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Cross Town Traffic at the Wilbur

Too Black, Too Strong Dept.
When bespectacled alt-comic icon David Cross paid a visit to the Wilbur Theatre last October, he giddily tore Boston “a new asshole” — but, hey, at least he was kind enough to have “stitched that new asshole up with jokes.”
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 12, 2010


Meme police

MIT’s ROFLcon, a gathering of the Web’s biggest names, decides what will make you laugh and cry.
I just woke up from some sort of bizarre dream. I was at MIT. There was a weirdo painting nudes of President Obama on a unicorn. Several adults were dressed like domestic animals.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 05, 2010


Jocktail Party

NESN reaches out to rivals in a sports blogfest. Hugs all around.
This past Sunday night, behind Fenway Park, a subtle yet symbolic changing of the Boston sports-media guard occurred, giving unprecedented power to the people.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 05, 2010


Reflection Eternal | Revolutions Per Minute

Asylum (2010)
It really sucks when critics sing about their personal relationships with old records.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 06, 2010


Is genius immortal?

Tech god Ray Kurzweil is a modern-day Edison. Now he's battling to stay alive — forever
No disrespect to the man who let there be electric light, but Ray Kurzweil is Thomas Alva Edison on steroids.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 03, 2010


Scott Brown slashing jobs, not adding them

Mass Underemployment Dept.
When he campaigned to retain existing and deliver new employment opportunities for commonwealth residents, Senator Scott Brown was apparently making no promises to urban teens.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 28, 2010


Ledge Lessons

We love you, stressed-out college kids! So relax, and remember how good you have it.
As advocates of higher education and living as long as medically possible, we were sad to read that, according to new-media-powerhouse Web site the Daily Beast, Greater Boston is home to not one but five of the most stressful colleges in the United States.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 28, 2010


Review: It Came From Kuchar

Underground culture ain’t what it used to be
There’s no accurate estimation of how many cult gems Bronx-and-Bay-Area-bred brothers George and Mike Kuchar have filmed since the late 1950s.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 28, 2010


Rip Shop | The Authenticity

Drama House (2010)
Rip Shop should be one of the first names you mention when recalling Boston’s early-2000s underground rap renaissance.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 27, 2010


Hustle and flow

Let us tell you about M-Dot —  before he does
M-Dot is live on Brookline Ave, chopping it up with nurses, businessmen, and co-eds.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 27, 2010


Review: Taqwacore: The Birth Of Punk Islam

Follows the Kominas (and other) from Boston to Austin to Pakistan
At first, Taqwacore seems like a gratuitous yet sympathetic social prognosis served up by a righteous gang of Muslim punks.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 22, 2010


Headphones TNG

Think Sound
New Hampshire green-tech nerd Aaron Fournier has an undeniable pitch for his new company, Thinksound, and its line of cool-daddy wood-grain headphones.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 27, 2010


New magazine tells Boston’s war stories

Crime Journal Dept.
It’s not too surprising that Kung-Fu Video owners James Bennett and Aaron Crawford are venturing into another retail niche that is largely considered commercially destitute.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 26, 2010


Springtime for Militia

Gun nuts from around the country converge upon the murder capital of the nation, Washington, D.C.
I’m scrubbing my armpits in the campground bathroom at Fort Hunt Park in Virginia. It’s taken more than 20 hours for me to get here for today’s firearm-friendly Restore the Constitution rally, which is supposed to commence shortly.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 21, 2010


Guru death mystery

Rapper’s final days mired in controversy
As mysterious as Guru was in his later years, the Roxbury-bred rap-and-jazz legend may soon prove to be more so in death.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 21, 2010


Truthlive | Patience

IM (2010)
Consider Patience a penance for Seattle-based producer Jake One, who recently laced the soundscape for Philly coke-rapper Freeway’s remarkable Stimulus Package.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 21, 2010


Review: Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

A deep reach into Basquiat's eclectic repertoire
There’s little doubt that Jean-Michel Basquiat’s brief whirlwind of an existence is his best-known masterpiece.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 15, 2010


Review: Family Affair

 Loaded with repulsive bombshells
You will never, ever, ever complain about your family again after watching the first 15 minutes of Family Affair
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 15, 2010


Review: The Parking Lot Movie

Park it for the tortured-hipster market
Everything you need to know can be learned in the Charlottesville Corner Parking Lot.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 15, 2010


Newton shooter aims to please

Run and gun
If a Jamaican bobsled team can qualify for the Winter Olympics, then certainly a gunslinger from liberal Newton has a fighting chance in a rigorous shootout below the Mason-Dixon Line.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 14, 2010


Label makers

Ruste Juxx and Marco Polo talk Duck Down
To keep tabs on how Duck Down maintains its hardcore tradition despite also expanding with MTV-friendly acts like Kidz in the Hall, you need look no farther than Ruste Juxx and Marco Polo.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 13, 2010

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