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Review: Fresh

As a latecomer to the growing crop of food-industry exposés, Ana Sofia Joanes's even-handed documentary on the evils of factory farming doesn't live up to its title. Yet despite tilling familiar ground, its argument for sustainable alternatives intrigues
Really grows on you
By ALICIA POTTER  |  June 18, 2010

Murdoch mishegoss

Never mind that Rupert Murdoch is shelling out better than $2 billion to buy Metromedia’s seven TV stations. Never mind that he’s then turning around and reselling Boston’s WCVB-TV, Channel 5 to the Hearst Corporation for an astounding $450 million.
The new brand of gonzo journalism
By DAVE O'BRIAN  |  May 07, 2010

Kid vicious

It’s not easy being a rapper from Wisconsin. Just ask 23-year-old hip-hop lifer Juiceboxxx.
Juiceboxxx cares not for your nerdcore
By LEOR GALIL  |  April 09, 2010

Tour of the Rust Belt

For more depression, see the Farm Belt
By DAVID KISH  |  January 22, 2010

Super friends

THWAK! I swing with my right fist, trying to connect with my opponent's face. In a smooth motion, he deflects my punch with his forearm, which is protected with a black and metallic-plastic arm gauntlet. I swing with my left fist, and am again knocked
Move over, Clark Kent. All over New England, mild-mannered citizens are suiting up and doing their part to play the hero.
By TEA KRULOS  |  December 11, 2009

Camera crazy

With a large number of new entrants, and several returning filmmakers, the fourth annual Portland Phoenix Maine Short Film Festival was a rousing success.
Local filmmakers show off their talents in our fourth Short-Film Festival
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 27, 2009


Shuffle off . . . to jail

Die-hard Patriots fans will remember Joe Panos as one in a very humorous sequence of nearly washed-up interior linemen.
It was a rough week for he Buffalo Bills, past and present
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 25, 2009

Universal tales

For the 11th consecutive year, the Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS) are bringing stories and tellers from near and far for the eight-day FUNDA Fest (January 18-25).
Diane Macklin makes a difference at FUNDA
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 13, 2009

Rare treats

They've dined you, they've wined you with meals both wonderful and offal.
There are foodie consumers and there are foodie creators, but they all appreciate something unusual
By CLEA SIMON  |  December 08, 2008


Last Saturday night, fans of pulverizing hits had to choose between two options.
Balls, pucks, and monster trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  December 03, 2008

The 16 greatest stoner movies

We’re picking the best 16 stoner films of all time — one for every easily weighable segment of an ounce.
Our favorite marijuana movies
By LANCE GOULD  |  August 11, 2008


Eight is enough

Sometimes we’d rather root for the unknowns, the underdogs, and the uniques than the professional jerks who are only competing to sweeten their endorsement deals.
Olympians to watch
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 06, 2008

Interview: The DeCordova’s new director holds forth

Dennis Kois (rhymes with voice) began work as the new executive director of the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln on June 2.
Voice of Kois
By GREG COOK  |  June 24, 2008

Everyday MC

Since Masta Ace got his start with the legendary NYC Juice Crew (Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, Biz Markie, etc.), he’s had only a few minor hits.
Masta Ace and eMC fly without a Learjet
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  March 18, 2008

Straight talk

“It’s better than a movie.”
FUNDA’s communal communication
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 16, 2008

She's crafty

What would Grandma say?
Indie music and the internet have fueled an arts-and-crafts renaissance that would puzzle your grandmother
By GEORGIANA COHEN  |  December 10, 2007



The third album by this affable Milwaukee quartet is their handsomest, most assured outing yet.
Heresy and the Hotel Choir | Flameshovel
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  November 19, 2007

High hopes for Boston Beanstalks’ weekend in Portland

As you wander through the Old Port this weekend, don’t worry that you’ve shrunk overnight. You’re the same height — it’s everyone else who’s taller.
Tall club
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 10, 2007

Unfreaked Folk

Devendra Banhart may have found his true calling at the Roxy last Tuesday as a small-time professional entertainer.
Devendra Banhart, Roxy, September 25, 2007
By RICHARD BECK  |  October 01, 2007

Lost auteur

There’s no business like Micheaux business.
Oscar Micheaux, plus El método
By GERALD PEARY  |  July 11, 2007

Home of the Braves?

Fifty years ago this fall, a Boston team beat the Yankees in the World Series.
50 years after the Boston Braves' departure, it’s worth asking: did the wrong team leave town?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 09, 2007


Blog house in Basstown

The Internet. Just a series of tubes. When things get humming on the Web, however, they can start singing real quick. Jawn P's "Blood Count (Snippet)" (mp3)
Allston ’net sensations Plus Move, plus Jawn P
By DAVID DAY  |  April 25, 2007

Editors' pick: Sports-media watchdogs

In a city like this, where sports are our lifeblood, and where talking about sports gets our blood boiling, newspaper coverage of our pro teams takes on more importance than it might in, say, Milwaukee or Denver.

By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 23, 2007

Getting connected

What better way for different generations to connect than through storytelling?
Funda Fest showcases the art of storytelling
By JOHNNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 17, 2007

Guest lists

What small, private lists like this remind us is that big, honking institutional lists are largely fictions, mirages of a consensus that no longer exists, if it ever really did in the first place.
 What 30 of the Phoenix 's music critics liked this year
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 02, 2007

The Boston Red Sox

This article originally appeared in the August 17, 1976 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Are they racist?
By TOM SHEEHAN  |  November 14, 2006

Banned in Boston again?

This article originally appeared in the July 5, 1977 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Plans to upgrade the Combat Zone have been an utter failure — and there’s plenty of blame to go around
By DAVE O'BRIAN  |  November 14, 2006

Among the uninsured

Like many large-city governments, Boston is self-insured — that is, instead of paying for an insurance policy to cover its claims, it takes the risk of paying everything it gets hit with out of the city coffers.
How other cities handle their mistakes
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 27, 2006

Going on sale: September 14, 2006

Death Cab for Cutie, Paul Simon, Panic! At the Disco, Kid Koala, Bob Dylan, Los Lonely Boys, and more.
Breaking news from the concert-ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  September 12, 2006

Milwaukee's best

The recent police interview of Latrell Sprewell in connection with charges that he spontaneously choked a woman while engaging in consensual sex with her on his boat poses a serious challenge to the comics of the sports-journalism world.
Sports blotter: Crime spree edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  September 06, 2006