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  • October 02, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    Unlike their more famous, even-less-inventive retro-rock power-trio counterparts Wolfmother, NYC's EARL GREYHOUND do Zeppelin and the MC5 without coming across entirely contrived and utterly boring. Yes, the combination of chick-with-Afro and Creem-flavored influences will make Abbey Loungers scream "I LIKED THE BELLRAYS THE FIRST TIME AROUND!" But as Rummy might say, you go to the rock show with the late-’60s-Detroit-proto-punk-and-’70s-hard-rock band you've got.

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  • September 22, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    DOWNLOAD: Isis, "Dulcinea" (mp3)

    Unlike all previous iterations of art-metal doctrine, Isis’s prizes meditative, Slint-like brooding over Melvins-grade menace -- but clocks both while ghostriding the expressway to yr skull. As shown on their retrospective DVD Clearing the Eye, they began their journey as understudies in the Neurosis school of thermonuclear drone, but found their calling when they cut their engines and drifted off into the quieter, watery deep.

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  • September 17, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    It was that MidEast security guard’s worst nightmare. At midnight, right before “Boys, You Won’t,” Kevin Whelan passed out about 20 drum sticks to people in the crowd and invited them up on the stage while Mr. Beef-Guard scowled and shook and crossed his arms over his chest, probably wondering if he’d be fired before 2 am.

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  • September 16, 2006
    By Carly Carioli
  • September 16, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    From the inbox:

    The show that was originally scheduled for this Sunday at The Middle East Downstairs has been cancelled. The show has been re-scheduled for Wednesday, November 15th, 2006. Refunds available at point of purchase or tickets may be used for the rescheduled date.

    Wednesday, November 15th

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  • September 12, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    Let it be known: MySpace is good for lots of things, like advertising clandestine pot-delivery services, getting 14-year-olds to bare cleavage, and allowing long-lost creepy childhood friends to bombard you with Ethiopian bank-fraud scams. But in terms of organizing spontaneous flash-mob-type crowd gatherings -- even when the bait is a set by semi-famous rock and or hip-hop stars -- Rupert Murdoch's flag flies at half mast.

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  • September 11, 2006
    By Carly Carioli


    Photos: Byron Smith

    The Stooges went and did it. The Dolls too. Hell, even MC5 took a stab at a reunion of sorts. So in a way it’s not all too surprising that, three decades on, another punk progenitor would decide get back into the game for keeps.

    The difference this time is that Radio Birdman — four Aussies, one Canadian, and one Detroit expat who worshipped unabashedly at the altar of the three aforementioned bands (and played with members thereof) — had never played the United States before this reunion tour.



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  • September 11, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    It was 11:30 and our favorite Norwegian psych-garage-shoegaze maniacs, Serena Maneesh, were, according to the published set times, supposed to be onstage at the Middle East upstairs. But there was no sign of them, and frontman Emil Nikolaisen (who looks like a white Hendrix with his puffy shirts and headscarves) and his bass playing sister Hilma (a cross between Nico and Shawn Bradley) are hard to miss.

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  • September 11, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    Not to say we told you so, but we told you so. Doors at 8, Rapture on at 9:30, all-ages, free. When Meth did one of these not too long ago, there was some wristband distribution involved. But there's no mention of anything like that in the bulletin -- which urges people to "get there early" -- so maybe it's just a straight-up first-come, first-served?

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  • September 09, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    You should all be adding MySpace Secret Shows to your top 8 right about now. Or calling your best friend who works the door. The Rapture play at the Middle East downstairs on Monday, tell all your friends.

    In case you haven't been checking the Hype Machine, the new Rapture album has leaked, and it's .

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  • September 02, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    Bang Camaro
    September 1, 2006 at the Middle East Downstairs
    All photos (c) Carina Mastrocola

    Debauchery, panties, beer, ended with a Spacehog cover and brought out Harris and Taxpayer for it. And yes, the show sold out -- to reiterate, this was their third gig ever.



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  • September 01, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    Loving the fact that the Relapse Contamination Tour -- the toughest metal show this side of Mastodon/Converge -- is kicking off in Boston . . . at O'Briens. This is what happens when what used to be called "Underground Metal" moves on up to Ozzfest and MTV2: the new underground metal has to start all over again at the bottom.

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  • August 17, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    DOWNLOAD: Daughters, "Cheers, Pricks" (mp3)

    "We try to sound as fucked up as possible," Daughters told us around the time of their last album. "And I think we're getting stranger musically. The hardcore kids say we're lightening up, but that's bullshit. This next time out we've decided to write the heaviest we've ever written, more extreme, more bizarre.

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