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Mark A. VanMiddlesworth

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Editor's Picks 2009

Arts execs take a break from ranking Radiohead vs. Spoon to rank... whatever they feel like.


Saw VI

The “Saw” franchise has chewed through writers, directors, characters, and plot devices with the inhuman precision of one of John ...


Lightning Bolt

Seminal noise rock duo Lightning Bolt—bassist Brian Gibson and drummer Brian Chippendale—play their bone-crunching live shows on the floor of ...

The Boy Least Likely To

The Boy Least Likely To is unabashedly cutesy, even by the standards of twee pop. Not content with the softly-sung


When it comes to the old adage “You can judge a man by the company he keeps,” Common is no

Top Five Reasons to Smash Yr Computer

1. DRM Imagine for a minute that books disintegrate as soon as the publisher goes out of business, or that

Sunken Garden Spins Their Yarn

Although they are ostensibly “fairy tales,” the stories of the Brothers Grimm are often comically inappropriate for children. The German

Aikikai Kicks Off Weekend

In a weekend dominated by classical music recitals, nothing cleanses the palate like a little hand-to-hand combat. This Saturday, Harvard

Record Label Exec Predicts Industry Trends

Island Def Jam executive Steve Gawley gave an insider’s account of the changing strategy of record companies to a packed

POPSCREEN: The Wu-Tang Clan

A musician’s career can’t last forever, but a well-managed franchise is eternal. The Beatles are a good example: their record

SPOTLIGHT: Kevin J. Feeney '08

For many students, a one-on-one workshop with a famous writer is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For Kevin J. Feeney ’08, personal

Ethio-Jazz from Either/Orchestra

Jazz has long served as a site of cultural integration, and monday’s Ethio-Jazz concert in Sanders Theater was no different,

Uy's 'Erections' Pokes Fun at Politics

There is a famous saying, attributed alternately to Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw, that goes: “If you’re going to

Janet Jackson

Over a decade ago, Daft Punk proved that robots could be cool. Last year, Kanye West proved that they can

CONCERT REVIEW: The Magnetic Fields

Though not as romantic as a candlelit dinner for two, the Magnetic Fields’ concert at the Somerville Theater last Thursday