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Berenice Abbott's miracle of science

Like Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan, Berenice Abbott was inventing abstract photography. She combined Surrealism and a romance with modernity.
By GREG COOK  |  October 12, 2012
Short Takes: Neil Young Journeys

Review: Neil Young Journeys

Young having the time of his life
Young is old now, and in Demme's film, looking like a stubbly coot in a battered Panama hat, he's having the time of his life.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 10, 2012
off the record GBV

Guided by Voices | Let's Go Eat the Factory

Guided By Voices, Inc. (2012)
The GBV name on Let's Go Eat the Factory' s label indicates two things to those fans: this is the first record to feature the "classic" Bee Thousand/Alien Lanes line-up since 1996, and this is the first Pollard album to deserve the GBV moniker since the break-up.
By GARRETT MARTIN  |  January 11, 2012

Small potatoes

Balls, pucks and monster trucks
There are too many ridiculous college football bowl games to really care about unless your alma mater plays in one.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  December 28, 2011

Skeletonwitch | Forever Abomination

Prosthetic (2011)
Although composed of fun-loving party mavens from Ohio, Skeletonwitch on record have always left a trail of scorched earth that lacks in levity what it plentifully makes up for in sheer ass-kicking force.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 25, 2011
Take Shelter 3

Review: Take Shelter

Mid-life breakdown
Shannon's got the crazy bit down pat, and director Jeff Nichols has an eye for turning everyday items — a pile of trash, a clear sky, a barking dog — into signs of immanent doom.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 18, 2011
Ides of March 3

Review: The Ides of March

George Clooney's new directorial effort
Though more contemporary than Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005), George Clooney's new directorial effort seems less topical.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 04, 2011

GOP lawmakers want to do DeCoster 'a favor'

How Soon We Forget Dept.
Jack DeCoster is possibly the most infamous Maine businessman of all time.
By COLIN WOODARD  |  April 27, 2011

Not tough enough?

While governors nationwide slash their way out of crisis, Chafee plays Mr. Nice Guy
Amid massive deficits and escalating pension problems, a certain tough guy chic has taken hold in State Houses across the country.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 13, 2011

Review: I Am Number Four

Teen aliens and big battles make for a flashy, if predictable, adolescent fantasy
You might feel you've watched the premieres of half a dozen TV series after seeing D.J. Caruso's flashy adolescent fantasy. Or maybe as many recent films. But despite its lack of originality, I Am Number Four does offer a few rewarding moments.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 15, 2011

Down in the folk trenches with the Old Edison

A fighter's chance
In a messy Allston kitchen, in unison, a mob of about 20 or 30 persons start screaming at the Old Edison. And as is their custom, the Old Edison shout right back. Welcome to a typical Old Edison performance, but please watch your step.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 11, 2011

Mission accomplished

Isis call it quits with a last-hurrah tour
After 13 years, singer/guitarist Aaron Turner and the band (all New England kids except Ohio native Meyer) have announced that they're packing it in.
By MATT PARISH  |  June 21, 2010

BU offers the class of 1970 a second chance at complacency

After School Special
Boston University’s class of 2010 celebrates its commencement this weekend, and BU has invited the class of 1970 to tag along.
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  May 12, 2010

Springtime for Militia

Gun nuts from around the country converge upon the murder capital of the nation, Washington, D.C.
I’m scrubbing my armpits in the campground bathroom at Fort Hunt Park in Virginia. It’s taken more than 20 hours for me to get here for today’s firearm-friendly Restore the Constitution rally, which is supposed to commence shortly.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 21, 2010

It takes an identity thief

How Karen Keester made off with $250,000 — and became one of Boston's most accomplished con artists
In late April 2006, shortly before the hearing to evict his tenant Karen Keester, Lee Gersch received a phone call from Keester’s twin sister, Michelle. She had just gotten divorced, Michelle claimed, and needed to move to Boston from Arkansas for a new job. She suggested that she and her cat could move right into Keester’s Beacon Hill flat.
By JACLYN TROP  |  April 27, 2010

The dumbass chronicles

Shaun Rogers flunks out; plus, fun at the clubs with the Pittsburgh Steelers
Right about now, every football fan in America is asking him- or herself the same question: if Shaun Rogers is dumb enough to bring a gun to an airport, what did the guy score on the Wonderlic?
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 08, 2010

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Interview: Skeletonwitch’s Scott Hedrick

Catching up with Demi Lovato’s favorite metal band
You know you've made it to rock’s Big Time when interviewers catch you as you're boarding a jet, instead of loading the tour van. And although Athens, OH's  Skeletonwitch  didn’t happen to be boarding their own Iron Maiden-like 747 when we reached them, they’ve got too much going on these days to make it all happen on four wheels.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 16, 2010

Might as well jump

Recent retirements of key democrats paint a picture of a powerful Republican rogue wave forming. So why are high-profile Republicans jumping ship too?
Last Thursday, Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island — the last of his legendary clan in Congress — announced that he will not run for re-election.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 22, 2010

What now?

Kennedy's exit rewrites the political game book.
Representative Patrick J. Kennedy's campaigns were always about something far larger than Rhode Island's First Congressional District, which snakes from Burrillville down through the Blackstone Valley and into Newport.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 17, 2010

Beautiful garbage

‘Trash’ — and more — at AS220 and Project Space
"Trash" at AS220's Project Space (93 Mathewson Street, Providence, through January 29) focuses on our love-hate relationship with garbage
By GREG COOK  |  January 20, 2010

Punk wreck

Get Laid have nothing else to do but rule
Guitar punk rock has a long and, frankly, dull history.
By MATT PARISH  |  January 05, 2010

The China syndrome

Kirk Snyder's strange tale gets stranger. Plus, Texas Lutheran's divine intervention.
There was always a little something off about Kirk Snyder, the onetime University of Nevada Wolf Pack star and NBA washout.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 16, 2009

‘A good experience if you’re a sociopath’

The “Golden Mic” crew isn’t bitter.
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  December 09, 2009

Rube awakening

A former Jail Blazer returns to action. Plus, hugging it out at Portland State.
It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Couldn’t you feel that void, that emptiness resulting from the failure of former LA Clipper and Portland Trail Blazer Ruben Patterson to get arrested for anything at all recently?
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 02, 2009

Airing it out

Works by Aschheim, Buck, Gottlieb, and Prine
New York painter Eve Aschheim has said that she uses geometry in her abstractions "to 'think about' the intersection of nature and cityscape. My works might suggest the chaotic geometry of the city, the expectant stillness of air, the tenuous balance of a wire line against a building."
By GREG COOK  |  November 24, 2009

Taking gay rights to Obama

All Politics Is Local
You might have seen Chase Whiteside and Erick Stoll, seniors at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, around town in the days leading up to November 3.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 18, 2009

Three-hour tours

Lessons from a cruise-ship trip to Portland
They crowd our sidewalks, wearing lobster hats and carrying LL Bean bags, from August through October. We’re told about how their presence is vital to our economy.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 04, 2009

Rhythm queens

The educational ecstasy of Zili Misik
It’s a chilly Monday afternoon, and at the head of the lawn in front of the Christian Science Center, Zili Misik are starting soundcheck, bear-hugging their instruments to keep them warm.
By MATT PARISH  |  October 21, 2009

Review: More Than a Game

More than a LeBron James showcase, too
Most know about the rise of LeBron James from impoverished Ohio roots (fatherless and raised in public housing) to mega-millionaire and NBA phenom, so why make a documentary?
By TOM MEEK  |  October 14, 2009

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