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Lipstick bungle

The Candace Bushnell-based series is no better than a cheap knock-off
It’s impossible to discuss Lipstick   Jungle  without making comparisons to Sex and the City.
By: ELLEE DEAN  |  February 11, 2008


Brain gloss

Two new Boston mags aimed at women beg the question, why not the perfect women's magazine?
The merger of thought and glossy spreads of girls in streaming, DIY couture.
By: ELLEE DEAN  |  January 15, 2008


Three Wise Women

The Girls Next Door bring their gifts to the Playboy Mansion
Watching the show is like falling down the bunny hole ― everything socially acceptable (monogamy, independence, daywear) is naught.
By: ELLEE DEAN  |  December 12, 2007


If we had our way . . .

Three wishes for improving winter sports in New England
However tempting, I do not wish for movie stars.
By: ELLEE DEAN  |  November 14, 2007


Britney Spears

Blackout | Jive
Spears’s fifth studio album is a witchy electro-pop wonder as suspect as those prescription pills photographed in her purse a few weeks ago.
By: ELLEE DEAN  |  November 06, 2007


Arts and craftsmen

Stars and New Buffalo, Berklee Performance Center, October 19, 2007
The stage at the Berklee Performance Center last Friday was strewn with Stars and bouquets of flowers.
By: ELLEE DEAN  |  October 23, 2007


Classic chic

Regina Spektor, Orpheum Theatre, October 14, 2007
Regina Spektor was of nervous, twitchy mien when she arrived on stage at the Orpheum last Sunday, next to a piano and a disco ball on the floor.
By: ELLEE DEAN  |  October 24, 2007


Songs About Girls | A+M
There’s something melodious and calm about’s third solo hip-hop/R&B album — but there’s also something boring about its euphonic electro-funk dolor.
By: ELLEE DEAN  |  October 08, 2007


Disorientation 2007

Guster, Bleu, and Hooray for Earth, Bank of America Pavilion, September 8, 2007
With unsimple, shiny-synth songs like “Simple Plan,” Hooray for Earth are behemothic.
By: ELLEE DEAN  |  September 10, 2007


Finding dignity

Hilary Duff, Bank of America Pavilion, August 30, 2007
Of her fans — bespectacled little girls with glow sticks at Bank of America Pavilion — Duff exclaims, “It’s very, like, empowering!”
By: ELLEE DEAN  |  September 04, 2007


Pet Projekt

Gerard Way talks about the Projekt Revolution tour
What Gerard Way, lead singer of My Chemical Romance, had to say about the upcoming rock/hip-hop tour, pyrotechnics, and anti-ambition.
By: ELLEE DEAN  |  August 27, 2007


Black lights

Cold War Kids + Muse, Agganis Arena, August 11, 2007
Grids pulsed behind them on three screens, and Matthew Bellamy keened softly, “You will burn in Hell.”
By: ELLEE DEAN  |  August 13, 2007


Reality ingenue

Lauren Conrad on MTV's The Hills
What is it about MTV’s top-rated reality show The Hills , premiering its third season August 13th?
By: ELLEE DEAN  |  August 13, 2007


Modern enchantress

Last Town Chorus, Lizard Lounge, July 11, 2007
It’s no wonder producers picked Hickey’s version of “Modern Love” as a soundtrack to aneurysms, scrabble, and heart attacks.
By: ELLEE DEAN  |  July 12, 2007


Wall jumpers

Frederick Taylor’s Berlin story
In the center section of Frederick Taylor’s book about the Berlin Wall, there’s a November 1989 photograph of rows of Berliners straddling the high cement barrier.
By: ELLEE DEAN  |  June 19, 2007


An old poet

Willie Nelson, Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion, Gilford, NH, June 15, 2007
Sometime after the lights went out, Willie Nelson walked on stage.
By: ELLEE DEAN  |  June 19, 2007


I'm like a bore

Nelly Furtado, Agganis Arena, June 5, 2007
The Nelly Furtado concert was off to a fine, Lite-Brite sort of start.
By: ELLEE DEAN  |  June 06, 2007
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