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Review: Butter

Any real-world comparisons between the Sarah Palin-like Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner) and her African-American opponent, Destiny (Yara Shahidi), are encouraged in this over-churned movie that presents itself as a "cutthroat story of greed, blackmail,

By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 12, 2012
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Review: Red Lights

The third feature by the talented Spanish genre specialist Rodrigo Cortés (Buried) follows the brilliant Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and her protégé Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) methodically debunking claims of paranormal evidence as the inventi
Rodrigo Cortés' third feature
By PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN  |  July 27, 2012
Short Takes: Neil Young Journeys

Review: Neil Young Journeys

Young is old now, and in Demme's film, looking like a stubbly coot in a battered Panama hat, he's having the time of his life.
Young having the time of his life
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 13, 2012
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Jonah Hill straightens up

The Superbad star has embraced his inner math geek for his role in Moneyball, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis's best-selling book on Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, who turned the baseball world on its head in 2002 when he cast aside his sc
Money man
By SEAN KERRIGAN  |  September 23, 2011

Sluts for justice

On Saturday, Boston joins the national SlutWalk movement, demonstrating solidarity to fight "slut shaming," a common response to sexual violence.
No means no
By LIZ PELLY  |  May 06, 2011

Ron Sexsmith faces his doubts

Shhhh. There's a middle-aged English music legend sleeping in the shadows. Look a little bit closer and you might see the outline of his fedora and iconic Buddy Holly glasses. I'm not going to say his name, but he's just one of the members of rock's roya
Stepping out of the shadows
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  March 25, 2011


Danse macabre

"With our songs, with our band, we're always really selfish."
Crystal Castles toughen up synth-pop
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 13, 2010

Brightness falls

At first glance, Canadian synth-popstress Lights looks as if she'd been created in the basement lab of some suburban geek-rock fanboy.
An animated Lights strips down her synthpop
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  July 30, 2010

Born Ruffians | Say It

Over the past half of Warp’s robust 20-year run, the label’s enduring legacy as a vanguard force in electronic music has drifted as its tastes have gone positively eclectic. The mixed-media future folk of Bibio, the experimental soul of Jamie Lidell, th
Warp (2010)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 28, 2010

Voodoo economics

To paraphrase The Communist Manifesto , a specter is haunting Hollywood. Actually, two of them: zombies and vampires. The undead.
What vampire and zombie movies can tell us about the future of capitalism
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 21, 2010

Label makers

To keep tabs on how Duck Down maintains its hardcore tradition despite also expanding with MTV-friendly acts like Kidz in the Hall, you need look no farther than Ruste Juxx and Marco Polo.
Ruste Juxx and Marco Polo talk Duck Down
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 16, 2010


Spring clearance

I've seen the best music snobs of my generation destroyed by downloading — instead of savoring full albums the way one might enjoy a vintage claret, they're slamming down random shots of bands with stupid names, passing out, and blanking on what they hea
Discriminatin' picks for the frugal music snob
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 12, 2010

The Big Hurt: Lightfoot lives!

Last week, the world was gripped in the terror of a GORDON LIGHTFOOT death scare when a realistic-looking Twitter obit was picked up by several Canadian papers.
Plus Weezy tweets and Mayer backpedals
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 05, 2010

Straight outta Tallahassee

Tallahassee transplant (via Toronto) Kylewilliam Campol absolutely loves to call Rhode Island home, having moved here last May to further his career as a musician and establish the world headquarters for his post-punk outfit Imadethismistake — a move som
Kyle Campol’s Imadethismistake
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 05, 2010

Arty crashers

Fucked Up's career is a game of dares they're winning. Over the past few years, the Toronto band have trashed a bathroom on an MTV broadcast, played a 12-hour set in a NYC boutique, reeled in random notables like David Cross, Bob Mould, and Nelly Furtado
Fucked Up live to conquer the improbable
By REYAN ALI  |  February 19, 2010

Rocky Mountain low

Ever since Steven Soderbergh put what was a grade-Z resort town on the film-business map with sex, lies, and videotape in 1989, the Indies and foreigners essentially hijacked the Oscars.
A little frayed, the Sundance brand endures
By HARLAN JACOBSON  |  February 12, 2010


Bring the trauma

Even with the new order completely renovating the rock biz, some things have to be done the old-fashioned way. And after having their asses duly kicked by the old-fashioned way this past month, the five-piece London orchestral-pop combo known as Fanfarl
Fanfarlo adjust to the road
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 18, 2009

On Westminster: Coffee and Iggy Pop

Andrew Losowsky and Lyra Monteiro, husband and wife, are huddled around a small table in a chilly and mostly empty room on the bottom floor of the Kresge building on West-minster Street in downtown Providence.
Storytelling Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 11, 2009

Sing your life

Charles Spearin's Happiness Project — to be performed this Friday at the Middle East Downstairs as part of a trio of Torontonian acts — was originally just that: a project.
The Happiness Project speaks volumes
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  November 27, 2009

Review: The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day

You’d think Troy Duffy would have learned something in the decade since he blew his golden ticket with The Boondock Saints .
This is bullshit.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 30, 2009

Get ready

Details on the Rustic Overtones release and more


The Big Hurt: Don't look back in anger

"You don't know what you've got till it's gone," Janet Jackson once famously sampled, and how true it is. Only now that Noel Gallagher has left in a firestorm of brotherly acrimony can I truly take stock of my feelings toward Oasis.
The best of times with the worst of bands
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 11, 2009
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Branding Bangor

If a big-league indie pop festival falls in Bangor, will anyone hear it?
It's Maine's first large-scale indie music festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 14, 2009

Long way to the top

"I wanted longevity, even if it meant obscurity."
The belated glory of Anvil
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 24, 2009

Bozzio appeals jail sentence, goes on tour

The bizarre animal-cruelty case of Missing Persons frontwoman Dale Bozzio is far from over.
Reappearing Person
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  June 19, 2009

Going Green: June 12, 2009

Back when I started this column in May 2007, I sought inspiration from several blogs. Among my daily reading material was Colin Beavan's  (a New York dad's attempts to remove himself from the grid),  (a catch-al
Sleeping naked
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 12, 2009

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Best in show

Tom Hall, the new artistic director of the Newport International Film Festival (June 3-7), had the usual hard time culling more than 600 submissions — some invited but most over the transom — down to 90 films — 17 narrative features (plus five Hollywoo
Making the picks at the Newport Film Festival
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 29, 2009

Giant step

Indie-folk trio the Low Anthem — Jeff Prystowsky, Ben Knox Miller, and Jocie Adams — have signed with Nonesuch Records, which will re-release their highly-acclaimed disc, Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, on June 9.
The Low Anthem sign with Nonesuch Records
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 17, 2009

Get sprung

Between the packages that turn up on my Jamaica Plain doorstep and the envelopes that stuff my Phoenix mailbox, I have enough music to start a mixtape spot in Downtown Crossing.
A bumpin' crop of spring hip-hop
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 18, 2009

Providence music news: February 27, 2009

Sling some shuffleboard while MARK CUTLER slings the six-string TONIGHT (the 26th) at Nick-a-Nee's
Shake some action
By PROVIDENCE MUSIC STAFF  |  February 25, 2009