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The Tower and the Fool's bittersweet symphonies

It shouldn't come as too much surprise to hear the six guys comprising the Tower & the Fool have made a conscious decision to simply go with the flow following a promising, self-titled debut EP released late last year (available at iTunes and  thet
Turn on the bright lights
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 04, 2011
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Ceschi | The One Man Band Broke Up

Every half-decade, there comes a new rap label that keeps me from abandoning the genre altogether.
Fake Four (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 16, 2010
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Revisiting the greatest Harvard-Yale game

It takes some doing to make Harvard look like an underdog in anything. But Harvard Beats Yale, 29-29 — Kevin Rafferty's 2008 movie (out now on DVD) and new book (released this past month) about the famous football rivalry — does just that.
Crimson Bowl Over Dept.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 20, 2009

Get Scarce

Plus two benefits for Dan Tanner
Off the Couch
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 23, 2009
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Interview: Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit

In 2008, Passion Pit won Best New Artist in our Best Music Poll.
Cleaning up with this year's BMP winners
By CARLY CARIOLI AND RYAN STEWART  |  July 31, 2009

Supreme court

Next month, Congress will begin confirmation hearings to decide the fate of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, the 55-year-old Bronx native whom President Barack Obama nominated last month to fill retiring Justice David Souter's spot on the nine-memb
Maine senators playing major role in Sotomayor confirmation
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 19, 2009


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An old dog teaches his tricks

"You can call me a pothead," slow-talking Harry Brown tells me, roughly 15 minutes into my visit to his 80-acre farm in Starks, Maine.
A Maine marijuana icon hopes to reinvigorate his cause
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 12, 2009
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Revival of the fittest

While we all snoozed on eggnog during the 2007 holidays, Jeff Prystowsky and the rest of the Low Anthem were shacked up in a rickety old house on Block Island, a deserted little hamlet full of empty summer cottages off the coast of Rhode Island.
The deep, dark Americana of the Low Anthem
By MATT PARISH  |  June 12, 2009
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On Sotomayor

There is a pleasing symmetry to President Obama's nomination of federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court.
A noble pick that highlights a political flash point. Plus, California's shame.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 29, 2009

Play by Play: April 10, 2009

Plays around town
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 10, 2009
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Loren Connors | The Curse of Midnight Mary

Recorded in 1981, The Curse of Midnight Mary illustrates one genesis story for Loren Connors's affected and distended interpretation of solo blues guitar. Like Robert Johnson.
Family Vineyard (2009)
By DEVIN KING  |  February 24, 2009


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Loren Connors | The Curse of Midnight Mary

Recorded in 1981, The Curse of Midnight Mary illustrates one genesis story for Loren Connors's affected and distended interpretation of solo blues guitar. Like Robert Johnson.
Family Vineyard (2009)
By DEVIN KING  |  February 24, 2009

'07 hospital CEO compensation

A list of hospital CEOs' compensation

By STEVEN STYCOS  |  February 11, 2009

Play by play: February 13, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
Plays A to Z
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 10, 2009
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Mangia Pizza

Mangia channels a little bit of Naples with a thin crust and simple sauce of San Marzano tomatoes, but it doesn’t hew to the canon the way Gran Gusto does.  
Hanging tough with a featherweight crust
By MC SLIM JB  |  October 09, 2008
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Words as music

He originally set out to be a jazz critic.  
Alan Lupo was many things — among them, the best metro columnist Boston may ever see
By MARGARET DORIS  |  October 08, 2008


Letters to the Portland editor, September 23, 2008

I am an 18-year sufferer of Lyme disease, whose life was saved by treatment by International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society doctors.
Too serious to ignore
By LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  |  September 25, 2008
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Are universities selling out to oil nations?

As Academia searches for elusive dollars in a downward economy, oil-rich nations are enticing American schools to open satellite campuses in the Gulf.
As their big bucks beckon, Gulf campuses boom
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  September 24, 2008
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Body politic

Anna Deavere Smith is a writer/actor/activist who listens.
Interview: Anna Deavere Smith contains multitudes
By IRIS FANGER  |  September 02, 2008

Grocer coming to Downcity; Arthouse talked up anew

After years of effort, Buff Chace’s Cornish Associates has succeeding in attracting a grocery store — one of the top-two needs regularly cited by residents — to downtown Providence.
City watch
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 20, 2008
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Poison ivy

John Edwards’s campaign seems to have hit a roadblock that could seriously hurt his chances of securing the Democratic nomination.
What’s dooming John Edwards’s campaign to be the Democratic nominee? He never attended Harvard or Yale.
By STEVEN STARK  |  August 01, 2007


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It’s not easy being green

Seth Handy does not have a long pony tail that snakes down the back of his rumpled hemp shirt, nor does he wear Birkenstocks to work.
Sustainable design is rising in popularity, but Rhode Island remains slow on the uptake
By MARISA ANGELL BROWN  |  June 20, 2007
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Ride, don't drive

This summer, with price gouging at the pumps at an all-time high, motoring vacations promise to be an even more miserable travel experience than usual.
Oil companies gouge us every time we get behind the wheel, so try a no-car vacation
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  June 11, 2007
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Providence: safer than you think?

Every year, as summer approaches in US cities, violent crime spikes as predictably as the arrival of Memorial Day cookouts.
Violent crime is down, unlike in many us cities. Can the good news last?
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 24, 2007
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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
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Implausible dream

Whether beaming optimism is a virtue of America’s collective character or a curse, it certainly looks like it’s here to stay.
A mediocre Man of La Mancha at PPAC
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 28, 2007


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Slow + steady

Before grown-ups start talking to kids about certain things, a parent observes, kids start talking to grown-ups.
Talking about sex – with a turtle?
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 28, 2007
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Ah, painting!

“Big Bang! Abstract Painting for the 21st Century” rounds up 15 painters who reinvigorate abstraction by drawing inspiration and imagery from computers, stars and constellations, quantum physics, data mapping, the Internet, genetics, squiggly microscopic
At the DeCordova, abstraction is new again
By GREG COOK  |  January 29, 2007
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Will Harvard get presidential in ’08?

As the pool of presidential candidates starts to take shape, some people are looking for leadership, ideas, or experience.
Crimson pride
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 26, 2006
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Don’t go there

Of all the peculiar life choices to which people fall victim, beach-going is among the most difficult to comprehend. Summer Guide 2006: Cheap thrills from Bar Harbor to New Haven.
The beach is a filthy, dangerous place that can kill you
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  June 19, 2006