Concert Review: Cooling Towers, Endless Wave, Plushgun at the Middle East in Cambridge 3/17/12

This show took place on St. Patricks Day, which of course, is a major event in Boston, so I decided to take the T to Central Square rather than drive. About 15 minutes later and a mild foot injury thanks to a drunk St. Paddy’s reveler in pointy heels, I arrived at the Middle East upstairs for the show. I had been looking forward to this show for a few weeks as I was really there to finally see Endless Wave live. But first a drink is needed! Harpoon UFO in hand, I took the 5 steps from the bar to the floor and caught the first band of the night, Cooling Towers, who were already playing.

Cooling Towers

Cooling Towers is an indie rock band from Boston. I have to say that this is one of those times where a band sounded a lot better live than their Bandcamp page led me to believe. There was a pretty good sized crowd, unusual for that early in the night for any band, so all was good. I managed to catch the last 4 or 5 songs of their set which included a cover of The Cure’s “In Between Days”. I definitely liked what I heard and will be checking them out again for sure!

Comic girl

While waiting for Endless Wave to set up, this girl gets up on stage and grabs the microphone and makes a bad attempt at telling jokes. I guess she’s trying to be a comedian but kind of failed. It also didn’t help that nobody could really hear her either. Sorry comic girl, whoever you are, you just weren’t funny, but I’ll give you props for getting up there in front of everyone and giving it a shot.

Endless WaveEndless Wave 4

Another beer, another band. Up next was Endless Wave, a band that I have wanted to see live for a while now, but never had the chance. Not entirely shoegaze, dream pop, or indie rock but somewhere in the middle, they make really catchy and accessible music. At this point, there was a pretty sizable crowd in the small room. Considering that this was St. Patricks Day, this was a dedicated fan base. The band played a pretty straightforward set with little downtime between songs and seemed to be over rather quickly, but sounded really good.

Once again, the funny girl got on stage. This time the crowd was soo loud talking amongst themselves that you couldn’t hear a word she was saying.

Next was Plushgun from Brooklyn. Their music is probably best known from being used in a Comcast commercial, and most recently on an episode of the Jersey Shore. Once they started playing, everyone seemed to be dancing for the rest of the night. It was obvious that most of the crowd was here to see these guys since it got pretty crowded at this point. Plushgun play the kind of indie synth-pop that is really catchy. The crowd sang along with a few of the songs, which seemed like an easy thing to do. At one point, a Hello Kitty guitar made an appearance for a couple of songs. The band really seemed to be enjoying themselves, which always translates to everyone having a good time.


I went to this show not really knowing what to expect but ended up having a really fun time. All three bands sounded great and the crowd was really into all of them as well, which always makes it better. My only complaint is that I really wanted to buy some of the bands cd’s and even though there was a merch table set up, nobody was actually there to sell anything. What’s up with that???

Cooling TowersFacebook, Twitter, Bandcamp
Endless WaveFacebook, Twitter, Bandcamp
PlushgunFacebook, Twitter

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