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Hedonism at its best

In 1888, a 15-year-old French kid and a couple of his buddies wrote a script, modeling its gross and laughable anti-hero on a school teacher whom they had it in for.
Absurdist mirth and wonder in Ubu Roi
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 29, 2010

Oddballs and noisemakers

Twenty years ago, the American Top 40 was nothing like Boston’s live music scene.
Looking back 20 years to the Pixies' Surfer Rosa and the beginning of the Best Music Poll
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 07, 2008
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Real to reel

Even now, after Greil Marcus’s Lipstick Traces and Simon Reynolds’s Rip It Up and Start Again , the rock-star-as-vector-of-ideas is still something of a challenge for us.
The exquisite artifice and lasting weirdoid-ness of Roxy Music
By JAMES PARKER  |  April 01, 2008
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Just a baby label

A week ago Thursday, Great Scott got a thick slab of prime Ohio grass-fed rock in the form of Gil Mantera’s Party Dream.
Audio Eagle Record's Ohio Rock
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 03, 2007
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Presidency of the absurd

In the literature of absurdity, torture is never far away.
Looking for insights into Bush’s torture policy? Try limericks, rhinoceroses, and a pistol-packing midget bicyclist
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 01, 2007
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Controlled chaos

It’s 11 am on a Thursday, and Andy Moor is having his first coffee just a few doors down from the American Repertory Theatre’s Loeb Drama Center, the site that will be home to one of his most ambitious projects yet. The Ex, "Weapons for El Salvador" (m
The method to the Ex’s madness
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 05, 2006


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True originals

David Thomas is a 300-pound acrobat tiptoeing along a high wire stretched over chaos and control.
The return of Devo in disguise and Pere Ubu
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 07, 2006
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Future heads

Matador head and contrarian tastemaker Gerard Cosloy recently wrote: “No, post-punk does not actually exist.”
Digging for post-punk gold
By FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  June 13, 2006

Post-punk prophet excerpt


An Excerpt from Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984 by Simon Reynolds
By SIMON REYNOLDS  |  March 23, 2006