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Zig Zag Live Hits Beantown

Boris, Pearls and Brass, and Ocean deliver another night of eardrum-pounding metal.

As metal rockers Boris did their sound check yesterday evening at the Middle East in Cambridge, MA for the Zig Zag Live show, employees from neighboring venues called, “wondering what the hell was going on over here,” reported the young scenester manning the door. “All of these bands are just so fucking loud,” he noted. Grungy metal rockers Ocean opened with an uninterrupted thirty minutes of straight metal, pleasing their young audience who enthusiastically banged their heads. During Pearls and Brass’s set, the crowd swelled, but Boris drew the biggest audience. Whether they came for the music or to ogle Wata, the band’s sweet, somber, pixie guitarist, Boris admirers rushed into the tiny venue for the sold-out show, and many superfans were turned away at the door, crushed. Still, some found they needed a break from the loud rock. Naomi Yang, of Boston indie band rock band Damon and Naomi, stepped outside for a break near the end of the show. “I’ve been in the studio wearing headphones all day,” she sighed. “This is just too much!” EMMA LIND

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