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Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  March 08, 2013

Review: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

Near the end of this documentary a woman calls the pink ribbon of breast cancer-awareness a "made in China" tag.
Documenting hypocrisy in the breast-cancer awareness movement
By MILES BOWE  |  June 22, 2012

Thinking outside the box set

Imagine a mysterious brushed-aluminum cube, big enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Its surface is studded with four unmarked buttons, and pitted with two holes, on opposite sides, that appear to be for earphone jacks. Etched on the side, a simple pl
Reimagining the album — as object
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 20, 2012

Navigating W.C. minefields and other dinnertime hangups

I recently went out to dinner with a woman. This is the first time we had seen each other alone in a strictly social setting ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  February 19, 2010

Defaming Twitter

Hate Twitter? Then you're probably loving a new, buzz-generating study — released last week by the Texas market-research firm Pear Analytics — which found that the vast majority of Twitter messages, a/k/a tweets, are pretty much worthless.
Illogic and Cronyism Dept.  
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 21, 2009
indie list

IndieArts' sensory overload

If Providence is to become the "Creative Capital" of Mayor Cicilline's latest marketing campaign, it will take more than a few orange P's affixed to politicians' lapels and plastered on signs about town.
Taking it to the streets
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 17, 2009


Various Artists | A Psychedelic Guide to Monsterism Island

Artist, graphic designer, and toy creator Pete Fowler has been instrumental in the rebranding operation the Super Furry Animals have effected on their homeland of Wales.
Lo Recordings (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  May 18, 2009

Bad week for Lifespan: New financing plan comes under scrutiny

Last week was a tough one for Rhode Island's largest hospital network. The Rhode Island Health Services Council refused to allow Lifespan to borrow $75.9 million to finish renovation and expansion projects at the Miriam and Rhode Island hospitals.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  March 04, 2009

Facebook for life

Facebook users have been notably vocal about their privacy concerns, and last week's blow-up over the change in the site's contract produced an outpouring of suspicion, recrimination, and protest.
Facebook is giving away your personal information and at least one data-miner is nervous about privacy.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 24, 2009

Bill proposes cap for hospital CEO salaries

All but two Rhode Island hospital CEO executives would face massive pay cuts under legislation filed last week by state senator Michael McCaffrey
Meanwhile, Lifespan postpones raises
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  February 18, 2009

Review: Yes Man

Once the one-note joke's been established, everything else follows with plodding, mechanical predictability.
The correct answer is "No"
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 16, 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

Thanks for nothing, Thom

Thanks for deciding to fuck the music industry in all three holes by giving away your new album, In Rainbows, for free on the Internet.
Radiohead rant
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  October 03, 2007


“From the director of The Exorcist !” goes this film’s marketing campaign.
Don't believe the horror hype
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 23, 2007

Mooninite scapegoats?

A year from now, what will we think of the Mooninite fiasco?
Plus, Republican blood lust and Mitt Romney
By EDITORIAL  |  February 07, 2007

Who acted responsibly?

Many of our protections of free speech and civil rights slide down that slippery slope, and we all need to put that into context.

By STEPHEN M. MINDICH  |  February 02, 2007


Protesting too much

It is bad enough that our pop-cultural-knowledge deficient government and law-enforcement officials go over the top and call for the heads of execs from a media company who almost three weeks ago, and without any evidence of malicious intent, launched a
The "establishment" is out of line
By STEPHEN M. MINDICH  |  February 01, 2007

When inadvertent lite-brite terrorists attack

The following is a rough timeline of the events, which led Boston police and city officials to hunt down Aqua Teen Hunger Force mooninite displays, believing, at first, that they were bombs, then suspecting that the ads were part of an elaborate terror
The events as they've happened
By VANESSA CZARNECKI  |  February 01, 2007

Sell your body, or sell your soul?

Desperation had driven me to this point. I was determined not to return to the soul-eating life of a cubicle serf, so, unemployed and grasping for tuition money, I’d become a Craigslist whore, selling my services to slick marketers wielding surveys and h
30 nights as a (well-paid) guinea pig in hospital sleep study
By I-HSIEN SHERWOOD  |  January 25, 2007

Indie economy

Carolyn Mix is one of Buy Local’s newest converts. Owner of the 2Note botanical perfumery, which has been open in the Old Port for about six months, Mix says she joined Portland’s new coalition of independent businesses because she believes in the cause.
Portland’s new Buy Local campaign is playing nice, for now
By SARA DONNELLY  |  December 06, 2006

Funny numbers

Maine spends more than two million dollars a year advertising our scenery to out-of-staters. Visit Maine: Tourism promotion’s cozy—and now hot—world. By Lance Tapley
It’s not Maine, it’s the ads about Maine that bring tourists here
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  September 20, 2006

Stars are blind

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have confirmed they can see Christian Potholm’s giant ego.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 09, 2006

The New Cars

On stage, the new line-up didn’t sound like a tribute act, and neither did it sound like a Cars/Utopia hybrid. It sounded like the real thing.
The new real thing
By BRETT MILANO  |  June 14, 2006

June 2, 2006

Waxing moon in Leo/Virgo, VOC 1:34 am to 4:17 pm. All the signs are saying: take off early. Decisions made today will be both incomplete and fantastical when looked at next week. However, this is a great day to brainstorm a new marketing campaign (for yo
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  May 31, 2006

Flashbacks, April 21, 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  |  April 19, 2006