The afternoon shows at the Midway start at 4pm and the Middle East
has shows starting at 1pm. Its a trend to fill the clubs all day Saturday
and Sunday. I love that.
I catch locals The Midriffs. I was suspicious of the Grateful Dead shirt
on the singer. The group as a whole didnt make an impression. More experience
or practice is needed to get their act together. There were a few interesting
moments. One song was a combo of Hendrix and Nirvana which is a nice place to
be and the last airy psych jam was working.
Their problems came in more relief with the well-oiled machine that was Heeney.
The group is from New York and the sad news is that they are breaking up and
this was one of their last shows. On stage they seemed very happy and the light
hearted manner added to the presentation as they slammed out an extremely tight
set. They began with covering Mystery Dance by Elvis Costello and for
me it was the only thing that didnt click. All their originals were interesting
and full on rocking.
The bands kept thanking people for being there and they should have. It was
one of the first good days in months. I couldnt believe I was inside myself.
It was a young crowd outside of me. Then Eric Law walked in and then
I knew there was some group that had interest that I didnt know. He informs
me that the next act The Swimmers has Billy Joes from Green
Day son as the drummer. Sure enough the audience perked up a bit for them.
The lead singer had attention getting green hair. They were bounding about the
stage while playing a loud punk and beach oriented material. I like it but didnt
give it too much time.
Theres a limit even for me; I got out to the sun.
But the next Sunday at 1:30 pm I was back at the Middle East Up for
more; again a great day outside and the same dank bar climate inside.
Wormwood made things OK with a hard driving set. They mainly set up
a rhythmic riff and everyone just pounds on it. It worked for me. No solos not
much singing. One song went for a few minutes with no vocals and then the singer
just let out a agggggghhhhhhh sort of thing and that was that. Again, I was
fine with it.
The club was as full as it was the week before which is to say very respectable
and much better than many a mid-week show I have gone to.
Lunglust was next. I knew I was in for something when
the guitarist doing the sound check was by himself louder than all of Wormwood.
Sure enough Lunglust was freaking loud. Loud like sticking
your head in a jet engine. If the Middle East still has a back
wall its not the fault of Lunglust, they tried their
best to blow it away. I couldnt hear the vocals and of course I couldnt
because that would mean they were louder than the guitars and that is practically
and theoretically beyond the ability of man.
And that was what I was looking for. I love that level. It
washes everything away. Its brain melting. On top of the volume is the
intense emotion of the singer. So its physical and emotional; a very powerful
combo. Lunglust had no solos either but at one point they did
an eight note tandem lead and it was
.what? Where did that come from? They
should do more of those moments.
PanzerBastard was next. I
had seen them before and decided that I had to get outside and called
it a day. My ears were ringing bad and it was only 3pm.
And in other news -
Michael Roy of Foxpass has released his first
solo effort Eclectricity. Available at CD Baby for CD and download, and at iTunes
and Amazon for download only. Read the very
positive review from Blowfish here. Here
Andrew Szava-Kovats has released another
trailer for his upcoming Women Who Rocked Boston film. It features Suzie
Kerr-Wright from One Fish Two Fish and the Swinging Erudites.
(And he filmed Miss Lyn this weekend!)
And speakign of the Swinging Erudites...you know,
Johnny Angel was in that band, if you watch the trailer you'll see him
boppin' around...if you haven't read his book Looking for Lady Dee yet
I'm tellin' ya folks order it now...it's awesome. If you were in the scene in
those days of 1978-the 80's or if you knew Johnny this is a trip back to those
days and a great read! Oh yeah its got sex, drugs, and of course rock'n'roll
but its also about the confusing complexities of human emotion and relationships
and youth and so much more. He's honest upfront and frank about himself and
the things going on around him...and at times pretty damned funny. He paints
a world that easily comes to life in your mind.....Go here
for the Kindle Version and go here
for the hard copy version.
Here's another film I'd LUV to see that premiered at SXSW and also by Brendan
Says- A Documentary on the Life and Times of Danny Fields. Brings
me back to the days of meeting Danny when the Ramones were in town at the Rat
and the Club. Always a very nice guy...what a story to be told!! And here's
the website for the film...keep checking the listings maybe someday it
will get to Boston...or you can pre-order the DVD!!
And if you listen to A Crash Course
for the Ravers on Saturdays you might want to think about throwing some
ducats to their Donation Drive 2015. Please go here to do so: WMFO
Donation Drive - donations start at only 5 bucks!! and Brian Young
will thank you very much!
So with that said.....here are some shows that are happening this week....
April 24 (Friday) The
Triple Threat Tour at
Cuisine en Locale
Upper Crust (11:30)
, The Grannies
and I Am Next (8:30)
...get tix on
the FB page and BTW this is an All Ages show!
April 25 (Saturday) A Crash Course For
The Ravers will be featuring The Peasants and Emily Grogan...that's
WMFO 95.1 1-4PM
Later in the day:
April 25 (Saturday) A 4-8:30PM
Show at the Midway with
Crazy & The Brains, The Pity Whores, Alex
Stern, The Black Cheers and Whoopi
April 25 (Saturday) Store
54 has a Bob Colby presents show with Sarah Rabdau & Self-Employed
Assassins and The Wrong Shapes. And check out the FB
event page, there's a gorgeous poster designed by Endation's Anthony
"Ants" Conely. And if you want to stay totally in the know sign
up for Bob's email list for updates and news about his shows.
April 25 (Saturday) Anarchy Club
is back to play their first show in years! Joining them will be Hope &
the Husbands, featuring new husbands! And your favorite local A Bunch
of Jerks. its all at the Greek American Club in Union Square Somerville.
Doors are at 9PM it's $7 cover.
April 26 (Sunday) Up in Beverly at the
Spotlight Tavern there's an afternoon (4PM) show with Rockin' Bob
(from Jerry's Kids, doing JKs songs and more), LIVVER (salem hardcore),
Shattered Silence (North Shore hardcore, last show for a long time),
Tenebrae (Boston punk) and Stranger (Boston dark punk)
April 26 (Sunday) Roy Sludge with
Duke Levine & Johnny Sciascia are at The Highland Kitchen at
10PM. FB Event page
coming up after this week we have.......
April 27 (Monday) Um yeah it IS gonna get
weird at Opus Underground tonight with Marianne Toilet & The Runs
along with Jonee Earthquake Band, The Back Alley Ramblers and No
April 30 (Thursday) Night Slice, The
Knock Ups and Nick and the Adversaries are at The Milky Way/Bella
Luna in JP (FB
May 1 (Friday) Fireking
with a double CD full of new material will be playing at Jacque's Underground.
Music at 9:00; Fireking at 10:00. The other bands are Plume and Dead Effect.
May 1 (Friday) Whiskey Kill and Red
Pennys are at Johnny D's
May 1 (Friday) Warthog, The Evil Streaks,
The Radiator Rattlers and Gravel are at Opus Underground,
May 6 (Wednesday) here's
one to put in your calendars my friends: The Meatmen, Against the Grain
and The Humanoids at the Middle East upstairs....(UP???
They sold out the downstairs last time!!) anyway here's the FB
May 9 (Saturday) JOEFEST
3rd Annual Joe Coughlin Memorial Concert with M.O.T.O.,
Johnny & The Jumper Cables - Stump The Undertaker and Lenny Lashley
at The Midway
May 9 (Saturday) Tsunami of Sound, My
Own Worst Enemy and The Shambolics are at Sally O'Brien's
(FB event page)
May 14 (Thursday) John Cooper Clarke
is performing at Berklee!! At the David Friend Recital Hall (921 Boylston Street)
Click the link
to read more about JCC and to buy tickets.
May 15 (Friday) an awesome
hardcore show at The Democracy Center, Mt. Auburn St Cambridge, with
The Boston Strangler, The Flex
(on tour from the UK), Red
Death (DC Hardcore), Leather Daddy and Preskool Dropouts.
May 15 (Friday) 10th
Annual HoZavc Blackout Fest at the Empty Bottle in Chicago with
The Real Kids, (they have this description listed: "Legendary 70s
Boston Punk/Power Pop band featuring John Felice from the original lineup of
the Modern Lovers" also on the bill are Cozy, Platinum Boys and
16 (Saturday) Hixx are at Club Bohemia at The Cantab
May 16 (Saturday) The Evil Streaks,
The Downbeat 5, The Reverb Syndicate (from Ottawa) and The Radiator Rattlers
are at O'Brien's
May 22 (Friday)
The Brigands and The
Black Souls are at the Tavern at the End of the World.
FB event page
May 22 (Friday)-
You have been warned - Book the flight now: Sleep Chamber!! Doing their
only show in 34 years in Tel Aviv, Israel at UTC+02. Not only is this their
first show in 34 years -
its their LAST SHOW ever.
May 23 (Saturday)
Memphis Rockabilly Band is at The Amvets in Randolph and it is a FREE
show from 8:30PM to Midnight
(AMVETS Post 51 9 Amvets Lane off Pleasant St., Randolph, MA) Cheap drinks!
Big dance floor. Swing dance, slow dance, twist and stroll! Pizza and more.
Lots of free parking.
May 30 (Saturday)
Reddy Teddy are at the Rhumbline up in Gloucester. .
June 4 (Thursday)
Motobunny, The Charms, Watts and Greg Allen's Fringe Religion
are at TT's.
June 19 & 20 (Friday
& Saturday) it's the Girls in the Garage Music Fest
with you guessed it bands with femailes in them, all at the Lizard Lounge!!
For both nights doors are at 7, Music starts at 8PM Check
the FB page for set times and to (eventually) buy tix. Check out the particulars
below, that's a whole lot of amazing bands!!!
June 19 (Friday)
Stars Like Ours (feat. Michelle Paulhus and Kristen Edmonston),
The Black Souls (feat. the fabulous Kim Ackland!), The Charms,
Petty Morals, The Evil Streaks and The Dents
June 20 (Saturday)
Cujo, Drab, Axemunkee, Andrea Gillis Band, The Downbeat 5 and The
July 11 (Saturday) Mudhoney along with
White Dynomite will be at The Brighton Music Hall
July 11 (Saturday) it's official The
Gizmos (and a TON of other bands) are playing Mutant Fest II
at the Blockhouse in Bloomington IN. FB
July 18 (Saturday) Mission of Burma
opens for The Foo Fighters and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones at
August 3 & 4 (Monday
and Tuesday) Darkbuster
returns!! at The Sinclair. Get
your tix here but act fast friends!!
August 3 (Monday) Tsunami of Sound
and The Vista Cruisers are at Opus Underground, Salem.
August 22 (Saturday)
Memphis Rockabilly Band is at the Marshfield Fair. check
out the particulars here
and of course The New England Shake-Up! September
25,26,27 2015! Keep yourself updated at their
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