Middle East Downstairs

Music 

CRISIS: HOW NATASHA KMETO’S LAST ALBUM WAS ANYTHING BUT

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““It was really the first record where I found my actual voice as an artist.” Continue reading

Comics 

LIFE ON THE LEFT BANK: “RISE OF THE MACHINES”

Peter Paul Payack, LIFE ON THE LEFT BANK: “Rise of the Machines”

I’ve seen all the Terminator movies and this NEVER ends well for humans! Also, can robots really fight “to the death” if they’re never technically alive?

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Music 

REVIEW: LOOP @ MIDDLE EAST DOWNSTAIRS, SAT 4.19

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The last time Loop toured, Hampson’s hair fell to his shoulders, Scott Dowson’s guitar was clean, and bassist Neil MacKay would cross the stage with a stagnant indifference that felt bold given their slightly slacker stance. Continue reading

Food and Drinks Music 

#ICYMI: REYKJAVIK CALLING @ MIDDLE EAST DOWNSTAIRS

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Iceland had the world’s first openly gay head of government, features a Pirate Party in their national parliament, had its first ever police shooting in history only last year (and the cop was emotionally torn up over it), and boasts a music scene that rivals any major city in quality, devotion, and diversity. Continue reading