Lebanese indie band Mashrou’ Leila shows politics can be sexy at Cambridge gig

The line outside The Sinclair on Sunday, Oct. 22 was almost unprecedented for the relatively small venue. Those in the crowd were mostly college students, and they spoke in several languages including English, Arabic, French and Turkish. Although the headliner, Mashrou’ Leila, isn’t very popular in the United States, the band has gained cult status among the Middle […]

LCD Soundsystem, Hercules and Love Affair continue to explore nostalgia for times unknown

Almost every review of LCD Soundsystem’s new album “American Dream” (2017) mentions the same thing: the album is the perfect manifestation of what it means to age. This certainly has been a prominent theme for the band, ever since its first single “Losing My Edge” (2002). The song, deemed alternative dance and dance-punk by music […]

Mashrou’ Leila, Lebanese alt-rock band, electrifies on first U.S. tour

The atmosphere was electric at the Middle East in Cambridge on Monday night as Lebanese alternative rock band Mashrou’ Leila played the second show of its debut U.S. tour. Blue, green, red and purple lights colored an empty stage, illuminating the instruments and mics. The crowd restlessly waited for the band to finally make its appearance. When […]