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Ravi Shavi at Fuzzstival

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Along with Hasselfest the Boston Fuzzstival is a way to hear a lot of new bands, along with some better known ones, in a short time. Both have two stages that supply non-stop music over several days.


Fuzzstival is changing a bit. The name would tell you it's about psych groups and the light show would confirm that, but there was a lower percentage of psych this year. Last year (our page here) they described the show as "the best bands in the region that make psychedelic/fuzz/garage/surf rock", this year they modified that to a "celebration of local and regional music". To me that's doing something different but the results were still rewarding. We didn't hit the Friday show that was anchored by the Lyres. And had favorites like The Monsieurs, CREATUROS and Mr. Airplane Man.



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Saturday's show started at 3pm. We arrived after 4pm and saw just a bit of Sunwatchers who had horns and a violin in the mix on the main stage. The light show was going as it did for every act. The music (and light show) moved to the side stage which was set up in the side balcony section.



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We had seen the band Milk last year and remarked about how they jump genres from song to song and they still do that. They sound like Pink Floyd on a song then they go country style with fingerpicking the chords on the next. They do both very well but you'd think they'd pick a style and go with it but that is maybe a record executive talking and not an artist following their creative muse. We did enjoy the set. It was on the raw side with lots of energy.


Raw Gems

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It was back to the main stage with JAW GEMS who were more jazz then rock. They did instrumentals with two synthesizers and did have a psych edge. The bass player was notable. Overall they were out of rock purview.

Weeakened Friends

Weakened Friends

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Next on the side stage was Weakened Friends who turned out to be one of the surprises that you look for at these things. They are a rocking indie trio from Maine. The songs were short and had character. The singer sometimes had a fast quaver to her voice but also sang without it. Our ears kept going to the bass player who had a round tone and some lines that defined a few songs. We'll be looking out for this group and more of their gigs in the future!!Weakened Friends Bandcamp page (They are playing Allston Awesome Christmas Sept 10 see listing below)

high Pop

High Pop

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Then it was off to eat, we left the club about a third full when we came back High Pop was on and the club was half full. They were another trio. They had that raw sound with energy that earmarks a lot of new groups like Black Beach that were to follow them. I found more to like about them by listening to their songs on Bandcamp . They seemed very young so we expect to see them develop as they go along.

Black Beach

Black Beach

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Black Beach took zero time to blast out their brand of surf-psychedelics with such power that they left all previous groups in their wake. Their number one mission is to rock and they've had a lot of experience on the scene doing it. We've seen them many times and have seen them on a journey to the point where now they are one the best on the scene. One of differences from some of the preceding groups is that these guys know their instruments and play with determined power. They are a trio and the sound is a wash of screeching guitar. The songs are bare boned structures with few words. It's the sound that sweeps you up and it all sounds new and fresh. So, it's one more time of telling you to go see these guys. Go see these guys!!

Raiv Shavi

Ravi Shavi

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I wouldn't want to follow Black Beach but we were in for another eye opener in the form of Ravi Shavi. They are from Providence by way of Pakistan and describe themselves as indie and punk but that doesn't begin to explain the show we saw. The focus is on lead singer and band leader Rafay Rashid. If you read the paragraph they have on the Bandcamp page (Ravi Shavi) you can see they harken back to older rockers like Screaming Jay Hawkings, Lou Reed, Iggy and Ziggy (Bowie). This comes through in the more traditional song writing and especially in the stage moves by Rafay.

He's a hypnotic front man. His hand gestures emphasize the lyrics and, along with his mysterious looks, add a certain air to his stage persona. He kicks and shakes his feet in a unique way too. He looks like he has ants in his pants! He's got something going there that works big time. The songs sound like they are influenced by mid-sixties rock.

Ravi Shavi

Ravi Shavi

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The group has three guitarists and they play full six string chords. Sometimes they play the same thing giving them the punch and other times they arrange three different voicings giving the songs depth. The initial effect was jaw-dropping. The bass player Matt DeCosta and drummer Nick Iddon are newer members but build a strong and pounding rhythm section as a foundation to the sound. They all wear vests with mirrors on them, a nod to Rafay's country of birth and possibly of some of the other members of the band as well. You get the full show here great to watch and hear!!

You think you've seen it all but this was a new concoction that bowled us over. After Ravi Shavi were some very worthy bands we've seen before like Zip-Tie Handcuffs and Ghost Box Orchestra but after 4 and half hours we called it quits. The club was just getting to the full stage. Meanwhile we talked to Bob Colby who saw all of Friday night and was going to see all of Saturday...he's dedicated and that's what makes him Bob Colby.

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Ravi Shavi

Weakened Friends

In other news.....

Here's an interesting article on i-D about Punk women then and now how they age and change...or not....If Punk Never Dies...'s a preview of who'll you'll see in the Chet's video from this year's Chetstock! Password = Chet


The Sunday Globe had this feature. The Rat will never die!

Great news!! Everyone that was at the Late Risers Club Trivia Party wanted to do it again. Erin Amar of Rocker is looking into it. She’s canvassing clubs. It could happen!!!

Stop Calling Me Frank who we saw last week has a gig at the Sinclair opening for Darkbuster on Aug 27. All Darkbuster shows sell out. So do what you have to do. See more info below.

Just One

There are a million punk songs, this is just one.

Let's salute the oddballs, the outliers, the irritators. Punk is contrarian to begin with but inside that there are some who stick out. I'm thinking of the Butthole Surfers, the Happy Flowers, Joe Pop-O-Pies. They want to be abrasive. They use excessive repetition, taboo breaking, noise, and whatever they can do or say that will push your buttons.
Flipper is all about that and they give you a laugh at the same time. They had the hit Sex Bomb. Love Canal, Ha Ha Ha also got airplay. And think of that. None of their songs are easy listening. College radio was right there giving them generous air play. That's why we love them.
Brainwash also got airplay. Talk about difficult. The song is 6:44 minutes long but it is cut into sections of 25 seconds that are separated by 6 seconds of silence - an anathema for radio. Any of the silent sections make you feel the song is over. They lyrics never develop. The singer just stutters for a while and then begrudgingly comments, "Never mind. Forget it. You wouldn't understand it anyway." You either get it or you don't but either way I think we should love the way punk embraced oddities like this.


Here's an article on The Ringer about the Wrecking Ball a punk oriented music festival in Atlanta. The article makes lots of points about the state of festivals today. It goes on to review the groups with 12 worthy song clips to listen to along the way. Check it out here.

And hey!! The BGN is on the radio!! DJ and Emcee Brian Young will be reading some of the gig listings from this page on his WMFO show Crash Course for the Ravers. It’s on Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm and the latter shows are archived. He's always got a bunch of good guests on the show too!

Here's some good shows coming up .....

Roy Sludge show August 26 (Friday) Rock Bottom with special guests The Humanoids and Shiny Beasts are at The Midway

August 26 (Friday) Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents are at The Plough

August 26 (Friday) The Roy Sludge Trio performs at Jack's Sludge Party! upstairs at Once...and it's FREE!!

August 26 (Friday) Pop Gun, Fireking, Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, and MOTO are at The Spotlight Tavern in Beverly

Darkbuster August 27 (Saturday) Idiot Genes, Duck & Cover, Silver Screams and Jack Widows at O'Brien's

August 27 (Saturday) (The New) Darkbuster, CJ Ramone, The Warning Shots and Stop Calling Me Frank are at the Sinclair Tickets!

August 27 (Saturday) Viv'd and Wreckless Wreck Chords present Blanks 77, The Parasitix, Opposition Rising, Mooseknuckle and DestrOi at the Middle east UP for an afternoon Show - 12-5Pm

August 27 (Saturday) Fuzbrains Presents: The Time Beings, The Hopelessly Obscure, The Flipsides and The Performers at The Hotel Vernon in Wistah!!

August 29 (Monday) Crushed Out, Messer Chups (who are from Russia), and the Trabants are at Charlie's Kitchen

September 1 (Thursday) Thalia Zedek Band, Minibeast, Black Helicopter and Positive Negative Man at Great Scott

September 8 (Thursday) Nancy Neon presents Paul Edward Yu, Mike Morrissey, The FACC-Tones and The Downtowners featuring Jeff Kabot of The Venusians and The Superkools and Matt Burns of Black Souls and The Hopelessly Obscure at the Cantab down.

September 9 (Friday) Worshipper, Zip-Tie Handcuffs and The Devil's Twins are at ONCE

Dictators at Once September 9 (Friday) The Black Cheers, See This World, Problems With Dragons and The Dead Simple are at The Midway

September 9 & 10 (Friday & Saturday) There's Allston Awesome Christmas a three day festival of music in Allston. The main event is a block party at Pop Allston 89 Brighton Ave 12Noon til 8PM with The Blake Babies, Doped Up Dollies, Weakened Friends and Dutch Rebelle and its FREE you just have to RSVP at Do617 (HERE!) Also go there for a list of bands playing at O'Brien's and Great Scott on Friday and Saturday nights.

September 10 (Saturday) Cheetah Chrome , Unnatural Axe and Crank County Daredevils are at The Middle East Up

September 10 (Saturday) PowerSlut, Viva Gina, The Land of Enchantment, & The Very are at ONCE Lounge

September 11 (Sunday) Somerville Rock + Roll Yard Sale will be in Union Square Somerville 11AM- 6PM

September 16 (Friday) Cal Cali is bringing the Dictators to Boston!! YAY! Line up: The Dictators, Lyres, Glider and The Modifiers at Once The Stigmatics have just been added to the line up! Here's the FB page. and TICKETS!!

September 17 (Saturday) The Cranktones are doing an early evening show at Atwood's Tavern starting at 4PM Facebook page.

Fireking September 17 (Saturday) The Swindlers CD Release Party with Centerlink, The Swindlers, The Low Babies and Billy Dodge Moody at The Midway

September 17 (Saturday) Dot Wiggin of The Shaggs will meet fans and sign CDs and albums at Newbury Comics’ Harvard Square location. More info on Pitchfork

September 17 (Saturday) Huntingtons, Mongorellis, 138, and Profit Margin are at Koto in Salem.

September 18 (Sunday) Another Sunday Night Mess Around at The Plough

September 22 (Thursday) Highway Chapel at The Cantab Club Boho!

September 22 (Thursday) Yes on 4 Benefit Show with The Martians, You Scoundrel, Aneurysm, Whoopi Sticks and Limited Freedom at O'Brien's starts at 7Pm

September 27 (Tuesday) Buzzcocks at the Royale ...they played this very room back in 1980! And we were there then too!

September 29 (Thursday) Barrence Whitfield & The Savages and Diablogato are at ONCE Ballroom

September 29 (Thursday) through October 1 (Sunday) The "Rat" Beach Party in Hull. Check it out on Facebook for bands and times etc

The Russians are comming! October 1 (Saturday) 6th Annual Upstart Fest Featuring: The Queers, Svetlanas, The Fantastic Plastics, OC45, Kyle Trocolla - at the Middle East Up...whew!! That's gonna be a killer show. We saw the Svetlanas at the 2013 Upstart Fest and they were great!! NOTE: this is an EARLY shows doors are at 4PM. FB page

October 3 (Monday) Bob Colby Presents: Mr Airplane Man and The Land of Enchantment at ONCE Lounge - He will present occasional shows at this venue now...These shows are taking place as part of ONCE's "Taco Monday" series, which means two things: 1) You can have some great food beforehand (starting at 5). 2) The shows have *no cover*, but donations to performers are encouraged (no set amount, whatever you can do). Look for the big silver bucket, every dollar that goes in there goes to the artists!

October 7 (Friday) State Of The Union, Watts, Pop Gun, and The Knock Ups are at Koto in Salem

October 8 (Saturday) for those of you who were Ska fans- An Evening with Dancin' Randy's Ska Punk Time Machine at Great Scott

October 14 (Friday) The Time Beings, The Black Souls, Craig Bell (of Rocket From The Tombs/Mirrors/X__X) and Shiny Beasts - this is a show not to be missed!! At the Midway!

October 15 (Saturday) The Stigmatics (Randall Gibson's new band) will be on the Crash Course for the Ravers with Brian Young on WMFO 91.5FM 1-4PM.

Punk show

October 15 (Saturday) Idiot Genes, Duck & Cover, Chanticlear and Jack Widows are at O'Brien's

October 15 (Saturday) The Upper Crust, Hickoids, The Grannies & Devil On Horseback at Once

October 21, 22 & 23 (Fri., Sat & Sun) The Boston Rock Opera presents Hair at Once Ballroom.

October 28 (Friday) The Vooduo, (from CA), The Crimson Ghosts, The Skeleton Beats & The Outsiders are at Koto in Salem

November 3 (Thursday) The Proletariat are at Once: "After a 33 year hiatus, legendary Boston punk rock band The Proletariat has decided to reunite for a few select shows . Original members Richard Brown, Peter Bevilacqua and Tom McKnight will be joined by guitarist Dan Sanders(from the Providence band Idle Rich) and will reunite for a series of shows in Fall 16. The reunion comes on the heels of the vinyl rerelease of the bands groundbreaking debut “Soma Holiday” on SS Records." Tickets!!

November 3 (Thursday)Wolfman And The Brimstone Boys, The Evil Streaks, The Devil's Twins and Damnation are at Opus Underground in Salem

November 9 (Wednesday) Illegally Blind and League Podcast Present: Shonen Knife, Shepherdess, and Birthing Hips at the Middle East Up

November 10 (Thursday) The Sonics will be at Fete Music Hall 103 Dike St, Providence, Rhode Island 02909 - Here's the FB page

CONTACT US - Send us your gig listings, your news and anything else ya got!!

Black Beach
Black Beach
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Ravi Shavi
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Weakened Friends
Weakened Friends
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Raw Gems
Raw Gems
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Light Show
Even a light show on the floor at the Fuzzstival
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Trivia Night by LRC WMBR
Wayne Viens Interview
Abbey Lounge Reunion
David Minehan Interview
Middle East Holiday Party
   We interviewed David Bash on the week where his International Pop Overthrow is coming to town. It's some backgroud on the history of the event and of course talk about POP..........
David Bash Interview
   We bring you into the Rat Room at the Hotel Commonwealth. Jimmy Harlold invited a group of scene veterans. It was a Rat reuion with lots of stories exchanged. Get to see the room and the people.........
The Rat Room
   Joanie takes a shorter trip (for her) with a Quebec jaunt. She checks out the old city and Bryan Adams' art exhibit!?
Joanie Lindstrom's Quebec Vacation
   Johnny Angel writes a mystery novel Looking for Lady Dee steeped in Boston punk and Thrills history. It's no apologys given for the punk lifestyle. ....
Johnny Angel talking about his Book
   John Keegan get some great photos at the Cramps tribute night at the Middle East Down. .....
All Cramped Up
   It's always a special time when The Damned play. As Halloween looms The Damned hit The Royale...John Keegan reviews and has photos......
Review of The Damned at The Royale
   Just ahead of the big punk show at the Middle East we have an interview with the outspoken Paul Cripple of Reagan Youth......
Paul Cripple of Reagan Youth Interview
   It appeared before us like a chimera and it's still's the Pipeline 25th Anniversary celebration. We interview mastermind Bob Dubrow about his background and search for what motivates him as well as Pipeline history and the show....
The Bob Dubrow Interview
   A look at a notable summer Wednesday. We start at the LRC Summer Party and bar hop to the Sonny Vincent show at Radio......
LRC Summer Party/Sonny Vincent
   The Boston punk community comes out for a good cause. Neighborhoods, Upper Crust, Dents, Dogmatics, Roy Sludge Trio, Ed Moose Savage, Downbeat 5 and Classic Ruins raise some money and rock the house at......
The Viva La Eva Benefit
   It's Part IV and there are still awesome revels....and the photos go back to 1971....not to be missed stuff for Boston Punk fans......
The Lyres Chronicles:The story of a Lyre Retyre - Part IV
   He's legendary and his surprise birthday party was legendary in turn. Only in your Boston Rock and Roll dreams could you come up with a night like this.......
Willie Loco's 70th Birthday Party
   In a case of reverse outsourcing Carl Biancucci of the Classic Ruins also plays bass in the English group Shotglass Killers. He tells us about a gig at the 100 Club with a reformed Damned....
Carl Biancucci in London
   2011 - there are upheavals all over the world, the US is in economic shambles...yet somehow Johnny Anget finds inspiration for a renewal an artistic rebirth if you will......
Interview with Johnny Angel about his new CD
   Ralph Fatello gets into reporter mode and gives us a look into the Cars reunion gig with some great back stage photos too at. ......
The Cars reunion gig at the House of Blues
   The scene gets together for Charlie Chesterman and we get to see Scruffy the Cat reunite......
The Charlie Chesterman Benefit
   The Domatics and The Neats Band 19 and Last Stand reunite...for a benefits for cancer research.... ......
Dogmatics Reunion show at the Paradise
   In the middle of the worst winter ever we give you a story about one of the worst winters ever: mainly the winter of 1978. But it's not just about the winter of course, we don't care about winters we care about punk. Rick Coraccio gives us the inside story from 33 years ago when DMZ went to record their LP.........
The Story of DMZ and the Blizzard of '78
    The Konks' hypnotic bashing was a smart mindlessness that you got addicted to. They are calling it quits and we'll miss 'em and there's no free clinic out there to help us either...........
The Konks Final Show
   We were so thrilled with the La Peste DVD we had to talk with Jan Crocker and while we were at it, get his story too......
Jan Crocker/La Peste DVD Interview
Thank god for 110 Instamatics or we wouldn't have a lot of our early Boston punk photos. Kathy Flynn used hers to get some pics of the Rat and The Club and she sent them to us to share with you..........
Kathy Flynn's Photos
One of the interesting things in the early days of Boston punk was seeing the attention grow around us. One watershed moment was when we heard that a Time Magazine reporter was going to visit the Rat. We didn't like the resulting article. But you can decide. Take a look at the .... ...
Time Magazine Article on Punk 1977
Let's get real. We are all getting older and will die. Do you ever consider how you will be remembered? I'm talking about your tombstone. It's morbid, it's in poor taste, it's .....
Future Tombstones
Crotch biting...head bleeding...dick's all in Miss Lyn's report (with photos to prove it) from the GG Allin 10 Year Memorial Tour at the Middle East....
"R.I.P. GG!!"
Everybody wants to know where everybody else is. To help keep track of the wild, the beautiful and the damned we have set up ....
Then and Now
Punk started 25 years ago. Did any of us think we would ever make it this far? Probably not, that was punk; nihilistic, "no future!". Here is a place to remember, and give a moment of thought to, those who didn't make it this far...
In Memoriam
The minute she hit the scene she was every male punk's heart throb. She was beautiful. She had a winning personality. She had a ...well...a...glow. That could be my heart talking because I, Blowfish, confess: I too am Judy's love slave. We didn't just love Judy, we worshiped her. So, now all of us members of Judyism have somewhere to meet and offer our prayers of unrequited love.
The Judy Map Shrine
1977-The Damned were ready to piss on Blowfish and started to undress Miss Lyn! And people seemed to like it!! This interview IS outrageous...for then AND now!
The Damned Interview

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