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Slow emotion

Whatever happened to good old-fashioned reflection?
John Cunningham’s songs are worth the wait
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  January 15, 2010

Sexiest video-game studs of 2009

Video-game characters get more realistic all the time - and by more realistic, we mean sexier. This year offered a plethora of digital delights and graphical innovations, and although developers don't cater to their straight female and gay male audience
The cream of the crop
By MADDY MYERS  |  December 18, 2009

Narrative truth

For the majority of us Americans, Iraq and Afghanistan are a series of news-data points — number of Americans killed today, number of car bombs, spending tallies, estimates of civilian deaths.
Krzysztof Wodiczko’s war story at the ICA
By GREG COOK  |  November 13, 2009

Review: The Beatles: Rock Band

Can we agree that the music-game market is saturated? To stand out in this crowd, you'd need something special. You'd need the Beatles.
Don't meet the Beatles — be them
By MITCH KRPATA  |  September 11, 2009

Play by play: May 29, 2009

Boston Theater this week
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 29, 2009

Play by Play: May 22, 2009

Boston's theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 22, 2009


A Raisin in the Sun at Trinity

The centerpiece of George C. Wolfe's 1986 satire The Colored Museum is a scathing sketch called The Last Mama-on-the-Couch Play . A Raisin in the Sun is the über-mama-on-the-couch play.
Plus Zeitgeist's Bad Jazz
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 10, 2009

Nervous energy

“If I actually stopped to think about what’s going on, I’d probably shit myself,” says James Rushent, singer/bassist for UK electro-rock quartet Does It Offend You, Yeah?
The unlikely rise of Does It Offend You, Yeah?
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  August 26, 2008

Retro active

The ’80s, pop culture’s most tenacious decade, were a mix of greed, technological breakthrough, and hope for a bright future.
The Regeneration Tour reheats the ’80s
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 12, 2008

Future perfect

If you stood close to the stage, your torso bones rattled along with the backbeat.
Ladytron at the Paradise, June 30, 2008
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  July 07, 2008

Signs of life

Gone are the days when documentaries were regarded as the scruffy relatives of “real” films.
A full slate of compelling fare at the 11th annual Newport International Film Festival

Emergency music

Convicted murderer Gary Gilmore’s last words were, “Let’s do it!” The next sound was gunfire.
Clinic offer urgent care with Do It!
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 06, 2008

The big hurt: Music news in brief

Those of us still chuckling over DMX's “your momma ain’t name you no damn Barack” diatribe are in for another dose of ill-informed rapper cuteness.

Wal-Mart wanes, Satan wins, Weiland whines

By DAVID THORPE  |  April 15, 2008

RI DOT marks the spot

Just when you think questionable doings couldn’t get any more questionable in Rhode Island, along comes the state Department of Transportation.
A veritable treasure trove of dubious state doings
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 26, 2008


Forget, for a moment, the ugliness concerning Heather Mills and her impending divorce from Paul McCartney.
Celebrating Paul at the Hard Rock, May 31, 2007
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  June 04, 2007

Heard it first

I decided to check out four bands on the bill whom I’d never heard.
Coachella no-names
By WILL SPITZ  |  February 07, 2007


Chamber music revival

Classical and rock ‘n roll music suffer the same identity crisis.
Portland should rock out with its Bach out
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  January 03, 2007

Cowboy Junkies

Regardless of whether you think of this Canadian outfit as pretentious somnambulists or artful rock poets, they’ve carved out a grass-roots career since bursting onto alt-rock radio with a barbiturate cover of Lou Reed’s “Sweet Jane” in 1988. Cowboy Ju
Long Journey Home: Live in Liverpool | Zoë
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 04, 2006

A hero in the works

This article originally appeared in the December 16, 1980 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
By KIT RACHLIS  |  November 15, 2006

A hunger for truth

More that 150 years after the fact, the Irish Famine is little understood.
Peter Behrens’s personalized novel sheds new light on the Irish famine
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 20, 2006

The Zutons

The Zutons’ second outing features more straightforward rock than their Talking-Heads-meet-Madness debut, but where’s the fun in that?
Tired of Hanging Around | Epic
By BRIAN E. KING  |  September 18, 2006


Glower power

It’s a mysterious career. To Whitehead’s credit, it’s not a career in the normal sense at all.
The films of Peter Whitehead at the HFA
By A.S. HAMRAH  |  September 06, 2006

Homespun hero

“I’m painting my garage floor,” Dave Ralph says over the phone from rural New Hampshire. “If you want it to keep it nice and clean, this is the best way to do it. It’s a beautiful tan color — a light tan.”
Dave Ralph settles down on Lansdowne
By DAVID DAY  |  August 09, 2006

Flashbacks: August 11, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Doug Fleischer, Sam MacLaughlin, and Hannah Van Susteren.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By EDITORIAL  |  August 08, 2006

Crossword: 'Conventional labels'

They make it easier to meet and greet
By MATT JONES  |  July 05, 2006

Liverpool's latest

Last year, though word barely reached the States, the Liverpool scene came back to life, with the Zutons, the Stands, and the Coral leading the resurgence.
The overlooked brilliance of the Coral
By KEN MICALLEF  |  January 17, 2006