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2012: A melodic year in metal

For me, this year was about the riff .

By JONAH LIVINGSTON  |  December 21, 2012

Guest Lists: The Phoenix writers + WFNX staff select their top tracks of 2012

Listen in this weekend (December 23 to 25) and the next (December 29 to January 1) to hear songs from each contributors list as well as their thoughts and other surprises.

By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 21, 2012

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

Mass appeal: Local pop acts of 2012

The best music from our city was cultivated within the clubs of Cambridge, Allston DIY spaces, squares of Somerville, and way across the pike in Western Mass.

By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 21, 2012

Cutting edge: The 10 best movies of 2012

Torture, vengeance, guilt, despair, mental decline, a rough night out — so why do I feel so exhilarated about the 10 best movies of 2012?

By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 21, 2012

Head turners: Jazz acts of 2012

In a year in which WGBH-FM gutted its jazz programming and the Atlantic took the predictable broadside swipe at the health of the genre, there were signs of vibrant life everywhere.

By JON GARELICK  |  December 21, 2012


Descending into madness: National pop of 2012

Harvests are deteriorating, polar icecaps are melting, eternal global war is a way of life, and people seem to think that Japandroids are the future of rock.

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 21, 2012

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

Banger style: Hip-hop ringers of 2012

In recapping 2012, I embraced the chance to parade some recent unsung hip-hop ringers.

By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 21, 2012

It’s Adam And Eve, Not Adam And Scumbag Steve

In 2012, Christians manifested a wholly new phenomenon by creating their own memeosphere, and by flipping Scumbag Steve and his other advice animal ilk into pro-gospel statements.
The Year In Christian Memes
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 21, 2012

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


The Big Hurt: The worst singles of 2012

Although 2012 wasn't a particularly awful year for music, we still had to contend with a few dozen all-time stinkers.

By DAVID THORPE  |  December 21, 2012

Restaurant Rewind: A look back at the year in Boston dining

Boston dining in 2012 can be summed up easily as the Year of the Burger.

By MC SLIM JB  |  December 21, 2012

Ten places that served and respected beer in 2012

One of the top questions we get asked on a weekly basis is: "Where do you guys drink in the Boston area?"
The Best Beer Bars in Boston
By JASON AND TODD ALSTROM  |  December 21, 2012

15 signs of the apocalypse we probably should have heeded in 2012

As the date of the alleged Mayan doomsday drew nearer, we found ourselves looking back over the past year. And it's not looking good.
Maybe the Mayans were on to something...
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  December 21, 2012

Brilliant friends: Great reads of 2012

You already know Chis Ware's Building Stories is the achievement of the decade (thanks, New York Times!), but some other people wrote some pretty great books this year too.

By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 21, 2012


Heat and Light: Classical concerts of 2012

Boston has too much music on the highest level for one listener to hear everything.

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 21, 2012

Stage worthies: The best theatrical productions of 2012

With the addition of ArtsEmerson to a lively array of hometown players, the Boston Rialto has seen an embarrassment of riches.

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 21, 2012

Tube riches: The best TV of 2012

Television, far from a vast wasteland these days, is often a digital cornucopia to be triaged.

By ERIC GOULD  |  December 14, 2012

Outer moves, inner beauty: Looking back on the year in Boston dance

Here, in no particular order, are some of the highlights of the year in Boston dance.

By DEBRA CASH  |  December 14, 2012