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Red Blues: Scott Brown exposes the empty Massachusetts GOP bench

It wasn't just that Scott Brown announced he was not running in the special US Senate election — it was that it quickly became evident that he was not handing the job off to another Republican.

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 15, 2013
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Phantom Glue come into focus

Variations of "nightmarish" and "psychedelic" come up repeatedly as Matt Oates describes his band's work — which makes sense, given that Phantom Glue trace their roots back to Slayer, the Jesus Lizard, and cult post-hardcore act KARP.
Cellars by Starlight
By REYAN ALI  |  January 25, 2013
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Surveying the stacks at Weirdo Records

Weirdo's Mass Ave storefront feels like a glorified walk-in closet, with neon-pink walls covered in posters and shelves of CDs and LPs ranging from '60s Pakistani folk instrumentals and long-lost 1940s pop crooners to Spanish '80s punk compilations and
Cellars by starlight
By LIZ PELLY  |  December 21, 2012
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Work of Artistry: Indie holiday gift ideas

Holiday shopping doesn't have to mean braving the horrors of the mall. Indier options abound.

By JACQUELINE HOUTON  |  November 16, 2012
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Neil Young inspires a chill new wave

Over six decades, Neil Young's musical expression has expanded beyond the rock and roll of his nascent years and the folk-rock that brought him his initial burst of renown.

By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  November 02, 2012
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''Elsewhere''

Every once in a while the city needs a show like "Elsewhere," the round-up of 17 local artists organized by Flux.Boston blogger Liz Devlin, to get a snapshot of the art being produced here.

By GREG COOK  |  October 12, 2012


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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
Music: Converge

Converge go back to basics

For most Bostonians of a certain age, Converge's Jane Doe (2001) is always going to be "that" record. But sentimentality aside, the metal/hardcore quartet's latest, All We Love We Leave Behind — out Tuesday on Epitaph — bangs right up against it.

By JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  October 05, 2012
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The sound quality of Caspian

Bands looking to create a BUZZ should take note of Caspian.

By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  September 28, 2012
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Following Julia Easterlin's beat

Long accustomed to repeating herself, Julia Easterlin is finally done explaining.

By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 21, 2012
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Photos: Earthquake Party, Fat Creeps, RIBS + Viva Viva at the WFNX Boston Accents Funeral Party (Night 1)

Earthquake Party, Fat Creeps, RIBS and Viva Viva perform live during night one of the WFNX Boston Accents Funeral Party | Monday, July 23, 2012 at Great Scott
Monday, July 23, 2012 | Great Scott
By MICK MURRAY  |  July 27, 2012


Joe must go; winds of change; the king of fuh

Brown University has already taken its disgraced alumnus Joe Paterno's name off an award doled out every year to the school's outstanding male freshman athlete. But there is still a question about whether Coach Paterno should be ejected from the Brown A
Brown hall of shame
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 27, 2012
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Out: From the MFA to the Pavilion, Passion Pit return to Boston

When Passion Pit were conceived five years ago out of an Emerson College dorm, the result of a Valentine's Day gift of love songs Michael Angelakos crafted for his then-girlfriend, electro-pop really hadn't yet taken hold of popular alternative music.
Getting ’Pitted  
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  June 29, 2012
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Creating an all-local restaurant (mostly)

It has become almost second nature for area restaurants to use local ingredients and to establish working relationships with nearby farmers and fishermen.
Pushing the proximity limit
By AMY ANDERSON  |  June 22, 2012
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As schools struggle to get better, is selling out to big money the answer?

The idea of education reform has become so much of a universal social imperative that even hard-nosed liberals mindlessly dance to its alluring tune without considering the consequences of their gallivanting.
The price of change
By CHRIS FARAONE AND MATT MCQUAID  |  June 16, 2012
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Six local chefs serve up quick summer recipe tips

A grill is always a grill, whether you rock a two-foot kettle charcoal number or a gas-fueled beast with more knobs than an airplane cockpit.
DIY Summer food
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  June 08, 2012


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Can Netroots make a difference in November – and beyond?

Online progressive activists have grown and developed to the point where they are ready to play critical roles in 2012 elections all over the country.
Rallying the troops
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 01, 2012
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Getting ready for the Maine Comics Arts Festival

If Superman had to give a State of the Comics address, it would be a pretty somber affair.
Bringing the page to life
By JOSH CHRISTIE  |  May 18, 2012
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Jen Johnson finds her ground with Velah

Last year was many things for many people, but 2011 as a whole just wasn't much fun for former Static of the Gods vocalist/guitarist Jen Johnson.
Rhymes with Stella
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  May 04, 2012

We voted!; the old ball game; hear them roar

Like all good Vo Dilunduhs, Phillipe and Jorge used our unaffiliated voter status to become "Republicans for a day," cast our ballots in the GOP primary, and then switch back to being independents immediately afterward.
Poll dances
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 27, 2012
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Out: Sizing up the Rumble survivors, the wild cards, and the breakouts

Twenty-three bands entered T. T.'s own private Thunderdome last week, and only eight bands remain after six Rock 'n' Roll Rumble nights of preliminary-round musical throwdowns.
Eight isn’t enough
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  April 13, 2012


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There is no prescription for the Doctors Fox

Picture this: you walk into a room and some interesting music is playing.
Above the influence
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  April 13, 2012
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Review: Losing Control

Bostonians have celebrated the city's rebirth as a shooting location for filmmakers. Had they endured Valerie Weiss's locally made Losing Control , I suspect most would welcome another molasses disaster.
Valerie Weiss's locally made film
By MILES HOWARD  |  April 06, 2012
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Interview: Adam Green gets frightful laughs with 'Holliston'

Director and Holliston native Adam Green ( Frozen, Hatchet ) knows a thing or two about what it's like to be stuck in your hometown post-college, working a dead-end job, and pining for the high school girl of your dreams. Green parlayed all that angst i
Native son
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  March 30, 2012
Review:Being Flynn

Review: Being Flynn

If you're a fan of Nick Flynn's stunning 2004 memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, you're probably concerned about whether Being Flynn director Paul Weitz will do justice to Flynn's exploration of grief, homelessness, and father-son relations
Father complex
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  March 30, 2012
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Review: Being Flynn

Adaptations are always difficult to pull off, but this one had the extra baggage of being based on a lyrical book with chapter titles like "The Piss of God," and a tendency to jump back and forth through time as Flynn unpacks his life story.
Father complex
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  March 09, 2012


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Photos: Gabbie's Goodies in Hanover, MA

Gabbie's Goodies in Hanover, MA is bringing back the bon bon.
Bringing back the bon bon
By JEREMIAH ROBINSON  |  February 23, 2012
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Grimes | Visions

The debut record from Grimes, an alias of the Montreal-based Boucher, kicks off the peculiarity parade by presenting song titles steeped in cutesy affectation.
Arbutus (2012)
By REYAN ALI  |  February 03, 2012
Album review: Be the Void

Dr. Dog | Be the Void

With Be the Void , their sonically raw sixth album, these Philly psych-pop oddballs have pulled a fussy, self-conscious about-face, indulging in their weirdest ideas in years.
Anti- (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  February 03, 2012