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Top 20 Memes: 2011

Top 20 memes of 2011

An alphabetical, scientifically accurate list of the year's most pervasive memes.
An alphabetical, scientifically accurate list of the year's most pervasive memes
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 30, 2011

Guest lists 2011: Phoenix critics weigh in on the year in music

If there's a theme to our "Best of" lists this year, it's this: There is no fucking theme.
The jams, albums, and mixes that got our writers through 2011
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 23, 2011

Boston arts institutions flexed their muscles in 2011

The following rundown of the best art exhibits of 2011 shows how greater Boston is now consistently offering some of the richest institutional art exhibition programs in the country.
Boom town!
By GREG COOK  |  December 23, 2011

20 discs you need

Astoundingly intricate notions rendered with a glowing attack on this solo disc by the NYC pianist. Perhaps its real triumph is the array of approaches it brokers throughout the program — each distinct, yet related.
Listen up!
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 23, 2011

2011: A very mixed year for classical music in Boston

Classical news good and bad.
Valedictions and salutations
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 23, 2011

2011: The year in cheap eats

We uncovered amazing value-priced restaurants in every corner of Greater Boston this year.
Twelve months of terrific budget-priced dining
By MC SLIM JB  |  December 23, 2011


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

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

PTSOTL names the shittiest songs of 2011

PTSOTL names the shittiest songs of 2011
Kill your radio
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  December 23, 2011

10 Boston jazz acts that blew through the roof in 2011

Here, in no particular order, are some of my favorite things from among the people, CDs, and performances I wrote about this year.
Mystics and monsters
By JON GARELICK  |  December 23, 2011

A longing look at 2011's lost liberties

You might already be outraged over San Francisco's Happy Meal ban.
Shit that got banned
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 23, 2011


Interview: Violent J on the FBI, Odd Future, and why he pulls more hotties than we do

It's been another wicked year for the Insane Clown Posse.
The year in Juggalos
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 23, 2011

Dueling stages

It's been the visitors versus the home teams this year.
When it came to home teams vs. visitors, audiences were the winners
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 23, 2011

2011 goes pop

The Chinese curse "May you live in interesting times" alludes to eras of upheaval and tumult. But what if that tumult happens too slowly to seem interesting?
The music climate is as frigid as the business
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 23, 2011

The year in Boston rock

The Boston rock scene is an interesting beast. Ambitious, cohesive, and frustratingly indefinable, it's a community that might not make much sense to outsiders.
A scene comes together in 2011
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 23, 2011

The best films of 2011 are not the ballyhooed

The films this year were kind of like the current field of Republican presidential candidates: some are entertaining, but there's no clear frontrunner, and there's more attention on the flashiest and least substantial than on the more thoughtful and genu
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 23, 2011


A whirlwind year of dance

Here's a look at highlights from my year of dance viewing.
From Fela! to Merce
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 23, 2011

The Big Hurt: Weighing 2011 against decades past

We can't truly understand 2011's place in music history until we weigh it against its counterparts from decades past, preferably in some sort of arbitrary jerk-off critical exercise. Hey, here's one
The year in context
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 23, 2011

Video games of 2011: Yakuza 4 is the tops

There was plenty to cheer for in the 2011 crop of games.
The gang's all here
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 23, 2011
A Child Bride's Garden of Verse: The ABC's of Courtney Stodden Tweets

A Child Bride's Garden of Verse: The ABC's of Courtney Stodden Tweets

Although she seems to suffer from a very specific brain injury that turns every mundane object into a throbbing orifice, the intrepid Courtney Stodden retains...
By webteam  |  December 22, 2011