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Found farce

Spaced makes it to DVD
Simon Pegg is funny.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 05, 2008


Krofft fare

Sid and Marty show MySpace how psychedelia’s really done
My favorite Sid and Marty Krofft production is one they had nothing to do with.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 23, 2008


Where has all the Gonzo gone?

In the first presidential election since the death of Hunter S. Thompson, we finally realize what we've lost
On top of everything else they’ve blighted over their awful eight-year reign, the Bushies did this: they killed Hunter S. Thompson.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 28, 2008


CSNY Déjà Vu

Still rocking in the free world
If some think “four balding hippie millionaires” should just can the politics and play the hits, that’s not how Neil rolls.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 23, 2008


Wait, who is this?

Andrew Earles and Jeffrey Jensen shine the dim light of cultural obscurity on the prank phone call
Earles and Jensen’s calls, primarily perpetrated on unsuspecting denizens of Memphis and New York, are strange and wonderful specimens of telephonic performance art.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 16, 2008


Give the drummer some

Fundraiser for Vicente Lebron
A couple weeks ago, the Phoenix brought you the sad and disturbing tale of Vicente Lebron.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 09, 2008


The Baseball Project

Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails |  Yep Roc
The smart, funny, fanclub chants herein, each as catchy as Willie Mays in the ’54 Fall Classic, are gemlike tributes to the characters who’ve made that diamond shine.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 08, 2008


Tokyo roses

Jeopardy! Japanese style
It’s a special people indeed who can cast off the twin yokes of rigid history and a driven work ethic to spend time unwinding in Day-Glo game-show studios.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 01, 2008


We're number 48!

Mass drivers really do suck
Massholes have no business being behind the wheel.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 18, 2008


Bo Diddley was a gunslinger

Grab a stack of albums at random and scan the liner notes. Ten bucks says you’ll find the name “E. McDaniel” listed among the song credits on at least one of them.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 04, 2008


Old 97's

Blame It on Gravity | New West
The guitars ring clear and true, the backbeat is snare-tight, the harmonies are heavenly, and the Old 97’s are back.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 03, 2008


Spirit of '76

Swingtown takes a hit of Tab
Swingtown takes a hit of Tab
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 27, 2008


Rage against the machines!

Could robots take over the world? In many ways, they already have.
We’re on the cusp of a perilous era. Our pitiful carbon bodies are evolving much slower than the silicon and steel gizmos we’re inventing. And the guys in the lab coats and pocket protectors are starting to worry we’ve opened Pandora’s hard drive.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 28, 2008


Found art

Jon Strymish’s cluttered vision
Photographer Jon Strymish’s truck is a mess.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 21, 2008



You're No Dream | La Société Expéditionnaire
Songwriter Tim Howard has been peripatetic lately.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 12, 2008


St. Bernardus Abt 12 and Satan Red

The eternal struggle
In beer, as in life, there is good and there is evil.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 07, 2008


Funny business

As the AltCom Festival arrives at the Somerville Theatre, we look at the roots of the indie comedy boom.
“Ashlee Simpson’s new album sold so poorly,” snorted the headline on Yahoo! this past week, that “it was beaten by a comedy album.”
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 08, 2008


Economy drive

Trade fairly
Do you take your coffee with cream, sugar, or a dash of social responsibility? Is that a banana or a gun in your pocket?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 07, 2008


Underground art

Reviewing the MBTA’s subterranean aesthetic
Next time a smirking subway conductor cackles wickedly while closing the folding doors in your face, don’t get angry.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 30, 2008


Samuel Adams American Homebrew Contest winners

Cheered beers
Ever since Jimmy Carter legalized homebrewing in 1978, Americans have been sterilizing bottles, boiling barley malt, and trying their hands at a galaxy of adventuresome beer styles.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 23, 2008
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