Posts Tagged Middle East Club

tour preview: Your Friend

your friend

Dorothy isn’t the only cool thing from Kansas. Your Friend, aka Taryn Miller, resides there. Her deviant folk must be inspired by the sparseness and flatness of the state. When I drove cross-country with a friend after college, driving through that state truly creeped me out. You could go so far without seeing another car. Just flat openness. Not pleasing to an agoraphobic. Fortunately that setting generates some superb music, art and writing.

Your Friend released its debut album Gumption [Domino Recording Co.] on January 28, 2016. Your Friend’s intriguing compositions lean toward celestial, escapist and magical. Her melodic vocals remain grounded with wisdom and lucidity. Miller likes utilizing loops and found sounds in her music. She said: “I paid attention to textures. I was trying to remove myself from an approach that I had followed before, but to be able to bring in that melodic element that is most inherent to me, and marry it with a more sonically meditative landscape.” If you like Warpaint, Perfume Genius and Chelsea Wolfe, you’ll definitely like Your Friend.

Ps. when did it become a thing to be a solo artist but utilize a band name?

Your Friend is currently on tour with porches and will play in Seattle, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Detroit and in Cambridge at the Middle East Downstairs on April 12. For more information check out The Middle East website.


Mon. Mar. 21 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake *
Tue. Mar. 22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court *
Wed. Mar. 23 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest *
Thu. Mar. 24 – Portland, OR @ Analog Café *
Fri. Mar. 25 – Seattle, WA @ Vera Project *
Sat. Mar. 26 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt *
Mon. Mar. 28 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop *
Tue. Mar. 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
Thu. Mar. 31 – Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory – Constellation Room *
Fri. Apr. 1 – San Diego, CA @ Che Café *
Sat. Apr. 2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge *
Sun. Apr. 3 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Co-Op *
Tue. Apr. 5 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown *
Wed. Apr. 6 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry *
Thu. Apr. 7 – Madison, WI @ UW Student Union *
Fri. Apr. 8 – Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College – Gardner Lounge *
Sat. Apr. 9 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge *
Sun. Apr. 10 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Café *
Mon. Apr. 11 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern *
Tue. Apr. 12 – Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs *
Wed. Apr. 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
Thu. Apr. 14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
Fri. Apr. 15 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
Thu. May 5 – Kansas City, MO @ Middle of the Map Festival

* with Alex G & Porches

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show preview: Xenia Rubinos at Middle East Club on Wednesday March 9, 2016


Xenia Rubinos

from: Brooklyn, New York

R&B meets synth-pop meets world beat. Xenia Rubinos sings gorgeous, soulful songs with smooth, inventive and cool arrangements. Reminds me a bit of Berklee graduate Lilla as both artists embrace island beats and a cool urban vibe.

Xenia Rubinos kicks off her U.S. tour tonight, Wednesday, March 09, 2016 at Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge, Mass.

tour dates:

March 9—Middle East–Cambridge, Mass.
March 10—The Ardmore Music Hall–Ardmore, Penn.
March 11—The Hall at MP—Brooklyn, New York
March 19—1st Ward/Chop Shop—Chicago
March 20—Cedar Cultural Center—Minneapolis
March 21—Vega—Lincoln, Nebraska
March 25—Moon Room—Denver
March 29—Rhythm Room–Phoenix, Arizona
March 30—Music Box—San Diego
March 31—El Rey Theatre—Los Angeles


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music preview: Wolf Alice at The Middle East Wednesday August 5, 2015


I adore this band so much right now. Along the lines of Curve and Throwing Muses, this is gorgeous indie guitar rock with dark swirling melodies and a female vocalist. Simultaneously haunting and brazen with spidery guitar and hard bass, Wolf Alice cuts all angles. I found out about Wolf Alice from DJ Dan O’Connell on XFM London—the benefits of listening to a London radio station at the gym etal. In June, the North London band released its debut album, My Love Is Cool [Dirty Hit/RCA Records].

The fourpiece is currently on tour in the states and will be playing my birthday [happy birthday to me!]– Wednesday August 5 2015– at The Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub in Cambridge, Mass.


Ellie Rowsell (vocals, guitar)
Joff Oddie (guitars, vocals)
Theo Ellis (bass)
Joel Amey (drums)


Wednesday August 5
Middle East (Downstairs)
Cambridge, Mass.

Thursday, August 6
The Hollow
Albany, NY

Saturday, August 8
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, Calif.

Tuesday, August 11
Hawthorne Theatre
Portland, Ore.

Wednesday, August 12
Seattle, Wash.

for more on Wolf Alice

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music preview: Bim Skala Bim at The Middle East Friday July 24


Ska– cool beats, swinging horns and upbeat attitude. Third-wave ska band Bim Skala Bim formed in Boston in 1983. I’m almost positive that they played Simmons College when I was there in the early 90s. This band makes me happy–you must dance to ska– and that’s not an easy feat.

remember this amazing cover of Pink Floyd’s “Brain Damage?”

Bim Skala Bim is:

Dan Vitale (vocals)
Mark Ferranti (bass)
Jim Jones (guitar, vocals)
Jim Arhelger (drums)
Vince Nobile (trombone, keyboards)
Dave Butts (keyboards, saxophone)



Bim Skala Bim (1986)
Tuba City (1989)
How’s It Goin’? (1990)
Bones (1991)
Live at the Paradise (1993)
Eyes & Ears (1995)
American Playhouse (1995)
Universal (1997)
The One That Got Away (1998)
Krinkle (2000)
Chet’s Last Call (2013)
Musical Biscuits (2013)

Bim Skala Bim play The Middle East Club in Cambridge, Mass. on Friday, July 24.


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music preview: Grammy-winner Soul Asylum at Middle East Club in Cambridge, Mass. tonight

Soul Asylum 2015

Soul Asylum 2015

Dave Pirner [vocals/guitar], Dan Murphy [guitar], Karl Mueller [bass], Grant Young [drums] formed alt-rock band Soul Asylum in Minneapolis, Minn. in 1883. After three album releases, Soul Asylum scored with triple-platinum album Grave Dancers Union in 1992 with the Grammy-winning song “Runaway Train.” The next year the band played the Bill Clinton inauguration.

Karl Mueller died of cancer a decade ago in 2015. Only Dave Pirner remains in the original line-up. There aren’t many bands who stay together from formation to retirement are there?



Say What You Will, Clarence . . . Karl Sold the Truck [1984]
Made to Be Broken [1986]
Hang Time [1988]
And the Horse They Rode in On [1990]
Grave Dancers Union [1992]
Let Your Dim Light Shine [1995]
Candy from a Stranger [1998]
The Silver Lining [2006]
Delayed Reaction [2012]

Soul Asylum will put out a new album later this year. The band launched a Pledge Music campaign. Some Pledge exclusives include signed copies of the new album, your name in the liner notes, live and rare Grave Dancers Union download, custom t-shirt designed for Pledgers only, Skype drum workshop with Michael Bland, side stage viewing at an upcoming show, guest list for life, signed acoustic guitar, private acoustic show, private full band concert, original Dave Pirner artwork and much more.

Tonight, Thursday, June 25, 2015 at Middle East Club Down with Meat Puppets

TOUR DATES [with Meat Puppets]:

June 25 The Middle East Cambridge, MA
June 26 Suffolk Theater Riverhead, NY
June 27 The Chance Poughkeepsie, NY
July 20 House of Blues West Hollywood, CA
July 21 House of Blues Anaheim, CA
July 23 House of Blues San Diego, CA
July 24 Santa Cruz Boardwalk Santa Cruz, CA —NO MEAT PUPPETS
July 25 The Independent San Francisco, CA
July 26 Uptown Theater Napa, CA
July 28 Knitting Factory Reno, NV
July 29 WOW Hall Eugene, OR
July 30 Revolution Hall Portland, OR
July 31 Clearwater Casino Suquamish, WA
Aug 2 Wild West Pizza West Yellowstone, MT
Aug 6 Summit Music Hall Denver, CO
Aug 8 Town Center Park Suwanee, GA -NO MEAT PUPPETS


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NEW MUSIC: Grand Lake Islands; Torres; Zola Jesus; You Blew It!

Grand Lake Islands, “Monterey”

Quite the soothing throwback song. very 70s harmonies and gentle guitar-rock, a bit twangy, definitely melodic and mellow. Erik Emanuelson started this project several years ago in New York while working as an English teacher. Released an EP and decided to quit the day job and move to Portland. Wonder if he just saved all his money or if he still occasionally subsitute teaches. It’s truly rare one can quit the day job these days to pursue a music career. He met Evan Krogh (Guitar/lap Steel), Kyle Hartlet (Bass), and Bob Reynolds (Drums).

Song From Far [Good Mountain Records] LP out now !

Torres, “Strange Hellos”

beautiful, raw, haunting new song. echos of PJ Harvey. It was produced by Rob Ellis (known for his work with PJ Harvey), with a backing band featuring Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley and PJ Harvey’s bassist Ian Oliver.

Sprinter [Partisan Records] out May 5, 2015.

Zola Jesus, “Hunger”

upbeat, unrestrained, invigorating song with powerful vocals. Club beats ready to get that heart pumping. Taiga [Mute] out now.

You Blew It!, “Bedside Manor”

keeping emo alive. kicking in with murky guitar and yearning vox.

Florida’s You Blew It! three-song EP Pioneer of Nothing [Jade Tree] is out January 27th, 2015


Tour Dates:
1/29/2015 – San Antonio, TX @ Tequila Room^
1/30/2015 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk^
1/31/2015 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada^
2/02/2015 – Albuquerque, NM @ Duke City Sound Stage^
2/03/2015 – Phoenix, AZ @ Underground^
2/04/2015 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo^
2/05/2015 – San Diego, CA @ VooDoo Room^
2/06/2015 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction^
2/07/2015 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill^
2/08/2015 – Sacramento, CA @ Cafe Colonial^
2/10/2015 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Loading Dock^
2/11/2015 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre^
2/12/2015 – Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall^
2/13/2015 – St. Louis, MO @ The Demo^
2/14/2015 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen^
2/15/2015 – Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar^
2/16/2015 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck^
2/17/2014 – Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room^
2/18/2014 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose^
2/19/2015 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary#
2/20/2015 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall#
2/21/2015 – Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs#
2/22/2015 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes^
2/23/2015 – Washington, DC @ DC9^
2/24/2015 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter^
2/25/2015 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall^
2/26/2015 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade – Purgatory^
2/27/2015 – Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub^
2/28/2015 – Cape Coral, FL @ Nice Guys Pizza^
3/01/2015 – Miami, FL @ TBA^

^ = w/ Tiny Moving Parts. Rozwell Kid
# = w/ Tiny Moving Parts, Rozwell Kid, Sorority Noise

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ON TOUR: Paloma Faith

paloma faith

bluesy British singer Paloma Faith will tour the U.S. later this month and through October in advance of the release of her latest album A Perfect Contradiction due out October 7, 2014. Her music melds smoky vocals with soulful melodies.

U.S. Tour Dates:

September 26–New York, NY–Highline Ballroom
September 27–Washington D.C.–U Street Music Hall
September 29–Cambridge, MA–Middle East Downstairs
October 2–Minneapolis, MN–Triple Rock Social Club
October 4–San Diego, CA–SOMA
October 5–Los Angeles, CA–The Roxy Theatre
October 6–San Francisco, CA–Slim’s
October 8–Portland, OR–Wonder Ballroom
October 9–Seattle, WA–The Crocodile

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