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The music community comes together for 95 Columbia Street

More than 30 bands and artists will perform live next week across multiple venues to raise money for the victims of the August 23 house fire at 95 Columbia Street in Cambridge, also known as "The Danger Zone" and "Columbia House" — a welcoming space tha
Emergency music
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 07, 2012
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Mellow Bravo | Mellow Bravo

Some of us with a limited scope of vision figured Mellow Bravo — who strive for the crown of America's ultimate bar band — only had three possible strategies for following up 2010's Strut.
Mad Oak Records (2012)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 04, 2012
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Photos: Ghost + Ancient Wisdom + Blood Ceremony at The Middle East Downstairs

Ghost + Ancient Wisdom + Blood Ceremony played the Middle East Downstairs, Tuesday, January 17, 2012.
The Middle East Downstairs | January 17, 2012
By ALI DONAHUE  |  January 27, 2012
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Photos: Caspian at the Middle East Downstairs

Caspian, Constants and Defeater perform live as part of the 9th Annual Last Night On Earth party at the Middle East Downstairs on December 30, 2011.
Caspian + Constants + Defeater | December 30, 2011
By ANDY WARE  |  January 13, 2012
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Getting rocked with Cocked N' Loaded

Two years ago, Cocked N' Loaded opened for the rabble-rousing Upper Crust at the now-defunct Harpers Ferry in Allston.  
Plus, Mellow Bravo crashes the New Year’s Eve party
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  December 16, 2011
MP3 of the Week: Letterday "Don't Go" + Converse in-store Friday 12.16 @ 6pm

MP3 of the Week: Letterday "Don't Go" + Converse in-store Friday 12.16 @ 6pm


After a year of reflection, now comes the resurrection for Boston pop-rock darlings LETTERDAY. Back from extended hiatus with a fine-tuned lineup, a sharper perspective,...
By Michael Marotta  |  December 15, 2011


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Photos: Hot Rod Circuit at The Middle East

Hot Rod Circuit plays to a packed house at The Middle East Downstairs on November 20, 2011.
The Middle East Downstairs | November 20, 2011
By MIKE JOHNSON  |  December 01, 2011
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Photos: Peter Murphy + She Wants Revenge at the Middle East

Peter Murphy and She Wants Revenge played The Middle East Downstairs on November 17, 2011.
Middle East Downstairs | November 17, 2011
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  November 25, 2011
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Andrew Jackson Jihad's sincere sarcasm

Punks, frequently eager to shove a stick of self-important vainglory up their own asses, have been some of the worst offenders. But, as is usually the case with sweeping generalizations, the exceptions to this one make it look ridiculous.
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By BARRY THOMPSON  |  October 28, 2011
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Das Racist | Relax

They still have jokes for days, but lyrical dexterity has taken precedence on their debut LP.
Greedhead (2011)
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  September 23, 2011
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Photos: One Night in Boston 2011

STUFF Magazine presents photos taken in Boston's streets over eight hours on the night of July 15, 2011; here are a few of our favorites.
Fifteen photographers. Eight hours.
By STUFF BOSTON  |  August 12, 2011


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Photos: Torche at the Middle East Downstairs

Torche performs live at the Middle East Downstairs on July 21, 2011.
Torche | Middle East Downstairs | July 21, 2011
By ALI DONOHUE  |  July 29, 2011

The Week in Geek, July 25-31: Harry Potter Is Never Going Away


Remember that Harry Potter thing everyone was so crazy over? There were a bunch of books, or something? Then some movies? Well, you had better...
By Kelly Dickinson  |  July 25, 2011

[phlipcam video] Junior Boys @ the Middle East


I had some serious decision making to do last night as I encountered a severe overlap of two of my life's great passions: Ridiculously sultry...
By Michael C. Walsh  |  June 13, 2011
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Photos: Age Rings + Taxpayer + Pretty & Nice at Middle East Downstairs

Age Rings, Taxpayer, and Pretty & Nice perform live at Middle East Downstairs on May 21, 2011.
Middle East Downstairs | May 21, 2011
By KEN MARCOU  |  June 03, 2011
[live review] Converge @ Middle East

[live review] Converge @ Middle East


At last night’s CONVERGE show at the Middle East in Cambridge, it was evident the single clenched fist has replaced the double “devil horns” as...
By Sam Ueda  |  May 23, 2011


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After a decade on the grind, Trap Them find their stride

Hardcore cribbing from metal is hardly new territory. At least, according to Trap Them vocalist Ryan McKenney.  
Reshaping their core
By JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  May 20, 2011
April 25 | Wolfgang Gartner at the Middle East Downstairs

April 25 | Wolfgang Gartner at the Middle East Downstairs


Photo: RONY ALWIN When you hear the name Wolfgang discussed in music, there's usually only one composer who comes to mind. (And if you thought...
By Scott Kearnan  |  April 18, 2011

[phlipcam video] Reks album release party @ the Middle East


Last Wednesday marked the 14th anniversary of the passing of Christopher Wallace. You may have come to this realization through the litany of Biggie quotables...
By Michael C. Walsh  |  March 14, 2011
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Ice, ice baby


After trudging through the sludge of this New England winter, Iceland isn't exactly tops on our list of fantasy vacation destinations. But here's something we...
By Scott Kearnan  |  March 07, 2011
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Photos: Rooney and Eisley at Middle East Downstairs

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Rooney and Eisley | Middle East Downstairs | February 16, 2011
By CHRISSY BULAKITES  |  February 25, 2011


March 3 | Designer Drugs at the Middle East Downstairs

March 3 | Designer Drugs at the Middle East Downstairs


E ven if you abstain from illicit substances, you might think you've dropped acid when you listen to the beats dropped by Designer Drugs. The...
By Scott Kearnan  |  February 21, 2011
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Entangled in the emotional pop of Eisley

Eisley are a bunch of damn hypocrites. Ever since the 2005 release of "Telescope Eyes," with its excruciatingly pitiable plea of "Please don't make me cry," they've been making their fans do exactly that.
You, me, and five Duprees  
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  February 11, 2011
MP3 of the Week: Buffalo Tom "Guilty Girls"

MP3 of the Week: Buffalo Tom "Guilty Girls"


It’s November 17 of last year, and the Billy Ruane memorial party is slowly creeping towards midnight. Nearly five hours deep into a marathon of...
By Michael Marotta  |  February 10, 2011

February 11 | Monsters of Mock XIV at Middle East Downstairs


  With all due respect to your boyfriend's five-piece Def Leppard tribute band ("Tone-deaf Leppard" is more like it), cover bands generally suck. But we're...
By Scott Kearnan  |  February 07, 2011
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Sweden's Radio Dept. create musical graffiti

Growing up in the small Swedish town of Björntorp, Johan Duncanson didn't have bright explosions of spray paint on underpasses to remind him that art could exist outside the lines of commercialism. Instead, music, movies, and comic books provided the l
Art for pop's sake
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  February 04, 2011


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Mistle Thrush reunite, remain indefinable

It's a fun bit of Boston rock trivia that on September 23, 1991, homegrown post-punk band Bullet LaVolta played WFNX's fifth-birthday show at Axis with two relative unknowns: the Smashing Pumpkins and, on the eve of Nevermind 's release, Nirvana.
Waking from a dream
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 28, 2011
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Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker display their indie artifacts

It was on a whim roughly 25 years ago that a young David Lowery called up a friend at SST Records to see how SST had been promoting records that year. "He just said, 'Hey, we've been sending a lot of our stuff to college radio stations, and they seem to
Antiques roadshow
By MATT PARISH  |  January 14, 2011
January 15 | FUSE benefit for the HRC at the Middle East Downstairs

January 15 | FUSE benefit for the HRC at the Middle East Downstairs


Open our overstuffed wallets, and you'll find countless membership cards indicating the many organizations to which we've pledged allegiance over the years. These may or...
By Scott Kearnan  |  January 10, 2011
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Winter live music preview: Tour stops

Ten gigs worth trudging through snow to
Ten gigs worth trudging through snow to
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 31, 2010