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A Mass metal titan brings it back to Worcester

Of all rock genres, metal has proven itself to be perhaps the most accepting of the aging of its idols.
Killswitch reborn
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 20, 2012
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Nancy Holt locates the cosmos

Holt is part explorer, part surveyor, part hippie/New Age dreamer. And this thorough survey of her art from 1966 to '80 shows her finding her way to becoming one of the pioneers of the "Land Art" or "Earthworks" movement.
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By GREG COOK  |  February 17, 2012
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Boston's last congressman?

At the moment, neither the Senate president nor the Speaker of the House lives in the city. And in two years, the unthinkable could become reality: Boston might not have a single congressman residing in its borders.
Musical chairs dept.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 02, 2011

Q&A #1 -- Worcester Power?


"James" starts off Ask Me Anything Day via email: What happened to the much celebrated "Worcester Power" of 2010?  Will it show up anywhere in 2012?...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 01, 2011
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Out: Golden Girls show us their Wormhole at O'Brien's Pub

May 13 brought a promising line-up to O'Brien's Pub in Allston: Boston avant-pop artist Birthdays and Worcester fuzz-punks Golden Girls.
Worcester invasion (again)
By LIZ PELLY  |  May 20, 2011
Heard First on WFNX: (Worcester's Own) DOM - Free MP3

Heard First on WFNX: (Worcester's Own) DOM - Free MP3


If you like Daft Punk and MGMT - you'll LOVE Dom.  Read all about 'em and grab a free MP3 of their track 'Living In...
By FNXWeekenders  |  March 03, 2011


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Axed and answered

The Vikings, as caricatures, are bulging, golden-locked brutes wielding two-handed axes, who chug from human skulls as they cruise the seas on a mission of mayhem.
Norse Code
By SCOTT FAYNER  |  February 18, 2011
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Dom | Sun Bronzed Greek Gods [Remastered] + more

After building a speedy streak of buzz over the past year, Worcester's Dom have bombarded 2011 with a golden platter of new shit.
Astralwerks/Burning Mill (2011)
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  February 04, 2011
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Worcester Rising

Massachusetts's second-largest city has always been Boston's ugly step-sister, ignored and marginalized by the state's political elites. Tell a Bay State political veteran that you're writing about Worcester's political power, and the first reaction, mor
Lt. Governor Tim Murray, Congressman Jim McGovern, and sheriff Guy Glodis have pushed the Bay State's political frontier westward
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 03, 2010

New In The Phoenix -- Worcester Power


In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I write about the surprising emergence of Worcester as an...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 01, 2010
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Coney Island high

There are about 300 people here, it's 94 degrees, and Worcester's finest lo-fi frontman is singing about his cat beside a roller-coaster.
Dom take their act to NYC's Siren Festival
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  July 23, 2010


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Same Old Faces

If you're wondering who the geniuses are behind the political campaigns in Massachusetts this year — the strategists, media firms, ad teams, and fundraisers — well, it's a lot of the same folks who have been behind Massachusetts campaigns for a long time
It's an outsider's year for candidates, but the consultants are old Beacon Hill mainstays. Plus, who spent what at the conventions, and Baker goes on TV first.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 25, 2010
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Freaks, Geeks, and Faux Bono

As Bay Staters, we recognize that our European ancestors sure knew how to roll: scarlet letters, sticks up asses, if-she-drowns-she's-not-a-witch-if-she-floats-she's-a-witch-so-let's-kill-her legal applications.
Boston-area subcultures keep the Bay State comfortably kooky this summer
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  June 18, 2010
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Grave Spotting

I asked the question this way: "Where would you want to be buried?" Not "do," but "would." That is to say if, by chance, you were to die, unlikely as that might be, where would you want to spend all of nonexistence?
Spooky? A bit, but Massachusetts's cemeteries are also the bucolic, final resting places of many great American writers.
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  June 18, 2010
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Minimalism and mementos

After 5 Traverse gallery closed in February, crackerjack curator Maya Allison, who was co-director there, lined up a handful of small independent projects and seemed like she might be on her way to starting her own operation before she landed a gig as cu
Jamey Morrill's sculptures and 'souvenirs' at Craftland
By GREG COOK  |  June 04, 2010
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Heck of a Guy

Scott Brown’s stunning victory in January’s special US Senate election continues to reverberate through Massachusetts politics.
Despite a history of illiberal views and a boorish reputation, Guy Glodis enters the Democratic state convention unscathed
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 28, 2010


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Worcester rock city

When I first saw the gooey-inked hand-screened sleeve of the Golden Girls’ recent Ultimate Freedom EP, not only did I get that stirring, satisfying feeling that it had come straight from unsound minds confined to some DIY basement workshop, I also sor
Boston, you be nice to Dom and Golden Girls
By MATT PARISH  |  April 16, 2010
MP3 of the Week: DOM, "Jesus"

MP3 of the Week: DOM, "Jesus"


Worcester generally gets a bad rap. Turns out, it’s the rest of us who may be the suckers for not living there. Three-piece power-everything trio...
By webteam  |  April 01, 2010
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Joyride

It is May 1966, in the Prelude Club in Harlem, an Atlantic Records release party.
The Worcester Art Museum shows us ‘Who Shot Rock & Roll’
By GREG COOK  |  March 26, 2010
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Focus group: Labeless Illtelligence

It's NBA All-Star Saturday and Labeless Illtelligence representatives Chris Andrews and Tyler Edwards, better known as CasUno and ESH the Monolith, settle in for one last marathon studio session at Edwards's East Providence apartment (dubbed FrESH Ear St
CasUno and ESH the Monolith streamline the cipher
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 19, 2010
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The next Scott Brown?

Republican Scott Brown's victory last month in the race for the late Ted Kennedy's Senate seat has every two-bit GOP hopeful in the Northeast claiming the mantle of the pick-up truck populist.
John J. Loughlin’s suddenly high-profile campaign to oust Patrick Kennedy
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 12, 2010


Salinger’s eternal cone of silence

With the death of J.D. Salinger, nearly every obituary featured some quote or reference to his American masterpiece, The Catcher In the Rye , and rightly so. If you don't know the name Holden Caulfield, you don't know ding about literature.
The death of a genius; rocking for Nicole; the General Assembly goes transparent
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 05, 2010

Shake some action

Psych + sludge + metal + more
Off the Couch
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 08, 2010
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Chaos Theory

In less than two weeks, when Massachusetts voters elect Martha Coakley to the US Senate — let's not pretend that Republican state senator Scott Brown has any chance of pulling off the monumental upset — they will trigger a massive domino effect that has
2010 might be the year Massachusetts politics undergoes an unprecedented reshuffling.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 08, 2010

Pop your cork!

Rockin’ into 2010
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By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 01, 2010
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In the drink

On the night before this past Thanksgiving, Kenny Howe, father of three, was returning home to Worcester.
At holiday roadside sobriety checkpoints, drivers check in, but they don't always check out. Even ones who are sober.
By OTIS JAMES  |  January 01, 2010


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There will be blood

This past Saturday, Dover-raised gladiator Kenny Florian beat the pretty out of long-haired Chicago carpenter-turned-ass kicker Clay Guida.
Beacon Hill is green-lighting elbow smashes to the face, as Mass. officially welcomes mixed martial arts
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 18, 2009
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Brown Bagging

If you are finding it hard to get enthused about the seemingly preordained drubbing that Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley will give to the GOP nominee, State Senator Scott Brown, in the special election for US Senate, you are not alone.
Even GOP insiders don't expect Scott Brown to beat Martha Coakley. But they care how he loses.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 18, 2009
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Menino, again

At a time when Americans are racked by anxiety about the uncertain future of a weak economy, Boston voters handily returned Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to an unprecedented fifth term.
Plus: Latino gains, same-sex defeat, and a buzz for pot
By EDITORIAL  |  November 06, 2009
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Allegorical expressions

Horses break loose from carnival carousels and run free, a horse-headed naked woman cuddles a rabbit as blue birds circle, and an escaped carousel horse visits the grave of a flower in Providence artist Lydia Stein's exhibit "Love Songs, Hobos & Ot
Lydia Stein's “Love Songs, Hobos & Other Spirits”
By GREG COOK  |  September 11, 2009