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show preview: HAELOS at Middle East Club in Cambridge on Friday April 1, 2016


“It’s the music you put on after the club,” Lotti Benardout states. “You can still feel that energy and euphoria, but it might bring you back to reflect on certain moments or memories.”

The impressive London-based electronic indie trio HAELOS recently released its debut album Full Circle [Matador Records]. Pounding bass beats combine with shimmery atmospheric arrangements. There’s intense sorrow, regret, beauty, moodiness, darkness and strength in the lyrics and melodies. Benardout’s vocals range from dreamy [“Ethyr”] to whispery to sweetly gentle [“Dust”] to plaintive [“Earth Not Above”]. She shares vocals on some songs with principle songwriter Arthur Delaney and Dom Goldsmith. It’s impossible not to become completely engulfed and drawn in by this striking music. Imagine the magic of full immersion in this music during a show. The band’s on tour now.


HAELOS plays The Middle East Club in Cambridge on Friday, April 1, 2016.

purchase at Amazon: Full Circle


Wed. March 30 – New York @ Baby’s All Right
Fri. April 1 — Cambridge, MA @ Middle East – Upstairs
Sat. April 2 — Montreal, QC @ O Patro Vys
Tue. April 5 — Toronto, ON @ The Drake
Thu. April 7 — Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Fri. April 8 — Milwaukee, WI @ Collective Coffee-Prospect Café
Sat. April 9 — Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Tue. April 12 — Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Wed. April 13 — Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Fri. April 15 — Indio, CA @ Coachella

Tue. April 19 — San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar
Wed. April 20 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Fri. April 22 – Indio, CA @ Coachella
Fri. April 29 – Manchester, UK @ Night And Day
Mon. May 2 – Nottingham, UK @ The Bodega Social Club
Wed. May 4 – London, UK @ The Bussey Building
Thu. May 5 – Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana
Fri. May 6 – Brighton, UK @ The Hope & Ruin
Fri. July 29 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
Fri. July 29 – Sun. July 31 – Montréal, QC @ Osheaga Festival


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music preview: Shonen Knife and CJ Ramone close out U.S Tour Wednesday June 24 at The Middle East, Cambridge


Shonen Knife


Osaka, Japan’s all female pop-punk band Shonen Knife return for its second U.S. tour in support of its latest release Overdrive [Good Charamel Records]. Songs about ramen noodles, green tea, shopping make it a fun, upbeat album as always. Shonen Knife love happy happy things. The live shows exude positivity and energy tenfold. Vocalist/guitarist Naoko Yamano formed Shonen Knife formed 1981 with her sister bassist Atsuko and another friend.

The line-up has changed a few times in the past 30 years. Atsuko is filling in for bassist Ritsuko who is on maternity leave. After Shonen Knife’s upcoming June US Tour and July’s 712 Day performances in Japan, drummer Emi –who has been with the band since 2010–will leave the band. Emi no longer wants to participate in Shonen Knife’s extensive overseas touring. A replacement drummer will be announced on July 12.


Minna Tanoshiku [1982]
Burning Farm [1983]
Yama-no Attchan [1984]
Pretty Little Baka Guy [1986]
712 [1991]
Let’s Knife [1992]
Rock Animals [1994]
The Birds & the B-Sides [1996]
Brand New Knife [1997]
Happy Hour [1998]
Strawberry Sound [2000]
Heavy Songs [2002]
Candy Rock [2003]
Genki Shock! [2006]
fun! fun! fun! [2007]
Super Group [2008]
Free Time [2010]
Osaka Ramones [2011]
Pop Tune [2012]
Overdrive [2014]

CJ Ramone


Bassist CJ Ramone played with the legendary punk rock band the Ramones from 1989 until 1996. He’ll perform solo material in support of his latest release Last Chance to Dance [Fat Wreck Records] as well as some Ramones favorites.

Shonen Knife and CJ Ramone play The Middle East, Cambridge, Mass on Wednesday, June 24

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