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Happy Feet Two: Short Take

Review: Happy Feet Two

 Lovely to look at despite the 3D, and sometimes bordering on the psychedelic, this crack-brained morality tale blends the sublimely weird and the cloyingly awful as it preaches once again the paradox that you should be true to yourself as long as you a
Crack-brained morality tale
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 18, 2011

Street Sweeper Social Club | The Ghetto Blaster EP

A seven-song slice of propaganda for this summer's Rock the Bells.
SSSC/ILG (2010)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 27, 2010

Truthlive | Patience

Consider Patience a penance for Seattle-based producer Jake One, who recently laced the soundscape for Philly coke-rapper Freeway’s remarkable Stimulus Package.
IM (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 23, 2010

Crossword: ''Remember the date''

We'll make it three times as easy for you.
We'll make it three times as easy for you.
By MATT JONES  |  September 25, 2009

Review: David Dallas | Something Awesome

In the 1990s, every rap album had mellow bangers buried in the tracklist.
Dirty Management (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 11, 2009

Review: Amanda Blank | I Love You

Like many a party person before her, Philly-based electro-rap filly Amanda Blank wants you to know that she has a sensitive side.
Downtown (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  August 14, 2009


Fightin’ words

Rudy Giuliani ran his city the way a bachelor does his pad — shoving clutter and disaster out of sight while showcasing redeeming qualities.
Blaq Poet wants to battle
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 03, 2009

A meme deferred

Nobody knows exactly what Obama means yet, but Dyson is having a great time figuring it out.
Michael Eric Dyson changes the subject at Harvard
By RICHARD BECK  |  November 11, 2008

Ends of the earth

Now in its 20th incarnation, the Boston Jewish Film Festival is almost the oldest three-ring circus of its kind (San Francisco’s annual program got there first by nine years), and in that span we’ve seen the elusive idea of “Jewish film” become an instit
The 20th Boston Jewish Film Festival reaches deep and far
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  November 04, 2008

13 shots to the dome

What to do with LL Cool J?
The 10 hours and 29 minutes of LL Cool J’s career
By RICHARD BECK  |  September 02, 2008

Popular douches, hetero boyfriends, and softie gangstas

I invite those of you who hate me to take a moment to delight in my pain.
The Big Hurt tackles Tori Amos, Pete Wentz, and Ice Cube
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 17, 2008


Chairmen of the boards

Not unlike Swedish, Tagalog, and Esperanto, music is a language, with its own conjugations and (lewdly) dangling participles.
Our critics pick the 14 producers with the fattest, meanest beats
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 18, 2007

Good vibrations

In honor of dancing dirty, as well as Patrick Swayze’s open-shirt-pelvic-thrusting summer camp fantasy, we offer this list of the dirtiest dancing music videos we could find.
The 15 dirtiest dancing music videos  
By ELLEE DEAN  |  May 24, 2007

Slow Burn

A film that’s more of a frustrating near-miss than a disappointment.
Ridden with awful lines
By RICHARD BECK  |  April 18, 2007


Our mission: get off work, hop on the T and ride from BC to Harvard, stopping along the way to enjoy as many local drinking holes as possible before the dreaded 2 am shutdown. What follows is a detailed account of our odyssey.
How to drink your way from BC to Harvard using public transportation
By WILL SPITZ  |  September 06, 2006

Jurassic 5

Major-label “positive” rappers like this decade-old crew have defended the old school like schoolmarms upholding the five principles of hip-hop as if they were as much fun as the three R’s. Jurassic 5, "Work It Out" feat. Dave Matthews Band  (Quicktime
Feedback | Interscope  
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  August 21, 2006


How to waste a DJ

“This is real nostalgic for me,” Lovebug yelled on the mic. “Twenty-three years ago I was at this exact same club, performing my number one single ‘You Gotta Believe’.”
Prince Paul and Lovebug Starski fall on deaf ears at Axis
By MAC CARROLL  |  July 21, 2006

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The dark, sprawling Bones reveals that they have bigger plans for their music than volume and speed.
Show Your Bones | Interscope
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  April 05, 2006

The Last Holiday

Queen Latifah has the Alec Guinness role as a quietly desperate type with a terminal prognosis in this remake of the 1950 romantic comedy.
By TOM MEEK  |  January 13, 2006