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Jonah Bokaer takes chances

Charting chaos
Bokaer didn't provide any grandiose program notes or play up the profound implications in his dances, but by the end of the performance we'd seen small transformations and beautiful visions, and even confronted big questions about control and randomness, civilization and nature.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 09, 2011

Videos: Mornin' Old Sport pop-up show in the Back Bay

Pop-up video
On August 2nd, Mornin' Old Sport and the Boston Phoenix teamed up to produce the Phoenix's first pop-up show on Mass Ave.
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 10, 2011

Photos: Elvis Costello + Head & the Heart at the Newport Folk Festival

Harbor Stage + Fort Stage | July 31, 2011
Elvis Costello and Head & the Heart perform at the Newport Folk Festival on July 31, 2011.
By ALI DONOHUE  |  August 03, 2011

SXSW Music 2011 Photos Day 2: Wild Flag at Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop

Wild Flag | SXSW | Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop, Austin TX | March 16, 2011
Wild Flag, live at SXSW Music Festival
By KELLY DAVIDSON  |  March 18, 2011

SXSW Music 2011 Photos Day 2: on the streets of Austin

The Phoenix team hits the streets at SXSW 2011
Wandering around Austin at SXSW 2011
By KELLY DAVIDSON  |  March 18, 2011

Review: The Hotel Nepenthe; Ti-Jean & His Brothers; Pussy on the House

Islands in the storm
"Only connect," advises E.M. Forster, failing to add, "And be weird." John Kuntz, however, hears that double directive, perhaps blowing in the wind, and responds with The Hotel Nepenthe .
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 02, 2011

Heavy metal: Opera Boston’s Cardillac

Plus another Levine cancellation, H&H’s Handel, the Takács Quartet, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky
One of the major musical events of the season, Opera Boston’s New England premiere of Paul Hindemith’s Cardillac, was upstaged by the depressing announcement by BSO managing director Mark Volpe, just before the first of the BSO’s four performances of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, that James Levine was not going to conduct.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 03, 2011

Inside the Echo Nest's deal with Def Jam

A&R for apps
At the Digital Music Forum in New York, representatives from Somerville's The Echo Nest announced a watershed partnership with Island Def Jam (IDJ), the behemoth imprint that's home to such mega acts as Ludacris and Justin Bieber.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 02, 2011

Review: A Somewhat Gentle Man

Deadpan Scandinavian comedy, anyone?
Stellan Skarsgård and director Hans Petter Moland previously teamed on the terrific dramas Zero Kelvin and Aberdeen .
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  February 23, 2011

Photos: Boston Derby Dames at Roller World

The Boston Derby Dames graciously bestow a savage beating upon our intrepid reporter
The Boston Derby Dames (plus one wipe-out-prone journalist) bring mayhem to Roller World in Saugus.
By SCOTT M. LACEY  |  March 25, 2011

Review: Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son

Granny-panty flimsy plots a-poppin'
Family debate gets put on hold when Malcolm's grind as an FBI agent evokes the wrath of Eastern Bloc baddies with moles in the agency.
By TOM MEEK  |  February 23, 2011

Review: Hall Pass

A tepid hornball farce you might wanna pass on
Domesticity might be comfortable, but it hasn't done much for the comedy of Peter and Bobby Farrelly.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 23, 2011

Photos: Winter Rock Formal at Church, with Gene Dante and Parlour Bells

Winter Rock Formal | Church, Boston |  February 18, 2011
Gene Dante & the Future Starlets and Parlour Bells play the Winter Rock Formal at Church on February 18, 2011.
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  February 23, 2011

Review: Unknown

An far-fetched probing of the nature of identity, memory, and guilt
The unknown doesn't pose as much of a problem in this engaging thriller from Jaume Collet-Serra as does implausibility.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 23, 2011

How tough are those Boston Derby Dames, really?

Our intrepid reporter gets his ass beat for science
How to skate like a girl.
By SCOTT FAYNER  |  February 23, 2011

Photos: The Godfathers at Johnny D's

The Godfathers | Johnny D's | February 16, 2011
The Godfathers play Johnny D's on February 16, 2011.  
By K. BONAMI  |  February 21, 2011

Going under the skin with punk trio Doomstar

Stick 'n' poke
Slideshow: Doomstar gives out amateur tattoos
By P. NICK CURRAN  |  February 21, 2011

Review: The Strange Case of Angélica

Death becomes her
Now 102 years old and still turning out movies at the rate of one a year, Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira seems destined to live forever. So perhaps it's appropriate that his newest film observes, with Olympian detachment, the tragi-comedy of mortals in pursuit of eternal love.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 09, 2011

Creating sound collages with The Hood Internet

Mash Ave
The Hood Internet are part of a wave of mash-up-centric artists working in Danger's wake.
By REYAN ALI  |  February 10, 2011

Entangled in the emotional pop of Eisley

You, me, and five Duprees  
Eisley are a bunch of damn hypocrites. Ever since the 2005 release of "Telescope Eyes," with its excruciatingly pitiable plea of "Please don't make me cry," they've been making their fans do exactly that.  
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  February 16, 2011

Should sportswriters be allowed to gamble on sports?

Sucker bet
Halloween 2010 kicked off a rough week for Keith Olbermann and Bill Simmons.
By SEAN KERRIGAN  |  February 05, 2011

Review: The Go! Team | Rolling Blackouts

Memphis Industries (2011)
For close to a decade now, this Brighton (UK) band have gleefully championed going all in.
By REYAN ALI  |  January 27, 2011

After 12 blurry years, the Konks say farewell

Closing the garage
At the end of the day, by what unit can one measure the career of a band like the Konks? Records? Few and far between. Radio play? Not a whole lot. Ticket sales? Never mind.
By MATT PARISH  |  January 26, 2011

Getting nostalgic with the Dismemberment Plan

Has their time come?
One summer night, the Jewish Indie Rock King of Chicago announced he was off to see some band called the Dismemberment Plan.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 27, 2011

Review: MTV's ''Skins''

MTV attempts an American do-over
MTV has rated its new Skins TV-MA LDS - which in plain English means teenagers smoking weed, popping pills, fucking each other, and having emotional breakdowns in a scripted show that MTV would like us to think is designed to be viewed by adults.
By SHARON STEEL  |  January 26, 2011

Interview: Greg Fitzsimmons brings it home

Return of the native
Greg Fitzsimmons wasn't born in Boston, but the comedy community in town has claimed him as one of its own all the same.
By ROB TURBOVSKY  |  January 27, 2011

Review: George Michael | Faith: Remastered

Legacy (2011)
Long before he was driving into storefronts and gladhanding undercover police officers in public restrooms, George Michael was in the closet and struggling to break free from having been in the short-shorts-wearing duo Wham! Faith did the trick, despite the ready-to-pin-up cover art.
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  January 27, 2011

The laid-back intricacies of Hong Sangsoo at the HFA

Form vs. discontent
"Your sincerity needs its own form," a film professor advises a student in prolific Korean director Hong Sangsoo's most recent work, OKI'S MOVIE. "Form will take you to the truth. Telling it like it is won't get you there."
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 26, 2011

Review: Minks | By The Hedge

Captured Tracks (2011)
In part because it sounds an awful lot like the shoegaze and '80s dreampop bands she selects to fill her soundtracks, the debut full-length from Boston-gone-Brooklyn duo Minks floats along like a Sofia Coppola movie - delicate and listless, topped with a glossy and charming overcoat, but lacking in substance.
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  January 27, 2011

Review: No Strings Attached

A movie about fuck buddies that's squeamish about the term
It isn't only in the TV commercial that Ashton Kutcher says "sex friends" ...
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  January 26, 2011

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