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Anna's Ghost haunts the Empire

Maybe it's a blip on the radar screen, but there seems to be a renewed interest in the music video lately. TWISTED ROOTS have been garnering attention for their "Hollow Earth" effort and we're big fans of the bare-chested LEFTOVERS that splash through "Telephone Operator."
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 09, 2009

Game Review: The Beatles: Rock Band

Don't meet the Beatles — be them
Can we agree that the music-game market is saturated? To stand out in this crowd, you'd need something special. You'd need the Beatles.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  September 09, 2009

Photos: Mos Def and Talib Kweli

Mos Def and Talib Kweli, live at House of Blues, September 8, 2009
Photos: Mos Def and Talib Kweli, live at House of Blues, September 8, 2009
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  September 11, 2009

The Big Hurt: Don't look back in anger

The best of times with the worst of bands
"You don't know what you've got till it's gone," Janet Jackson once famously sampled, and how true it is. Only now that Noel Gallagher has left in a firestorm of brotherly acrimony can I truly take stock of my feelings toward Oasis.
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 08, 2009

Review: The Baader Meinhof Complex

Terrorism made simple in Uli Edel's Complex
Terrorism made simple in Uli Edel's Complex
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 10, 2009

Interview: Uli Edel

The Baader Meinhof Complex director talks about terror and glamour
Edel talks about terror and glamour
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 11, 2009

Love is nothing

Balls, Pucks, and Monster Trucks
Here’s what I know about tennis: if you’ve got love, you’ve got nothing. From love to 15 to 30 to whatever comes between 30 and the sets and the matches, with those advantage points and tiebreakers thrown in, tennis scoring is less intuitive to me than the Cyrillic alphabet is after eight beers, so who cares? But, things change.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  September 09, 2009

Review: Betty Blue, The Director's Cut

Well-remembered arthouse film gains an extra hour
"I had known Betty for a week," a voiceover intones. The voice is that of Zorg (Jean-Hugues Anglade), an unpublished novelist, whom we see fucking Betty (Béatrice Dalle in a star-making turn) in the slow zoom that serves as the opening shot of Jean-Jacques Beineix's well-remembered contribution to erotic cinema.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 09, 2009

Better all the time

Get these Beatles reissues into your life
In 2006, Apple/EMI released the Beatles-soundtracked Cirque du Soleil companion piece Love , which mashed together songs from the band's repertoire in stunning remastered sound.
By ZETH LUNDY  |  September 08, 2009

Review: All About Steve

They should have called it "There's Something Insane About Mary"
How is it that the absolute worst "chick flicks" of the summer were written by women?
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 09, 2009

Photos: The Killers at TD Garden

The Killers, live at TD Banknorth Garden, September 4, 2009
Photos of The Killers on the Boston stop of their Day & Age tour
By SARAH VIERA  |  September 08, 2009

Diane Sawyer and the new voice of authority

Anchors away
The sight of Barack Obama in the White House has, rather quickly, taken on the air of the ordinary.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 09, 2009

Review: The September Issue

An eye-opening, highly satisfying fashion documentary
The issue of Vogue currently crowding newsstands is the September issue, a 584-page monstrosity that's the hallowed mag's biggest production of the year.
By SHAULA CLARK  |  September 09, 2009

Photos: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, live at the Middle East Downstairs, September 5, 2009
Photos of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart performing at the Middle East Downstairs
By JEROME ENO  |  September 09, 2009

More than guitar

Julian Lage's talent isn't just in his fingers
"I like using songs to change the environment — to get the listener's ear to be a little skewed."
By JON GARELICK  |  September 08, 2009

The plots thicken

9/11 Truthers, Tea Parties, Birthers — conspiracy is in the air. No wonder Hollywood is embracing paranoia.
Eight years after the destruction of the World Trade Center — the result of one of the most devastatingly successful conspiracies in history — Americans still take comfort in paranoia.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 11, 2009

Review: The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker | Burn It Down

OuttaSight (2009)
These Nashville-based high ministers of retro-groove — known for their muscular live sermons — broaden their gospel on CD #2.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 09, 2009

Band of outsiders

The Beatings are at home under the radar
The Beatings got back from their eighth US tour the day before, but they’re already reconvening over at frontman Eldridge Rodriguez’s misplaced little two-story beach house in Lower Allston. I do a double take on the way through the cute picket fence.
By MATT PARISH  |  September 09, 2009

Review: David Dallas | Something Awesome

Dirty Management (2009)
In the 1990s, every rap album had mellow bangers buried in the tracklist.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 09, 2009

Review: Whitney Houston | I Look to You

Arista (2009)
It's tempting to wonder whether super-producer Clive Davis, in another of his music-biz machinations, arranged for Whitney Houston to whiff last week on Good Morning America , which is reported to have altered Houston's vocals for broadcast after she sounded hoarse during her Central Park mini-concert.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 09, 2009

Play by play: September 11, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 09, 2009

Fly by night?

Fruit Bats aren't a Shins side project
For a decade, Eric Johnson's primary songwriting vehicle has been Fruit Bats, but the Portland-via-Chicago singer and multi-instrumentalist has always dipped in and out of other projects — Califone, Vetiver, Ugly Casanova among them.
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  September 08, 2009

Where everybody knows its name

J.J. Foley's Celebrates its 100th
In describing the changes that have shaped the South End since Jeremiah J. Foley poured his first glass of whiskey there one century ago this month, one need not look far for metaphors.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 09, 2009

Review: Jesse Fuller | Move on Down the Line

Fledg'ling (2009)
If you were a real hip folkie circa 1961-'64, chances are you were into the inimitable Jesse Fuller.
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  September 09, 2009

Dance Fever

Where to shake it like you mean it
Those with a hankering for slick riffs and dirty break beats look no further.
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  September 03, 2009

Photos: Britney Spears at TD Garden

Britney Spears, live at TD Garden on August 29, 2009
Photos of Britney Spears' Circus tour at TD Garden
By KELLY DAVIDSON  |  September 04, 2009

Beat Circus | Boy From Black Mountain

Cuneiform (2009)
The subjects of the stories sung on this second installment of Beat Circus's "Weird American Gothic" trilogy attain greater awareness of family, culture, and the world by voyaging across schisms in perception.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 02, 2009

Review: Flame and Citron

Scandanavian Nazi-assassin film gets a bit bogged down
The two Danish Resistance fighters of the title ( Flammen og Citronen in the Danish original) don't have nearly as much fun killing Nazis as do Quentin Tarantino's Basterds.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 02, 2009

Pilot program

Super Time Pilot rise from Quiet Desperation
People with steady jobs that pay well tend to harbor misconceptions about the day-to-day existence of creative types trying to make it.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 01, 2009

Hammer swings through Harvard

Ad lib department
When he was known as MC Hammer, the man born Stanley Burrell famously sold consumers Rick James samples and parachute pants.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 04, 2009

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