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Poop and circumstance

Knickers in a horrible twist in Educationland over the announcement of a three-tiered diploma system to be introduced in Rhode Island public schools.
Vo Dilun diplomacy; the Dunkin' Donuts state; networking; royal rapping
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 28, 2011
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Review: Get Him To the Greek

Jonah Hill and Russell Brand reunite with Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller in his boisterous new comedy.
Heroin-addled rocker stages his comeback
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 04, 2010
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Joyride

It is May 1966, in the Prelude Club in Harlem, an Atlantic Records release party.
The Worcester Art Museum shows us ‘Who Shot Rock & Roll’
By GREG COOK  |  March 26, 2010
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New edition

There’s no underground scene for pop-minded R&B. Not in Boston, and not really anyplace else.
Masspike Miles, Lisa Bello, and the little R&B scene that can
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 11, 2009
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The Big Hurt: ''Losing'' news in brief

AEROSMITH ’s disastrous summer of canceled tours and geriatric folly has taken its toll on guitarist Joe Perry, who recently told MTV that the band were on “indefinite hiatus” — which is music-industry slang for “I hate Steven Tyler.”
Aerosmith lose Joe; A-Ha lose everybody; Diddy loses bling; Corgan just loses it
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 30, 2009
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Dance Fever

Those with a hankering for slick riffs and dirty break beats look no further.
Where to shake it like you mean it
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  September 04, 2009


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Come clean

Jeru the Damaja vocalized underground agony before RZA declared that R&B stands for "rap and bullshit," before Dead Prez blasted "monotonous material," and way before Immortal Technique announced that he would soil a Def Jam development deal.
Jeru the Damaja doesn't hate pop after all
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 22, 2009

Portland Music News: May 1, 2009

SEAN MORIN will perform his senior composition recital at UMaine Augusta's Jewett Hall on May 6.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF  |  May 01, 2009
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Black power

The centerpiece of George C. Wolfe's 1986 satire The Colored Museum is a scathing sketch called The Last Mama-on-the-Couch Play . A Raisin in the Sun is the über-mama-on-the-couch play
Trinity Rep's powerful Raisin In the Sun
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 12, 2009
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A Raisin in the Sun at Trinity

The centerpiece of George C. Wolfe's 1986 satire The Colored Museum is a scathing sketch called The Last Mama-on-the-Couch Play . A Raisin in the Sun is the über-mama-on-the-couch play.
Plus Zeitgeist's Bad Jazz
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 10, 2009

Social studies

She was simply trying to shape an incident in her life into convincing theater.
Trinity brings new life to A Raisin In the Sun
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 03, 2009


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Review: Notorious

To its fault and its credit, George Tillman Jr.'s bio-pic offers a life story that fans of late MC extraordinaire Chris Wallace, a/k/a Biggie Smalls, a/k/a the Notorious B.I.G., have known for years.
Romanticized, but well executed
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 13, 2009
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Fourth-estate follies!

Granted, other years have had flashier media embarrassments (Jayson Blair, Stephen Glass), but that doesn't mean that 2008 lacked for media misdeeds.
Remembering the year in media malfeasance
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 23, 2008
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Millenium thug

Forgive me for listing only New York classics here.
Rough, rugged, raw reality rap essentials from a redefining year
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 11, 2008
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Tackling the issues

When Sarah Palin’s interviews with Katie Couric first aired, people rushed to defend or condemn her. But one man opted for the blitz package instead.
Brutally funny
By JONATHAN SEITZ  |  October 29, 2008
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Hot summer nights

The annual Sound Session festival is a weeklong sonic soiree that is expected to draw upwards of 65,000 partygoers from July 6 through 12.
The pulsating spirit of Sound Session ’08
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 24, 2008


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Feign and fortune

McNallica shredded upon nothingness like an unholy hybrid of Mick Mars and a feral burlesque dancer.
The US Air Guitar Championships
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  June 10, 2008
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Bo Diddley was a gunslinger

Grab a stack of albums at random and scan the liner notes. Ten bucks says you’ll find the name “E. McDaniel” listed among the song credits on at least one of them.
1928-2008
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 04, 2008
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Too legit to quit

The early word on Wu-Tang Clan’s new 8 Diagrams   is that it will rip the group apart at the seams.
Wu-Tang Clan and Ghostface Killah
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 31, 2007
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Schools of rock

“You walk in here, and you feel as though you’re visiting your favorite aunt or uncle’s house ... it’s a place where you want to visit and you’re willing to take risks.”
There’s a whole lot of moving, shaking, and band-building going on in the world of local music instruction
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 28, 2007
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Selling points

Jay-Z’s new album shares its title with the new Ridley Scott film about Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas.
Jay-Z ties his fortunes to American Gangster
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  November 14, 2007


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Show fetish

Ever since Salvatore Ferragamo designed the first stiletto heel in 1955, podiatrists have faced a steady stream of female patients seeking physical relief from their devotion to fashion over function.
The MFA’s new ‘Walk This Way’ exhibit traces the history of footwear fashion, from sandals to stilettos
By SHARON STEEL  |  September 26, 2007
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Rock-star moves

Hey, you American Idol drudges, exit your cave for a contest just as colossally dumb but a gazillion times zanier.
Air Guitar Nation at SPACE Gallery
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 25, 2007
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Rock-star moves

Hey, you American Idol drudges, exit your cave for a contest just as colossally dumb but a gazillion times zanier: Alexandra Lipsitz’s documentary Air Guitar Nation.
Air Guitar Nation at the Brattle
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 17, 2007
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Matter of characters

Two men are on the phone.
In the age of the sound bite, Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster are reviving the lost art of long-form radio comedy
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 04, 2007
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Dead, or immortal?

When Chuck D challenges the status quo, a bunch of fortysomethings nod their heads, but Nas can put the young rappers on the defensive.
Nas’s album title challenges a generation
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  January 24, 2007


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Moving in stereo

Boston is home to too few public art spaces, and precious few get any national attention. DJ Rugged One, "Interlude" (mp3 via MySpace)
Music-video gurus Lumen Eclipse, plus hip-hop news
By DAVID DAY  |  November 20, 2006
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Fashionistas, rejoice!

I feared for my life when I walked into the Downtown Crossing H&M one morning last November. Slideshow: "Fashion Show: Paris Collections 2006” at Museum Of Fine Arts  
Haute couture storms the MFA
By SHARON STEEL  |  November 09, 2006

Keeping it surreal

This article originally appeared in the September 4, 1998 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
The Beastie Boys at the Centrum, August 25, 1998
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 25, 2006
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On the racks: October 17, 2006

Plus the Slits, Sarah McLachlan, and holiday fare.
Diddy, Danzig, and Badly Drawn Boy
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 17, 2006