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Thieves Like Us | Again and Again

When today’s musical magpies look back to the ’80s to steal the sonic shiny items that catch their ears’ fancy, they gravitate toward the Day-Glo sheen of that era’s false promise and anthemic vacuousness. Thieves Like Us, however, are not that breed o
Shelflife (2010)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 28, 2010
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Hot Chip | One Life Stand

Four albums into a career that appeared to begin as an art-school goof, Hot Chip look more likely than any of their peers to ascend one day to the intellectual electro-pop heights of Pet Shop Boys or Scritti Politti.
Astralwerks (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 19, 2010
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Minitel Rose | The French Machine

Not many people remember Bitter Moon , a fantastic, slept-on 1992 movie directed by Roman Polanski.
Futur (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  June 26, 2009
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The Big Hurt: The YouTube anime mystery

YouTube is now so shockingly complete in its catalogue of illegally uploaded music that it's like a cheap jukebox that plays every song, ever.
What the hell is wrong with the Internet? Thorpe utterly fails to investigate . . .
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 01, 2008

Crossword: ''Hag in there''


Sounds like you've got a cold
By MATT JONES  |  June 04, 2008
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Learning curves

From Mr. Chips to Miss Jean Brodie, charismatic teachers have been the stuff of drama.
  SpeakEasy’s The History Boys; Trinity’s Paris by Night
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 06, 2008


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Pop’s fairer image

After the Fantasy Mirrors show at Great Scott last Thursday, singer Nathanael Bluhm wasn’t feeling so hot, and since he was already wearing pajamas, I offered him and his bike a lift home.
Fantasy Mirrors take a good long look at themselves
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 04, 2007
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Stars

This is something of a letdown.
In Our Bedrrom After the War | Arts + Crafts
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  October 15, 2007
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Morrissey interrupts

Morrissey was playing his first Boston show in three years, and erotic revelation was at hand.
Morrissey, Bank of America Pavilion, June 26, 2007
By JAMES PARKER  |  July 02, 2007
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Rufus Wainwright

Despite Rufus Wainwright’s intentions, Release the Stars could be his most lavishly appointed disc yet.
Release the Stars | Geffen
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 11, 2007
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Don’t be afraid of the Dark

The typical Haruki Murakami protagonist is torn between women who are unattainably gorgeous and those who are just unbelievably cute. An excerpt from Murakami's After Dark (mp3)
Murakami’s noirish novel is playful, too
By ED SIEGEL  |  May 16, 2007


Crossword: 'Go, Blockhead'


You think I'm playing around?
By MATT JONES  |  March 14, 2007
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The Cozy revolution

In the scramble to capitalize on the digital music revolution, old record labels are restructuring their business models and new labels are rushing to market. tfo, "Fidelity" (mp3)
A Providence imprint redefines the record label
By DAVID DAY  |  October 30, 2006
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Flirting with danger

Mike Furey wants to play Bubba’s Sulky Lounge. Dangerous Muse, "The Rejection" (QuickTime)
Portland boy, half of Dangerous Muse, making good as gender-bending electro-pop star
By TONY GIAMPETRUZZI  |  October 10, 2006

Flashbacks: September 14, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Ian Sands.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By PHOENIX FLASHBACKS  |  September 14, 2006
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Dark Globe

With Amanda Ghost, Tom Verlaine, and Boy George leading the list of vocalists on Nostalgia for the Future , this British production team have made an album that fans of steamy, atmospheric, Europop won’t want to miss.
Nostalgia For The Future | Global Underground
By MICHAEL FREEDBERG  |  September 05, 2006


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The Pet Shop Boys

Coming off a soundtrack for Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin and a UK-only hits collection (PopArt), Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe put out their first full album of new songs since 2002’s unfocused Release .
Fundamental | Rhino
By FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  August 15, 2006
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Going on sale: August 8, 2006

Iron Maiden, Ani DiFranco, Atreyu, Bouncing Souls, Dead Kennedys, Pet Shop Boys, James Blunt, Justin Timberlake, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  August 08, 2006
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Crossword: 'Hey four eyes!'


That's what you'll shout
By MATT JONES  |  May 24, 2006