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Symbol Six
Symbol Six
Photo: Blowfish

We did another Monday at O’Briens. Idiot Genes did their usual loose and spirited set. Much like the last time here at O’Briens. They started with the same song declaring, “we have nothing to say”. There are riffs and lyrics are interesting all the way through the set. They rev everything up with energetic playing. We always enjoy these guys.

Idiot Genes
Idiot Genes
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The headliners the Terry Malts were from California. It took a few songs to get a handle on them. Their main video of Gentle Eyes has a much cleaner sound than what they had at O’Brien’s. Listening to other recorded tracks it does seem that they do go for a more messy sound at times.

Terry Malts
The Terry Malts
Photo: Blowfish

Amidst the cluttered sound though are some great melodies and songs. The mixture of rough sound and poppy vocals does work but in this case we think showcasing the melodic side would be more rewarding. Still when you catch that poppy side it's working big time.

It was a rocking night for the 25 people who showed up. We tried to see Surfer Blood at Great Scott’s on Wednesday but it was sold out.

Then it was back to O’Brien’s down the street on Saturday to see a solid rock line up. The headliners were Electric Frankenstein (we saw them back in 2008) which we ended up not seeing because we went early to catch Duck and Cover and left after three groups.

Duck and Cover
Duck & Cover
Photo: Blowfish

Duck and Cover put in another set that showcases all their strengths. It was very similar to the show we saw at Sally O’Brien’s in February . The tight group sound with Chris Brat’s distinctive voice makes everything work. The sound is based on punk and to that they add what they want. One sign we like is that the song that they identify as their newest is their best. Their songs have many creative twists in them. One song had a middle section that was so different I thought they had slipped into another song but no, it was back to the verse. They are always doing things like that.

They end with Stand Corrected. At this point it seems that it defines it’s time (it came out in 2014). Us older punks have a list of Willie Loco, Nervous Eaters etc songs that bring back our era. Stand Corrected is that sort of song now.

Hey Zeus
Hey Zeus
Photo: Blowfish

Hey Zeus came from a final set at the Rumble on Friday. Carrisa Johnston won the Rumble but you could see what she was up against. It’s not just the music but the stage antics that are at the fore with Hey Zeus. They got attention in the Globe Sunday where they describe them as “tight metal sound with a dose of kitsch”. The lead singer was jumping all through the set and had his own heavy metal Spinal Tap sort of leap. It made you smile every time. They have the drum thing that they've done for a while where the singer joins the drummer making a thick rhythmic rumble. Cool trick and he did it in a cape – always thinking of the show.

The music was well done early seventies metal. This is where we have a problem. Being punks we revolted against metal and mellow music in 1976. Now we find ourselves face to face with this metal revival. Duck and Cover is able to put ideas like twin leads into their songs as add-ons to their punk sound. That’s the way to go for us. Hey Zeus did the metal thing well though. It was easy to take with the fun stage show.

Symbol Six
Symbol Six
Photo: Blowfish

Symbol Six were formed in California in 1980 put out a LP on Posh Boy but didn’t last long. They reformed in 2010. There was no let down from the Hey Zeus energy as the band came out full force and never let down. They also had a front man who grabbed your attention. He was a very tall guy and he used it with big arm moves to take up a lot of visual space. The music was a roar of rawk. They have two examples on their My Space page . (sorry its not on FB)

It’s hard to argue with a bunch of musicians earnestly giving you a loud dose of rock and roll. The club was full for this excellent four band line up. That was nice to see.

Spotlight Tavern 4/22/2017
Last ones
The Last Ones
Photo: Arthur Freedman
last ones
The Last Ones
Photo: Arthur Freedman
Corolla Deville
Photo: Arthur Freedman
Corolla Deville
Photo: Arthur Freedman
Freedman Photos
Tiger Bomb
Photo: Arthur Freedman
Freedman Photos
Tiger Bomb
Photo: Arthur Freedman

Arthur Freedman went up to the North Shore for one of the many shows that that area is having on a regular bases. He hit the Spotlight with Tiger Bomb, Corolla Deville and The Last ones. That's the photos above. Below we have a link to the Kurt Baker show at O'Briens last Saturday with photos mostly by Eric Law.

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And in other news.....

Here's a cool article about Judy Gruenwald of The Maps and Salem 66...Read it here! it's sort yet another Judy Shrine but in words instead of photos.

Billy Connors The Billy Connors Project, the latest incarnation of the Boize guitarist Billy Connors has a new EP eminent and it is another high water mark for him. Billy has slowly changed personnel in his band and that has become a thing to do it seems. Each incarnation is different. This time he has Adam Sherman who adds a lot vocally. Adam was in Private Lightning. Other people take to Billy’s writing. Scott Baerenwald turned in a classic heartfelt pop turn with Nothings Gonna Change and now Adam has his moment with Stranded. Carmelita played the song this week on WAAF. We have it early for you too - Click here for STRANDED
Ray Fernandes is on drums where he keeps it simple, clear and strong. Mike Quirk on bass never sounded better than on this new four song EP.
I Don’t Like You brings the old punk attitude back into play. That bounces offf I Know My Place which has some self-reflection.
It was produced by Sir David at Whooly Mammoth. David scores again. Billy has found a good place where he is creative, playing gigs and keeping it comfortable. It’s a blueprint for others who are looking to keep things going.

A movie debuted this week called Free Fire. Although filmed in the UK the story has it happening in a warehouse in Boston. Despite the fact that one character has a John Denver fixation (the story happens in the seventies) they have Do The Boob by the Real Kids on the soundtrack. The Globe reported that the director found the song searching through YouTube. You can read it here.

Keegan Reviews

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

Kermit's Finger April 24 (Monday) Shonen Knife are doing a FREE show at Hojoko in the Fenway

April 28 (Friday) The Low Babies, Kermit's Finger, Loser's Circle, The Grommets at O'Brien's

April 28 (Friday) The Upper Crust (Its their record release!), Benny Sizzler, Devil On Horseback at Once

April 28 (Friday) Lydia Lunch, Hard Nips (Japanese Girl Band), Cassie J Sneider and Nonye Brown-West at Ralph's in Wishtah. FB page Why isn't this show in Boston or Cambridge!?!?

April 28 (Friday) Former Misfits member Michael Graves is at Firehouse 13 in Provi with Damnation, The Skeleton Beats, Deprived and WolfmanChuc

April 29 (Saturday) A Crash Course for the Ravers on WMFO/95.1 1-4PM is featuring Tom Baker & The Snakes!

April 29 (Saturday) A special evening of performances at The Met by Throwing Muses, Neutral Nation, and Plan 9, and their inductions into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame! Tickets are scheduled to go on sale on February 27!!! For unveiling ceremony and rock inductions day #2 check out the FB page!!

April 30 (Sunday) Jason Bennett & The Resistance, On The Cinder, Michael Kane And The Morning Afters, The Martians - At The Midway - This is a 4PM afternoon show.

Gig poster April 30 (Sunday) Lions Lions, Actor Observer, Dreamer and Son, Too Late the Hero at Sonia

And further out....

May 1 (Monday) PanzerBastard, The Humanoids, Poison Rites and Armpits at O'Brien's

May 3 (Wednesday) Cold Expectations, Happy Little Clouds, Uranium Daughters are at Once

May 4 (Thursday) Walter Sickert & the Army of Toys, Scarlet Sails, Radiator King at Once

May 4 (Thursday) Everybody knows its The Damned at The Paradise but this night is also Artie Freedman's 60th birthday - be sure to wish him a happy happy when you see him there, he'll be celebrating! Happy Birthday Artie!!

May 5 (Friday) The Billy Connors Project, Tsunami of Sound, Bikini Whale are at Sally O'Brien's

May 5 (Friday) Jenn Lombari, Leesa Coyne, Chrissy Vaccaro, Jess Collins and Sasha Alcott are all doing solo performances at The Greek (Union Square)

May 5 (Friday) The Skeleton Beats CD Release Party! at Opus in Salem also on the bill: Nick The Barbarian, Michael Kane and the Morning Afters and The Warning Shots

Moose May 5 (Friday) PowerSlut, Stars Like Ours, You People and Happy Little Clouds are at Sally O'Brien's

May 6 (Saturday) 3:30-8:30PM- Jam for Jay: A fundraiser for Jay S. Henderson to help with his medical expenses featuring live music by the Henderson's, K.O. Stone Still Here, The Gravedancers, Billy Squire, The Wicked Pissah Band, The Thigh Scrapers, and a 'Burny Sanders Fake News' Jam at the end!! Food will be provided.. 50/50 Raffle. If you are in town for Wake Up The Earth Festival, consider stopping by and catching a couple of tunes and brews!! At The Midway -3:30-8:30PM (FB page) If you can't go and you know Jay via his many bands in all the years he's been around donate please here

May 8 (Monday) Indonesian Junk.....who have just released a digital single "Turn to Stone" on Rumbar Records..... are at O'Brien's. HearTurn to Stone here. Also on the bill Jay Allen & The Archcriminals and The Von Traps

May 10 (Wednesday) Zip-Tie Handcuffs, The Mad Doctors, Idiot Genes, Future Spa at O'Brien's Pub...FB page

May 11 (Thursday) Cruel Miracle, The Stops!!!, DiNOLA and The Scrapes are at O'Brien's

May 12 (Friday) Mike Watt (Minutemen) and Meat Puppets are at the Brighton Music Hall Here's the FB page

May 12 (Friday) Rockin' Bob Punk Band w/ The Lost Riots. Michael Kane & The Morning Afters and Mongerellis at O'Brien's FB page

Cold Expectations May 13 (Saturday) A Crash Course For the Ravers has Glider on - WMFO 95.1 1-4PM

May 13 (Saturday) DJ Easy Ed presents The Cranktones plus Easy Ed's Record Hop! at The Midway - this is a 4PM show.

May 13 (Saturday) The 5th Joe Coughlin Memorial Show.....we love Joe and will never forget him!!! On the bill: M.O.T.O., Super Special Guest Star, Blue Oyster Coughlin, Classic Ruins and Jay Allen at The Midway!! (9PM show)

May 13 (Saturday) Silver Screams, Chanticlear, The Runouts,Sonic Libido are at The Spotlight in Beverly.

May 13 (Saturday) Watch City SteamPunk Festival in Waltham...Website FB Page

May 17 (Saturday) The McGunks, Pint Killers, The Martians and Taxi Driver - 4PM Show at The Midway

Atlantic Thrills May 20 (Saturday) A Crash Course for the Ravers will be featuring The Black Souls & Classic Ruins! Check it out on 95.1 WMFO 1-4PM

May 20 (Saturday) Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents, Muck and the Mires, Vicky and the Vengents at The Middle East Up.

May 22 (Monday) Whoopi Sticks, Fire In The Radio (Philly) and Cook Bag at O'Brien's

May 26 (Saturday) Reddy Teddy and State of the Union are @ the Cantab

May 26 (Saturday) Corin Ashley and Modern Day Idols are at The Plough

May 27 (Saturday) A Crash Course for the Ravers will be featuring the new Greg Allen's Fringe Religion! Check it out on 95.1 WMFO 1-4PM

May 27 (Saturday) A Cal Cali show: Lyres, The Black Souls, Classic Ruins and CalCaliBand You can buy tix here (Only ten bucks!!) FB page

Rocking Bob May 27 (Saturday) The Runouts, The Martians, Blame Shifters, Nymphidels at The Midway this is an afternoon show - 4-8PM

May 29 (Monday) Teenage Bubblegums (Italian Pop Punk), Jagger Holly, Mongorellis, Jimmy Jacked at Opus Underground in Salem (FB page)

June 4 (Sunday) Birdsongs of the Mesozoic are at Once

June 4 (Sunday) Jack Grisham from TSOL doing readings and photos plus Jerry's Kids, Stranglehold, PanzerBastard at Once FB page

June 4 (Sunday) GIUDA (from Rome Italy) and Unnatural Ax & The Hi End at Once Tix etc here

June 8 & 9 (Thursday & Friday) Reverend Horton Heat along with Agent Orange, and Flat Duo Jets at Once in Somerville

June 10 (Saturday) Psycho, Conclave, Whoopi Sticks, Gant, Spillers an afternoon 4-8PM show at the Midway

Muck June 10 (Saturday) The Real Kids (back from touring Europe!) Muck and the Mires and Greg Allen's Fringe Religion at The Spotlight Tavern in Beverly- FB page

June 11 (Sunday) A Sunday Punk Matinee at the Midway with M.A.T.B. (frm Worcester), Worm, The Hideout and No Good (frm Maine) 4-8PM only $5!!and All Ages.

June 14 (Wednesday) Eve Minor (from NYC), DnA’s Evolution, The Stigmatics, Doug Linse at The Midway

June 16 (Friday) Kids Like You & Me' s Rama Lama Ding Dong 2017! Featuring.. The Monsieurs, Creaturos, Littlefoot, Germhouse & more! at The Middle East - check out the FB page

June 17 (Saturday) A Crash Course for the Ravers will be featuring Anthony Kaczynski! Tony is the consummate musician, he should have some interesting stories to tell and picks to play. Check it out on 95.1 WMFO 1-4PM

June 17 (Saturday) Quiggs, Diablogato, Duck & Cover, Loser's Circle at O'Brien's Pub

June 17 (Saturday) Held Hostage, Point Blank, Infernal Diatribe, Profit Margin at Koto in Salem (FB Page)

June 18 (Sunday) Help Save Out of the Blue Gallery Too - this will be an all day affair (3PM-11PM) with FOURTEEN bands including: Brian Young -WMFO as Emcee plus Thalia Zedek, Fireking, Randy Black, The Knock Ups, Tsunami of Sound, The Stigmatics, State of the Union, Cal Cali Rockin' Trio, The Last Ones, The KENZ (Highland & Kaiser), The Thigh Scrapers and Club Linehan A Go Go ~ 50th Birthday Party for Joe Quinn. Check out the FB page

Runouts June 25 (Sunday) Nonzerosum Present: Conflict, Who Killed Spikey Jacket, Cinderblock, Pandemix - ALL AGES, $20, 8:00 PM Doors at the Middle East Up.

July 19 – July 30: The Midway’s Dirty 30th Anniversary Celebration Spectacular

July 17 (Monday) Township, The Dents, Love Love and Weather Weapon at The Midway

July 22 (Saturday) DJ Easy Ed Night with The Cranktones, The Barley Hoppers and Fearless Leaders at The Midway!!

August 5 (Saturday) The Silver Mirrors, Instant Shawarma, The Facc-Tones and The Sound Down Cellar at The Midway

September 16 (Saturday) Chameleons VOX At the Middle East Also on the bill: Soft Kill , Way Out and The Milling Gowns FB Page

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Hey Zeus
Hey Zeus
Photo: Blowfish
Duck and Cover
Duck & Cover
Photo: Blowfish
Symbol Six
Symbol Six
Photo: Blowfish
Crash Course for the Ravers on Saturday WMFO

Joanie's Portugal Vacation
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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