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The house that House of Sand and Fog built

Andre Dubus III collected me at the Newburyport train station last month when the snow piles were already high. We stopped first for a coffee for the road; he asked all the questions: siblings, hometown, are you married?
Son of a famous-author father, novelist Andrew Dubus III had to write his own way out of a violent youth
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  February 25, 2011

The way it 'Otto' be

People queued up along Congress Street during the First Friday Art Walk last week may have been in town for the art, but they were in line for the pizza.
Congress Street slice shop sticks to the basics
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  November 13, 2009

Boston Theater Marathon XI

Schedule of play
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 15, 2009

30 on 30

The Providence Phoenix celebrates 30 years with 30 interviews  
30 local luminaries look back on 30 years of the New Paper and the Providence Phoenix
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 22, 2008

The combat zone

This article originally appeared in the July 24, 1973 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Who's who and what's what
By TOM SHEEHAN  |  August 14, 2008

Scoring points

A tap-dancer, a magician, and an eight-piece horn section. According to a recent Web-site missive from Tiger Saw, the latest incarnation of the Newburyport-based indie collective includes all three.
Tiger Saw show some animation
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 06, 2008


Just the two of us

I almost slept over at Nat Baldwin’s house once.

Nat Baldwin lugs his bass into your heart

By CAMILLE DODERO  |  April 22, 2008

Twee time

In the cold climes of maple country, the Smittens are sentimental saps and proud of it. Militant, even.
The warm and fuzzy pop of the Smittens
By GEORGIANA COHEN  |  February 04, 2008

Better by degrees

For busy adults already in the workplace, finding a set time and place to pursue a degree can be nearly impossible.
Online Universities gain popularity — and a new legitimacy
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  January 22, 2008

Not another top 10

What follows is by nature a hodgepodge, a not-quite-10 list of some RF favorites from 2007.
A few of Rare Frequency’s favorite things
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  December 19, 2007

Boston music news: November 2, 2007

Somerville-based singer-songwriter Mieka Pauley may have a degree in biological anthropology from Harvard, but right now music is her primary focus.
Notes on Mieka Pauley, Ron Pownall, and Deborah Henson-Conant
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  October 30, 2007


All fired up

The first two songs on Tiger Saw’s new Tigers on Fire have the phrase “on the stereo” in their lyrics, and the closer, “The Big Bear Song,” says, “Put the record on.” Tiger Saw, "Tigers on Fire" (mp3)
Tiger Saw catch a little dance fever
By JEFF BREEZE  |  May 01, 2007

The rumor mill

“Church on Sunday” is one of the newer house-music events in the city.
A new home for house music
By MICHAEL FREEDBERG  |  March 06, 2007

The year women got beat up

You don’t have to play Grand Theft Auto to be blind to violence against women. Victims of perception: How violence against women permeated our consciousness in 2006
Over the past 12 months you have been bombarded with stories of brutalized women. Chances are, you didn’t notice.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 20, 2006

Fest or famine?

Women filmmakers dominate this year’s festival, and an unflinching honesty marks their movies.
This year’s Boston Film Festival has a woman’s touch
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 08, 2006

Flashback episode

One year ago, this was a different world. New Orleans was still intact; “truthiness” was not yet a word; and the first installment of a column later christened as “ID Check” had just debuted in this paper.
ID Check turns one
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  June 22, 2006


High noon at the Herald

Pat Purcell’s speech last Friday at a UMass Boston conference on ethnic media was auspiciously timed.
If Purcell sells off the suburbs, what will happen to his big-city tab?  
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  March 30, 2006

Soft sell

Sing! isn’t just the emphatic title of Tiger Saw’s third and most recent full-length on Kimchee Records: it’s also the rotating-member-band’s manifesto.
Tiger Saw’s quiet music for swelling hearts
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  January 13, 2006
Casey Dienel

ID Check: Casey Dienel

A 21-year-old Scituate songbird signed to the Decemberists' old label is about to sing her Massachusetts song.
The grand canary
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  January 04, 2006