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Not much 'magic' on Starz's new drama

Premium networks play by different rules from the rest of television, but Starz has taken things to a new extreme: they've twice renewed shows before episode one even aired.
City of blahs
By RYAN STEWART  |  April 06, 2012

USM takes on another politically themed art show

The muse can arrive anywhere. After the protracted confusion of his arrest and trial, it's no surprise Antonio Guerrero emphasizes clarity in his work.
More inmate work
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 28, 2011

Lost splendor

In case you haven't heard, LeBron James will play basketball in Miami next season. Yawn.
Balls, Pucks and Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  July 16, 2010

Unholy contraptions

In Tavares Strachan's video The Rocket Launch (2009), two black men in white chemical suits load sugar cane into the back of a three-wheeled mini-truck, then drive down a palm-tree-lined road to a run-down building labeled Bahamas Aerospace and Sea Exp
Tavares Strachan's rockets, plus 'The Boat Show' at Drive By, and 'Sensed, Unseen' at GASP
By GREG COOK  |  June 25, 2010

Drawing inspiration

"Die, yuppie scum," chants the long-haired man, to the beat of a pounding drum. "You don't need to fuck people over to survive."
Anarchist Seth Tobocman brings radical comic-book to the Lucy Parsons Center
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  June 18, 2010

At the G.I. Joe Convention: The Baroness and a ‘slice of Americana’

Roadblock flew in from Miami, and Tunnel Rat took the train from Jersey. But it was Baroness, aka Penelope Pappas, who got the cameras clicking at the 17th annual G.I. Joe Collectors’ Convention.
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  May 07, 2010


Interview: Ray Manzarek of the Doors

It’s been nearly 40 years since the death of Jim Morrison, but the surviving members of the Doors, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and percussionist John Densmore have kept soldiering on, playing in various reformations of the ground-br
The return of the Lizard King, sort of
By TOM MEEK  |  April 09, 2010

Shedding his skin

A few weeks ago, Boston MC Benny Blanco brought his homeboy J the S a flyer for a sketchy wrestling match in Long Island the next day.
The new J the S is wiser than the old one
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 26, 2010

Gorillaz | Plastic Beach

Although this is their first album without an indie-chic producer, the fake band with fake cartoon characters known as Gorillaz stay the course as a very real post-Blur conduit for Damon Albarn's quasi-apocalyptic, '80s-daydreaming, neon-pop habit.
Virgin (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 19, 2010

Thinking outside the Woodbox

As Daniel Bernard Roumain was growing up in Margate, a small city in southeast Florida with a large Haitian population, he felt playing the violin was "a calling."
Fiddler on the Rise Dept.
By MATT TEMPESTA  |  March 19, 2010

Haiti troubles

What can we learn from the Portland Press Herald's month-long-and-counting series following the beleaguered Sea Hunter ship carrying relief supplies from Portland to Haiti? Quite a bit, but more about the Press Herald's commitment to skeptical observ
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 12, 2010


Team spirits

Up in Vancouver, the red, white, and blue are riding high on gold (medals that is) for feats of awe-inspiring athleticism.
Competitive Drinking Dept.
By SCOTT KEARNAN  |  February 26, 2010

What a prick!

Saint Valentine, it is said, would pick the violets that grew outside his prison cell window. The third-century martyr would write little notes of love on the violets' leaves with ink that he made from the flowers' petals.
The not-so-pretty secrets of the pretty-flower business.
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  February 12, 2010

2009: The year in local pop

When I think back on 2009, I feel the same pleasant discomfort you get at the end of a John Hughes movie, when suddenly all the jocks and dorks and punks are good friends. This year, hardcore denizens of time-worn niches came out of hiding and acted al
The '09 mixtape
By MATT PARISH  |  December 25, 2009

Review: The Slammin' Salmon

Here's how the shit version of Waiting likely came to be: the Broken Lizard boys (David Heffernan directs) thought the concept of a boxing-champ-turned-Miami-restaurateur was funny, and they wrote and shot a major motion picture without bothering to
The Lizard is broken indeed
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 11, 2009

New edition

There’s no underground scene for pop-minded R&B. Not in Boston, and not really anyplace else.
Masspike Miles, Lisa Bello, and the little R&B scene that can
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 11, 2009


Water, benign and fierce

In Onne van der Wal's sailing photos, it seems the weather is always balmy and the golden sun always setting. The Jamestown resident's exhibit at Moses Brown School's Krause Gallery (250 Lloyd Avenue, Providence, through October 2) depicts a world that's
Sailing photos at Moses Brown, Katrina’s aftermath at Brown
By GREG COOK  |  September 18, 2009

Onward, Christian governor!

It's nice to see Governor Don "Laughing Boy" Carcieri loosening up by sharing the real Donnie Boy with the people of Vo Dilun. Initially (certainly in his first campaign for governor in 2002) Don tried to come across as a moderate conservative, not unlik
Carcieri gets "loose"; plus, farewell to Tedy, and mind-boggling Bush
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  September 04, 2009

How much rock would a Woodstock stock if

Hopes are high among the quartet of rock entrepreneurs – John Roberts, Joel Roseman, Michael Land, and Arnie Kornfeld – who think they can succeed where George Wein, Newport promoter, has not.
Three-day festival of peace and music
By ELEANOR WEBER  |  August 14, 2009

Knowledge in a flash

Jake Rolan sat at Starbucks on Thayer Street one day last month, busy on both his laptop and iPhone, seemingly no different from the other students who had carved out an itinerant workspace there, cursing out the wireless network that seemed to fade in
By RICHARD ASINOF  |  August 14, 2009

Smack downer

I haven’t come hereto academically justify West Coast credos about assimilating hoes into housewives. Instead I’ve come to mourn the commercialization of misogynistic rap lyrics.
Hip-Hop Misogyny: It Ain’t What It Used To Be
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 24, 2009


Interview: Aerosmith's Joey Kramer

The hard-living lifestyles of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry are well chronicled: the booze, the drugs, the long, flowing caftans.
The Aerosmith drummer steps out from behind the kit to talk about his new book, Hit Hard .
By THE SANDBOX  |  June 26, 2009

Blowin' in the wind

There's going to be a lot of snickering and chortling this week after former-top-NFL-prospect-turned-galactic-draft-bust Ryan Leaf got arrested on drug and burglary charges.
Ryan Leaf returns from exile. Plus, Missy Giove goes downhill fast, and Donte Stallworth gets sentenced.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 26, 2009

Living Colour, Michael Madsen, and Rhody's new media

The travails of the Providence Journal are the stuff of coffee house and talk radio chatter. And the troubles afflicting the local newscast fill the pages of this week's Phoenix .
Rhode Island has seen its share of media strife in recent years.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 26, 2009
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No, there will not be country-fried rockabilly renditions of Kilgore Smudge tunes at the Blackstone when ex-Kilgore frontman Jay Berndt resurrects the Revival Preachers ( in what will be only their second show since 2005 (the boys
Jay Berndt resurrects the Revival Preachers
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 05, 2009

Get shorty

"It's not like Jay-Z saw me on the street and discovered me and made me into a superstar! I was doing my thing already."
Lady Sovereign hits new heights
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 01, 2009


Review: The Godfather II

If adapting the Godfather series means stripping it of subtext and amplifying the thuggery, that may be the greatest imaginable indictment of video games as a medium.
Going against the family
By MITCH KRPATA  |  April 24, 2009

Slideshow: Boston Tea Party 2009

Protestors assembed at the Commons for the Boston Tea Party 2009, also called Tea Bagging Day
Tea Bagging on the Commons
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 17, 2009

Death by handgun

A couple of weeks ago, David S. Bernstein wrote about the growing "state sovereignty" movement backed by anti-government conspiracy theorists and gun-rights extremists, and touted on the syndicated radio show and Web site of deranged agitator Alex Jone
A public-health crisis; plus, gay marriage advances
By EDITORIAL  |  April 10, 2009

Bond Restaurant and Lounge

Boy, do these people ever wish they had gone for the James Bond theme instead of the US Savings Bond décor?
Good small plates and wine — license to kill not necessary
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 10, 2009