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Happy New Year!
By DAVID KISH  |  December 28, 2012

NYE 101: Pro tips on ringing in the New Year right

As is typically the case with any big drinking holiday, our advice for how to best enjoy New Year's Eve at the bars is to avoid it altogether.

By LUKE O'NEIL  |  December 21, 2012

The planet known as California

More future adventures with Karl.
By KARL STEVENS  |  September 14, 2012

Photos: Earthquake Party, Fat Creeps, RIBS + Viva Viva at the WFNX Boston Accents Funeral Party (Night 1)

Earthquake Party, Fat Creeps, RIBS and Viva Viva perform live during night one of the WFNX Boston Accents Funeral Party | Monday, July 23, 2012 at Great Scott
Monday, July 23, 2012 | Great Scott
By MICK MURRAY  |  July 27, 2012
Dance Party Videodrome

Photos: Videodrome Discothèque presents The Prince & The Protégés Party

Crowds came with flair for The Price & The Protégés Party on April 27 -- hosted by Videodrome Discothèque, voted Boston's best dance night in our 2012 reader's poll.
Radio | April 27, 2012
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  May 04, 2012
TJI: Mass Pirate Party Conference

Putting the 'Arrrr' in DRM

Forget Talk Like a Pirate Day. In the 2012 elections, November 6 will be Vote Like a Pirate Day — if you happened to have joined a growing number of hackers and Internet activists and registered as a member of the Massachusetts Pirate Party (MAPP).
Booty Call
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  March 09, 2012

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Review: Kill List

Following up his impressive debut, Down Terrace , Ben Wheatley's Yorkshire-based crime thriller swerves with abrupt satisfaction into horror in its final moments.
Ben Wheatley's Yorkshire-based crime thriller
By PEG ALOI  |  March 02, 2012
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Review: Project X

When you start making negative comparisons to films like Porky's , you know a film has problems.
Done before and better
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 02, 2012
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Brite Futures | Dark Past

A few years ago, the cutesy teens in Natalie Portman's Shaved Head slid out of Seattle on the hot pink shoulders of robo-bounce kinda-hit "Me + Ur Daughter" and the cheap intrigue of a ridiculous moniker.
Turnout (2011)
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 27, 2012

Photos: Caspian at the Middle East Downstairs

Caspian, Constants and Defeater perform live as part of the 9th Annual Last Night On Earth party at the Middle East Downstairs on December 30, 2011.
Caspian + Constants + Defeater | December 30, 2011
By ANDY WARE  |  January 13, 2012
ICP NYE 2012

Photos: Insane Clown Posse's New Year's Eve Ninja Party 2012

The Insane Clown Posse threw a 2012 New Year's Eve Ninja Party at the Worcester Palladium.
December 31, 2011–January 1, 2012 | Worcester Palladium
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  January 06, 2012

ICP NYE 2012

Photos: Insane Clown Posse's New Year's Eve Ninja Party 2012

The Insane Clown Posse threw a 2012 New Year's Eve Ninja Party at the Worcester Palladium.
December 31, 2011–January 1, 2012 | Worcester Palladium
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  January 06, 2012
Winter 2012: Local Pop

New music for Boston's winter of discontent

Here are 10 record-release parties from both newcomers and veterans of our city, dropping new music from now until March's thaw.
Cold brewed
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 30, 2011
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Photos: Solstice Circus welcome winter at Plough & Stars

Solstice Circus celebrated this year's winter solstice at Plough & Stars in Cambridge on December 22, 2011.
Solstice Circus | Plough & Stars | December 22, 2011
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  December 30, 2011
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Review: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

In the era when the Black Panther Party was its most powerful and off-the-pig-threatening and separatist, there was little interest in even conversing with whitey, unless whitey was from somewhere other than the ultra-racist USA.
A collage of privileged documentary moments
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 30, 2011
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Review: Circumstance

Circumstance begins like an early Kiarostami film, but with schoolgirls in hijabs instead of schoolboys in sweaters.
Schoolgirls in hijabs
By ANN LEWINSON  |  September 09, 2011

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Review: A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

Like cheap knockoffs of designer goods, Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck's excruciating comedy bears a superficial resemblance to the pricey originals it imitates.
Gross and unfunny
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 02, 2011

Photos: Art Show with the Tower & the Fool at Johnny Cupcakes

Johnny Cupcakes hosts an art party featuring live acoustic performances from the Tower & the Fool and Kevin King, on August 26, 2011.
Johnny Cupcakes | August 26, 2011
By MIKE DRAVIS  |  September 02, 2011
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Boston bartenders bust up the Big Easy

There was a wedding, a funeral (for the Long Island Iced Tea), fried alligator, mechanical bulls, and Ron Jeremy on harmonica. Boston bartenders, who were there in full force, can attest to all of it.
Strange tales
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  August 26, 2011
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Party supplies

Original Plumbing, the New York–based quarterly lifestyle magazine and Web site for trans men and their friends, returns to the Midway this Friday for a queer/trans dance party featuring go-go boys, a photo booth, DJs D'hana and Justincredible, and a mi
Trans Dance Dept.
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  August 12, 2011

[bmp video] Bodega Girls with Cosmo of Dom + Amanda Palmer + Buffalo Tom's Bill Janovitz

Yes, the word "epic" is grossly overused and has lost any and all of its merit. But there's just no other way to describe this...
By Michael Marotta  |  June 17, 2011

Last call: Best Music Poll awards party + Bruins Game 7 TONIGHT @ Brighton Music Hall

Last call: Best Music Poll awards party + Bruins Game 7 TONIGHT @ Brighton Music Hall

Tonight, we rage. After weeks of planning, plotting and counting up a gazillion votes, The Phoenix is ready to throw down at tonight's Best Music...
By Michael Marotta  |  June 15, 2011

Announcing the 2011 Best Music Poll awards party! Bodega Girls! Mean Creek! Freezepop! Moe Pope!

  We're handing out the 2011 BMP Awards -- No shit! Actual handmade craptastic trophies! Announced by people you may recognize! It all goes down...
By Michael Marotta  |  May 31, 2011

Photos: The Spot Underground's Rock the Block! Party

The Spot Underground hosts their Rock the Block! Party on May 20, 2011.
Rock the Block! Party | May 20, 2011
By RICHARD MCCAFFREY  |  May 27, 2011

Scum along the Potomac

As of this writing, a shutdown of the federal government appears to be a serious possibility. Perhaps sensible heads will prevail, but either way the Republicans now leading the US House of Representatives have been exposed as destructive fools with no
The Republicans strike again, aiming to shut down government, but keeping Gitmo alive
By EDITORIAL  |  April 08, 2011

Photos: First Contact: SXSW Party at Krucial Klub

Phoenix and Stuff staffers party with SXSW performers and attendees at the First Contact party at Klub Krucial on March 16, 2011.
First Contact: SXSW Party | Klub Krucial | March 16, 2011
By JANICE CHECCHIO  |  March 18, 2011


Review: Take Me Home Tonight

Standard buddy comedy turned zany bacchanal has moments of inspiration
Standard buddy comedy turned zany bacchanal has moments of inspiration
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 04, 2011

Beach Fossils | What A Pleasure

This EP is an eight-song follow-up to Beach Fossils' homonymous full-length debut from 2010, and these days, Dustin Payseur and his band of chilled-out '80s worshippers have their sound down pat.
Captured Tracks (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  February 25, 2011

Review: The David Wax Museum mesmerize Club Oberon

The Mexicano Americana folk band the David Wax Museum’s album-release party for Everything Is Saved at Oberon February 3 was a triumph in every way: musically, theatrically, even socially and politically.
Not so statuesque
By JON GARELICK  |  February 11, 2011

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Celebrating the release of sophomore album The Beast Becomes the Servant (Born of Fire Records), Motherboar had a thawing crowd headbanging at full clip Saturday night, proving they won’t be resting on their 2010 Boston Music Award for Best Metal/Hardcor
By JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  January 28, 2011