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Michael Keaton from ‘Batman’ to ‘Birdman’: Recovering Sitcom Actor or Future Oscar Winner?
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Growing up, one of the great thrills of Oscar watching came during moments when lowly sitcom stars and comedians received awards attention. It felt like a validation of the things I watched with my friends, an acknowledgement that these performers – whether it was Bill Murray, or former “Fresh Prince” Will Smith – were just as worthy, and capable of the sorts of pathos, as traditional dramatic actors. More

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5 Ways to Take Your Halloween Party from Spooky to Sinister
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Tired of going to the same old Halloween party every single year?  You know the one: silly decorations (plastic spiders and bats), bowls of candy corn, orange and black streamers, “Monster Mash,” jungle juice, basic costumes, bogus themes, pumpkin beer, and on and on.  Well, luckily, I’m here to help.  This October 31, throw your own party and forget trying to be spooky.  Here are some music and theme pointers to take your Halloween party to sinister levels.

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Show Scenes: Thurston Moore Band at The Sinclair
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Ex-Sonic Youth vocalist/guitarist Thurston Moore brought a tour in support of his latest solo album “The Best Day” to The Sinclair on Wednesday night. PCPC, featuring members of Parquet Courts and PC worship, opened the show.

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An Oral History of the Period Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo Spent in Cambridge While Attending Harvard
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Here’s a little behind-the-scenes music industry process: When a band puts out a new album, the record company works with a publicist to draft a press release which will accompany review copies sent out to all critics. This press release, while purporting to be an innocuous, plain statement of the facts, is actually a carefully crafted document embedded with subtle talking points that the record company hopes will influence each and every statement made about the band and their new album by members of the press. More

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Annie Lennox says Beyoncé is ‘Feminist Lite’ and ‘Twerking Is Not Feminism’
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Perhaps because she’s promoting her new album “Nostalgia,” or perhaps because she’s almost 60 and says whatever she damn well pleases, Scottish singer Annie Lennox went in on Queen Bey’s feminist credentials in two separate interviews in the last month. In the first, with PrideSource, she called Beyonce “feminst lite,” and in an interview yesterday with NPR, she clarified that “twerking is not feminism.”
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T.I., Jessie Ware, More New Albums Out Today
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It’s a week for deeper listeners, with albums from a number of newcomers or below-the-radar-regulars hitting shelves. We chose a few of the more notable records to spin though, and here’s what we thought.

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Show Scenes: J Mascis at The Sinclair
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Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis performed an acoustic set to a sold-out Sinclair on Saturday night in support of his most recent solo album “Tied to a Star.” Australian duo Luluc opened.

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Show Scenes: Flying Lotus at Paradise Rock Club
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Californian experimental electronic producer Flying Lotus performed to a very sold-out Paradise on Friday night, with frequent collaborator Thundercat and DJ Peabody supporting.