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The Varsity Girls aim for pop stardom

By the time I arrive at their Lowell recording studio to talk to the teenage pop/R&B dynamos Varsity Girls, it's almost 10 pm, and I'm expecting to encounter an exhausted group of studio-tanned kids burned out after a full day of singing and more sin
Making the cut
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 07, 2011

PODCAST: "Girl Power" author Marisa Meltzer at the Brookline Booksmith [MP3]


Marisa Meltzer shows off her zines There probably aren’t a ton of high school girls in America scrawling the word “slut” and “rape” down their...
By Carrie Battan  |  April 22, 2010
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Heroine chic

One of the more satisfying moments in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) occurs when 13-year-old Hermione (Emma Watson) unloads a right hook that staggers the villainous Malfoy. “That felt good,” she says, pleased with herself. “Not good,”
Hollywood cashes in on girl power
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 09, 2010
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25 Hip-Hop acts to see at SXSW 2010

As usual, I've got you covered.
The best boom-bap on tap in Austin
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 12, 2010
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Excerpt: Evening’s Empire by BIll Flanagan

In this chapter, "The Drugs Don't Work," aging rock star Emerson Cutler and his manager, Jack Flynn, are seeking inspiration — and desperately trying to jumpstart his career.
An excerpt from Bill Flanagan’s new novel, Evening’s Empire , the true story of a band that never existed
By BILL FLANAGAN  |  February 05, 2010
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Britney Spears and Michael Jackson fight it out

Cue up track six on the new Britney (Jive) and prepare yourself for the Technicolor disco flash-back of the year, swooning string section, chunky Nile Rodgers guitar riff, and all. The song's called "Anticipating," and it captures the most famous 19-yea
Who's #1?
By SEAN RICHARDSON  |  July 03, 2009


Play by Play: March 20, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 18, 2009
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Dance, Monkey: Jessie Baade

Tree humor is not funny. And I’ve tried. God knows I’ve tried.
We put a comic on the hot seat. This week’s victim . . .
By MARC HIRSH  |  September 03, 2008

Guitars are from Mars, Feist and Björk are from Venus

It’s 3 am. Do you know if you’re a man or a woman?
A musical battle of the sexes
By JAMES PARKER AND SHARON STEEL  |  March 19, 2008
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High school memories

Tweenagers in 1998 didn’t have Hannah Montana or High School Musical . We did, however, have five British ladies who sold us on Girl Power.
Spice Girls at the TD Banknorth Garden, January 30, 2008
By SHARON STEEL  |  February 05, 2008
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Artificial flavor of the month

There is a part of me that sympathizes with Victoria Beckham.
The Spice Girls test their shelf life
By SHARON STEEL  |  January 22, 2008


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It parade

There is a moment, at the end of a beauty pageant, when the previous year’s winner is forced to place the sparkling crown on a new champion’s head.
In 2008, novels turn to fairies, fashion goes faux green, and Star Trek  gets all 90210
By SHARON STEEL  |  December 26, 2007
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Start with some Spice

The game is on for the reunited Spice Girls.
A recipe for a tuneful 2008
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 26, 2007
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Dance, monkey: Angelo Tsarouchas

I apologize for the War of 1812. And for Celine Dion.
We put a visiting comic on the hot seat. This week’s victim . . .
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  December 18, 2007
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Girl Group Redux

I don’t imagine that the Pipettes are doing any more to curtail carbon monoxide emissions or save the rain forest than the Spice Girls.
The Pipettes, Great Scott, November 15, 2007
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  December 09, 2007
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Bob's your uncle

When was the last time England was relevant at all in the sporting world?
Sports blotter: "Across the pond" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 28, 2007


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Vo Dilun is Cartoon Country

The front of the January 13 BeloJo, what with the big above-the-fold photo spread of Woonsocket’s battling mommies, was immediately dubbed the Parents’ Day Special at Casa Diablo.
Battling Woonsocket moms kick the New Year into high gear
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  January 17, 2007
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32 worst lyrics of all time

The most horrific, the most god awful, the most offensively bad.
The votes are in, Ms. Lavigne
By BILL JENSEN AND RYAN STEWART  |  June 08, 2006
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The 100 worst lyrics of all time

"My lovely lady lumps," "She's my cherry pie," and other phrases that make you go "Ewwww."
It's in your hands, America
By BILL JENSEN AND RYAN STEWART  |  April 20, 2006
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Pop toons

"It’s like Christmas in August," gushed the vice-president of development at the Cartoon Network last summer, describing the large box packed with Mattel toys that had just been delivered to his LA office.
Puffy AmiYumi and the art of virtual stardom
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  January 13, 2006