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This is not a prison: Jafar Panahi's This Is Not a Film

Incarceration inspires Jafar Panahi.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 30, 2012

What's wrong with the Palestinians' U.N. gambit

The United Nations recently voted to extend Permanent Observer status to the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
A dangerous charade
By EDITORIAL  |  November 30, 2012

What's F'n Next? Metz

The joke's on you if you still think Canada is just our laid-back, friendly neighbor up north. Futher proof to the contrary: Toronto's METZ, who would lead you to believe that Canada is one big furious mosh pit.
Toronto, Canada
By PERRY EATON  |  November 16, 2012

The Obama imperative

Two things stand between almost certain economic and social catastrophe: the prospect of the Democrats maintaining — or expanding — their majority in the Senate, and the reelection of President Barack Obama.

By EDITORIAL  |  November 02, 2012

Only connect: The Boston Palestine Film Festival

The Middle East, as usual, is a mess, but its cinema, both Israeli and Palestinian, offers hope.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 05, 2012

Following Julia Easterlin's beat

Long accustomed to repeating herself, Julia Easterlin is finally done explaining.

By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 21, 2012


Maximo Park | The National Health

Maximo Park have always slipped through the cracks in the US, a fact that borders on the criminal: besides being one of the most consistent post-Britpop acts around, the Newcastle quintet is also one of the genre's most adventurous bands.
Straight to the Sun (2012)
By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  September 07, 2012

Dance around town before the students come back

The W Hotel's Electric Summer Music Series goes underground with the party crew DJ team of M|O|D.
Phoenix Shakedown
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  August 17, 2012

How You Can Fund the Syrian Rebels

But are they non-prophet?
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  August 17, 2012

Out: The Rationales hit the Middle East

Following a strong showing in this year's Rock 'n' Roll Rumble, it wasn't much of a surprise that the Rationales would go over big at the Middle East upstairs last Friday.
Going over big
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 10, 2012

Teenage Bottlerocket | Freak Out!

Man, how old are the dudes in Teenage Bottlerocket by now?
Fat Wreck Chords (2012)  
By REYAN ALI  |  July 27, 2012

Portland activist in Palestine

Danny Muller, Portland resident and former executive director of Peace Action Maine, first traveled to Palestine in 2003 with Barbara Lubin, founder of the Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA), a California-based non-profit humanitarian aid organizatio
International Relations
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 06, 2012
Youth Lagoon

Contemplating the self with Youth Lagoon

Knowing what kind of wall hangings a musician had as a child doesn't always offer clues about his adult personality, but in the case of the Boise-situated creator of hazy pop project Youth Lagoon, Powers's posters provide handy visuals when listening to
Poster child
By REYAN ALI  |  March 30, 2012

Maine Azeris remember a massacre

Maine Azeris remember a massacre
A commemorative feast
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  March 09, 2012

Photos: Doomtree at The Middle East

Doomtree played The Middle East on Friday, February 17, 2012.
The Middle East | Friday, February 17, 2012
By JEREMIAH ROBINSON  |  February 24, 2012

Photos: Less Than Jake, Sam I Am, & A Wilheim Scream at The Middle East

Less Than Jake, Sam I Am & A Wilheim Scream played The Middle East on Sunday, February 19, 2012.
The Middle East | Sunday, February 19, 2012
By MIKE JOHNSON  |  February 24, 2012


J the S | The Last Days

J the S has been promising The Last Days since he went by Jake the Snake.
Same Plate/Greater Good
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 10, 2012
Viral Factor

Review: The Viral Factor

Made for a modest budget of $17 million — and feeling like it (who needs convincing explosions in an action movie?), Dante Lam's latest still gets the job done from a run-and-gun standpoint.
Run and gun
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 20, 2012
[tonight in cambridge] Little Face @ Middle East

[tonight in cambridge] Little Face @ Middle East

Matthew Kane is a busy man. The bassist/drummer for noisy North Shore alt-rock dudes POWERANIMAL has a new project, LITTLE FACE, which makes their debut...
By Michael Marotta  |  January 18, 2012
"Last song with this lineup ever!" Radio Moscow draw blood on stage in Iowa; Cambridge gig still on, but with new dudes

"Last song with this lineup ever!" Radio Moscow draw blood on stage in Iowa; Cambridge gig still on, but with new dudes

This week in Anton Newcombe-esque epic onstage meltdown news: The former drummer of psychedelic marauders RADIO MOSCOW fucked singer/guitarist Parker Griggs up something gnarly immediately...
By Barry Thompson  |  January 12, 2012

Class of 2012

If 2012 truly represents the End Times, then it's best to go out with a sonic bang.
A dozen fresh faces on Boston's music scene
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 06, 2012

Winter 2012: Local Pop

New music for Boston's winter of discontent

Here are 10 record-release parties from both newcomers and veterans of our city, dropping new music from now until March's thaw.
Cold brewed
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 30, 2011

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

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

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

[live review] WU LYF @ the Middle East

Sustainability in indie music is a motherfucker, probably more so than any other realm of music. All it really takes in pop music is one...
By Michael C. Walsh  |  November 11, 2011

Shakedown, 11.10.11 to 11.19.11: November spawns a slew of new Boston records

Shakedown, 11.10.11 to 11.19.11: November spawns a slew of new Boston records

Thursday 11.10.11 MOVERS & SHAKERS @ Middle East upstairs The textured citrine sounds of Movers & Shakers’ latest record, National Harvester, are perfect for November...
By Michael Marotta  |  November 10, 2011

[live review] Lil B @ the Middle East

The internet is a cold and faceless place where actions rarely have consequences. For example, if Youtube user shermrock18 wants to leave a comment to...
By Michael C. Walsh  |  November 08, 2011

Young London pops Boston's rock bubble

It's a sentiment as old as the faded memories of the glory days at clubs like the Rat, Bunratty's, and the Channel: Boston is a rock-and-roll town.
Dance to the underground
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  October 21, 2011

[video] Major Lazer hype man Skerrit Bwoy hosts banana-eating competition @ Throwed

Presented without commentary... No wait, hold up, one thought -- is this maybe why the always-packed weekly 18+ electro/dubstep party THROWED was snubbed by the...
By Michael Marotta  |  October 20, 2011