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Mike Mills on Beginners' lessons

It's not like talking pets never appear in the movies, but when it happens twice in the same year, it seems suspicious.  
Pet sounds
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 10, 2011
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Beginners revives the neurotic comedy

Beginners adds a dash of New Wave style and a dose of genuine pathos to a decidedly Allenish romp.  
Anna Hall
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 10, 2011

From solid to standout

Maybe the most surprising thing about Portland indie band Brenda’s set at the Wilco-curated Solid Sound Festival on the Mass MoCA campus in North Adams, Massachusetts, on Saturday was that people were actually there to see it. Lots of them.
Brenda’s big summer ends at Wilco’s festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 20, 2010

R.E.M. | Fables of the Reconstruction: 25th Anniversary Edition

From the first three notes that make up the odd riff on "Feeling Gravity's Pull," Fables of the Reconstruction is probably R.E.M.'s weirdest, darkest, and most challenging album.
IRS/Capitol (2010)
By RYAN STEWART  |  July 30, 2010

Beautiful Losers (2008)

A documentary, directed with Joshua Leonard, about an energized group portrait whose accessibility is abetted by the artists’ collectively keen sense of humor.
An energized portrait of Alleged Gallery artists
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  September 24, 2008

Beautiful Losers

Aaron Rose’s Beautiful Losers offers little more than a chance to see nice people talk about their nice-looking art.
Shallow, reverent
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 03, 2008


The 100 unsexiest men in the world

Welcome to the first installment of's 100 Unsexiest Men in the World.
Who would Scarlett least like to be with?
By BILL JENSEN & RYAN STEWART  |  March 27, 2008

Here and now

No band ever made a late-career statement of purpose just by quoting “Louie Louie” — but it never hurts.
R.E.M.’s ‘back-to-basics’ disguise
By BRETT MILANO  |  March 24, 2008

Post-punk pantheon

They were, by definition, misfits.
Daydream Nation  tops our list of 10 landmark albums that made indie rock
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 16, 2007

Remembering Randy Hien

In an unfathomably cruel twist of fate, longtime Living Room owner Randy Hien was killed in a car accident on Monday, September 25.
A collection of anecdotes and heartfelt farewells
By REMEMBERING RANDY HIEN  |  September 28, 2006