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Musical literary stocking stuffers

The choices for books by and about rock stars are almost endless this season. Here are a few.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 05, 2012

Lemon goes to Neverland

Three years in the making, Lemon #5, "King of Pop," pays homage to the memory of Michael Jackson with mind-boggling flair.
By SHAULA CLARK  |  November 29, 2012

The Weeknd | Trilogy

Universal Republic (2012)
Modern R&B is, no doubt, in the midst of an experimental renaissance — artists like Frank Ocean, Drake, the-Dream, and even Usher are expanding the genre's sonic playbook by going darker and weirder, incorporating elements of dance-pop, trip-hop, and warped indie rock.
By RYAN REED  |  November 16, 2012
company one does 1001

Company One takes on Jason Grote's whirling 1001

American Nights
Grote uses the same framing device as the original One Thousand and One Nights , which begins with Shahriyar (Nael Nacer) discovering his wife's infidelity and deciding that the only way to prevent his future wives from cheating is to marry virgins, deflower them, and execute them the next morning.
By MADDY MYERS  |  July 26, 2011
florida psychic speaks to michael jackson

The Big Hurt: MJ's ghost speaks!

A Florida psychic gets the message from Michael
In case you've been bummed by the dearth of posthumous Michael Jackson tracks, I've got some good news.
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 24, 2011

Atomik at Bayside Bowl, March 15

Music seen
Having a DJ (or, in this case, two) play your bowling night is a luxury, but damned if it doesn't seem like an obligatory one on occasion.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 23, 2011

The Big Hurt: Pretender to the throne?

Will the 'real' Michael Jackson please stand up . . .
On December 14 — just in time for the holidays, if you hadn't noticed — Sony will release Michael , a posthumous collection of unreleased songs from the King of Pop's later years.
By DAVID THORPE  |  November 16, 2010

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Zacchilli + Kent's 'Night For Day,' Test, and Planka at AS220

On the dark side
Mickey Zacchilli and Natalja Kent's installation "Night for Day" at AS220's Project Space (93 Mathewson Street, Providence, through October 30) is like a manic, feral, black-and-white, punk, strobe light, spook house — just in time for Halloween.
By GREG COOK  |  October 19, 2010

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Ill Vibe and Ordeal | Michael Jackson's Milk (2010)
I'll probably get crucified for saying this, but I like the deep underground more now than when I was pretending to dig Fantastic Damage .
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 18, 2010

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Head games

Deb Todd Wheeler and Ben Sloat give conceptual art a kick
One of the best artworks seen around here in recent years was Newton artist Deb Todd Wheeler's installation Live Experiments in Human Energy Exchange , at the (now defunct) Green Street Gallery in Jamaica Plain in 2006.
By GREG COOK  |  June 10, 2010

High ideals and crazy dreams

Truthers hurt
I have nothing against conspiracy theories.
By AL DIAMON  |  April 28, 2010

The Big Hurt: Bieber fever

Plus U2’s purported fans, and Keane hits the green
Of the 45 headlines on’s music-news section, nine are about JUSTIN BIEBER . That’s precisely 20 percent.
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 30, 2010

High stepping

Dancing with the stars
The heavy-hitter repertory shows this season come from ALVIN AILEY and GEORGE  BALANCHINE . But why not welcome spring by taking a chance on fresh experiences as well?
By DEBRA CASH  |  March 11, 2010

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2009: The year in Phoenix blog posts

Michael Jackson, meteors, WBCN, and one very angry Obama
Our most popular blog posts from 2009
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 21, 2009

New edition

Masspike Miles, Lisa Bello, and the little R&B scene that can
There’s no underground scene for pop-minded R&B. Not in Boston, and not really anyplace else.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 09, 2009

The Big Hurt: Season's beatings

The Big Hurt holiday shopper
Taking advantage of your seasonal obligation to buy stuff for people, the music industry unleashes its annual torrent of giftable crap: holiday albums, greatest-hits packages, high-profile releases, deluxe reissues.
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 04, 2009

Three on the floor

Friendly Fires find life after hardcore
Their homonymous debut album in tow, Friendly Fires made news last July when they were shortlisted for the 2009 Mercury Prize, the English-music-industry accolade that brings with it £20,000 to one native artist or group.
By REYAN ALI  |  December 01, 2009

Jackson 5 | I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters

Motown/Universal (2009)
If you’ve ever wondered how great it might be to hear a slowed-down version of “ABC” that lacks all the youthful charm of the original, this set of previously unreleased Jackson 5 recordings is for you.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  November 10, 2009

Review: Michael Jackson's This Is It

Is this it?
The Star Wars –style titles that begin Kenny Ortega’s hastily assembled Michael Jackson tribute documentary explain that the film has been whittled down from 100 hours of behind-the-scenes video shot between last April and June during rehearsals for the King of Pop’s planned 50-date “This Is It” London concert series.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 12, 2009

Halloween Weekend Overdose

34 Sugar-Fueled Hours of Halloween
Halloween is in six days and you still have no idea what party you're going to. You simultaneously feel as though you have everything to do and nothing to do. You haven't even got a costume anymore, because your lazy stoner friend stole your zombie  Billy Mays schtick .

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The Big Hurt: Release yo’ delf

The week in horrendous press releases
Every slow pop week has a silver lining: it’s a great chance to catch up on the thrilling world of useless press releases.
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 22, 2009

The Big Hurt: A healthy death

Music news in brief
A member of the recently reunited BACKSTREET BOYS — the really Christian one who looks like the Beast from that 1980s Beauty and the Beast TV show — has swine flu. That doesn't even come close to being sufficient punishment for his many aesthetic atrocities (which include his face), but it'll do for the moment.
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 13, 2009

Soul training

Suddenly, Mayer Hawthorne is running retro-pop
Mayer Hawthorne rose to instant retro-pop acclaim the same way that everyone from Al Green to Michael Jackson moved on up — work and luck.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 22, 2009

Hop to!

What was the Eclectic Collective is now Bad Rabbits
Somewhere in Allston, there’s an over-caffeinated barista/drummer bitching about Bad Rabbits.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 16, 2009

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