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Live review: The Upper Crust and the Lights Out rock New Year’s Eve

An annual tradition, local fop-rock faves the Upper Crust headlined Church's NYE festivities for a fourth straight year, but rock upstarts the Lights Out provided a healthy bit of rock of their own during 2010's last gasp.
Dropping balls at Church in the Fens
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  January 07, 2011
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Funny business

"I'm pasty, pale, overweight and I have red hair. I see that Coldstone Creamery and I want to crawl inside and hide," Louis C.K. responded when I asked if he recalled just how disgustingly hot and muggy Rhode Island could be during his 4th of July head
Louis C.K. has work to do
By CHRIS CONTI  |  July 03, 2009
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Review: Department of Eagles

At the Brattle Theatre Sunday, Fred Nicolaus, guitarist from the Brooklyn-based duo Department of Eagles, announced that they'd play a song from their little-known 2003 debut album, The Whitey on the Moon UK LP . "It's not very good," he warned.
Brattle Theater, January 18, 2009
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  January 20, 2009
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Robby Roadsteamer's good intentions

"He's beyond passionate — it's almost to the brink of sanity with him."
The Greater Boston Alternative-Comedy Festival
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 11, 2008
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Catch a rising star

Boston is lousy with talented stand-ups — the following performers just happen to be a few jokes closer than the rest to the top of Comedy Mountain.
Local standup talents to watch
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  September 17, 2008
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Clips ahoy

This past February, Tina Fey returned to host Saturday Night Live and announced, in mock triumph, that the Writers Guild of America had struck a deal with the studios that would pay them for on-line content.
The treasures of Hulu.com
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 22, 2008


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Paler than thou

Comic-book-style superheroes have been a staple of TV since George Reeves put on Superman’s red cape and blue tights in 1951.
Jim Gaffigan’s off-white superheroes
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 19, 2007
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The Mauss that roared

A month ago, Boston comedian Shane Mauss could barely get local comedy clubs to return his calls.
Meet the man who could put Boston’s comedy scene back on the map
By SEAN L. MCCARTHY  |  March 30, 2007
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Stockholm calling

In “Young Folks,” the hipster hit by the Stockholm-based indie-pop trio Peter Bjorn and John, Peter Morén boasts that “we don’t care about the young folks.”
Peter Bjorn and John, El Perro del Mar, and Lo-Fi Fink lead the new Swedish invasion
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 03, 2007
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Boy wonder

Demetri Martin has chosen a radical modus operandi for a young contemporary comedian.
Demetri Martin’s precocious humor
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 25, 2006
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On the racks: September 19, 2006

...plus DJ Shadow, Chingy, and Kasabian
Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Fergie, Smash Mouth...
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 19, 2006


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The Cartoon Network goes heavy metal

Metal remains fertile ground for satire on all fronts, but what sets the Cartoon Network’s new animated series Metalocalypse apart is the reverence that precedes the ridicule. Brendon Small, "Dethklok Detheme" (mp3) Watch the trailer for Metal
Brendon Small’s Metalocalypse adventure
By LARISSA GLASSER  |  August 08, 2006
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Boston music news: February 24, 2006

Believe it or not, Dinosaur Jr. are convening at J Mascis’s home studio this month to record material for a new album.
A new Dinosaur Jr. record, Dropkicks return to Conan, "Haunted Tooth, Neon Fang," and more
By SARAH TOMLINSON  |  February 21, 2006