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The Walkmen fill in the gaps

Nothing on the seventh Walkmen release is remotely as jarring as their 2004 masterpiece, "The Rat," a song that had frontman Hamilton Leithauser howling over frenetic guitars and a wildly crashing drumbeat.

By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 12, 2012
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Review: The Campaign

When it comes to mainstream movies commenting on political issues this year, Jay Roach's satirical comedy may be as bold as it's going to get.
Jay Roach's satirical comedy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 10, 2012
Review: Hell and Back Again

Review: Hell and Back Again

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, Hell and Back Again offers a potent documentary correlative to the narrative of The Hurt Locker .
The real-life story of a young marine
By GERALD PEARY  |  January 06, 2012
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Life during wartime

In Fallujah, Marine Captain Rye Barcott got good at separating the two parts of his soul.
NGO big or go home
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  April 08, 2011
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The proto-web utopian consciousness of Stan VanDerBeek

In April 1966, sheriff's deputies were hiding in bushes, peering into a mansion that had been turned into a headquarters and commune for LSD guru Timothy Leary and his pals at Millbrook, New York.
Psychadelic, man!
By GREG COOK  |  March 25, 2011
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The irresistible force of Dexter Romweber

Many would argue that, in the world of creativity, there is a fine line between genius and insanity. The best artists, so the argument goes, usually straddle the line, often relying on the latter to achieve the former.
Jetting
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 25, 2010


Road hogs

Phillipe and Jorge have just returned from a research trip to Myrtle Beach, SC.
Fear and loathing in Myrtle Beach. Plus, media overkill and jockularity
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 21, 2010
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Slideshow: ''The Beast In Me - Johnny Cash'' at the Nave Gallery

Artwork from "The Beast In Me—Johnny Cash: Art Influenced by the Struggle of a Man" at the Nave Gallery
Artworks from "The Beast In Me—Johnny Cash: Art Influenced by the Struggle of a Man" at the Nave Gallery
By NAVE GALLERY  |  April 23, 2010
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Making it sing

If you come to Dee Dee Bridgewater’s new Billie Holiday tribute disc — or to her two Holiday shows at the Paramount Theatre this weekend — expecting a reverent impersonation, you could be in for a shock. Bridgewater has transformed the music and persona
Dee Dee does Billie, plus John Stein & Ron Gill
By JON GARELICK  |  March 26, 2010
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Ivory and ebony

Hip-hop will never be post-racial. Pigment plays a major role at every level, and that's not always a bad thing.
Jake One and Freeway aren't hip-hop's first multi-racial tag team
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 19, 2010

Acid flashback

Don Lattin may be right that the “most important” experiments of Timothy Leary’s Psilocybin Project took place at 64 Homer Street, in Newton.
Letters to the Boston editor, February 5, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  February 05, 2010


Play by Play: January 29, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, January 29, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 29, 2010
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History plays

Tracey Scott Wilson manages to knock off Martin Luther King Jr.'s halo without removing the glow.
The Good Negro from Company One; Harriet Jacobs in Central Square; Indulgences at New Rep
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 29, 2010
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Old-time bangers

The one element needed when revitalizing a neglected canon? Verve. Ever since the Carolina Chocolate Drops hit the trad-acoustic scene a few years ago, they've kept this notion front and center.
The Carolina Chocolate Drops hit the red zone
By JIM MACNIE  |  January 22, 2010

Play by play: January 22, 2010

Boston's weekly theatre schedule
Theater listings, January 22, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 22, 2010
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Slap shot

Bogdan "Rudy" Rudenko, a minor-league hockey player who was most recently with the now-defunct Colorado Springs Gold Kings, has been arrested in connection with the Stallings, North Carolina, shooting of a friend and former teammate of his (some reports
Murder hits minor-league hockey. Plus, Chris Chelios gets whistled for DUI.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 22, 2010


Play by play: January 15, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, January 15, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 15, 2010

Play by play: January 8, 2010

Boston's theater schedule: January 8, 2010
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 08, 2010

Alternatives abound

The 2009 tax increases around the country.
Other states have found options
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 08, 2010

Play by Play: January 1, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings: January 1, 2010
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 01, 2010
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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


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Goon to Carolina

A few years ago, there was a lot of sentiment in Patriots country for drafting a University of Miami linebacker named Jon Beason.
Jon Beason takes it outside. Plus, an ex-NFL lineman doubles down and gets busted.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 11, 2009

Catching up with FairPoint’s decline

We've been telling you for ages how bad the FairPoint deal was for residents of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
On the Ropes Dept.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 27, 2009
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Art for money's sake

This weekend, hundreds of arts marketing gurus and administrators from across the nation will descend upon the Creative Capital, aka Providence, for a four-day (October 30-November 2) national gath-ering entitled “CollaborACTION!”
Marketing dept.
By RICHARD ASINOF  |  October 30, 2009
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Jazz on paper

A gem of a show, two shows really, has quietly appeared at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
Romare Bearden's improv collage
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  October 23, 2009
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Father Feeney

Leonard Feeney, a defrocked Jesuit priest and pretty much of a legend in this city as a result of the “sermons” he preached on the Common every Sunday without fail for eight years, from 1949 to 1957, attracting sometimes as many as a thousand people to
A Heretic Courted By The Church
By DAVE O'BRIAN  |  October 09, 2009


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Interview: Paula Deen

"I'm just looking so forward to coming up there. And having lobster. In some butter. Did I mention I like butter?"
Storming the Bean
By SHAULA CLARK  |  August 28, 2009
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Tormenting Teddy

After 32 years in the US Senate, Ted Kennedy remains a force to be reckoned with, both for his legendary family history and his considerable accomplishments.
Republicans threaten Kennedy reign
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 28, 2009
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Ted Kennedy's real record

When a 32-year incumbent seeks re-election, there is a long and well-documented record that can be examined. So it's disconcerting to note that admit all the miles of newsprint and videotape that have been expended covering the US Senate campaign, littl
A note on the 32-year-incumbent's accomplishments
By AL GIORDANO  |  August 28, 2009

Crossword: ''From A to B''

It's a short trip
It's a short trip
By MATT JONES  |  August 21, 2009