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Whatever happened to Danville's giant mystery monkey?

The giant monkey of Danville was my symbol, back then, of the fin-de-siècle nadir in media fluffery, thankfully obsolesced in one grim morning.
Unfinished (monkey) business
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 05, 2011

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This Manchester five-piece couldn't have picked a worse time to release their stateside debut.
Counter (2011)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 11, 2011

Review: Christmas Revels 2010

This Christmas Revels has the real spirit.
Holy ghosts
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 24, 2010

Peter Hook rediscovers his Unknown Pleasures

Peter Hook has heard the criticism, and he does not care.
 Age of consent
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 03, 2010

James: Surviving the trends after 30 years

It's been almost two decades since Tim Booth of James stared blankly at the camera in the video for "Laid," garbed in a thin sheer dress with a metal handcuff around his left wrist, his now long-gone hair a poofy, curly mess.
Manchester orchestra
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 24, 2010

Review: Looking for Eric

Like Eric (Steve Evets), the depressive Manchester postman in his new film, Ken Loach, the doyen of British neo-realism, deserves a break.
Goal keeper: Ken Loach scores
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 21, 2010


Slam Dunk Season

Back in the fall of 2008, WJAB sports guy Chris Sedenka hosted Red Claws bigwigs Jon Jennings and Bill Ryan Jr. on his afternoon radio show. They were solidifying their plan to bring an NBA development league basketball team to Portland, Maine, a schem
How the Red Claws took Portland by storm
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 05, 2010

Review: Mystery Team

Indie comedy has it tough in the marketplace, so though it's no fun to pan the first feature by the Derrick Comedy troupe, neither was it fun to watch Mystery Team .
Those meddling kids
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  January 29, 2010

Interview: Eddie Izzard

"I don't mind that mainstream people go, 'What the hell is this guy on about?' I'd rather be at this end of town."
Dressing as he pleases
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  January 08, 2010

The Granite State Gang

Big bucks couldn't buy the viral awe and ire that the Free State Project (FSP) scored on August 11, when New Hampshire resident William Kostric arrived outside President Barack Obama's Portsmouth Town Hall meeting with a handgun on his right thigh — "op
New Hampshire transplants live free — or die trying
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 28, 2009
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Granite grind

Much of New England joined the march toward marriage equality this year, but in the comparably conservative Granite State, its legalization has heated up a partisan battle for control of the governorship in 2010, promising that this political war isn't
Same-sex marriage ignites partisan battle in New Hampshire
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  August 07, 2009

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Prison in turmoil

Will reform have to wait for a new governor?
Investigators probe killing, stabbing, corruption allegations
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 19, 2009

Photos: Sunday at Bonnaroo 2009

Phish, Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, and more at Bonnaroo 2009
Phish, Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, and more at Bonnaroo 2009 in Manchester, Tennessee
By LEXY WINTER  |  June 19, 2009

Photos: Bonnaroo 2009

Bruce Springsteen, Wilco, Elvis Costello and more at Bonnaroo 2009 in Manchester, Tennessee
Bruce Springsteen, Wilco, Elvis Costello, and more at Bonnaroo 2009
By LEXY WINTER  |  June 19, 2009

Carter vs. the Clamshell: round one is a standoff

The presidential party arrives in a rush through the side door near the stage, and those in the audience at Portsmouth High School stand to applaud. Many are on their toes and crane their necks to catch a glimpse of Jimmy Carter in the confusion down fr
Inside, an impeccable incumbent fields the easy questions
By DIANNE DUMANOSKI  |  May 08, 2009

Ballspuck: Where's the hate?

I think Portland sports fans should get their hate on. And who should we hate? The answer is easy and plausible: we should hate Manchester, New Hampshire.
Say it with me: Manchester totally sucks!
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  April 24, 2009


The Big Hurt: Hootie goes country, Roses stay in denial, Spector gets 'demonic'

I’m still not used to the idea that Darius Rucker (“Hootie” to you and me) is a chart-topping country superstar now.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 31, 2009

Quitters, tinklers, tacklers, and whoppers

David Berman of Silver Jews intends to quit the music biz and concentrate on writing prose, says a post on the Drag City Web site.
The Big Hurt: Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 02, 2009

Flashbacks - February 24, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Jessica McConnell.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By EDITORIAL  |  October 27, 2008

Palin around

Sarah Palin's trip to Bangor drew a lot of positive attention from Maine's TV stations, who mostly left the criticism to bloggers.  
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 22, 2008

Rhode Islanders vie to make difference in NH

With less than 50 days until the presidential contest between Barack Obama and Sarah — whoops — John McCain, there is good news and bad news for Democrats.
Campaign 2008
By MATT JERZYK  |  September 17, 2008


Granite up for grabs

Presidential candidates and their surrogates spend most of their time in high-population, close-contest areas.
Why McCain, Obama, and their supporters are swooping down on New Hampshire
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 17, 2008

Mound wisdom

The first pitcher/catcher cartoon in the New Yorker was also the simplest.
Cartoons of pitchers and catchers talking are a New Yorker staple. What is so funny about rubbers?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 13, 2008

Phone free or die!

Though the upcoming presidential election may be tight, at least one thing is certain: John McCain has zero chance of winning Massachusetts.
McCain’s telemarketing team invades Boston
By SCOTT LIEBER  |  July 30, 2008

Vicious squircles

Someone has made off with Ian Curtis's gravestone.
The Big Hurt: grave errors and virtual disappointments
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 15, 2008

It's easy staying green

This summer, don't leave home without your environmentalism.
New England offers a variety of eco-friendly lodging options
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 09, 2008


War of independents

The IFFB is determined to wrest cinematic freedom from the imperial power of the Hollywood studios.
The Independent Film Festival of Boston fights for freedom of the screens
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 22, 2008

Doherty dos and don’ts

Not even Pete Doherty’s regular absences were enough to hold back the Libertines.
From the Libertines to Babyshambles
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 22, 2008

New Hampshire notebook

The day after the Iowa caucuses, more than a dozen reporters and a hundred or so citizens, trudged to New England College to watch Mike Huckabee get down with Chuck Norris.

By MARGARET DORIS  |  January 09, 2008

Letters to the Portland editor: November 30, 2007

How will an unhappy Verizon act?
Nix the sale