Latest Articles

olivia list

Second summer

Summer's over, the kids are getting back to school and I'm loath to turn the seasonal page. The music's been terrific. New discs by Spencer and the School Spirit Mafia, Grand Hotel, dilly dilly, Samuel James, and Gypsy Tailwind have highlighted the dep
Catching up with discs missed
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 28, 2009


The end of a three-week, thousands-of-miles-from-home season is never the right time to assess a dance company.
The Kirov's Balanchine at City Center
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 06, 2008

Mastering the motion

“Masters of Motion” is the kind of catch-all title for a dance bill that encompasses everything and puts you in mind of nothing.
‘Masters of Motion’ in Providence
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 12, 2008

Learning to soar

Ballet has come a long way from its initial image of tights, tutus, and toe shoes.
Festival Ballet’s masterful Motion
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 05, 2008

Straight talk

You can call Patty Griffin a singer-songwriter if you must, but don’t expect her to tell you exactly what that means.
Patty Griffin modestly hits a new peak
By TAMARA WIEDER  |  April 17, 2007

By the horns

If you’ve ever wondered where the people who make those Girls Gone Wild videos find the women to participate in soft-porn video debasement, you’d be far less bewildered watching girl after girl trying to out-skank one another on the bull.
Riding Portland's mechanical bull
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  November 29, 2006


Outlaw Island

Remove a man from the superstitions, fears, and silly strictures of society, a lot of old Enlightenment philosophers used to say, and his natural inclination will be toward laws that are rational and tolerant.
Home to friends in enemies’ skin
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 18, 2006

Broken Social queens

Since rising to indie prominence with 2002’s You Forgot It in People , Canada’s Broken Social Scene have famously perfected the art of spreading themselves far too thin in all the right ways.
Feist reveals her avant side and Stars’ Amy Millan goes solo
By SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON  |  September 11, 2006

Crossword: 'The big mix-up'

No theme, no problem
By MATT JONES  |  August 23, 2006

Clone wars

After a months-long drought of new releases for Xbox Live Arcade, Microsoft promised a new game every week for the latter half of the summer.
Clyde headlines a crop of new Xbox Live Arcade games
By MITCH KRPATA  |  August 08, 2006

Seeing the unseeable

In tonal music and in dance it never happens.
Harold Edgerton’s science as art
By CHRISTOPHER MILLIS  |  May 11, 2006