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Sandcastles and sunspots: The year in art

It was a year of bracing histories — '60s assassinations, '80s pandemics, and four decades of hubris in Iraq. But 2012's best art wasn't all bad news.

By GREG COOK  |  December 21, 2012
Boston Accents playlist 01.01.12: Moons, Girlfriends, Bad Rabbits, Nicholas Burgess, Autochrome, Winter Preview + Top 10 of 2011

Boston Accents playlist 01.01.12: Moons, Girlfriends, Bad Rabbits, Nicholas Burgess, Autochrome, Winter Preview + Top 10 of 2011


First show of 2012 was a doozy! We forecasted the upcoming year in Boston rock, from anticipated releases by Passion Pit, Bad Rabbits, Autochrome, Girlfriends,...
By Michael Marotta  |  January 01, 2012
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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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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
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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


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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
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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
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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
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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
Also-rans
By PETER KEOUGH  |  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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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
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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
Boston Accents Top 10 songs of 2011

Boston Accents Top 10 songs of 2011


Let's get this out of the way, right at the top: lists that rank musicians and artists are, for the most part, fairly useless. But...
By Michael Marotta  |  December 21, 2011
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2010: The year of Videogum

In September, a video was bouncing around the Phoenix offices.
An interview with Gabriel Delahaye
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 24, 2010
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2010: The year in Nic Cage

Around two minutes into Carter Burwell's arrangement of the banjo standard "Way Out There" (known to most of us as the theme from Raising Arizona ), the melody, heretofore whistled and yodeled over wild and rambling little arpeggios, gives way to some f
365 days of pure trumpet-sharing, fishseks-pondering, velvet-ceilinged madness
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 24, 2010


Boston rock's 2010 in review

In a year where the only party anthem we could all agree on was Auto-Tune the News'  "Bed Intruder" remix , it's no wonder Boston turned inward to reconnect with its native rock scene.
Locals scene and heard
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 24, 2010
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Boston Rock’s 2010 Year In Review

In a year where the only party anthem we could all agree on was Auto-Tune the News'  "Bed Intruder" remix , it's no wonder Boston turned inward to reconnect with its native rock scene.
Locals scene and heard
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 17, 2010
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VIDEO: Our 10 most popular videos from 2009

The most popular videos from the Phoenix in 2009
Hardcore bands, porn stars, vampires, zombies, and vandals
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 18, 2009