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Identity, Geography, and an Overload of Nostalgia in My Mother's Son

My Mother's Son could have been an unforgettable and evocative portrait of a lost era.

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Brought to You By the Letter 'E': Thalia Zedek on Her New Records, New Band

Thalia Zedek discusses how she turned toward quieter music after the breakup of Come and how a creative rut led her back to the land of the loud.

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Barnstar!: Sit Down! Get Up! Get Out!

In spite of a few generic weaknesses and maybe a little too much joy, Barnstar!'s sophomore effort's a boot-stomping good time.

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Pile: You're Better Than This

Pile finally return to the studio, foaming at the mouth, after last year's excellent "Special Snowflakes" single.

Music

We Were Astronauts - "Keep It Together" (audio) (Premiere)

Boston rockers We Were Astronauts have a fun new summer jam in the .38 Special-esque "Keep It Together", which should fit cozily on any summer road trip playlists.

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In Search of Lost Time: André Aciman's 'Harvard Square'

André Aciman's enjoyable, beautifully written novel tells about the highs and lows of academic life and adjusting to the rhythms of America as a foreigner.

Music

Jesse Dee: On My Mind / In My Heart

Dee embraces authentic soul as well as unrelenting focus on On My Mind/In My Heart.

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Seth McFarlane Goes Feature-Length with 'Ted'

Ted is a bit difficult to classify; it’s too raunchy to be a pure rom-com, too brainy to be a raunch-fest, too goofy to be a think-piece, too televisual to be cinematic.

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Katrin: Frail to Fearless

Great singing from Boston-based Katrin. The writing? Less so. The legendary Jerry Marotta produces.

Jedd Beaudoin
Music

I Heard You Missed Us (Says Van Halen and Many, Many Others) -- We're Back!

The David Lee Roth-fronted Van Halen returns after a 28-year absence. Who else has made fans wait that long? Quite a few, it turns out.

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You Won't: Skeptic Goodbye

You Won't's debut offers the vertigo of watching a band choose their next move. The band could fade away in a heartbeat, or they could take their raw potential and shape it into critical and commercial triumph.

Travel

Walkin' to the Beat, the Rhythm in My Feet

Walking around a new city is a good way to get to know its nuances -- the sights, the smells, and especially, the sounds. Boston taught me its rhythm, and I kept in step.

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The Hush Now: Memos

Boston quintet aims high on their shamelessly massive third LP.

Music

Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers: Gift Horse

Featuring some of Kellogg’s strongest melodies and most introspective lyrics yet, this album stands as the best album yet from an artist who seems not to know the meaning of second best.

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'Busy Monsters': Losing It, With Glorious Prolixity

William Giraldi’s ravaging way with the language is so dexterous and sure-handed that his comic romp of a novel fairly detonates.

Culture

Art and the American Evolution: The Arts of the Americas Wing at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts

In America, art tells the story of an early predominance of classical European ideals, the emergence of a national identity amidst civil war, and the melting-pot existentialism that dominated a media-obsessed 20th century.

Music

Waxing Nostalgic: The Mantras of the Music Geek

Four music geeks reunite to reminisce over their college days in the late '80s. Bold mantras about what's wrong with today's music ensue.

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The Submarines: Love Notes/Letter Bombs

The Submarines charm below the surface of their newest album, but get too monotonous as they emerge.

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The Friends of Eddie Coyle (40th Anniversary Edition) by George V. Higgins

Higgins’ message, about crime’s futility and the falseness of its glamour as portrayed by Mario Puzo and Francis Coppola, is an important one, and his book more than succeeds in conveying it.

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The Little Sleep by Paul Tremblay

In the modern era of the damaged private-eye, Paul Tremblay’s Mark Genevich just about takes the cake.

Books

The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell

American Exceptionalism has the potential to spur great innovation and bring about profound change, yet it can also be a destructive, insular force that pits the country against those who dare question its authority.

Michael Patrick Brady
Music

Boston: Boston / Don’t Look Back

Three decades after exploding on the pop-rock scene with Boston and Don't Look Back, Tom Scholz brings us his band's first two albums in remastered form.

Adam Williams
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