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2011: A very mixed year for classical music in Boston

Classical news good and bad.
Valedictions and salutations
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 23, 2011
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Celebrating 2011 in dining, all over the place

This past year was so simple. It was the year of the gastropub, and if you didn't paint the ceiling black and put the menu or the beer list on a blackboard, you were old school.  
The year in restaurants
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 23, 2011
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The Phoenix's Greatest Hits of 2011

We have to admit it: we're a little bit awesome. It's true.
Self-Aggrandizement Dept.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 23, 2011
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The year 'new battling' took over Boston

There's one thing that most people know about battle rapping: 8 Mile .
Plan of attack
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 23, 2011
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Indie labels fill the majors' void in 2011

During a year when political conversations are increasingly focused on the widening gap between the rich and poor, the corporate elite versus the rest of the world, it makes sense that arts criticism follow.
DIY or die
By LIZ PELLY  |  December 23, 2011
Eight hours, 130 songs, 18 lists: Listen to the Boston Phoenix's best-of-2011 on Spotify

Eight hours, 130 songs, 18 lists: Listen to the Boston Phoenix's best-of-2011 on Spotify


Hopefully, some of you have already begun devouring the top-11 lists of our critics over here. If you have, you've discovered that this year we've...
By Carly Carioli  |  December 22, 2011