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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.
| December 19, 2012
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.
| December 18, 2012
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.
| December 12, 2012
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.
| November 14, 2012
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.
| October 09, 2012
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.
| October 02, 2012
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."
| September 18, 2012
Photos: The xx at the Wilbur Theatre
July 31, 2012
The xx perform live at the Wilbur Theatre on July 31, 2012.
| August 03, 2012
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.
| July 10, 2012
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.
| June 05, 2012
Rattle them Bones
Reimagining the trio
For too long has dance pop been solely occupied by commercial beat-makers like Dr. Luke.
| May 02, 2012
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.
| April 20, 2012
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.
| March 28, 2012
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.
| March 14, 2012
Lissy Trullie | Lissy Trullie
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.
| March 13, 2012
Ceremony | Zoo
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.
| March 13, 2012
Dr. Dog is the drug
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.
| March 14, 2012
John K. Samson | Provincial
His inaugural gathering of bona-fide solo work summons an aura of full-blown tranquility.
| March 06, 2012
The Black Keys rise to the arenas
When it was announced that the Black Keys were headlining the TD Garden, it looked like a mistake.
| February 28, 2012
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.
| February 01, 2012
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.
| January 31, 2012
Hospitality | Hospitality
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.
| January 24, 2012
Brite Futures | Dark Past
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.
| January 24, 2012
Powering up with the Smith Westerns
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.
| 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.
| November 16, 2011
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.
| October 18, 2011
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.
| October 05, 2011
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.
| September 06, 2011
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.
| August 08, 2011
Scenes from the Forget, Forget CD release
| September 11, 2013 at 1:29 PM
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July 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM
The answer to this week's game
June 08, 2013 at 12:15 PM
LePage: Big company didn't ask about Maine taxes #mepolitics
May 09, 2013 at 9:59 AM
LePage uses Obamacare to achieve his own political goal #mepolitics
May 08, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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