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Projektfest 2011 at The Middle East Downstairs – tomorrow night!

(clockwise from top left): Voltaire, Black Tape For A Blue Girl (photo by KyleCassidy.com), WEEP, Sugar Snow, and Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling.

(clockwise from top left): Voltaire, Black Tape For A Blue Girl (photo by KyleCassidy.com), WEEP, Sugar Snow, and Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling.

Projektfest 2011 at The Middle East Downstairs
Saturday, November 12, 7pm doors
18+ | $20 | facebook event | Tickets

Presented by Dark Sky Productions and Projekt Records, it’s Projektfest 2011, a dark and atmospheric orgy of fine bands and also vendors and artisans. Featured artists include:

Black Tape For A Blue Girl

Theatrical, dark cabaret since 1986. Old favorites.

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Voltaire

Extremely odd, and very unique. “Morbid humor, murder ballads, and other macabre favorites.”

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WEEP (featuring Doc Hammer of The Venture Brothers)

A very nice ’80s inspired goth/synth pop sound. I reviewed their debut album for Hybrid Magazine; really like them. Fans of The Cure, New Order and The Psychedelic Furs take note!

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with supporting local Boston artists Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling and Sugar Snow.

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Kaki King with An Horse @ The Middle East Downstairs ~ April 17, 2010

Kaki King @ the Middle East Downstairs

Kaki King @ the Middle East Downstairs

This was definitely an evening for aficionados of impressive guitar heroics, but it was also a surprisingly good night for indie pop fans. Kaki King can definitely play a mean guitar (in fact, several different ones, in varying ways and styles), but she also has a sweet voice and can craft some decent songs, making for a varied set that moved from light and melodic to jaw-dropping guitar sorcery to intense ambient/fusion.

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Show Preview: Kaki King, An Horse ~ the Middle East Downstairs ~ Saturday, April 17

Kaki King and An Horse at the Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge, MA
Saturday, April 17
(18+)

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Recently, a really, really good guitarist named Kaki King came to my attention. Originally from Atlanta and now based in Brooklyn, NY, Kaki King first came to prominence about 10 years ago with an experimental, two-handed percussive guitar playing technique.

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Built To Spill at The Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge, MA – 10/11/09

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It feels like I went to see this show years ago, though in reality, it’s only been two weeks. One hell of a two weeks, but two weeks all the same. So I approached the chore of writing this review with some trepidation. For one, while I really, really like this band and have great respect for their place in indie rock history, I can’t say I’m completely familiar with their entire catalog, even enough to reconstruct a set list of what they played. Secondly, my notes, while amusing, are pretty fucking useless. I labeled the night’s proceedings as “Hipster Heaven”, and indeed it was. But I still had only (probably incorrect) fragments of lyrics to try to identify to tell you what was performed, and with four other reviews breathing down my neck, little time.

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