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Perhaps sped-up three-chord angst anthems and ugly haircuts fell out of relevance long before the kid from A Walk To Remember started singing for the Germs.
The Swaggerin' Growlers just don't give a folk
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 30, 2011
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Rolling Rally

It would have been impossible — or at least boneheaded — to print this sort of treasure map a few years ago.
Make the most of your freedom
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 16, 2011

[live review... kinda] Bomb the Music Industry! makes me have feelings and stuff


As I rode my bike home from the BOMB THE MUSIC INDUSTRY show last Tuesday at the Middle East, I reflected upon my first month...
By Sam Ueda  |  July 06, 2011
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Photos: The Bouncing Souls at the Middle East Upstairs

 Punk band Bouncing Souls returned to Boston to play four nights at the Middle East Upstairs.
Middle East Upstairs | Cambridge, MA | June 25, 2011
By ALI DONOHUE  |  July 01, 2011
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Photos: Cheap Girls at the Middle East Upstairs

Concert photos of Lansing, Michigan power pop rockers Cheap Girls.
 Middle East Upstairs | Cambridge, MA | June 28, 2011
By ALI DONOHUE  |  July 01, 2011

The Week in Geek April 11-18: Spam castles, Donkey Kong-a-thons, and Gelfling violence


Pants, magic pants.It's that time of year again when I cry every time I wake up, because the snow is gone and yet I still...
By Alec Ernest  |  April 11, 2011


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Haunting 'hoods new and old with Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion!

It's natural to freak out a little when inanimate objects autonomously zoom around the room, the walls bleed, and the phrase "GET OUT" mysteriously appears on your bathroom mirror. But most of the time, finding out that your house is haunted is no reason
Psychobilly freakout
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  April 08, 2011

The Week in Geek April 4-11: Laugh while you can, monkey boy


And now, for some nerd-inspired slam poetry:This is for the nerds who want to get involved with humanoid robots but never had a chance to...
By Alec Ernest  |  April 04, 2011
NOVEMBER 30 I Perfect Pitch at Middle East Upstairs

NOVEMBER 30 I Perfect Pitch at Middle East Upstairs


To succeed in the music business, you need to work in perfect harmony - and we're not just referring to the singers. From vocalists to...
By Scott Kearnan  |  November 15, 2010
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Maserati | Pyramid of the Sun

Knowing what Maserati have been through during Pyramid of the Sun 's creation makes it hard to consider the album on its musical merits alone.
Temporary Residence (2010)
By REYAN ALI  |  November 12, 2010
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The 1900s | Return of the Century

Parasol (2010)
Parasol (2010)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  November 12, 2010


Billy Ruane wake planned for Saturday; donations to Sandman fund


From the Middle East: a wake will be held for Billy Ruane on Saturday, October 30 from 4 to 8 pm at the Donovan-Aufiero Funeral...
By Carly Carioli  |  October 28, 2010
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Gang of Fort Point

For a moment or two last Friday at the Middle East, the Fort Point Recordings showcase had the vibe of the old WBCN Rock N' Roll Rumble's preliminary round, circa 2004 or so, when the annual battle of the bands went down in the Cambridge club's upstair
Eclectic label lives the Good Life in Cambridge
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  October 15, 2010
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Photos: Air Sex World Championships 2010 at the Middle East Upstairs

Meet Diamond Dave and his Human Centipede impersonation. (No, really -- check slide # 5.)
The view from the Pervert Pole. (Strangely SFW, but filthy all the same.)
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  October 15, 2010
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Black EL x Durkin | Color Commentary

If you have yet to hear Black EL x Durkin's first project, you've probably never read a hip-hop blog.
Self-released (2010)
By ERIN BALDASSARI  |  October 01, 2010
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Photos: Boston League of Women Wrestlers

The Boston League of Women Wrestlers hit the mat at Middle East Upstairs on September 9, 2010.
BLOWW at the Middle East Upstairs, at September 9, 2010
By KELSEY MARIE BELL  |  September 17, 2010


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Fall Local Pop Preview: Changing scene

The best of the season's local pop and rock
The best of the season's local pop and rock
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 10, 2010
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Br1ght Pr1mate step up their game, boy

Br1ght Pr1mate aren't sure what you're going to think of them. (And you'll have your chance when they come to the Middle East this Saturday.)
Monkey shines
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  September 03, 2010
B.L.O.W.W. at the Middle East upstairs

B.L.O.W.W. at the Middle East upstairs


This Thursday night, you could catch up on some reading, call your mom, maybe settle in for another titillating episode of Jersey Shore. Or you...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  August 31, 2010
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Thieving Irons | This Midnight Hum

In five short years, Brooklyn's Pela attained something of a cult status among blogging music nerds and underground-indie-rock obsessives.

By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  August 27, 2010
Lou Barlow and the Missingmen at the Middle East upstairs

Lou Barlow and the Missingmen at the Middle East upstairs


Among the many storied veterans of American indie rock still kicking today, Lou Barlow stands out. One-third of the noisy Amherst-born behemoth that is Dinosaur...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  August 26, 2010


Peelander-Z at the Middle East upstairs

Peelander-Z at the Middle East upstairs


They claim to hail from another planet, wear neon, skin-tight jumpsuits, and sing about the overabundance of dudes named Mike. They are Peelander-Z, a Japanese...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  August 25, 2010
MP3 of the Week: Awesome Chariot "Awesome Chariot Theme" [One Night Band]

MP3 of the Week: Awesome Chariot "Awesome Chariot Theme" [One Night Band]


 Last summer, 40 fairly hung-over Boston-area musicians got together on a Saturday morning and were chosen at random to create eight supergroup quintets. Their mission,...
By Michael Marotta  |  August 19, 2010
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Cults | Cults 7''

The duo who make up Cults have profited from having a dearth of info online.
Forest Family Records (2010)
By REYAN ALI  |  August 06, 2010
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Brightness falls

At first glance, Canadian synth-popstress Lights looks as if she'd been created in the basement lab of some suburban geek-rock fanboy.
An animated Lights strips down her synthpop
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  July 30, 2010
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Photos: 2010 Boston Rap Class at the Middle East Upstairs

Boston's Rap Class matriculates at the Middle East Up
Urban Nerdz, Bay Holla, Concep, Certified G'z and more, live at the Middle East on July 14, 2010
By ERIN BALDASSARI  |  July 23, 2010


"Throwed" with Young Victorians at the Middle East Upstairs

"Throwed" with Young Victorians at the Middle East Upstairs


Bored in Boston between semesters? Although most of the city's alternative dance parties - the Pill, Thunderdome, the Bodega Girls' Cool Ranch - are for...
By webteam  |  July 21, 2010
Shakedown: A dance party in every air-conditioned room

Shakedown: A dance party in every air-conditioned room


THURSDAY 07.15 | MAKE IT NEW @ Middlesex Lounge | Make It New has been off the chain lately, with international guest DJs Michael Mayer,...
By Michael Marotta  |  July 15, 2010
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Contemporary retro

At what point does present-day genre saturation override a style's era of origin?
The icy synth-pop purr of Class Actress
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  July 09, 2010
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The Freeways | The Freeways

After reading too many shitty reviews that included summations like "band X screwing band Y on Z kind of drugs," I swore off comparing bands to more-famous bands. It's like quitting cigarettes, however.
Polk Records (2010)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  July 02, 2010