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Jeff rocks the Jefferson

Even in a crowd of so-called hipsters, I entered the floor of the Jefferson Theater Feb. 4 with a sense of smugness unparalleled by any other concertgoer there.


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Not a 'belieber'

As a general rule, it’s safe to say acoustic albums are a bad idea. Whether you’re a mainstream chart-topper or a soulful indie crooner, you’re bound to have something to gain from an instrumental or electronic arrangement that consists of more than the endless strumming of guitar strings.


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Midlife-focused movie offers middling entertainment

This is 40 is the sequel to 2007’s Knocked Up, except, this time, Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) try to navigate the complications of turning 40, years after the events of Knocked Up. In pop culture today, the mid-life crisis has become an accepted reality, and sometimes even an indulgence or a moment of spiritual transition.


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A zombie movie to warm the soul

Zombie movies are overdone. You can only take a zombie premise so far, and lately this tired genre, like its antagonists, has been a largely brain-dead affair.


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The Sound of Movie Musicals: Cinema's sing-songy show-stoppers

Once upon a time, musicals were the bread and butter of Hollywood filmmaking. With massive box-office figures and sturdy critical appeal, song-and-dance spectacles such as Anchors Aweigh and Kiss Me Kate lit up the big screen throughout the ‘40s and ‘50s. That said, when rock-and-roll music took over the airwaves and the so-called “New Hollywood era” of the late 1960s and ‘70s began, traditional movie musicals seemed outmoded and irrelevant.


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Citizen Cope knocks audience "Sideways"

Until last Wednesday night, I thought I was the only one raised on Citizen Cope’s “Sideways.” It was the first track on the first mixed CD that my first boyfriend gave to me.


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The Pearson-Hardman boys suit up

I don’t know what it is about USA’s Suits that makes me wish I had cable TV in my apartment. Is it the impeccable custom-made suits that Harvey and fellow lawyer, and once scrub, Mike wear that make my heart melt?


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Yo La Tengo makes some noise

You’ve probably heard of Yo La Tengo. From the early ‘90s to the mid-2000s, the band’s name, if brought up by one of your Bohemian musicophile acquaintances, was always followed by the hackneyed hipster-ism “You’ve probably never heard of them.” You probably truly haven’t heard, however, that during the height of the band’s career, Yo La Tengo’s blend of noise-rock, lo-fi production, sensitively structured songs and occasional forays into whimsical pop repeatedly earned it the moniker of “quintessential critics band.” Nevertheless, the band’s performance at the Jefferson Theatre and the release of its January album Fade have given audiences the sense that the band’s heyday has passed and it has ceded its position in the sideshow spotlight that is the “Indie scene” to hipper and more hipster acts.


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Oddball film puts it all out there

It’s not everyday that you see a grown woman urinate on the face and chest of a young man, but this sight is just one of the many outrageous spectacles that make Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy one of the wackiest films in recent memory.