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“Did You Hear That Lonesome Whippoorwill…”

Jimmy Fowler
Here’s an interesting “Newsweek” piece on loneliness in the age of online social networking. To see how the definition of “socializing” has changed over the last couple of decades, I need only look to my niece and nep...


R.I.P. Hildegard Behrens

Kristian Lin
Opera fans are mourning the death of Hildegard Behrens at the age of 72. The native of Freiburg, Germany studied to be a lawyer, but opted for a singing career instead. She made some occasional forays into Italian opera. Here s...



“Crude” Is Right

Jeff Prince
Crude oil’s jump in price indicates the recession is weakening. That’s good. I guess. The problem is, few people are receiving pay raises anymore. This article is one of many that claim pay raises in 2009 were the lowest in...


Plaxico Runs Deep Route To Pen

Jeff Prince
For anyone who thinks celebrities can buy their way out of legal jams, this two-year sentence just handed to New York Giants WR Plaxico Burress ought to come as a surprise. It seems even a guy with no money could have done bett...



Fred’s Cafe On Top Of World, Ma!

Jeff Prince
The place with the flavorful burger, funky vibe, and fanatical following is finally getting the widespread props it deserves (even as the worshipful attention is making it more and more difficult to squeeze inside Fred’s ...


A Lonely Holdout in District 9

Kristian Lin
One of my fellow film critics has caused a bit of a dust-up: Writing in the New York Press, Armond White trashed District 9 in his review, in stark opposition to the majority of film critics. (Including me.) The bad review caus...



Frank Talk

Jimmy Fowler
Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, you’re my hero. My fat, gay, speech-impeded, fearless, brilliant, and dedicated hero. Check out last night’s tasty exchange at a Dartmouth, MA health care forum between Frank and a m...


Let’s Dance

Jimmy Fowler
This week’s ”Music” feature profiles bassist Matt Skates’ newest musical baby Shuttle, a trio that spins thoughtful, vaguely jazz-ish, but urgently rump-swaying live dance music that can best be described as “nu-disco...



Boycott? Whaddya Got?

Jeff Prince
Regular reader(s) of Blotch know all about how I boycotted the Texas Rangers in 2002 after they dumped Pudge Rodriguez, but then rescinded my boycott yesterday after the team signed him to come back home. Which means I have a s...


Some Local Band Has a New Video Out

Anthony Mariani
There’s this cool band from Fort Worth –– maybe you’ve heard of them? The Burning Hotels? Well, they make a huge cameo in this new movie called Bandslam, and they’ve recently released their first single, “Austin’s...