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The Hives Live @ The Sinclair, Cambridge MA [11-01-23]
LIVE MUSIC

Happy Thanksgiving! We were still so naïve in 2002. The Hives had released their second album Veni Vidi Vicious, and it was getting some mainstream attention. Not sure why. Maybe it was riding the coattails of that garage sound a la the Strokes/White Stripes/Yeah Yeah Yeahs that was all the rage at the time. As documented in Lizzy Goodman’s excellent book Meet me in the Bathroom, and the less excellent documentary movie that followed it a decade later, there was...

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Thursday, 23 November 2023
Fucked Up Live @ The Sinclair, Cambridge MA [06-05-23]
LIVE MUSIC

Everyone should be listening to Fucked Up. That’s a fact. Unfortunately, hardly anyone does. That’s a sad fact. I mean this in the sense that this band should be much much bigger than they actually are. For one thing, they play glam punk, fuzzy and complex, and layered. They release a plethora of vinyl and take it on tour with them. They’ve proven twice now that expansive concept albums are well within their skill-range. Of course they’ll try it (Pitchfork...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2023
Jon Spencer & HITmakers Live [01-24-23] @ Middle East Upstairs Cambridge, MA
LIVE MUSIC

It feels good being back at live shows after so long. My 4 month hiatus, instigated by a new baby, finally came to an end with my of my favorite artists playing one of my favorite venues. The Middle East has had a rough go of it these past few years, and even though this show got moved from the downstairs room, I think it can easily be argued that the upstairs, cozier room is one of the best places...

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Thursday, 26 January 2023
Photo Booth: Lagwagon Live @ The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA [09-11-22]
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Check out Dave James’ coverage of the scorching Lagwagon show at the Sinclair last week. Follow him on Instagram...

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Monday, 19 September 2022
Sleaford Mods live @ The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA [05-20-22]
LIVE MUSIC

It’s safe to say that the Sleaford Mods are in a category all of their own, and this makes them hard to describe. I know descriptions don’t matter but with this band, it’s kind of fun. Sleaford Mods are a rap group (I think) made up of two British guys whose music sounds like a cockney guy speed-talking about working-class problems over simplistic, but grooving, beats. It’s kind of punk rock in the sense that it reinterprets and simplifies rap...

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Sunday, 22 May 2022
Mannequin Pussy LIVE @ Sinclair, Cambridge, MA 10-27-21
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Mannequin PussyLIVE @ Sinclair, Cambridge, MA10-27-21 One of the joys of being an avid music listener is getting absolutely blindsided by a band you’ve never heard before. I try never to pay too much attention when listening to new music, which is a perfect way to let an album kick your ass out of nowhere. That was the case in 2019 withy Mannequin Pussy’s Patience. It turns out I had actually heard of them before, having seen them play the...

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Friday, 29 October 2021
Photobooth: Oh Sees 09-13-17 @ Sinclair [Cambridge, MA]
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Photos by Greg Scranton, M.F.A. gregscranton.com surviving the golden age...

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Saturday, 16 September 2017
Oh Sees Live September 13 @ Sinclair [Cambridge, MA]
LIVE MUSIC

There is no doubt that the Oh Sees (formerly Thee Oh Sees, and now actually just OCs) are an unstoppable force. Releasing what seems like their 40th album this year and another one already announced, it’s important sometimes to step back and assess what you’re getting with this band because their catalog can easily meld together into a metropolis of music. With all this published material, what would front man John Dwyer choose to highlight in a live set? The...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017
Jeff Rosenstock @ Sinclair (Cambridge, MA) 11-15-16
LIVE MUSIC

I can’t remember the last time I saw a mosh pit at a show. And it’s not because I’m old or anything (although by punk standards I’m ancient), because I go to shows all the time. It must be the way things go in Boston because I’ve seen my fair share of “No Moshing” signs since moving to the city. I’ve almost begun to think they were a thing of past, until I saw Jeff Rosenstock at the Sinclair, because...

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Wednesday, 16 November 2016
Brooks Wheelan – [LIVE]
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Brooks Wheelan Middle East – Cambridge, Massachusetts – May 7, 2016 Frequent readers of Ground Control (as you should be) know my love for Brooks Wheelan’s stand-up debut “This is Cool, Right?” We listen to a lot of records here on Ground Control and they just keep coming, but as of late, it’s becoming that stand-up albums are coming out faster than ever. On last year’s Best-of lists, I carved out a space for best Stand-Up album, and you can...

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Friday, 13 May 2016