Film 

A BLACK HOLE: ‘THE ZERO THEOREM’ GETS LOST IN GILLIAM’S TRADEMARK GENRE

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The Zero Theorem desperately wants to have something to say, but the mediation on nothingness it promises would have been more interesting than the exercise in repetition it delivers. Continue reading

Food and Drinks 

LONE STAR CAMBRIDGE: IT’S COMING, AND SO ARE THE LIBATIONS. HERE’S A TASTE.

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Toste says he’s going to focus on bringing elements of the old to embolden the new, be it a new crushed ice program, house-made tinctures, or the general ebb and flow of seasonal offerings matching when they’re being rolled out. Ultimately though, Toste says the food will dictate the palate. Continue reading

Music 

FOTOBOM: RISE AGAINST AT HOUSE OF BLUES

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Post-hardcore and political punk converged on the House of Blues stage in Boston last Monday night. No noses were bloodied. Continue reading

Film 

‘THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS’ IS WONDERFULLY WHACKED OUT

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At times, co-directors Cattet and Forzani seem to disregard narrative altogether, but they never abandon the effort to make your pupils dilate, skin crawl, or nipples harden. Continue reading

Arts Music News 

SPECIAL: THE UNTOLD STORIES OF HUB HIP-HOP

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Like so much history about communities of color, the narrative of Boston hip-hop has been largely buried, ignored, forgotten. Thankfully, there remain innumerable artists, writers, fans, and even academics who, in the storytelling tradition rap music is rooted in, have kept dope alive via marvelous multimedia tributes. This whole package is dedicated to them. Continue reading

Arts Music 

EXCLUSIVE BOSTON EXCERPT FROM BRIAN COLEMAN’S ‘CHECK THE TECHNIQUE 2′: ‘LIFE OF A KID IN THE GHETTO’ BY ED O.G

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When I went about compiling my list of hopefuls for this next volume, Ed’s classic from 23 years ago was at the top of my list. And the more I analyzed it, as well as interviewed the people who helped make it happen, the more its classic status was confirmed to me. Continue reading

Arts Music 

THREE RAP HISTORIANS AND A MICROPHONE: TURNING THE TAPE RECORDER ON HIP-HOP AUTHOR BRIAN COLEMAN

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With the publication of Check the Technique Volume 2 on October 14, Coleman puts forth an impressive 544 pages and 25 chapters of new material, complete with more than 350 images for 80 interviews with rap legends ranging from Ice Cube and 3rd Bass, to Stetasonic and Mantronix, to MF Doom and Mos Def. Continue reading