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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 19, 2012
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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 18, 2012
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Tegan & Sara set a new sound


If there were any question that confessional pop darlings Tegan and Sara were heading in a new direction with their forthcoming album, Heartthrob (Warner Bros), the upbeat new single "Closer" dispells these doubts.
By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  December 12, 2012
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The orchestrated pleasure of Eddie Japan

Cellars by starlight
Sitting with Eddie Japan frontman David Santos, there is suspicion he might be a spy. He's well-dressed, to suit any occasion that might arise, and he refuses a drink.
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  November 14, 2012
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Benjamin Gibbard | Former Lives

Barsuk Records (2012)
"It's been a basement of a year," Ben Gibbard sings over a perky two-chord strum on the saccharine "Oh, Woe." It's hard not to take him literally.
By RYAN REED  |  October 09, 2012
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Frightened Rabbit ready to emerge


It's always annoying when a band is touted as "the next big thing," especially when they've been around pumping out great stuff for years and then suddenly everyone is talking about them like the stork dropped them off that morning — see Bon Iver winning a Best New Artist Grammy this year, five years after their debut came out.
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 02, 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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Photos: The xx at the Wilbur Theatre

July 31, 2012
The xx perform live at the Wilbur Theatre on July 31, 2012.
By COLLEEN MAGYAR  |  August 03, 2012
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Review: Sleepless Night

Frédéric Jardin's expert thriller
"We're in deep shit," says one of the perpetrators of a bungled drug heist in Frédéric Jardin's expert thriller. It's about to get deeper.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 10, 2012
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Fawn | Coastlines

Quite Scientific Records (2012)
Jaded girl-boy harmonies, gleeful three-chord riffs, healthy doses of punkish noise and emo melody: Coastlines , the debut LP from Detroit indie-pop quartet Fawn, feels like a charming souvenir from a musical era two decades in the rear-view.
By RYAN REED  |  June 05, 2012
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Rattle them Bones

Reimagining the trio
For too long has dance pop been solely occupied by commercial beat-makers like Dr. Luke.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 02, 2012
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Review: Damsels in Distress

Whit Stillman's first film in 13 years
Damsels in Distress , writer-director Whit Stillman's first film in 13 years, is a comedic fable set at a fictional college in the East at some indeterminate time that seems like the present but might as well not be.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 20, 2012
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The Lisps try to deliver a message in 'Futurity'

All we are saying
It isn't easy to put together a 90-minute musical that includes the Civil War, the birth of computer programming, indie rock, the internal dynamics of Lord Byron's family, mathematical formulas, and writing letters back and forth about an invention that will either save the world or be a precursor to the atom bomb.
By ED SIEGEL  |  March 28, 2012
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Photos: Bombay Bicycle Club at The Museum of Fine Arts

Bombay Bicycle Club | Museum of Fine Arts | Friday, March 9, 2012
Bombay Bicycle Club played the Museum of Fine Arts on Friday, March 9, 2012.
By JOSH BERLINGER  |  March 14, 2012
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Lissy Trullie | Lissy Trullie

Xenon/Downtown (2012)
Lissy Trullie sounds simultaneously hungry and tepid, as if Trullie wants to make a big splash, but her album lacks the conviction or vision to make it happen.
By REYAN ALI  |  March 13, 2012
Band: Ceremony. Album: Zoo

Ceremony | Zoo

Matador (2012)
Ceremony aren't as intellectual or dryly hilarious as Wire and don't attempt a comparable stylistic variety, but the raucous Zoo is a fine tribute to Wire's heavier side, alternating between powerful, lumbering riffs and manic splatters of guitar noise.
By GARRETT MARTIN  |  March 13, 2012
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Dr. Dog is the drug

Psychedelic prescription
On their current trek, promoting their playful and raw seventh album, Be the Void (Anti-), Dr. Dog have reached headliner status, playing the biggest, most tightly packed rooms of their career.
By RYAN REED  |  March 14, 2012
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John K. Samson | Provincial

Epitaph/Anti- (2011)
His inaugural gathering of bona-fide solo work summons an aura of full-blown tranquility.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  March 06, 2012
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The Black Keys rise to the arenas

Key bumps
When it was announced that the Black Keys were headlining the TD Garden, it looked like a mistake.
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 28, 2012
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Sundance 2012 shakes off the angst

The light stuff
Two full production years following the market collapse in the third quarter of 2008, the tonal zeitgeist of films on display at the Sundance Film Festival — a reliable snapshot of independent filmmaking — has shifted from dark to light.
By HARLAN JACOBSON  |  February 01, 2012
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Review: Charlotte Rampling: The Look

Angelina Maccarone's portrait of the actress
Rampling's physical gifts, unimpeded by plastic surgery in their march through time, are matched by a keen mind and an unapologetic approach to life and work.
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  January 31, 2012
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Hospitality | Hospitality

Merge (2012)
On their homonymous debut, Hospitality sound like 800 different trendy bands at once (from Twin Sister to Tennis to TV on the Radio), so if it's pure originality you're after, you've come to the wrong department.
By RYAN REED  |  January 24, 2012
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Brite Futures | Dark Past

Turnout (2011)
A few years ago, the cutesy teens in Natalie Portman's Shaved Head slid out of Seattle on the hot pink shoulders of robo-bounce kinda-hit "Me + Ur Daughter" and the cheap intrigue of a ridiculous moniker.
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 24, 2012
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Powering up with the Smith Westerns

Bye-bye lo-fi
Sometimes when we settle into the tattered sofa of lo-fi pop music, it's easy to imagine that the artists intended for it to be made this way.
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  January 25, 2012



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Anthony Gonzalez of M83 elevates his game

Plus, the revenge of the double album
Music occupies time but not space, meaning that a musician's musical indulgences tend to stretch out in time to make up for the fact that, once emitted, the signals disappear in the aether like wisps of nothing disappearing into more nothing.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 16, 2011
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Review: Norman

Suburban settings
Cancer seems to be the breakout star of indie films this season. In Jonathan Segal's Norman , it gets its hands on the title character's father and is the catalyst for his emotional turmoil and social alienation, though you get the feeling he was never too well adjusted to begin with.
By NINA MASHUROVA  |  October 18, 2011
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Review: Littlerock

Altogether original
Two young Japanese tourists, siblings Rintaro (Rintaro Sawamoto) and Atsuko (Atsuko Okatsuka), get stranded when their car breaks down in the California backwater of the title.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 05, 2011
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Review: Bellflower

Petal to the metal
In addition to the flamethrower, they've also rigged up a whiskey-dispensing car dashboard, and as a piece de resistance have created the Road Warrior–inspired "Medusa," a 1972 Buick Skylark souped up to breathe fire.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 06, 2011
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Photos: Bon Iver at the House of Blues

House of Blues | August 5, 2011
Bon Iver performs at the House of Blues on August 5, 2011.
By NATANYA KHASHAN  |  August 08, 2011

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