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M.O.P. | The Foundation

E1 (2009)
M.O.P. were en route to hip-hop's greatest track record.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 02, 2009


The hub of film criticism?

A peek into the  Phoenix archives
In his deep survey, Gerald Peary hardly conceals his opinion that Boston is the epicenter of film criticism.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 02, 2009


Love letter

Gerald Peary's ode to the film critic
Rock critics rarely cut gold records. Likewise, few football reporters go on to quarterback Super Bowl winners.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 03, 2009


The Granite State Gang

New Hampshire transplants live free — or die trying
Big bucks couldn't buy the viral awe and ire that the Free State Project (FSP) scored on August 11, when New Hampshire resident William Kostric arrived outside President Barack Obama's Portsmouth Town Hall meeting with a handgun on his right thigh — "open carrying" is quite legal in the Granite State — and a sign declaring IT IS TIME TO WATER THE TREE OF LIBERTY!
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 26, 2009


Avoiding a border war

Rape in Brookline
It's a matter of moments before the likes of Lou Dobbs and Bill O'Reilly scapegoat the believed-to-be-illegal-immigrant suspects in last week's Brookline rape case for every problem in America.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 26, 2009


Review: Taking Woodstock

Ang Lee sums up the counterculture in style
If there ever was a way to inject fresh interest into events that most people born after the baby boom couldn't care less about, it's to involve Eugene Levy and a shame-to-fame plot line made for reality television.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 27, 2009


Community: served

Solillaquists of Sound spread some Orlando magic
Without Solillaquists of Sound and the holistic hip-hop hamlet that its members cultivate within Orlando, their city would be home to little more than methadone retreats and plastic rodent ears.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 26, 2009


Health-Care-Reform Town Hall All-Stars

Plumb and Dumber Dept.
Shamelessly successful political-smear campaigns yield exalted martyrs.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 20, 2009


Homecoming kings

Audible Mainframe revisit the Bean (for a minute)
It doesn't matter how popular you are at any given high school; if you move to a new town — unless you have sexy twin sisters who are willing to fellate the football team — you'll be starting on the first rung of the social scaffold. The same goes for regional guitar-and-rhyme heroes.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 18, 2009


Melody makers

So you started a band — now what? Berklee and Topspin are here to help.
If you’re an up-and-popping band or artist, you first need to find fans, friends, and fiends on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and, of course, in real life. But where do you go from there?
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 13, 2009


Preliminary findings

Handicapping the 15-headed horse race that is Boston's at-large City Council election
Even knowledgeable City Hall insiders know they're better off scratching lotto tickets than wagering on Boston politics.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 12, 2009


Bacdafucup, indeed!

Remember Onyx? They’re still pissed.
There was a moment between the late ’80s and the early ’90s when hip-hop was cheerier than diaper commercials.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 11, 2009


Review: Fresh Daily | The Gorgeous Killer in Crimes of Passion

High Water Music (2009)
Despite yielding at least half of contemporary hip-hop's subterranean and major-label kingpins, the New York underground is often overlooked when it comes time to dole out props.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 10, 2009

mit list

The punch that took two lives

Nearly 17 years ago, Joe Donovan initiated a tragic chain of events with a brutish act of machismo. But should he be in jail for life?
When he was 17 years old, Joseph Donovan made the first of two stupid, and even reckless, mistakes. On the evening of September 18, 1992, in a brutish act of machismo, the East Cambridge native and minor-league delinquent punched out Norwegian MIT student Yngve Raustein.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 05, 2009


Review: The Cove

Secret dolphin slaughter revealed
There's something at stake here, and it's not just the conscience of Ric O'Barry, who as the former dolphin trainer for the 1960s television show Flipper feels responsible for the planet's porpoise fetish.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 04, 2009


Review: Rite Hook | A.ssume D.amage

Leedz Edutainment (2009)
If it came out that Rite Hook had mysteriously suffocated his baby sister 15 years ago, his fans wouldn't likely be surprised. The Worcester-Boston MC is the kind of dude who tattoos himself, recreationally chokes on half-gram "gaggers," inseminates despicable local groupies, and writes about said activities when he wakes up in the morning.  
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 03, 2009


Review: AC-DC at Gillette Stadium

AC/DC, live at Gillette Stadium, on July 28, 2009
Photos of AC/DC at Gillette Stadium: Let There Be Rock 
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 03, 2009


Local activists crusade to cut circumcisions

Protesting male circumcision
What do William Shakespeare, Don Johnson, Sean Hannity, Redd Foxx, and Ralph Nader have in common with Jenna Jameson flicks and 70 percent of men worldwide? They're all uncut.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 29, 2009


Cage | Depart From Me

Def Jux (2009)
Despite abandoning his former vagrant persona, shedding about 100 pounds, ascending to a realm of alt-culture status in which he can screw hundreds of tatted Lower East Side crotch rockets, and becoming the subject of a movie developed by Shia LaBeouf, Cage remains a seriously afflicted sick fuck.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 28, 2009


Review: Died Young, Stayed Pretty

Not enough bite
If you think rock critics are self-important shitbags who believe their writing is as important as the music they're reviewing, then you should meet the hobbyist nerds who produce visually outlandish — and in some cases quite brilliant — silkscreen concert posters.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 28, 2009


Smack downer

Hip-Hop Misogyny: It Ain’t What It Used To Be
I haven’t come hereto academically justify West Coast credos about assimilating hoes into housewives. Instead I’ve come to mourn the commercialization of misogynistic rap lyrics.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 23, 2009

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