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ArtsEmerson's Metamorphosis

Gisli Örn Garðarsson’s Gregor Samsa is the best-looking bug you will ever see — more likely to give you goosebumps than make your skin crawl.

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 01, 2013
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Mike Dechaine strives to top the pool world

It is December 13, 2012 and York Hall, in the East End of London, is electric. The Mosconi Cup, one of the most prestigious events in pool, is coming to a dramatic close.
Great ball of fire
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 18, 2013
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Mount Kimbie’s wallflower power

Sometimes making a statement from a corner of a room feels truer than making one from its center. Kai Campos — one-half of the London duo Mount Kimbie — believes that reasoning was crucial to his desire to make electronica in the first place.

By REYAN ALI  |  October 26, 2012
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Saint Etienne's love letter

No more than two seconds into Saint Etienne's latest album (their first in seven years), Words And Music (Heavenly/Universal UMC), angelic-voiced Sarah Cracknell opens "Over the Border" with a spoken-word confession over a soft acoustic guitar: "When

By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  October 26, 2012
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The Very Best | MTMTMK

"World music" is an archaic label, but there's no better way to describe the Very Best's MTMTMK .
Moshi Moshi/Cooperative Music (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  July 20, 2012
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Review: Hysteria

Struggling physician Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) has struck pay dirt assisting Dr. Robert Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce), whose London waiting room is packed with bourgeois housewives suffering from "hysteria."
Tanya Wexler's enjoyable, fictionalized period piece
By ANN LEWINSON  |  June 08, 2012


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Review: Charlotte Rampling: The Look

Rampling's physical gifts, unimpeded by plastic surgery in their march through time, are matched by a keen mind and an unapologetic approach to life and work.
Angelina Maccarone's portrait of the actress
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  February 03, 2012
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Lyric's Or, mines the Restoration

Liz Duffy Adams's dramaturgical homage, Or, , is more florid than floral and sometimes clever bordering on cute. But the play, being given a brisk area premiere by the Lyric Stage Company of Boston (through November 6), is ingenious.
Before and aphra
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 21, 2011
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Review: One Day

Following her stunning coming-of-age tale, An Education, Danish director Lone Scherfig returns to London for this adaptation of the bestselling novel about a love that spans 20 years.
A love that spans 20 years
By PEG ALOI  |  August 19, 2011

At the trough

In another example of the wonderful money management skills of government everywhere in Rhode Island, it appears that when it comes to getting rid of a budget deficit, you do it by throwing money at lawyers.
Good money after bad; letter from London; road woes
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 19, 2011
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Holding on

Of all the details to emerge from the Norway atrocities last Friday, one of the most harrowing was the thought of those frightened, bewildered youngsters leaping from the shores of Utøya, dragging their limbs through the gloppy water as if in some kind
Death’s confluence: Amy Winehouse and the Norwegian terror victims
By CHRIS WRIGHT  |  July 29, 2011


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Rupert Murdoch's Watergate

Murdoch is a tycoon of darkness. Aside from his handful of quality publications — the Wall Street Journal, the Times of London, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Australian — his News Corporation specializes in smears, sensationalism, and mendacity
Defining deviancy
By EDITORIAL  |  July 15, 2011
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Review: The Maharaja

The three owners of The Maharaja have done a very good job redecorating the already handsome upstairs space in Harvard Square that was formerly Bombay Club. They are much less clear about marketing the menu, which has all kinds of the usual Indian restau
Postmodern roadhouse Indian by way of London
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 03, 2011
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Nico Jaar tunes up

The sound of Nico Jaar's first full-length album, Space Is Only Noise , must have been inspired by his East Side studio.
Music Dept.
By MAGGIE LANGE  |  April 15, 2011
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Gang of Four roar back with post-punk fury

The history of popular music is littered with musical questioning, from "Why must I be a teenager in love?" to "Who put the bomp in the bomp buh-bomp buh-bomp?" But when pop turned to rock and artists began to attempt to wield their popular might in orde
Still in uniform
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 04, 2011
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White Lies | Ritual

If the bombast of Ritual is any indicator, nights out with White Lies must be dramatic, humorless affairs. Life-altering monologues will be recited, voices will be raised, glasses will be smashed, blood will be spilt.
Fiction (2011)
By REYAN ALI  |  January 14, 2011


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Live! — sort of

The success of the Metropolitan Opera's "Live in HD" experiment augurs well for dance on the big screen. Simulcast at select theaters, with tickets priced higher than for a movie but much cheaper than for a live opera, these events generate a sense of a
Fela! on screen
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 14, 2011
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Tana French gets her characters where they live

Frank Mackey's life changed when he was 19. The year was 1985, and he and his girlfriend Rosie Daly were about to run away together.
Faithful Place proves a rich mystery
By CLEA SIMON  |  July 09, 2010
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Photos: Mumford and Sons at the Ames Hotel

WFNX presents Mumford and Sons, live session at the Ames Hotel
Mumford and Sons, at the Ames Hotel, May 14, 2010
By MELISSA OSTROW  |  May 21, 2010
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Slideshow: The Maya And The Mythic Sea at Peabody Essex Museum

Mayan works of art at the “Fiery Pool: The Maya And The Mythic Sea,” exhibit
“Fiery Pool: The Maya And The Mythic Sea,” Peabody Essex Museum through July 18  
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 21, 2010
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Preaching to the hive

What’s the most effective way to make people care about the institutional problems with our industrial food economy?
Food+Farm scrutinizes the ups and downs of agricultural sustainability, and the eco-documentary
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 21, 2010


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Echo chamber

As Under-Secretary of the Ted Hughes Rough Riders (Boston Chapter), I have been delighted by two recent developments.
Men are from Martin Amis, women are from . . . ?
By JAMES PARKER  |  May 07, 2010
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Master stroke

Stranding travelers across the continent as it forged surreal panoramas in the sky, the ash spewed forth by Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull might rank among 21st-century Europe’s most impressive natural disasters, but it didn’t quite register with Dan
Caribou’s Swim rules the pool
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 30, 2010
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Male Bonding | Nothing Hurts

The ’90s generated lots of terrific pop culture — Sandman comics, Pulp Fiction, decent Mortal Kombat games, etc. — but quiz Male Bonding on their favorite product of the decade and, if they’re telling it straight, the London trio are bound to pick Americ
Sub Pop (2010)
By REYAN ALI  |  April 30, 2010
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Photos: The xx at the Paradise

Photos from the xx's Boston stop on their 2010 world tour.
The xx, live at the Paradise Rock Club, April 2, 2010
By MARCUS GUTTENPLAN  |  April 09, 2010

Seduction and submission

Take one spooky story. Add one spooky castle. Stir in suspenseful music and dance movement. What you get is Island Moving Co.’s Dracula.
Island Moving Co.’s Dracula has bite
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 26, 2010


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Review: Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland

Tim Burton's hare-brained Alice in Wonderland
Rabbit stew
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 12, 2010
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PHX @ SXSW!

Don't be so shocked if the coming week brings with it not just a stretch of balmier weather but also a palpable decrease in the douche point. That's because the vast majority of the music industry has up and JetBlued 2000 miles south to Austin for SXSW
The Phoenix heads from Boston to Austin
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 12, 2010
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Missed connections

Private Fears in Public Places — Alan Ayckbourn's London-set tragicomedy from 2004 — is all about how difficult it is to know another person.
Private Fears in Public Places at Zeitgeist, Neighborhood 3 at Apollinaire
By MADDY MYERS  |  February 26, 2010
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Greasing the skids

Things could have been different for Ben Maitland-Lewis.
Berklee grad Ben Maitland-Lewis had a successful music career and a high-powered job at a major record label. Then he gave it all up for Boston and a beat-up, vegetable-oil-fueled van.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 26, 2010