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Sandcastles and sunspots: The year in art

It was a year of bracing histories — '60s assassinations, '80s pandemics, and four decades of hubris in Iraq. But 2012's best art wasn't all bad news.
By GREG COOK  |  December 17, 2012

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2011: A very mixed year for classical music in Boston

Valedictions and salutations
Classical news good and bad.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 21, 2011

Celebrating 2011 in dining, all over the place

The year in restaurants
This past year was so simple. It was the year of the gastropub, and if you didn't paint the ceiling black and put the menu or the beer list on a blackboard, you were old school.  
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 21, 2011

A longing look at 2011's lost liberties

Shit that got banned
You might already be outraged over San Francisco's Happy Meal ban.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 21, 2011

Interview: Violent J on the FBI, Odd Future, and why he pulls more hotties than we do

The year in Juggalos
It's been another wicked year for the Insane Clown Posse.
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 21, 2011

Dueling stages

When it came to home teams vs. visitors, audiences were the winners
It's been the visitors versus the home teams this year.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 20, 2011

2011 goes pop

The music climate is as frigid as the business
The Chinese curse "May you live in interesting times" alludes to eras of upheaval and tumult. But what if that tumult happens too slowly to seem interesting?
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 20, 2011

The year in Boston rock

A scene comes together in 2011
The Boston rock scene is an interesting beast. Ambitious, cohesive, and frustratingly indefinable, it's a community that might not make much sense to outsiders.
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 05, 2012

The best films of 2011 are not the ballyhooed

The films this year were kind of like the current field of Republican presidential candidates: some are entertaining, but there's no clear frontrunner, and there's more attention on the flashiest and least substantial than on the more thoughtful and genuine.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 21, 2011

The year 'new battling' took over Boston

Plan of attack
There's one thing that most people know about battle rapping: 8 Mile .
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 20, 2011

A whirlwind year of dance

From Fela! to Merce
Here's a look at highlights from my year of dance viewing.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 20, 2011

The Big Hurt: Weighing 2011 against decades past

The year in context
We can't truly understand 2011's place in music history until we weigh it against its counterparts from decades past, preferably in some sort of arbitrary jerk-off critical exercise. Hey, here's one
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 20, 2011

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2010: The year of Videogum

An interview with Gabriel Delahaye
In September, a video was bouncing around the Phoenix offices.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 22, 2010

2010: The year in Nic Cage

365 days of pure trumpet-sharing, fishseks-pondering, velvet-ceilinged madness
Around two minutes into Carter Burwell's arrangement of the banjo standard "Way Out There" (known to most of us as the theme from Raising Arizona ), the melody, heretofore whistled and yodeled over wild and rambling little arpeggios, gives way to some familiar chords
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 22, 2010

Boston rock's 2010 in review

Locals scene and heard
In a year where the only party anthem we could all agree on was Auto-Tune the News'  "Bed Intruder" remix , it's no wonder Boston turned inward to reconnect with its native rock scene.
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 22, 2010

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Video: Our 10 most popular videos from 2009

Hardcore bands, porn stars, vampires, zombies, and vandals
The most popular videos from the Phoenix in 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 28, 2009

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