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The Swaggerin' Growlers just don't give a folk

Content within brutality
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.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 28, 2011

Rolling Rally: Our guide to the 22nd Annual Freedom Rally

Make the most of your freedom
It would have been impossible — or at least boneheaded — to print this sort of treasure map a few years ago.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 19, 2011

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concert photos of Bouncing Souls in Boston

Photos: The Bouncing Souls at the Middle East Upstairs

Middle East Upstairs | Cambridge, MA | June 25, 2011
 Punk band Bouncing Souls returned to Boston to play four nights at the Middle East Upstairs.
By ALI DONOHUE  |  July 01, 2011
band photos of power pop band cheap girls in boston

Photos: Cheap Girls at the Middle East Upstairs

 Middle East Upstairs | Cambridge, MA | June 28, 2011
Concert photos of Lansing, Michigan power pop rockers Cheap Girls.
By ALI DONOHUE  |  June 30, 2011

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Cellars list

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

Psychobilly freakout
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.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  April 11, 2011

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Maserati | Pyramid of the Sun

Temporary Residence (2010)
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.
By REYAN ALI  |  November 09, 2010

The 1900s | Return of the Century

Parasol (2010)
Parasol (2010)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  November 09, 2010

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Gang of Fort Point

Eclectic label lives the Good Life in Cambridge
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 upstairs room.
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  October 12, 2010

Photos: Air Sex World Championships 2010

The view from the Pervert Pole. (Strangely SFW, but filthy all the same.)
Meet Diamond Dave and his Human Centipede impersonation. (No, really -- check slide # 5.)
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  October 13, 2010

Black EL x Durkin | Color Commentary

Self-released (2010)
If you have yet to hear Black EL x Durkin's first project, you've probably never read a hip-hop blog.
By ERIN BALDASSARI  |  September 30, 2010

Photos: Boston League of Women Wrestlers

BLOWW at the Middle East Upstairs, at September 9, 2010
The Boston League of Women Wrestlers hit the mat at Middle East Upstairs on September 9, 2010.
By KELSEY MARIE BELL  |  September 13, 2010

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 14, 2010

Br1ght Pr1mate step up their game, boy

Monkey shines
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.)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  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 24, 2010

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Cults | Cults 7''

Forest Family Records (2010)
The duo who make up Cults have profited from having a dearth of info online.
By REYAN ALI  |  August 05, 2010

Brightness falls

An animated Lights strips down her synthpop
At first glance, Canadian synth-popstress Lights looks as if she'd been created in the basement lab of some suburban geek-rock fanboy.
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  August 02, 2010

Photos: 2010 Boston Rap Class at the Middle East Upstairs

Urban Nerdz, Bay Holla, Concep, Certified G'z and more, live at the Middle East on July 14, 2010
Boston's Rap Class matriculates at the Middle East Up
By ERIN BALDASSARI  |  July 21, 2010

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Contemporary retro

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

The Freeways | The Freeways

Polk Records (2010)
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.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  July 01, 2010

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