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Short Take: Peace, Love and Misunderstanding

Review: Peace, Love & Misunderstanding

When her husband (Kyle MacLachlan) asks for a divorce, New York corporate lawyer Diane (Catherine Keener) takes her teenage children, brainy vegan Zoe (Elizabeth Olsen) and Werner Herzog-wannabe Jake (Nat Wolff), up to Woodstock to meet her estranged mo
Summer of free love
By ANN LEWINSON  |  June 08, 2012
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Fess Elisha Parker, 1924–2010

The King of the Wild Frontier is dead.
In memoriam
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  March 26, 2010
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Ten years of great sports

Moments after Adam Vinatieri's field goal split the uprights as the clock expired in the Louisiana Superdome on February 3, 2002, the streets of Boston were in bedlam. Drunk people dangled from trees and hung off lampposts. Motorists leaned on their ho
Boston's road from Loserville to Title Town
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 25, 2009
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Review: Tom Russell | Blood and Candle Smoke

This LA-born troubadour with a Dustbowl voice works voodoo on his 24th studio album, conjuring ghosts of the ’60s and ’70s along with apocalyptic visions as he relates tales of gun-toting madmen and dark rifts of the heart.
Shout! Factory (2009)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 25, 2009
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Review: The Baader Meinhof Complex

Terrorism made simple in Uli Edel's Complex
Terrorism made simple in Uli Edel's Complex
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 11, 2009

Which way the wind blows

The venting of wind-power skeptics in the Phoenix piece “ Why wind power blows ” really misses a major point: global warming. When we finally get down to grappling with dangerous climate disruption, all forms of non-carbon emitting power will rise.
Letters to the Boston editor, August 28, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 28, 2009


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Review: Taking Woodstock

If there ever was a way to inject fresh interest into events that most people born after the baby boom couldn't care less about, it's to involve Eugene Levy and a shame-to-fame plot line made for reality television.
Ang Lee sums up the counterculture in style
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 28, 2009

Health of a nation

Let's just forget about all these dog and pony health care "forums" and face some facts. First and foremost, the main (and, perhaps, only) debate is this: Do you believe that health should be subject to the marketplace?
Enough with the 'forums!' Plus, playing politics and sporting news.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 21, 2009
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How much rock would a Woodstock stock if

Hopes are high among the quartet of rock entrepreneurs – John Roberts, Joel Roseman, Michael Land, and Arnie Kornfeld – who think they can succeed where George Wein, Newport promoter, has not.
Three-day festival of peace and music
By ELEANOR WEBER  |  August 14, 2009
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Beginning? Or end?

Let me get this straight up front: I didn't go to Woodstock. But I was teaching a "student-initiated course" in pop-music history at Antioch College at the time, and a number of my students announced that they were going to miss a couple of classes beca
Woodstock 40 years later
By ED WARD  |  August 14, 2009
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Beginning? Or end?

Let me get this straight up front: I didn't go to Woodstock. But I was teaching a "student-initiated course" in pop-music history at Antioch College at the time, and a number of my students announced that they were going to miss a couple of classes beca
Woodstock 40 years later
By ED WARD  |  August 14, 2009


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The music man

Forty years after a half-million hippies descended on a sprawling dairy farm in upstate New York, Woodstock has become shorthand for an entire epoch.
George Wein, the father of American music festivals, reflects on bringing world-class folk and jazz (and more) to Newport
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 07, 2009
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Sex, Drugs, Rock and Peace

It is a nation of alienated young people. We carry it around with us as a state of mind in the same way the Sioux Indians carried the Sioux nation around with them. It's a nation dedicated to cooperation versus competition, to the idea that people shoul
How Abbie Hoffman politicized Woodstock – and changed America
By AL GIORDANO  |  July 24, 2009
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Scholarship gigs

When in 1999 Björn Wennås moved from Sweden to Boston to study jazz guitar, he hardly imagined that he'd one day be playing in an ensemble that specializes in Italian folk music of the 12th to 19th centuries.
Newpoli and Steven Bernstein do their homework
By JON GARELICK  |  July 24, 2009
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Interview: Michael Lang

"At the end, he talks about how wonderful it was, but throughout the entire day, Pete Townshend was like the Grinch that stole Christmas. He was uptight, miserable, hated being there, and wanted to go home."
Going back to Woodstock
By ROB TURBOVSKY  |  July 24, 2009
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Interview: Steve Swallow on the Gary Burton Quartet

DO YOU REMEMBER EXACTLY HOW YOU GUYS FIRST GOT TOGETHER? I have a memory. I tend to distrust them, but my recollection is that I met Gary when he called me up and asked me if I would consider playing in Stan Getz's band, which he was already in.
An interview with Steve Swallow
By JON GARELICK  |  July 03, 2009


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Cannes job

Five goodies coming out of Cannes
Five films to watch for
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 29, 2009
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Reggae revival

The climate is tropical, sweet skunk fills the air, and reggae jams are hitting such lofty decibels that I can't even feel my phone vibrate.
Booming in Boston's underground, Caribbean riddims are about to burst back into the mainstream
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 22, 2009
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Ring master

At its best, Tyson becomes its subject's psychotherapist, allowing him to disgorge with no judgment and little restraint his memories, fantasies, impulses, and fears.
Toback's Tyson tames two egos
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 01, 2009
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Westward ho!

Forgot those rabid right-wingers with their hateful teabags — Coachella had the range, and the machinery for change, and the spiritual thirst. Oh and Leonard Cohen.
The Phoenix survives Coachella
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  May 01, 2009

Alive and well

The seventh annual Independent Film Festival of Boston
The seventh annual Independent Film Festival of Boston
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Review: We Live in Public

Josh Harris might not have contributed as much to the Internet as Al Gore, but as Ondi Timoner's lively and chilling documentary reveals, he did embody its excesses of narcissism and puerility and its delusions of grandeur.
Call it Woodstock crossed with Salò and The Real World
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 17, 2009
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The worst word

Then it happens: you look up at the TV screen and see Bono, the lead singer of U2, step up to the podium to accept a statuette for recording the Best Alternative Music album. "We shall continue to abuse our position," he says, "and fuck up the mainstrea
How F**K became our top taboo term -- and why we need it to stay that way
By TIMOTHY GOWER  |  April 03, 2009
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Gen Jones rules

One of the major themes of Barack Obama's political philosophy has been that it's time for America to move beyond the Baby Boom Generation's petty partisanship.
But will they be practical problem solvers or scatterbrains on steroids?
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 18, 2009
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Voice of regeneration

Havens, who comes to the MFA this Sunday, has been following his muse since he was a child.
Richie Havens rages on 40 years after Woodstock
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 16, 2008
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Rock and rote


Three decades in, AC/DC’s conservatism pays off
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 05, 2008


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Bob Dylan Unboxed

This October, Columbia Records is releasing Tell-Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006 , a collection of recordings by Bob Dylan that are different from recordings issued on the seven studio albums he released in that period.  
Everything you wanted to know about Tell-Tale Signs but were afraid to buy
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  October 15, 2008
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Mission: accomplished

Way before Audible Mainframe snatched the title of Boston’s dopest live hip-hop group and bolted for the West Coast, Roxbury’s Mission pursued a similar course of action.  
Organic hip-hop’s good and good for you
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 10, 2008
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All Tomorrow’s Parties II

At a festival like All Tomorrow’s Parties — a reminder of why so many of us entered the new millennium with tinnitus — an act like Edan might have seemed way out of place.
Edan at Kutshers Country Resort, Monticello, New York, September 19-21, 2008
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 23, 2008
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The Big Hurt: Earnest goes to camp

Hey: when the Verve play shows in America, they should start out their set with a cover of “The Freshman,” just so everyone’s like, “Wait a minute, I thought I had this shit figured out.”
Plus baby comes from Clay and Bizkit defects to Manson
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 26, 2008