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PHOTOS: Arisia 2013 at the Westin Waterfront | January 20, 2013


Little mermaids, clockwork automatons, and legions of other cosplayers descended upon the waterfront for Boston's annual sci-fi extravaganza Arisia.
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  January 31, 2013
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Gifts for the entire year
Some gifts you open and are all excited about, but then you find, a few weeks or months later, that you have forgotten you even got it — and you've never used it.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 05, 2012
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Review: An Ian McEwan trifle


Sweet Tooth — a light, comic novel from Ian McEwan, tells the story of an intelligence agent in MI5 in the '70s.
By LISA WEIDENFELD  |  November 14, 2012
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Review: ''Insider/Outsider''


"Something I learned from going out into public spaces is that sometimes public space isn't actually public," says Sandrine Schaefer.
By GREG COOK  |  November 14, 2012
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R.K. Project’s sprawling ‘Micro-Eutopia’

Ambitious abstractions
If you're looking for where art is headed, "Micro-Eutopia," the 19-artist show at Sam Keller and Tabitha Piseno's R.K. Projects (204 Westminster Street, Providence, through November 10), is a good place to start.
By GREG COOK  |  October 17, 2012
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No neigh-saying War Horse at the Opera House


War Horse's puppet Joey, all chestnut mesh and cane and repurposed bicycle parts, could become America's biggest equine sensation since Secretariat.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 17, 2012
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Dum Dum Girls | End of Daze

Sub Pop (2012)
More than an artistic evolution, End of Daze is a stylistic one.
By DEVON MALONEY  |  September 25, 2012
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Dark Dark Dark | Who Needs Who

Supply and Demand
Back in 2010, the loosely Minneapolis-based quirk-folk jamboree Dark Dark Dark wrote songs that felt like they were about being outside (even if they weren't).
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 25, 2012
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Mumford & Sons | Babel

Glassnote (2012)
Three years ago, London folk-rock quartet Mumford & Sons blew up in a major way with "The Cave," an angst-fueled, Grammy-nominated strummer built on quiet-loud dynamics, Country Marshall's propulsive banjo, and Marcus Mumford's gruff bellow, which churned like a locomotive in free-fall.
By RYAN REED  |  September 25, 2012
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From the mind of Morrissey: on celebrity worship, his new book, and Boston


When you're a veteran music journalist, especially one as miserable and jaded as I am, it takes a lot to get you excited for an interview.
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  September 25, 2012
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Interview: Comedian Brian Regan hears crickets

Embarrassment of riches
For seasoned stand-up and cult favorite comic goofball Brian Regan, life's embarrassments are inseparable from his routines.
By DANIEL MCCARTHY  |  September 25, 2012
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What's F'N Next: Niki and the Dove

Stockholm, Sweden
Of all the near-perfect things to emerge out of Sweden over the past few decades, from IKEA’s meatballs to Peter Forsberg’s playoff beard, perhaps the country’s most impressive import has been electro-pop.
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 25, 2012
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The sound quality of Caspian


Bands looking to create a BUZZ should take note of Caspian.
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  September 25, 2012
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Intermezzo's 'Diva Monologues'


John Whittlesey's feisty little Intermezzo chamber opera series has just entered its 10th season.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 25, 2012
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Shelf life: Twin Shadow

One-offs
On Sunday, George Lewis Jr., a/k/a TWIN SHADOW, brings his new-wave and R&B-inflected indie-pop to the Paradise, where he'll play songs from his latest record, Confess.
By LIZ PELLY  |  September 25, 2012
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Following Julia Easterlin's beat


Long accustomed to repeating herself, Julia Easterlin is finally done explaining.
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 18, 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 18, 2012
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Pop and culture in brief

The Big Hurt
Last month, a peculiar scrap of music history went up for auction in England: a framed pair of ELVIS PRESLEY's husky briefs — "unwashed," according to the BBC, and still "soiled with stains."
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 18, 2012
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Minimalists and maximalists

The xx | Coexist
When working on a sophomore follow-up to a successful debut, most bands react to the extra dough and time-as-luxury bounty given to them by trying to cram as much as they can into the confines of their new grooves.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 19, 2012
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Suddenly spotted


With polka-dot doyenne Yayoi Kusama’s retrospective on display through September at the Whitney Museum, the style set is seeing spots — and not just in NYC.
By JUSTIN REIS  |  September 24, 2012
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Local pop records to look for this autumn

Elbows and knees
The four quick cuts on the Boston quartet Pretty & Nice's Us You All We embody what guitarist Holden Lewis calls an endless-summer mentality. "I think our songs got happier," he says.
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 24, 2012
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What's F'n Next? DIIV


Zach Cole Smith is grappling with extremes.
By LIZ PELLY  |  September 19, 2012
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Getting loud with Lightning Bolt


What is noise?
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 19, 2012
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Autumn's classical events

Adès time
The Boston Symphony Orchestra still has no music director, and has suffered for that absence.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 19, 2012
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Fall jazz preview

Bean bags
The former day of celebration has now grown to encompass one long weekend that includes ticketed club and concert events.
By JON GARELICK  |  September 19, 2012
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Field Report | Field Report

Partisan (2012)
Just because Chris Porterfield recorded his debut solo record at ex-DeYarmond Edison bandmate Justin Vernon's April Base studio in Eau Claire does not mean it will break your heart like Vernon's mythic cabin in the woods.
By DEVON MALONEY  |  September 25, 2012
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Grizzly Bear | Shields

Warp (2012)
The initial moments of "Sleeping Ute" are so quintessentially Grizzly Bear, they almost have no impact — Daniel Rossen nurses jagged, staggering chords on an electric guitar likely purchased from a 12th-century pawn shop.
By RYAN REED  |  September 19, 2012
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R.E.M. | Document [25th Anniversary Edition]

Capitol/I.R.S. Records (2012)
Fans of R.E.M. enjoy arguing over which album was the band's true shark-jump, but 1987's Document was inarguably the end of a groundbreaking era.
By ZETH LUNDY  |  September 19, 2012
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Bloc Party regain their post-punk edge

Four, squared
When Bloc Party announced in 2009 that they were taking a break, the band's future was a big question mark.
By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  September 14, 2012
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Patterson Hood sidesteps his Trucker mouth

Drive-by slowly  
Rock and roll once saved Patterson Hood's life.
By NICK A. ZAINO III  |  September 11, 2012

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