Last month fiery Georgia art-rock trio CUSSES had their music video for “Don’t Give In” added to MTV rotation, a result of winning an MTVu Freshman Fan poll. It’s a sign of things to come for the no-wave/post-punk band outta Savannah, whose 2012 self-titled debut is a romper-ride of sinister sounds.
Don't bail for Thanksgiving weekend just yet. In about an hour or so, around 3pm, Toronto punk trio METZ are swinging by WFNX to chat about their new self-titled Sub-Pop-issued debut record, pick some songs to spin during Sabrina'a show, and hype their gig tonight at the Middle East in Cambridge. It's a pretty crazy fucking bill, with Boston's PILE and Northampton's SPEEDY ORTIZ making a noisy ruckus and serving us some sweet tinnitus before the holiday hangover crashes our hopes and dreams tomorrow morning.
We’re “Halfway to Hell” on a nonstop rock-and-roll train passing through the mean streets of nowhere, and VIVA VIVA is behind the wheel, steering us to the Middle East Tuesday night, November 27 for the Prince Children’s Education Fund benefit show. This latest cut from Boston’s most badass rock band is the closing track off recent EP Dead In Yr Tracks, another gritty romp through Boston’s darker rock underbelly.
If one record-release party is enough to get our attention, a double record-release party is enough to get its own Playlist. This Friday, November 9, at the Middle East in Cambridge the smooth dance-able rock of trio MUY CANSADO and the bouncy alt-rock of NAKED ON ROLLER SKATES team up to drop buckets of new jams on Cambridge
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When a crew of Boston peeps — Allston trio Earthquake Party!, Sippy Cup Everything’s Mike Caulo, and Perry Eaton of Allston Pudding — returned from POP Montreal last month, they gushed over Toronto noise-punk trio METZ
On top of the several hundred people actually in attendance at the Middle East last night, an additional 40 or so were also able to witness one of the best live shows of the year without stepping foot inside the Cambridge club. Some were half-naked sipping red wine from the comforts of their own residence.
ABADABAD seem to be one of Allston’s best-kept summer-pop secrets. Their most recent single, “Indiana,” starts with a meandering jangle-pop guitar riff before the distinct vocals kick in, twisting and twanging and serving as a reminder that these dudes used to be in an ultra-poppy basement-show rock band called Rodeo Church.
Jimmy Rossi wants to take you on a trip around the world and back. The December Sound guitarist/programmer and mastermind behind electronic pop joyride AVOXBLUE has returned with his latest batch of icy electronic pop compositions, once again crafting an emotive voyage around ambient highs and lows.
Although it would be a much more dramatic way to start this review, saying "a sea of flannel enveloped the Middle East Downstairs last night" would be an exaggeration. But there were, for reals, kind of a lot of people wearing flannel huddled around the stage upon which a tuft of bushy black hair scrunched under a leather baseball cap lightly bopped back-and-fourth nearby an appropriately-flannel-clad guitarist with terrible posture.
If you’re going to go out, go out with a bang. Better to burn out than fade away. Being in a band is a pain in the ass. These are all truisms that apply to Boston’s always punchy and melodic THICK AS THIEVES, who’ll call it quits after the release of their latest (and last) record, Practice Resurrection Like the Fox Makes Tracks, their fifth release since they formed in 2004.
DAN MILLEN is out as booking agent of the Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge, replaced by NED WELLBERY of LEEDZ EDUTAINMENT.
Leedz is a leading hip-hop promoter around the Boston region, but the live music venue today told the Phoenix that no changes to its booking practices will be noticable.
Eleven months from now, when everyone's busy trying to one-up each other with their Best of 2012 lists, two records that got the release party treatment on the same Saturday night in late January should be among the rare consistencies in everyone's Top Whatevers.
This weekend, melodic pop-rock trio BUTTERKNIFE drop new EP Do The Needful, which will be available for free at the Middle East in Cambridge, and across the mighty river Charles fast-rising Americana act COYOTE KOLB unveil United State at Great Scott in Allston.
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 tonight at the Middle East in Cambridge alongside the Indestructable North and XNY. Though they'll hit the stage as a duo, Kane recorded the entire Little Face EP, Make Out With Me,, in his garage over a two week peroid.
MOVERS & SHAKERS @ Middle East upstairs
The textured citrine sounds of Movers & Shakers’ latest record, National Harvester, are perfect for November — Americana soul drenched in road-weary tales of love, loss, and empty bottles. Recorded and produced over eight months at Starlab in Somerville, the disc ages wisely with each late-night listen.