I do a double take on the way through the cute picket fence.
The Beatings are at home under the radar
By MATT PARISH  |  September 11, 2009


Jonas Brothers to Damone: You're the one!

Jonas Brothers to Damone: You're the one!


  Youre The One - DamoneDuring the last week of June, a fan of the Boston pop-metal band DAMONE noticed an unusual number of comments...
By Carly Carioli  |  August 05, 2009
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Interview: Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit

In 2008, Passion Pit won Best New Artist in our Best Music Poll.
Cleaning up with this year's BMP winners
By CARLY CARIOLI AND RYAN STEWART  |  July 31, 2009
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Photos: Jonas Brothers at the Garden

Photos from the Jonas Brothers World Tour 2009 at Boston's TD Garden
Jonas Brothers and Jordin Sparks, live at the Garden, July 17, 2009
By DAVID F. NICHOLSON  |  July 24, 2009
Review: Jonas Brothers and Jordin Sparks at the Garden

Review: Jonas Brothers and Jordin Sparks at the Garden


 25 MORE PHOTOS: Jonas Brothers and Jordin Sparks at Boston Garden.  It might be much more romantic if it were impossible for pop stars to...
By Carly Carioli  |  July 20, 2009
Jonas Brothers playing pick-up game in Brockton today?

Jonas Brothers playing pick-up game in Brockton today?


According to their Twitter account, it looks like the Jonas Brothers are hitting the Brockton Rox's field for a little pickup baseball this afternoon. Photos...
By Carly Carioli  |  July 18, 2009


Matt Taibbi Smacks Goldman Sachs Silly

Matt Taibbi Smacks Goldman Sachs Silly


  Since no self-respecting person would ever buy the new Rolling Stone (with the Jonas Brother...
By Chris Faraone  |  July 07, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Bomb squad

Plenty of great shit to get excited about this week: new Wilco and Jarvis Cocker, tons of Rolling Stones reissues, a double-disc Jonas Brothers DVD spectacular, and the long-awaited 31st edition of the venerable Now That's What I Call Music! series. Bu
This week in optional listening
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 03, 2009
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The Jonas Brothers | Lines, Vines and Trying Times

For a group of guys who made their name as the boy band of whom no mom could disapprove, the Jonas Brothers have developed some pretty repellent ideas about the fairer sex. In what seems like every other song here, they whine about how crazy and needy
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By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 26, 2009
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The Jonas Brothers | Lines, Vines and Trying Times

For a group of guys who made their name as the boy band of whom no mom could disapprove, the Jonas Brothers have developed some pretty repellent ideas about the fairer sex. In what seems like every other song here, they whine about how crazy and needy
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By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 26, 2009
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The Jonas Brothers | Lines, Vines and Trying Times

For a group of guys who made their name as the boy band of whom no mom could disapprove, the Jonas Brothers have developed some pretty repellent ideas about the fairer sex. In what seems like every other song here, they whine about how crazy and needy
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By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 26, 2009


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The Jonas Brothers | Lines, Vines and Trying Times

For a group of guys who made their name as the boy band of whom no mom could disapprove, the Jonas Brothers have developed some pretty repellent ideas about the fairer sex. In what seems like every other song here, they whine about how crazy and needy
Hollywood (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 26, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Parse and labor

I think music-news headlines are now officially my favorite part of pop music.
The week in unhelpful headlines
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 19, 2009
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Sugar-coated pop, anyone?

With lines such as "chock-full of sunny melodies and intimate, introspective lyrics with bright, polished production," I clearly didn't stumble onto the next Jesus Lizard here.
Jonas Dream's merry melodies
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 01, 2009
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Dance, Monkey!: Joe Madaus

Every week we put a comic in the hotseat this week's victim.......
Loves to go whaling
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 26, 2009
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Action Jackson

Locally, Loverless, This Way, and now Highway Jackson are forging a bit of a rock renaissance in Portland.
Screaming down the Highway, over the limit
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 04, 2009


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Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience

Just as there's no good reason for Joe, Kevin, and Nick Jonas to be swoon-inducing pop-idol heartthrobs.
Uncomfortable all around
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 04, 2009
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2008 Listravaganza Part 2

Everything you wanted to know about the year in music, in tidy lists of 10.
The lighter side of music in 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 05, 2009
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Good news, bad news

It will be the best of times. Or, perhaps, it will be the worst.
Fear and loathing? Or happy days? The only thing we know for sure about the coming year is that we're all in this together.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 30, 2008
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Yule be sorry

It eventually occurred to me that most if not all of the Christmas music I listened to, I did so in the service of some ulterior message.
Little gifts lurk among holiday horrors
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 11, 2008