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Concert Gallery: Butch Walker at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA

September 9, 2016 by  
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Butch Walker and The Aftermath
September 1, 2016
The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
Photos by:  Mary Ouellette

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Concert Gallery: Lez Zeppelin at the Middle East in Cambridge, MA

April 16, 2013 by  
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Lez Zeppelin
April 12, 2013
The Middle East – Cambridge, MA
Photos By: Ilya Mirman

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Concert Review: Wye Oak at Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge, MA

April 13, 2011 by  
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Wye Oak
Middle East Upstairs
Cambridge, MA
April 12, 2011

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Reviewed by:  Dorise Gruber
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Show Preview: Magic Magic & Sleeping In The Aviary At The Middle East In Cambridge, MA

Dorise Gruber Presents:
Magic Magic & Sleeping In The Aviary

Plus The Bleeders
March 24, 2011
Middle East – Cambridge, MA

In 2009, the Boston Phoenix compiled a list of the “Best New Bands In America,” 50 bands from 50 states. Our local boys, the unpredictable double-drummed and double-titled Magic Magic, hailed victorious in Massachusetts, while the Midwest madcap indie-rock outfit Sleeping in the Aviary was tagged as the band from Wisconsin not to miss. You may have seen other recipients of this high honor on stages around the city, but with both Magic Magic and Sleeping in the Aviary making the rounds on cd release tours, Thursday evening (March 24th) is certain to bring fresh material, frenzied talent, and unbridled ridiculousness in the best possible way.

With support from local ensemble The Bleeders (Mems of Miss Geo and the Metrics/The Observatory), come to check out the best Midwest band you’ve never heard, to celebrate Magic Magic’s triumphant return to home turf, or if only to witness a show that’s guaranteed to be one hell of a party.

18+ show, $10 cover, and tickets are on sale now! If you buy tickets in advance, you’ll get 20% off food at the Middle East the night of the show. Purchase tickets here.

Magic Magic new album
Sleeping in the Aviary on MySpace

Hope to see you there!

For those of you not in Massachusetts you can check out Sleeping in the Aviary on one of their East Coast Tour dates:
Mar. 22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox
Mar. 24 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
Mar. 25 – Troy, NY @ Troy Bike Rescue, 51 3rd St Space
Mar. 26- Brooklyn, NY @ 538 Johnson St.
Mar. 27 – NY, NY @ Arlene’s Grocery
Mar. 29 – NY, NY @ Cake Shop
Mar. 30 – Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Arts Theatre
Mar. 31 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Ox
Apr. 1 – Washington D.C. @ Velvet Lounge
Apr. 4 – Charlottesville, VA @ Tea Bazaar
Apr. 5 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Apr. 6 – Salem, NC @Elliott’s Revue
Apr. 7 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Reservoir Bar
 Apr. 8 Wilmington, NC @ Soapbox

Concert Review: Thao and Mirah with The Most of All / Cambridge, MA

June 28, 2010 by  
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Thao and Mirah with The Most of All
The Middle East Downstairs
Cambridge, MA
June 23, 2010

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Reviewed by: Dorise Gruber

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Contest: Win Tickets to See The Golden Filter at The Middle East in Cambridge, MA on June 17th

June 14, 2010 by  
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We have a pair of tickets to see  electronic duo The Golden Filter at The Middle East in Cambridge, MA on June 17th.  Want’em?  Send us an email with subject line “The Golden Filter” and include your name, email address and phone number.  We’ll pick one random winner on Wednesday night so enter now! 

The band has spent the last year touring the world, including select performances at this year’s SXSW and WMC (check out Pitchfork/Yours‘s coverage here), and this will be their first North American tour since last spring when they were out with The Presets. After a string of widely-circulated singles, remixes, and videos, they’ll be releasing their full-length debut, Voluspa, in the US in June, following its UK release on Brille Records (The Knife, Operator Please).   For more on the band or to listen to their music check out their MySpace page here.

What people are saying about The Golden Filter:
“Electronica’s next big thing” – Electronica Album of the Month – Mojo 
“An infectious slice of shimmering disco beats, sparkling synth melodies and breathy disaffected vocals” -Pitchfork
“Post-millennial disco with an icy sheen” -NME

Dan Nigro of As Tall As Lions

May 12, 2010 by  
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As Tall As Lions have been honing their craft since 1998, traipsing around the country and playing to increasingly larger crowds as their fans continue to spread the ATAL gospel.  After over a year of touring with their most recent album, You Can’t Take It With You, this eclectic prog-rock conglomerate celebrated the completion of their tour with an all-ages crowd at the Middle East Downstairs on May 9th  in Cambridge, MA.

Despite very different performance styles, the members of As Tall As Lions are able to pull together a pretty cohesive set.  Dan Nigro, a powerhouse of slithering soul and the band’s lead singer, rotates barefooted between keyboard and mainstage guitar.  Saen Fitzgerald, though as a guitarist is not often acutely featured onstage, is the real tour de force of the band, doing the majority of songwriting for the group even if not as much actual singing.  Julio Tavarez, the band’s bassist, is more of an onstage exhibitionist, playing up to the very front of the crowd, leading mid-show banter, taking on lead vocals for a handful of songs, and toward the end of the show even coming down into the crowd to play.  Cliff Sarcon, the band’s drummer, holds the show together with precision, wind in his hair (literally), and a very sparkly kit.

Don’t be fooled by their onstage Rock Star persona –  the gents from As Tall As Lions are nice as can be, wandering in and out of the crowd without pretension, chatting with long-time fans before and after the show, and thanking their tour openers, Bear Hands, with class and whiskey shots.  I was lucky enough to sit down with Dan (and Saen briefly) for a bit to discuss their varied sound, their interstate travels, and handclaps.

Interviewed by: Dorise Gruber
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Concert Gallery: Evelyn Evelyn / Cambridge, MA

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On April 12th & 13th Evelyn Evelyn made their stage debut at Oberon in Cambridge, MA.  The dates were a warm-up for their World Tour which, according to Amanda Palmer, will wind up back in Boston sometime this summer. (Date TBA)

If you are not familiar with Evelyn Evelyn, we suggest you check them out!  The brainchild of Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley, Evelyn Evelyn are a  songwriting duo performing original compositions on piano, ukulele, guitar and accordion. The sisters are conjoined twins – sharing three legs, two arms, three lungs, two hearts and a single liver. 

The live show started off with solo sets from Jason Webley, Amanda Palmer and handler Sxip Shirey and then Sxip brought the girls out for their stage debut. 

They may have fled the circus but their live performace was a theatrical carnival for the senses.  It’s hard not to get caught up in the tragic back story that Webley and Palmer have conjured up for the twins (losing both of their parents at a young age, spending the majority of their lives performing with the “Dillard & Fullerton’s Illusive Traveling Show”).  The twins evoke a certain sadness that penetrates through to the soul that only gets stronger when they sit down at the keyboard and play songs from their debut album.  The sold out crowd was fully immersed in the show that was facilitated hastily by the duo’s handler Sxip Shirey.

It goes without saying that the duo’s creators have received some flack and have been accused of exploiting a disability with this new project but I think anyone who takes the time to dig a little deeper will understand that it’s more of a celebration of the beauty of the differences in all of us.  Although their music often gets pushed behind their larger than life premise, Evelyn Evelyn spin an intricate web of storytelling tales that jump from genre to genre with ease. 

Check out all of our live photos of the show here:
Evelyn Evelyn
Amanda Palmer
Jason Webley
Sxip Shirey

For more info on Evelyn Evelyn including their full listing of tour dates or to buy their debut cd visit their official website here.

To preview their music check out their MySpace Page here.

Concert Galleries: Amanda Palmer & Jason Webley / Cambridge, MA

April 13, 2010 by  
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Amanda Palmer
April 12, 2010
Oberon – Cambridge, MA
Photos by:  Mary Ouellette


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Jason Webley
April 12, 2010
Oberon – Cambridge, MA
Photos by:  Mary Ouellette

TWRY Show of the Week: Bleu / April 10 / TT The Bears – Cambridge, MA

April 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Daily Music News, Tour Dates & News

Because the Boston area is such a thriving metropolis of GREAT music, we wanted to start featuring a show each week that we thought deserved our “Show of the Week” badge.  Why not start with an old favorite – Bleu!

Bleu will be playing at T.T. the Bear’s Place in Cambridge on April 10th.   (Along with Ad Frank, Francine & Scott Simons).

It’s an 18+ show and only $11 bucks to get in.  Quite a steal.  Here are all the deets:

Doors: 7:30pm
9:00-9:35 – Scott Simons
9:50-10:35 – Francine
10:50-11:35 – Ad Frank & the Fast Easy Women
11:50-1:00 or later – Bleu

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T.T. The Bear’s Website For Additional Info

If you need more convincing, check out the video below for Bleu’s “No Such Thing As Love” from his latest album “A Watched Pot”:

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