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‘Beyond description’: Aaron Worthing unmasked

Of everyone who answered the rallying cries of Frey and Breitbart, one of the loudest was a character who wrote under the pseudonym Aaron Worthing.

By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 01, 2013

The Big Hurt: Pop-culture news in brief, from Tyga’s busta to Katy Perry’s scents

First priority: prevent Karmin/ meeting. Second priority: smother Baby Hitler.

By DAVID THORPE  |  December 14, 2012

Saving the ProJo

When I interviewed for a job as a reporter at the Providence Journal in early 2007, there was still a whiff of innovation about the place.
Why the paper is falling apart — and how to bring it back
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 30, 2012

The first Obama administration was a disappointment for progressives. What makes us think the second will be any different?

On LGBT rights, civil liberties, economic inequity, immigration, criminal justice, labor organizing, money in politics, and voting rights, the Obama administration let progressives down time and time again. And who's to say Obama's second term won't be
The fire this time
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 16, 2012

Honored for torture exposé, Tapley points out more work to be done

At an October 26 event attended by five previous awardees and nearly 30 others, the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine presented Portland Phoenix writer Lance Tapley with its 2012 Roger Baldwin Award, recognizing his nearly 100 stories over seven
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 09, 2012

The Big Hurt: The week in booze

Let's get blind shitfaced on semi-poisonous bathtub newsshine.

By DAVID THORPE  |  November 02, 2012


Rap news in brief

In a recent Big Hurt column about selling out with grace and dignity, I gently called out Snoop Dogg as an artist who'd entirely blown out his commercial gag reflex.

By DAVID THORPE  |  October 26, 2012

Sun Airway | Soft Fall

One of the more remarkable evolutions in the contemporary musical underground may be Jon Barthmus's decade-long peregrination from hardcore punk to the ambitious electro-pop of Sun Airway.
Dead Oceans Records (2012)
By JAY BREITLING  |  October 12, 2012

Billie Joe's crackup, Muse's truth

Jeers this week to regrettable behavior -- Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day is seeking treatment for substance abuse following a tantrum at the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

By DAVID THORPE  |  October 05, 2012

New York's police riot

Will New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ever be held accountable?

By EDITORIAL  |  September 28, 2012


The Gallup polling company last week released a report saying Americans' trust in the mass media hit a new low this year.
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 28, 2012


Pop and culture in brief

Last month, a peculiar scrap of music history went up for auction in England: a framed pair of ELVIS PRESLEY's husky briefs — "unwashed," according to the BBC, and still "soiled with stains."
The Big Hurt
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 21, 2012

Scott Brown vs. the GOP

This Thursday brings the first debate of Massachusetts's blockbuster US Senate campaign.
Talking Politics
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 21, 2012

Political wisdom in a hypocritical age

I've been fighting for social justice all my professional life.
Freedom Watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  September 21, 2012

Smile! Your mug shot might be on Facebook

Police departments might not aspire to be popular.
The criminal network
By NOAH SCHAFFER  |  September 21, 2012

Obama's actual plan

It's not what you'd expect.
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  September 21, 2012


Photos: 23rd Boston Freedom Rally on the Boston Common

The 23rd Boston Freedom Rally went down at the Common on September 15, 2012.
September 15, 2012
By JEREMIAH ROBINSON  |  September 21, 2012

Patterson Hood sidesteps his Trucker mouth

Rock and roll once saved Patterson Hood's life.
Drive-by slowly  
By NICK A. ZAINO III  |  September 14, 2012

The Big Hurt: YouTube rap spam

If you read the comments of any major rap video on YouTube, you'll always see some authentic hustle shining through the racist bickering and Illuminati accusations.
Straight talk
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 14, 2012

Occupy energy ramps up Boston’s student power movement

On a gray Saturday afternoon in Cambridge, the first meeting of Boston's new student power movement is assembled in a Harvard auditorium: about 50 students from more than eight Boston-area schools, working out goals, structures, and values.
OB 201: Intro to Tuition Strikes  
By LIZ PELLY  |  September 14, 2012

Stein's back

I didn't know she was here, but I'll be voting for her [Jill Stein] because neither major party gives a shit about me.
Letters to the Boston editors, September 14, 2012
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 14, 2012


Tampa vs. Charlotte

Compare the Democratic National Convention, now in progress in Charlotte, North Carolina, with the recently concluded Republican show in Tampa, Florida, and you find a world of instructive difference.
Plus, Mitt Romney's biggest lie
By EDITORIAL  |  September 07, 2012

Joe Kearns Goodwin's Celebrity-Studded War Chest

A typical Massachusetts State Senate candidate raises around $70,000, according to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF).
Team of Donors
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 07, 2012

Letters to the Boston editors, September 7, 2012

Jill Stein has not called for the dismantling of the CIA, the DHS, or the NSS.
Speak Up
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 07, 2012

The Nine Commandments of Covering Anonymous

The first time that I heard about Anonymous was four years ago. I was then a rookie writer at the Phoenix, and our receptionist patched through a cold call from a self-described unmasked hacker named Gregg Housh.
Fawkes news
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 31, 2012

The GOP has the nominee from Massachusetts, but Barack Obama’s convention will have more of a Bay State flavor

When the Democratic National Convention convenes next week, delegates will be gathering in North Carolina to renominate a man born in Hawaii, raised in Kansas, and officially residing in Illinois.
A Wicked Good Convention
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 31, 2012


Why Menino should veto the redistricting plan; plus, the GOP’s Tampa exploits

You didn't need a PhD in political science to predict that the Boston City Council's redraft of the boundaries delineating neighborhood council seats would meet with shouts of protest.  
Minority report
By EDITORIAL  |  August 31, 2012

Deep Dive at the ICA

Fine craftsmanship and finesse are nothing new at the Institute of Contemporary Art, though usually they're contained within the Seaport District's monolithic museum.
Free Falling
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 31, 2012

The Hipster Candidate

Stein has spent the past decade hammering inequities that the increasingly broke public claims it wants corrected." Truly, she's the hipster candidate.
Letters to the Boston Phoenix editors, August 31, 2012
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 31, 2012

Help! Our bands are on fire!

Brendan Burns and his 11 housemates were asleep early last Thursday morning when flames engulfed their three-floor Cambridge home around 3:15 a.m.
Fanning the flames
By LIZ PELLY  |  August 31, 2012