In the triumphant 6/17 issue: Best Music Poll victors, Oxy Morons, and Teflon Deval on a winning streak

It's been one hell of week for Boston -- a Stanley cup victory, a parade that drew over a million people. So, too, has it been one hell of a week in the Phoenix. Allow us to get you all caught up.

The Best Music Poll results are in! Go check it out -- and even if you missed our blowout awards party last week, you can live vicariously through our surveillance footage and photos. Seriously, this is some legendary shit here. More on legends: the Boston music scene lost one of its most infamous ones last week: Anal Cunt frontman Seth Putnam died from a heart attack on June 11. Here, we pay tribute to the man who penned the tune "Caring About Anything Is Gay." Over at The Big Hurt, self-hating Suede fan David Thorpe finally tastes sweet, sweet vindication with the recent re-issues -- followed by a grim prophecy of the future (which involves chocking back "tears of pure barf"). Also, Daniel Brockman chats with Dinosaur Jr. main man J. Mascis about the band's early days of getting banned from clubs on account of their insane loudness -- and also about Mascis's strained relationship with 1988 album Bug, which Dino will be performing live at the Paradise on Wednesday.

Surprise, surprise -- last weekend's New Hampshire Republican primary debates turned out to be a frightening display of ignorance and insensitivity, fraught with paranoia about Obama and obsolete old-line strategies. Meanwhile, with Governor Deval Patrick's increased popularity in his second term, he may be bringing back his casino bill.

With his gritty flick Oxy Morons continuing to rack up kudos, we catch up with former Charlestown drug dealer turned informant Johnny Hickey, who'll be guiding viewers through the Bay State's prescription-pill addictions tonight on Current TV's series Vanguard. If you prefer your documentary projects a little less drug-and-despair-addled (and featuring surprise cameos by Johnny Cupcakes), you may prefer to check out I Love My Bike, Matthew Finkle and Brittain Sullivan's cycling celebration inspired by Boston's tight-knit biking community -- which will no doubt be turning out in droves for their Brookline Booksmith appearance this Thursday.

Annabelle's restaurant in Hyde Park serves up average comfort food with a few chefly dishes. Over in the South End, meanwhile, Anil Mezini runs his twisted new cafe, Jaho Coffee & Tea, with the flair of a mad scientist.

A powerful exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum showcases Man Ray and Lee Miller's artwork, focusing on their mutual influence during their passionate romance. They alternately inspired and tortured each other over the course of their tumultuous relationship, and they have plenty to show for it.

Forget the blockbusters -- this week is all about epically weird arthouse fare. This month, Harvard Film Archive is showing all of daring director Luis Buñuel's films, which amount to a brilliant, bewildering barrage of "incendiary narrative hijinks, dead donkeys, misplaced armpit hair, ants, cocktail-shaker doorbells, and severed hands." Meanwhile, Richard Ayoade's Submarine mines the Rushmore black-comedy vein with its tart take on weird, rebellious teens trapped in stuffy schools. 
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