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CITY: Worcester
SONGS THAT GOT US: "Living in America," "Jesus"
RECORD LABEL: Burning Mill

WHY THEM? With a breathlessly glittering stomp, the tunes of this Wormtown crew manage both to confuse and delight, bending and shaping voice and sound and dance and rock and pop into a great big gleaming pyramid of glimmering beauty. Like all great Bay State acts of note, they've managed to leapfrog the pitfall of local scenesterism and go straight for the immediate bliss of international indie-crit hype — but it's hard to hold anything like that against them when the jams are so tight. A tune like "Living in America" is the kind of anthemic synth blast that you play at a party when the only way to get people to talk to you is to get them to ask you "Dude, who is this?"

BONUS BIT! Dom are not only a band but a person, and a somewhat attention-shy person at that, since Dominic hasn't revealed his last name (nor, come to think of it, has anyone else in the band). Something about owing money, if you believe stories like that from bands trying to build a mythology.


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Republicans continue to wage war on women

Plus, Beacon Hill follies, youth violence
The Republican Party's unrelenting war on women is now being waged with such frenzied fury that sane people might well wonder if there is a GOP-wide obsession with punishing an entire gender.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 11, 2011

All dogs go to probate court

In dog we trust
It's funny: while Massachusetts is considered a vanguard in the struggle for same-sex marriage and mellower pot laws, it has been way behind the pack in implementing pet trusts. But no longer.
By SCOTT FAYNER  |  May 11, 2011

An all-seeing eye for the FBI?

Every step you take
The latest Boston Phoenix is spread across your steering wheel. You're reading this article. In a legal parking spot. With the engine off. A transportation cop zaps your license plate with a computerized scanner, cycles your registration through the system, and records the time and position of your car.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 27, 2011

Romney rides again

To win the GOP nomination, Mitt will need to do things differently this time. Here's how.
Mitt Romney has been running for president more or less nonstop for the past seven years — and still hasn't figured out how to do it.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 14, 2011

Estrogen influx for pot protesters

Tokin' females
For years, MassCann has been something of a gentleman's club, trying to legalize pot in Massachusetts with limited success. But the March 19 board election brought a dramatic change.
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  April 13, 2011

Is same-sex marriage the 2012 comeback kid?

Crystal ball
A few years ago, the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders — a Boston-based legal advocacy organization — launched a "6 x 12" campaign to secure marriage rights for gay couples across New England by 2012.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 14, 2011

It's a reasonable bet that gaming could once again gridlock Beacon Hill

Slow play
Gaming bills have plagued the last two legislative sessions on Beacon Hill.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 04, 2011
Ian Bowles

China Syndrome

Ian Bowles reflects on moving Massachusetts into the lead on clean energy -- and how the feds might have thrown it all away
Massachusetts has successfully jumped way out in front of every other state in the race for a share of the emerging trillion-dollar clean-energy market — which might end up meaning nothing, as the United States pisses away its chance to be part of that industry.  
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 18, 2011
John Reinstein

Freedom's Foot Soldier

Plus, Why Romney, Brown and Kerry are wrong
No one has labored with more love and assiduity to keep those liberties established by John Adams secure than John Reinstein, who has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as the top lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.  
By EDITORIAL  |  March 16, 2011
Governor Deval Patrick

The Governor in his Labyrinth

In year five of his administration, Patrick is keeping his options open
Governor Deval Patrick has always excelled at inciting political speculation. Through his first three years in office, most Beacon Hill insiders remained convinced — even as his re-election effort began — that Patrick would not serve out his full four-year term.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 10, 2011
Scott Brown

Sifting for substance in Scott Brown's memoir

The Naked Senator
Brown's memoir, Against All Odds , tells the inspiring rags-to-riches tale of how one can rise from terrible circumstances to great power and influence, with just a little hard work, perseverance, supermodel good looks and world-class athletic ability.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 23, 2011
Massachusetts film industry

The rise, fall and uncertain future of the Massachusetts film industry

Fade to black?
 It seems that Massachusetts is re-earning its old reputation as a dangerously political place to make movies, and Hollywood execs are heading for the hills.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 23, 2011

Interview: The authors of Future Boston on building the Boston of tomorrow

Future Boston, 15 years later
We only have three years before the aliens land. This was the future envisioned in Future Boston , an anthology by a group of local science-fiction writers published in 1995 .
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  January 21, 2011

How to create a readable future

Future Boston authors Jon Burrowes, Alexander Jablokov, Steven Popkes, David Alexander Smith, and Sarah Smith show us how it's done.  
The actual future is a collaboration between nearly seven billion people worldwide. But creating a future can be a fun indoor sport for you and your friends.

Governor Fuzzy: Has Deval Patrick lost his edge — already?

Plus, Boston City Council president Stephen Murphy.
Some folks — including this newspaper — who supported Governor Deval Patrick's re-election and wish him well as he wrestles with the daunting task of steering Massachusetts through the next four years are scratching their heads.
By EDITORIAL  |  January 05, 2011

Careful carving: Keep politics out of redistricting

Plus, Scott Brown and 'DADT.'
The news last week from the US Census Bureau was as expected: Massachusetts is losing one of its 10 congressional districts.
By EDITORIAL  |  January 12, 2011

Careful carving: Keep politics out of redistricting

Plus, Scott Brown and 'DADT.'
The news last week from the US Census Bureau was as expected: Massachusetts is losing one of its 10 congressional districts.
By EDITORIAL  |  January 12, 2011

Double-Secret Probation: 2010's biggest Boston political scandal

As the previous Beacon Hill scandals wind down, another — a potentially bigger one — emerged this year: political patronage
In a year that started with a former House Speaker under indictment, an open US Senate seat, and a governor seemingly headed to electoral defeat, the biggest political story of 2010 turned out to be the Beacon Hill probation patronage scandal. And, if past is prologue, that ongoing saga promises to continue in 2011.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 22, 2010

The Four Loko Club: Stuff That Was Banned in 2010

Let's all shed a tear for Four Loko, Marlboros, K2 — and freedom
In early November, Sarah Palin passed out 200 sugar cookies at a school fundraiser in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 22, 2010

The Last Weed Defendant

Why is John Rockett still in court for holding half an ounce?
John Rockett was cruising to Twin River Casino in Rhode Island when an Attleboro cop stopped his dark blue Dodge Caravan for having one headlight out.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 16, 2010

What DeLeo and Murray should do

Why legislative leaders should act now to make the patronage scandal history
By EDITORIAL  |  December 01, 2010

Patronage = corrpution

Plus, the Pope + condoms
The Massachusetts legislature is shocked — shocked! — that patronage is rife in the Probation Department! Shocked that it exists anywhere in state government! And it looks as if the both the House and the Senate will be damned if they are going to do anything about it.
By EDITORIAL  |  November 23, 2010

Minority Blues

Massachusetts's Democratic Congressmen won their elections, but lost their power. What will they do in John Boehner's House?
The historic national Republican wave, which saw the GOP gain at least 64 seats in the US House of Representatives, seemed to skip Massachusetts, which elected Democrats in all 10 congressional districts.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 17, 2010

Ten Little Congressmen . . .

The outlook for each of Mass.'s Representatives
Each of Massachusetts's 10 congressmen — soon to be nine, following next year's redistricting — are looking at the House shakeup from their own career perspectives.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 17, 2010

Prison Update: It's not getting any better

It's discouraging that conditions may have worsened in state prisons since the Phoenix published "Troubled Over Bridgewater" in September.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 10, 2010

Reliving the nightmare

Massachusetts escapes, but much of the nation succumbs to the ravages of democracy
Somebody should thank Scott Brown.
By EDITORIAL  |  November 03, 2010

Review: Gerrymandering

Political doc draws an odd line
Perhaps quoting Thomas Pynchon at the beginning of this political documentary wasn't such a hot idea.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 03, 2010

Why Deval Patrick deserves your vote

A more-solid-than-recognized record, plus a realistically humane view of the future
When Massachusetts voters go to the polls on Tuesday, November 2, we urge them to cast their votes for the re-election of Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray.
By EDITORIAL  |  October 20, 2010

Zombie Justice

Ware's probation probe and the Tierney plea. Plus, social security silliness.
Two recent politically infused happenings illustrate Massachusetts's shocking indifference to civil liberty.
By EDITORIAL  |  October 13, 2010

Elephant in the Room?

Republicans are expected to take dozens of US House seats this year — some may even be in Massachusetts
The upcoming national midterm elections are shaping up as a big Republican wave.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 13, 2010

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