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Frightened Rabbit ready to emerge

It's always annoying when a band is touted as "the next big thing," especially when they've been around pumping out great stuff for years and then suddenly everyone is talking about them like the stork dropped them off that morning — see Bon Iver winnin

By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 05, 2012


I knew a man pursuing a PhD in literature. His dissertation had to do with humor as a form of dissent in 20th-century literature. And how enthused he was at first! How passionate and excited.
Worried about writing that thesis? Turns out writing could be the least of your problems.
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  April 29, 2011

Photos: Frightened Rabbit at the Paradise Rock Club

Frightened Rabbit perform live at the Paradise Rock Club on October 29, 2010.
Frightened Rabbit | Paradise Rock Club | October 29, 2010
By STEPHANIE ROSE  |  November 05, 2010

Belle and Sebastian | Write About Love

As the obviousness of Write About Love 's title implies (it could have been called Play and Sing! ), Belle & Sebastian are looking to get back to basics with their first album since 2005's tremendous The Life Pursuit .
Matador (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  October 15, 2010

Review: Seacoast Rep's clever Rooms

Monica (Christine Dulong), a go-getter songwriter and Glasgow’s "young Jewish entertainer of the year," at first seems a poor match for snarky rocker Ian (Graham Bailey), who hides out in his bedroom noodling on his guitar and taking slugs from a flask.
Rock and love
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 24, 2010

Teenage Fanclub are back on the scene

Teenage Fanclub singer/guitarist Norman Blake has finally left the unlikely European pop-music center of Glasgow that he helped build.
Beyond the shadows of Glasgow
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  September 24, 2010


Spy ware

Hitchcock fans will feel right at home with the DVD box of the 2008 BBC production that's making its American debut this Sunday on Masterpiece Classics .
PBS does The 39 Steps
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 26, 2010

Review: Fish Tank

Scottish director Andrea Arnold rushes in where most other directors — male ones, especially — fear to tread.
Andrea Arnold's unsentimental education
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 2010

Interview: Lone Scherfig

Born in Denmark in 1959, Lone Scherfig first gained international attention in 2000 with Italian for Beginners, a charming little film that won her the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. A couple of years later, she followed up with Wilbur Wants t
An Educated Lady
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 13, 2009

Interview: John Oliver

John Oliver is English. There's no getting around it, really.
The British comic and Daily Show correspondent on Glenn Beck, gun nuts, and the National Health
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 28, 2009
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The Mighty Wind

The Rhode Island recession, among the worst in the country, has become something of a national curiosity: how could such a little state be in such big trouble?
New England is answering Obama's clarion call and beginning to harvest its most viable renewable energy source. In Rhode Island, can Deepwater also blow life into our ailing economy?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 21, 2009


Preliminary findings

Even knowledgeable City Hall insiders know they're better off scratching lotto tickets than wagering on Boston politics.
Handicapping the 15-headed horse race that is Boston's at-large City Council election
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 14, 2009

Play by play: May 29, 2009

Boston Theater this week
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 29, 2009

Play by Play: May 22, 2009

Boston's theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 22, 2009

A real blast

The guttural rallying cry of an audience member on the other side of the mezzanine makes everyone laugh a bit, mostly because it peals out during one of Mogwai's gently arpeggiated intros.
Mogwai live at the Wilbur Theatre, May 1, 2009
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 08, 2009

Slideshow: Portland Museum of Art 2009 Biennial

For it’s 2009 Biennial, the Portland Museum of Art whittled down 970 applicants to just 17 Maine (or at least Maine-affiliated) artists.  
The 2009 Portland Museum of Art Biennial, April 8 to June 7, 2009
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 01, 2009

Coachella 2009: Glasvegas Interview

Coachella 2009: Glasvegas Interview

We interviewed Glasvegas from the Sapporo House at Coachella 2009 today. Here it here.  ...
By Charlie  |  April 18, 2009

The Big Hurt: Crashing Pumpkins

I recently had the "was that real, or did I dream that?" feeling about the upcoming Spider-Man musical featuring songs by U2, and I happily concluded that it was a dream.
Plus Lynched Beatles, and a misleading Baby
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 17, 2009

The worst word

Then it happens: you look up at the TV screen and see Bono, the lead singer of U2, step up to the podium to accept a statuette for recording the Best Alternative Music album. "We shall continue to abuse our position," he says, "and fuck up the mainstrea
How F**K became our top taboo term -- and why we need it to stay that way
By TIMOTHY GOWER  |  April 03, 2009

Dance, dance, evolution

They've been working together for a long time, since the late 1990s in Florida and the nascent Slowing Room, which came to Maine to become early innovators of the Portland electronic music scene.
The secret weekend start the party with Energy Broadcast System
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 04, 2009

Review: Franz Ferdinand's Tonight: Franz Ferdinand

On their third full-length, Franz Ferdinand continue to kick out that post-punk/disco thrust that made past singles "Take Me Out" and "Do You Want To" such loosened-skinny-tie pleasures.
Domino (2009)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  January 27, 2009

VIDEO: Love Is All live at Great Scott

VIDEO: Love Is All, "Wishing Well," live in AllstonLast Monday, Great Scott played host to a solid d...
By Ryan Stewart  |  December 16, 2008

The spectacle of terror

Images are weapons as real as bullets and bombs.
Why the attacks in Mumbai constitute a terrible threat
By EDITORIAL  |  December 03, 2008


Playwright Deborah Brevoort looked at the 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 bombing, shook her head, and reduced the tragedy to its effect on one family and one town in The Women of Lockerbie , being staged by Roger Williams University Theatre (through November 2
Lockerbie overdoes the melodrama
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 19, 2008

BOKX 109

To get questions about the name out of the way, “bokx” is the industry term for boxed cuts of meat, and number 109 is prime rib.
Go meat in Newton
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 29, 2008

Bubble and scrape

Chocolate Monk at P.A.’s, Preliminary Saturation at the Piano Factory
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  October 09, 2008


Julie Fowlis

The back-up is fine, but it’s Fowlis’s soughing voice, all wind and water and machair and peewit, that’s Cuilidh ’s treasure.
Cuilidh | Spit + Polish
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 16, 2008

Festival casualties ’08!

A young man died of meningitis, which doctors believe he contracted by sharing joints with contagious hippies at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival.
A grim reminder that rock can still maim you
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 21, 2008

Easy to love

Given the water wings of a viable performance, one-person shows about historical figures tend to sink or swim on the raconteurship of their subjects.
According to Tip debuts at New Rep; the ART sings Cole Porter
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 01, 2008

Immigrant song

You, my young British friend, start a band.
How US terror policy is ruining your summer concert season
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  June 18, 2008