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What's love got to do with it

Audrey Ryan + Strand of Oaks + Lewis & Clarke, Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church, February 14, 2009
"Happy Valentine's Day. That was a saint, right? St. Valentine?" mumbled Lewis & Clarke's (wasted?) frontman/sonic adventurer, Lou Rogai.
By: MEGAN V. BELL  |  February 18, 2009


Christmas On Mars

Begins as an assault and ends as a charming fable
Stylized after the sci-fi B-movies of yore, the film recycles Atomic Age angst: a group living in a space station on Mars have run out of spare parts, and it seems that everyone’s doomed.  
By: MEGAN V. BELL  |  October 28, 2008


Adoring public

CCTV 20TH Anniversary at the Middle East Upstairs, October 18, 2008
If the goal was to bring to life for a night the strange beast that is cable access, they nailed it.  
By: MEGAN V. BELL  |  October 24, 2008


Gag reflex

Ben Folds at the Orpheum, September 26, 2008
“You are in the elite first wave of people to hear this stuff,” Ben Folds told us Friday night with a smirk, possibly no longer able to be serious on stage after nearly two decades of tongue planted firmly in cheek.  
By: MEGAN V. BELL  |  January 28, 2010


For the dogs

Greyhounds to have their day
In June, seven greyhounds suffered broken legs within a six-day period at Massachusetts’s two racetracks.
By: MEGAN V. BELL  |  July 31, 2008


Tapes for the taking

All mixed up
Want to make your own compilation of overlooked ’60s female soul singers? Go for it.
By: MEGAN V. BELL  |  July 16, 2008


Intimacy issues

Perennials et al. at P.A.'s, July 10, 2008
Singer John Flax’s stage presence could have worked an audience 10 times as big; it was a shame to think their wick has only three weeks to burn.
By: MEGAN V. BELL  |  July 15, 2008


Liz Phair

Exile In Guyville – 15th Anniversary Reissue | ATO
Phair's sexual candor remains more refreshing than her petulant studio-buffed paeans to milkshakes, stolen boyfriends, self-inflicted starvation, and spray tans.
By: MEGAN V. BELL  |  July 08, 2008


Psyched Up

The Black Angels + The Warlocks at the Middle East Downstairs, June 29, 2008
The music of these bands are rooted in the psychedelic movements that erupted 40 years ago, but we were spared extended druggy superjams.
By: MEGAN V. BELL  |  July 01, 2008


Raw deals

The Breeders at the Paradise, June 5, 2008
How could I ever think that Kim and Kelley would let me down?
By: MEGAN V. BELL  |  June 10, 2008


Talent shows

St. Vincent at Middle East Downstairs, March 1, 2008
Does Annie Clark have to be perfect?
By: MEGAN V. BELL  |  March 04, 2008


Indoor block party

Diplo at Great Scott, February 23, 2008
I’m white and from rural Connecticut, so I think Saturday night was the closest I’ve ever come to anything resembling a block party.
By: MEGAN V. BELL  |  February 26, 2008


Dancing in the Dark

Cat Power at the Orpheum Theatre, February 7, 2008
If you’re a Cat Power devotee or even a casual fan, you’ve heard the horror stories about Chan Marshall’s live performances.
By: MEGAN V. BELL  |  February 12, 2008


Get buggy with it

Mirah + Spectratone International at the MFA, January 11, 2008
Mirah wanted us to embrace nature in our daily lives, and she started by giving the creepy-crawlies a heart without stretching the truth.
By: MEGAN V. BELL  |  January 15, 2008
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