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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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 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!!
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.
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.
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...
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.
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
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. Its 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 .....
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
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
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
September 9 (Friday)The Black Cheers,
See This World, Problems With Dragons and The Dead Simple are at
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
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
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
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. Moreinfo 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
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
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 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.
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 -
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We interview mastermind Bob Dubrow about his background and
search for what motivates him as well as Pipeline history and
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Neighborhoods, Upper Crust, Dents, Dogmatics, Roy Sludge Trio, Ed
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