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Laser Orgy 500 Battle of the Week: Day of the Tentacle vs. Chrono Trigger

 Which one is the best? You decide.
For me, this may be one of our most difficult calls yet ...
By: RYAN STEWART  |  October 20, 2010


Review: The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret

Would watching be a good decision?
Say this for The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (Fridays at 10 pm on IFC), David Cross's new show for Channel 4 in England and IFC here: the title is apt.
By: RYAN STEWART  |  October 12, 2010


Twin Shadow | Forget

Terrible Records (2010)
Those who were hanging around the music scene in Allston around 2004 may be surprised to discover that the George Lewis Jr. behind Twin Shadow is indeed the same George Lewis Jr. who fronted Mad Man Films back in an earlier life.
By: RYAN STEWART  |  September 22, 2010


Interview: Michael K. Williams

On trading Baltimore for Atlantic City in Boardwalk Empire
This Sunday will mark the premiere of Boardwalk Empire , HBO’s newest epic drama series.
By: RYAN STEWART  |  September 14, 2010


Interview: Will Arnett

The actor looks back at Arrested Development and forward to Running Wilde
When it went off the air, in 2006, Arrested Development had already cemented its status as one of the great TV comedies of all time.
By: RYAN STEWART  |  September 14, 2010


Fall TV Preview: No apologies

Too much good TV
Even the most curmudgeonly out there have to admit that television is on a roll.
By: RYAN STEWART  |  September 14, 2010


The Laser Orgy 500: the Phoenix's quest to crown the greatest video game of all time

Battle royal
It all began, as most of our ideas do, with a silly argument at the Phoenix office.
By: RYAN STEWART  |  September 07, 2010


Review: Land of Talk | Cloak and Cipher

Saddle Creek (2010)
A lot of people are going to love this album. Fair enough.
By: RYAN STEWART  |  August 31, 2010


More spooks

AMC crosses Rubicon
Two years ago, AMC made a deal to develop a series based on Francis Ford Coppola's classic 1974 film The Conversation . That show still hasn't materialized, but with Rubicon , AMC has now brought us a drama with a similar premise.
By: RYAN STEWART  |  July 27, 2010


R.E.M. | Fables of the Reconstruction: 25th Anniversary Edition

IRS/Capitol (2010)
From the first three notes that make up the odd riff on "Feeling Gravity's Pull," Fables of the Reconstruction is probably R.E.M.'s weirdest, darkest, and most challenging album.
By: RYAN STEWART  |  July 28, 2010


Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
By: RYAN STEWART  |  July 13, 2010


The Mynabirds
The Mynabirds
By: RYAN STEWART  |  July 13, 2010

South Dakota

Burlap Wolf King
Burlap Wolf King
By: RYAN STEWART  |  July 13, 2010


Laughs love misery

C.K.'s Louie is gleefully pessimistic
Louis C.K.'s comedy is bleak.
By: RYAN STEWART  |  July 09, 2010

District of Columbia

By: RYAN STEWART  |  July 13, 2010


By: RYAN STEWART  |  July 13, 2010


Back to the future

Comedy Central resurrects Groening's other show
Comedy Central resurrects Groening's other show
By: RYAN STEWART  |  June 26, 2010


Avi Buffalo | Avi Buffalo

Sub Pop (2010)
Look, I get it: the last thing we need right now is yet another band who can be described as “sun-baked,” “reverb-soaked,” or even just “psychedelic.” But Avi Buffalo (I know! An animal name to boot!) are worth your attention for a few reasons.
By: RYAN STEWART  |  May 26, 2010


Bike Week and beyond

From bike week to bike month, a line-up of great rides, summits, and get-togethers are helping make 2010 the year of the bike in Boston.
Boston is a great bicycling city. Sure, you have to deal with sociopathic, maniacal motorists who’ve never heard of a turn signal. And yes, you have to contend with a bunch of inconsiderate, entitled pedestrians who act like they own the road and can wander across the street whenever they feel like it, then give you a dirty look as you whiz by them.
By: RYAN STEWART  |  May 17, 2010


Interview: Patton Oswalt

On staying sharp
For someone who came up as part of the "alternative comedy" scene of the 1990s, Patton Oswalt is becoming increasingly mainstream.
By: RYAN STEWART  |  February 02, 2010


Lonely island

Michael Emerson sheds some light on Lost
This Tuesday, the sixth and final season of Lost will launch onto home screens (ABC; February 2 at 9 pm). When the show last left us, you'll recall, it appeared to have killed off one of the Island's main string pullers, Jacob (Mark Pellegrino), in 2007 while simultaneously detonating a nuclear bomb underneath the Island in 1977.
By: RYAN STEWART  |  January 29, 2010

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