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Band: Ceremony. Album: Zoo

Ceremony | Zoo

Ceremony aren't as intellectual or dryly hilarious as Wire and don't attempt a comparable stylistic variety, but the raucous Zoo is a fine tribute to Wire's heavier side, alternating between powerful, lumbering riffs and manic splatters of guitar nois
Matador (2012)
By GARRETT MARTIN  |  March 16, 2012
Podcast: The Art of the Wire with Prop Joe, Marlo, Poot, and George Pelecanos

Podcast: The Art of the Wire with Prop Joe, Marlo, Poot, and George Pelecanos

There he was: DONNIE ANDREWS, whom most Wire-heads know as "the real Omar." (Even bigger Wire-heads will tell you that Omar is a composite, but...
By Carly Carioli  |  October 17, 2011

Interview: Talking The Wire with Robert F. Chew

Like many cast members on HBO's The Wire, Robert F. Chew is originally from Baltimore and therefore has firsthand experience with much of the urban decay the show depicts.
A bold Proposition
By RYAN STEWART  |  October 14, 2011
Best of the Fest

Best of the Fest

 The Boston Book Festival kicks off tomorrow night. I've made an itinerary for you, you lucky ducks.On Friday at 7:30pm, head over to the Back...
By Eugenia Williamson  |  October 13, 2011
WE GOT TIX: Meet Prop Joe, Marlo Stanfield, Poot, and the Real Omar on Friday at "The Art of the Wire" in Boston

WE GOT TIX: Meet Prop Joe, Marlo Stanfield, Poot, and the Real Omar on Friday at "The Art of the Wire" in Boston

 It's no secret around here that we're huge fans of HBO's THE WIRE. And thanks to Harvard University, we've had a chance to see the...
By Carly Carioli  |  October 13, 2011
Linde Wing Contemporary Art

The MFA pulls out the stops for contemporary art with the Linde Family Wing

A conundrum lies at the heart of the Museum of Fine Arts' Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, which debuted last weekend: how does a museum showcase a subject it has long neglected?
Playing catch-up
By GREG COOK  |  September 23, 2011

Review: Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

The latest action epic from Hong Kong new wave director Tsui Hark ( Once Upon a Time in China ) is a fact-based historical drama set in 689 AD, a period when "all hell was about to break loose," according to the dense narration that opens the film.
Exhilarating action
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 23, 2011

Odd Future blew up out of nowhere. But they didn't do it alone.

By now you've heard about how post-this, uber-that, and pre-apocalyptically radical the Los Angeles collective Odd Future is. Or maybe your little sis came home with ringleader Tyler the Creator's tag tatted on her teenage ta-ta's.
Making the brand
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 06, 2011
[q&a] Wire's Colin Newman on one-chord shouting, being obvious (or not) and counting girls (gasp!) as fans

[q&a] Wire's Colin Newman on one-chord shouting, being obvious (or not) and counting girls (gasp!) as fans

WIRE are often pegged as minimal, but a conversation with main-man COLIN NEWMAN tends to be anything but—meaning of course that when we featured them...
By Daniel Brockman  |  April 02, 2011

artist: Tricia Rose, Brown University’s hip-hop scholar, discusses rap’s creative crisis

Some 40 years in, rap is nothing less than a cultural juggernaut. But it has not lost its power to provoke.
Keeping it unreal
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 21, 2011

Beyond espionage: Four ways the United States can still prosecute WikiLeaks's Julian Assange

Not long after WikiLeaks entered the international lexicon, the question became not whether the United States government would prosecute founder Julian Assange, but how .
Freedom Watch


Who’s running for mayor? (Yes, already!)

Here's an early holiday gift from us to you: A new election to start thinking about! (You can thank us later.)
Hats in the Ring Dept.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 03, 2010

Interview: Michael K. Williams

This Sunday will mark the premiere of Boardwalk Empire , HBO’s newest epic drama series.
On trading Baltimore for Atlantic City in Boardwalk Empire
By RYAN STEWART  |  September 17, 2010

Moor power for free

The climax of Othello is less hot-blooded murder than ritual sacrifice, and the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company staging is built on that idea.
CSC's Othello on Boston Common
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 06, 2010

Amazing grace

The morning after I get back from the 41st annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, an oil executive is on the radio: “We’re throwing everything we have at it.” Meaning the exploded BP-leased well in the Gulf of Mexico, 50 miles off the coast of
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival carries on
By JON GARELICK  |  May 07, 2010

Easy does it

Writer/producer Eric Overmyer was quoted in a New York Times Magazine article last month, but it’s worth repeating: “ Treme is not the The Wire .” He went on: “Those who are expecting The Wire or wanting The Wire may be frustrated.”
Treme tours New Orleans
By JON GARELICK  |  April 09, 2010

VIDEO: New trailer for David Simon's "Treme"

TrailerEvery time I consider cancelling HBO, I'm stopped by one thought: "Isn't that David Simon show about New Orleans supposed to start soon?" And now...
By Ryan Stewart  |  March 15, 2010

Review: Left 4 Dead 2

When Valve announced a full-priced sequel to Left 4 Dead only one year after the original, 40,000 frustrated gamers joined an on-line boycott. The boycotters had a point, but they'll miss out if they stand on principle.
Zombie nation: Valve at the top of its craft
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 04, 2009

VIDEO: The Wire's greatest 100 quotes

This has been making the rounds: some enterprising soul has compiled the 100 best lines from The Wire, a show whose greatness we've talked about...
By Ryan Stewart  |  November 17, 2009
PODCAST: The Wire's Kima, Bubbles, and Omar at Harvard

PODCAST: The Wire's Kima, Bubbles, and Omar at Harvard

Photo via the Harvard CrimsonAs the audience was filing into last night's "The Wire at Harvard" panel, Professor Lawrence Bobo leaned over and spoke to...
By Carly Carioli  |  November 02, 2009

Harvard to offer class on The Wire by William Julius Wilson; Omar inducted into Harvard Lampoon

UPDATE!: Download a podcast of the entire forum, "The Wire at Harvard," featuring Kima, Bubbles, and Omar William Julius Wilson, the legendary Harvard sociologist and...
By Carly Carioli  |  October 29, 2009


Gustation junction

Since all three of Harding Lee Smith's restaurants are on corners, one wonders why he chose to name his newest one The Corner Room.
Flavors mingle at The Corner Room
By BRIAN DUFF  |  October 02, 2009

Cracking wise

I don’t know that David Mamet’s is a fine Romance , and it certainly doesn’t conjure love at first scene.
Mamet’s Romance with ART; ASP’s Much Ado About Nothing
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 22, 2009

Review: Next Day Air

Wood Harris, so supremely menacing as Avon Barksdale in The Wire , plays Guch, a hood so boneheaded, he robs a bank but forget to take the money.
It's all fun and games until everyone's shoving guns in each other's faces. And then it isn't much fun at all.
By DAVID WILDMAN  |  May 08, 2009
Report: HBO picks up David Simon's new show

Report: HBO picks up David Simon's new show

 Deadline Hollywood Daily is reporting that HBO has ordered the first ten episodes of David Sim...
By Ryan Stewart  |  May 06, 2009

Holy rollers

The double bill of the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Symphony Hall on Friday is a match made in New Orleans.
The Blind Boys of Alabama and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 23, 2009

TV Tonight: Stringer Bell is on The Office

I suppose I should give a "NSFW dialogue" warningIt could not be more perfect that Idris Elba, who s...
By Ryan Stewart  |  March 19, 2009


In the annals of rock-and-roll-origin stories, Colin Newman, singer/guitarist for the pinned-down cynical conceptualist rock band Wire, has one of the odder ones.  
47 releases in, Wire can still get it up
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 01, 2008

VIDEO: The Wire's David Simon at Harvard

With The Wire's fifth and final season in the can -- we'd talk more about it, except that a couple of our slacking staffers are...
By Carly Carioli  |  April 08, 2008