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Outside the box: PC indie games of 2012

Here are five PC indie games of 2012 that serve as important counterpoints to the Halo s and Mass Effect s of the mainstream gaming world.

By MADDY MYERS  |  December 21, 2012
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Ten under the radar: Music overlooked in 2012

Year-end lists are so often are based solely on the records that received the most press.

By LIZ PELLY  |  December 21, 2012
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Tegan & Sara set a new sound

If there were any question that confessional pop darlings Tegan and Sara were heading in a new direction with their forthcoming album, Heartthrob (Warner Bros), the upbeat new single "Closer" dispells these doubts.

By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  December 14, 2012
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The orchestrated pleasure of Eddie Japan

Sitting with Eddie Japan frontman David Santos, there is suspicion he might be a spy. He's well-dressed, to suit any occasion that might arise, and he refuses a drink.
Cellars by starlight
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  November 16, 2012
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Benjamin Gibbard | Former Lives

"It's been a basement of a year," Ben Gibbard sings over a perky two-chord strum on the saccharine "Oh, Woe." It's hard not to take him literally.
Barsuk Records (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  October 12, 2012
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Frightened Rabbit ready to emerge

It's always annoying when a band is touted as "the next big thing," especially when they've been around pumping out great stuff for years and then suddenly everyone is talking about them like the stork dropped them off that morning — see Bon Iver winnin

By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 05, 2012


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The measured success of Metric

Two years ago, Metric dropped their fourth effort, Fantasies , with catchy-as-fuck compositions "Sick Muse," "Help I'm Alive," and "Gold Guns Girls."

By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  September 21, 2012
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Photos: The xx at the Wilbur Theatre

The xx perform live at the Wilbur Theatre on July 31, 2012.
July 31, 2012
By COLLEEN MAGYAR  |  August 03, 2012
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Review: Sleepless Night

"We're in deep shit," says one of the perpetrators of a bungled drug heist in Frédéric Jardin's expert thriller. It's about to get deeper.
Frédéric Jardin's expert thriller
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 13, 2012
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Fawn | Coastlines

Jaded girl-boy harmonies, gleeful three-chord riffs, healthy doses of punkish noise and emo melody: Coastlines , the debut LP from Detroit indie-pop quartet Fawn, feels like a charming souvenir from a musical era two decades in the rear-view.
Quite Scientific Records (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  June 08, 2012
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Rattle them Bones

For too long has dance pop been solely occupied by commercial beat-makers like Dr. Luke.
Reimagining the trio
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 04, 2012


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Review: Damsels in DIstress

Damsels in Distress , writer-director Whit Stillman's first film in 13 years, is a comedic fable set at a fictional college in the East at some indeterminate time that seems like the present but might as well not be.
Whit Stillman's first film in 13 years
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 20, 2012
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The Lisps try to deliver a message in 'Futurity'

It isn't easy to put together a 90-minute musical that includes the Civil War, the birth of computer programming, indie rock, the internal dynamics of Lord Byron's family, mathematical formulas, and writing letters back and forth about an invention that
All we are saying
By ED SIEGEL  |  March 30, 2012
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Photos: Bombay Bicycle Club at The Museum of Fine Arts

Bombay Bicycle Club played the Museum of Fine Arts on Friday, March 9, 2012.
Bombay Bicycle Club | Museum of Fine Arts | Friday, March 9, 2012
By JOSH BERLINGER  |  March 16, 2012
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Lissy Trullie | Lissy Trullie

Lissy Trullie sounds simultaneously hungry and tepid, as if Trullie wants to make a big splash, but her album lacks the conviction or vision to make it happen.
Xenon/Downtown (2012)
By REYAN ALI  |  March 16, 2012
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


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Dr. Dog is the drug

On their current trek, promoting their playful and raw seventh album, Be the Void (Anti-), Dr. Dog have reached headliner status, playing the biggest, most tightly packed rooms of their career.
Psychedelic prescription
By RYAN REED  |  March 16, 2012
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John K. Samson | Provincial

His inaugural gathering of bona-fide solo work summons an aura of full-blown tranquility.
Epitaph/Anti- (2011)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  March 09, 2012
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The Black Keys rise to the arenas

When it was announced that the Black Keys were headlining the TD Garden, it looked like a mistake.
Key bumps
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  March 02, 2012
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Sundance 2012 shakes off the angst

Two full production years following the market collapse in the third quarter of 2008, the tonal zeitgeist of films on display at the Sundance Film Festival — a reliable snapshot of independent filmmaking — has shifted from dark to light.
The light stuff
By HARLAN JACOBSON  |  February 03, 2012
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Review: Charlotte Rampling: The Look

Rampling's physical gifts, unimpeded by plastic surgery in their march through time, are matched by a keen mind and an unapologetic approach to life and work.
Angelina Maccarone's portrait of the actress
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  February 03, 2012


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Hospitality | Hospitality

On their homonymous debut, Hospitality sound like 800 different trendy bands at once (from Twin Sister to Tennis to TV on the Radio), so if it's pure originality you're after, you've come to the wrong department.
Merge (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  January 27, 2012
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Brite Futures | Dark Past

A few years ago, the cutesy teens in Natalie Portman's Shaved Head slid out of Seattle on the hot pink shoulders of robo-bounce kinda-hit "Me + Ur Daughter" and the cheap intrigue of a ridiculous moniker.
Turnout (2011)
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 27, 2012
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Powering up with the Smith Westerns

Sometimes when we settle into the tattered sofa of lo-fi pop music, it's easy to imagine that the artists intended for it to be made this way.
Bye-bye lo-fi
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  January 27, 2012
Watch and download: Elliott Smith, live at Green Street Grill in Cambridge in 1998 (full show)

Watch and download: Elliott Smith, live at Green Street Grill in Cambridge in 1998 (full show)


Merry christmas from Mary Lou Lord: she just uploaded the full 45-minute video file -- complete with classic Billy Ruane intro -- of a legendary...
By Carly Carioli  |  December 23, 2011
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Anthony Gonzalez of M83 elevates his game

Music occupies time but not space, meaning that a musician's musical indulgences tend to stretch out in time to make up for the fact that, once emitted, the signals disappear in the aether like wisps of nothing disappearing into more nothing.
Plus, the revenge of the double album
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 18, 2011


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Review: Norman

Cancer seems to be the breakout star of indie films this season. In Jonathan Segal's Norman , it gets its hands on the title character's father and is the catalyst for his emotional turmoil and social alienation, though you get the feeling he was never
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By NINA MASHUROVA  |  October 21, 2011
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Review: Littlerock(1)

Two young Japanese tourists, siblings Rintaro (Rintaro Sawamoto) and Atsuko (Atsuko Okatsuka), get stranded when their car breaks down in the California backwater of the title.
Altogether original
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 07, 2011
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Review: Bellflower

In addition to the flamethrower, they've also rigged up a whiskey-dispensing car dashboard, and as a piece de resistance have created the Road Warrior–inspired "Medusa," a 1972 Buick Skylark souped up to breathe fire.
Petal to the metal
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 09, 2011
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Photos: Bon Iver at the House of Blues

Bon Iver performs at the House of Blues on August 5, 2011.
House of Blues | August 5, 2011
By NATANYA KHASHAN  |  August 12, 2011