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Photos: Nappy Roots at Harpers Ferry

Rap quintet Nappy Roots perform at Harpers Ferry on July 22, 2010.
Nappy Roots, live at Harpers Ferry, on July 22, 2010
By ERIN BALDASSARI  |  July 30, 2010

Cowardly new world

I know that the ancient Mayan calendar indicated the world may end in 2012, but I doubt it. Instead, let me illustrate how bad it might get, starting in that year.
Diverse-City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  May 28, 2010
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Review: Soundtrack For A Revolution

Soundtrack for a Revolution provides an uplifting history lesson.
Images of brutality and triumph
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 28, 2010
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Brown, baby, Brown

Senator Scott Brown is getting a lot of praise from the left and abuse from the right for crossing party lines to help pass a jobs bill earlier this week.
The Senator masters the art of playing it safe. Plus, Deval vs. the Legislature.
By EDITORIAL  |  February 26, 2010
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New and improved Romney

Scott Brown's unexpected victory in last month's special US Senate election captured the attention of the country — and particularly of core Republican voters, who huddled eagerly before their TV screens to watch their hero du jour give his acceptance
He's more fiscal, less social. And he's got millions. But will GOP voters give a Mitt?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 12, 2010
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Winter warmers

Sure, some bands take the easy route and have album releases through the summer, enticing you to shows with back-patio barbecues and all-night rooftop after-parties. In January? Not so much.
Local rockers drop it like it's cold
By MATT PARISH  |  January 01, 2010


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Keep up with the Mad Men

Don Draper and his ad men swig whiskey all day like it's no thing, but some of you daintier folk may think scotch and bourbon are too harsh.
A whiskey primer to get you in the door
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 11, 2009
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Two turtle doves

Like a mug of hot cocoa after an afternoon of sledding, sometimes a good Christmas gift isn't quite complete without a second one that enhances the pleasures of the first.
Sometimes the best gifts come in pairs
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 11, 2009
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Catch a falling star

There was a time, not long ago, when two things were true. The first was that the University of Miami was a perennial college-football powerhouse. The second was that Willie Williams was going to be the next big thing among college-football linebackers.
Willie Williams and Charles Rogers prove that "can't miss" prospects sometimes do
By MATT TAIBBI  |  September 25, 2009

Providence Fall Preview Listings 2009

A page of listings for local music, theater, art, festivals and more this fall.
Music, theater, art, festivals and more in the coming months
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 18, 2009
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Diane Sawyer and the new voice of authority

The sight of Barack Obama in the White House has, rather quickly, taken on the air of the ordinary.
Anchors away
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 11, 2009


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Book of Samuel, Vol. 3

It's so easy not to think about the music Samuel James makes much at all. Built from the very pillars of American music, it's easy to dismiss it as an homage, a throwback, a curiosity. And it is all those things, with James's ageless voice — he could b
For the ages, and For Rosa, Maeve and Noreen
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 21, 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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Mixed book bag

It looks like a good season run-up to beach reads, with new fiction from Denis Johnson and Aleksandar Hemon, biographies of Gabriel García Márquez and Cornelius Vanderbilt, and John Updike's final collection of poetry.
Reads to thaw out with
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  March 16, 2009
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Review: In the Devil's Territory by Kyle Minor

In Kyle Minor's dark debut collection of stories, personal secrets always exact a terrible price.
Kyle Minor's book of secrets
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  February 25, 2009
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Feel the pain

Barn Burning is the acclaimed audio outlet for singer/guitarist Anthony Loffredio, a Providence native whose introspective tales are spun well beyond his 33 years and well-complemented by a revolving door of musicians since the 2004 promising debut Weat
The bittersweet smolder of Barn Burning
By CHRIS CONTI  |  October 22, 2008


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Back to the barricades

In the fall of 2005, when the artist and curator Mark Tribe began teaching at Brown University, he was struck by how little protest there was on campus at a time of war.  
Can reenacting Vietnam-era protests help us rethink Iraq?
By GREG COOK  |  October 15, 2008
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Socks appeal

Rico swaggers down the aisle of the Art House Theatre in Provincetown, oozing confidence and brazenly flirting with the cheering women who’ve claimed every available seat for the sold-out show.
Drag kings flip the script on gender impersonation. We go undercover to get to the meat of the matter.
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  July 09, 2008
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Caged cat

“Sports Blotter” fans are already well-versed in the career of former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry.
Sports blotter: The end of Chris Henry . . . or is it?
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 02, 2008

Caving: Into the heart of darkness

This article originally appeared in the June 20, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Inching our way though caverns measurable to man
By PHIL BERTONI  |  July 01, 2008
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Spray it, don’t say it

Saul Jacobowitz and Angela Sawyer love to spout garble.
The cut of the Human Hairs’ gibberish
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  June 24, 2008


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Big Brown and the Triple Crown

Horses may not talk, but money does.
Business as usual?
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 11, 2008
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Gore fest

In the wake of Barack Obama’s defeat in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, the Democrats have a huge problem.
The democratic race is getting messy, which can only mean one thing: it’s time to recruit Al Gore
By STEVEN STARK  |  April 24, 2008
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Don't let Portland come in second

Thankfully, it doesn’t look like we’ll lose to Boston.
Twin city tournament
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 12, 2008
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Noise patrol

Wednesday, the mighty Heathen Shame, one of Boston’s most ferocious bands, unleash their high-decibel mayhem at the Piano Factory in the South End.
Heathen Shame’s unrelenting onslaught
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  March 10, 2008

Jackson's sweet dream

This article originally appeared in the March 4, 1988 issue of the Boston Phoenix.

Jesse Jackson's 1988 presidential campaign


By SCOT LEHIGH  |  March 07, 2008


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Majoring and minering in theater

The re-enactment is part community therapy, part exorcism; the resulting video is tense and visceral and heartbreaking.
'The World as a Stage' at the ICA
By GREG COOK  |  February 05, 2008
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Northeast newgrass

Lowell is known for Kerouac, its historic canal system, and the Industrial Revolution, not the “high and lonesome” sound of bluegrass.
The rootsy routes of Hot Day at the Zoo
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  January 22, 2008
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Great Scotch is nothing new

In 1969, in Ballindalloch, in the Speyside region of Scotland's north coast, the master distiller at Glenlivet filled 10 wooden casks with raw and fiery whisky.
Put a bow around the water of life this Christmas
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 10, 2007
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Brown out

A few years ago it would have seemed unlikely that former No. 1 overall pick Kwame Brown would leave any legacy at all, but that situation has clearly changed.
Sports blotter: "All people named 'Brown' " edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 10, 2007