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Burnt Village
Burnt Village
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Being at O’Brien’s on a Tuesday was a familiar situation but there was a twist this time – the club was crowded. Sometimes there are only a dozen people there midweek. This bill was focused on groups connected to Gunner Records. They're based in Germany and are starting an American branch. The first release ifs a split 12 incher with Bundles/Dan Webb and the Spiders.

Dan Webb and the Spiders
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I was immediately carried away by Dan Webb and the Spiders. They were knocking it out hard. There was some pop in the melodies and vocals but the muscular punch in the attack disguised that. The vocals were what really got to me; two and three people singing at once and the background vocals were worked out to add punch and hooks, just beautiful. Believing they were from out of town, I thought – why don’t we have some group like this around here. I was wrong; they come from the Boston area and have a few recorded efforts already. For some reason they never got on my radar.

Videos: Dan Webb and the Spiders

Dan Webb and the Spiders

Dan Webb and the Spiders

They ran their song right through without stopping and without letting up the urgent attack. Theoretically maybe they should have some dynamics but in reality I didn’t want any and I don’t think letting up for a second is in their battle plan. Their recorded material will give you an idea of what they sound like but I can’t hear anything that comes up to the quality of what I heard at O’Brien’s. Dan Webb and the Spiders Bandcamp

No Weather Talks
No Weather Talks
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No Weather Talks had a similar thrust as the Spiders but I didn’t think they were up to the same level. I think I would have liked them better if I hadn’t been overwhelmed by that previous set. I stayed through the set despite getting very hot. This was one of those abnormally warm days last week and the AC was off. The club got hot and sweaty fast. By the time Bundles came it was just too uncomfortable and I baled after a few songs.

Power Slut
Power Slut
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When I walked into the Midway on Saturday I was looking at someone dressed as a banana. Then I saw Hans Solo and Freddy Mercury. These were the costumes of Power Slut. Was this normal for them or it was an early Halloween celebration? Power Slut are an indie music combo of pop and nerd rock. The songs are well thought out and have lots of detail in the music and lyrics. The mock Freddie Mercury on bass was actually from Muck and the Mires.

Videos: Midway 10/22/16

Power Slut

Burnt Village

Slimedog who is hardcore centric is intrigued by them especially the intense lyrics. I did check out some of the lyrics on Bandcamp and he’s right they are very good. As a group they reminded me of a lot of 80s indie rockers like Hell Toupee.

Burnt Village
Burnt Village
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Burnt Village was old school metal. I liked that they didn’t tune low. They drilled out riff based tunes. And those riffs fit into a groove that they hammered on. It was immediately a hair thrashing soundtrack. The guitarists’ straight line up on stage mirrored the way they controlled the riffs. The element that put them over the top was the drummer. He was a busy player and he hit strong. He floated the beat with a cascade of thundering hits. It felt like a herd of wildebeests coming at you. At the end of a few songs he stood up and raised his hands like someone scoring a touchdown. His joy was infectious.
They covered Motorhead's Killed by Death and had a song about H. P. Lovecraft.

Their Facebook page says they started in 2016. That’s amazing. They don’t have any recorded stuff yet. Frankly, this isn't my favorite type of music but I would seek out these guys again!


Trusty Sidekick, Jiblantos review - CLICK HERE

Arthur Freedman took the trip up to Beverly to see the bill Saturday night at the Spotlight. It was the currently steady gigging Nervous Easters, Jon Macy with the Hummingbird Syndicate and Lizzie Borden. He came back with these photos.

The Spotlight in Beverly 10/22/2016
Arthur Freedman
Nervous Eaters
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Arthur Freedman
Nervous Eaters
Photo: Arthur Freedman
Arthur Freedman
The Humingbird Syndicate
Photo: Arthur Freedman
Arthur Freedman
The Humingbird Syndicate
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Arthur Freedman
Lizzie Borden
Photo: Arthur Freedman
Arthur Freedman
Lizzie Borden
Photo: Arthur Freedman

In other news....

Happy Birthday Stiv Bators!! He'd be 67 today Oct 23. Stiv was a wonderful guy, I loved him and I wish he was still here. Here's a great article on Remembering Stiv

Here's a great article on that gives attention to our favorite The Damned and the importance of their song New Rose. We always knew it was important. Read it here!!
And in case you haven't read it here's our infamous interview with The Damned from 1977.

tarot And there's a new 80's Punk/New Wave Tarot Card deck out can read it about it here...they even have Klaus Nomi as the Chariot!

But here's another one with Iggy as The Fool and Patti Smith as the High Priestess. This one is more punk rock says Miss Lyn!

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

October 27 (Thursday) The Dickies, Muck & The Mires and now The Silver Screams are at The Middle East Up. (FB page)

October 27 (Thursday) Panzerbastard, Churchburn, Ritual Blade, and Upheaval @ O’Briens

October 27 (Thursday) When Particles Collide, Abbie Barrett, Stars Like Ours and Carissa Johnson at Great Scott's

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

October 28 (Friday) Oh Framingham you are in for a treat: Screwcart, Rockin Bob, Gasco and Road Soldier at The Tavern in Framingham (here's the FB page for info)

Dickies October 28 (Friday) The Prozacs, BarRoom Heroes, Injury, The Pink Parts and Whoopi Sticks - 4-8PM Matinee Show at The Midway

October 29 (Saturday) Cheech 20th Anniversary Show also on the bill Taxi Driver, Reason to Fight, Words of Truth, & Barfight Champs at The Midway Show night time show

October 29 (Saturday) Growing Up Spooky - Music and movies from the 60s-00's at The Plough and Stars. The Dazies as The Exploding Hearts, Dirty Bangs as Nirvana, Glass House as The Jesus and Mary Chain and Bruvs as The Beatles

October 30 (Sunday) Just go and stay all day- at Atwood's: Corin Ashley & Dave Aaronoff at 4PM and then at 9:30 Glenn Jones and Thalia Zedek

And further out......

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!! (FB page)

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

November 4 (Friday) The Upper Crust, Topheavy, Gene Dante & The Future Starlets and The Hi-End at The Midway

November 4 (Friday) Lifestyle, Sidewalk Driver and usLights at Great Scott's

November 4 (Friday) The Proletariat are at The Met in Pawtucket RI (FB page)

Hasslefest November 4 & 5 (Friday & Saturday) Boston Hassle and Brain Arts Organization presents Hassle Fest 8 is two-day underground and independent music festival that is organized and coordinated entirely by Boston Hassle volunteers. This event will feature both local and touring independent and underground musicians that will lure DIY music-lovers from all corners of New England to the streets of Boston for this annual celebration. It's at the Brighton Music Hall FB page for more info ...and Boston Hassle page

November 5 (Saturday) Roy Sludge Trio at 4PM at Atwood's (have dinner here the food is awesome!!)

November 5 (Saturday) The Real Kids, Classic Ruins, Andy California, Hambone Skinny at The Midway!!

November 5 (Saturday) Stray Bullets, Duck & Cover, Jumper! and Offwhites are at The Greek club in Union Sq Somerville. FB page

November 6 (Sunday) We had a great time at the last Trivia night by Rocker Magazine. It is happening again at the same place, Zuzu's at the Middle East. Fun, fun and again fun. Facebook post

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

November 9 -12 is International Pop Overthrow at PA's Lounge - Wednesday has Richie Parsons among others

Screwcart November 10 (Thursday) The Goddamn Gallows, Gallows Bound, Tigerman WOAH, Ten Foot Polecats - Middle East Up

November 10 (Thursday) IPO at PA's has Kevin William , American Beauties, TRY, Ships Have Sailed, Suzie Hatton Band and Biltmore

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

November 11 (Friday) The Sprained Ankles, Stop Calling Me Frank, Spectacle, The Johns at the Midway - This is a benefit for Frank Johnson (FB page for more info)

November 11 (Friday) Mercury on Mars, The Hose, Psychic Dog and The Digs are at Club Boho at the Cantab

November 11 (Friday) IPO at PA's has Cait Brennan, Dave Rave & Hailee Rose, Airport, Big Giant, Powderhouse , Wizard Farm and The Downtowners

Ankles November 12 (Saturday) The Welch Boys, Penalty Kill, BarRoom Heroes, Zero Rights & Words of Truth a 4-8.30PM show at the Midway

November 12 (Saturday) Punk Rock Flea Market at Koto in Salem 1-5PM "Come down and buy some records, some band and sports tees, some homemade crafts and jewelry" There's be punk rock music after 8PM. FB page

November 12 (Saturday) IPO At PA's tonight has Arthur Nasson, Michael Oliver & The Sacred Band, Hummingbird Syndicate, The Brigands, Fireking, The Forz and 1.4.5.

November 12 (Saturday) Presented by State Line Records. This is the music after the Flea Market- The northshore's best punk bands will be playing their second show of the year together. Local favorites The Tenafly Vipers and Quiggs bring down the house. Boston visitors Duck & Cover and The Warning Shots warm you up for the local favorites. Let's have a good time. all at Koto.

November 13 (Sunday) The Spearmint Sea, Uranium Daughters and Cold Expectations are at O'Brien's - Ibeleive this is Steve Prygoda's (My Own Worst Enemy) new band's (Cold Expectations) first gig!!

November 17 (Thursday) Ten Dollar Mistake, Field Nurse, Hambone Skinny, Jay Allen & the Archcriminals at PA's

Samurai November 17 (Thursday) Oh The Humanity, Suburban Samurai, The Hideout, Alarms @ PA's Lounge Union Sq Somerville

November 19 (Saturday) Live Band Emo/Pop Punk Karaoke at the Middle East Down featuring songs from the likes of Brand New, Sum - 41, Taking Back Sunday, Blink 182 and whole bunch of other surprises backed by Coach and friends and members of local bands Fall Risk, Animal Flag, Sports, and Leaner.

November 19 (Saturday) Tsunami of Sound, The Knock Ups, Axemunkee and The High End at Koto in Salem

November 23-26 (Weds-Saturday) 4 Nights! Jonathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkins on the drums at the Middle East Up. FB page It was an amazing night when we went in 2014. And for fun read our 1980 interview with Jonathan

November 26 (Saturday) Frigate are at The Midway for an afternoon show! Also on the bill Thigh Scrapers and State of The Union 4PM show!

December 1 (Thursday) Humanoids, Mam Ladilla (Spain), Covered in Bees (Maine), Intheshit & Black Friday - O'Brien's

December 2 (Friday) Blood Drive, Sex Orgy Death Crash, Jarva Land and Charlie Don't Surf at PA's

Trivia December 2 (Friday) Today Junior, Calico Blue, Spirit Ghost and Brushes at The Midway

December 3 (Saturday) Muck & The Mires will be on A Crash Course for the Ravers with Brian Young on WMFO 91.5 1-4PM

December 3 (Saturday) Studio Two , The Beatles Tribute w/ Muck and the Mires at The Middle East Up.

December 3 (Saturday) The Forz, Young Bull and others TBA are at Club Boho at The Cantab.

December 3 (Saturday) VapoRubs, Psychic Dog, Silver Screams, Tony Jones & the Cretin 3 at AS220 in Provi

December 9 (Friday) Peter Murphy "Stripped" -This is A rare opportunity to see Peter Murphy performing (with an ensemble - 3 piece in all) semi-acoustic versions of his music from throughout his illustrious career (um, $25 Advance / $35 Day of Show / $30 VIP Early Bird / $35 VIP Advance) 7 PM Doors

December 10 (Saturday) Charlie Don't Surf will be on A Crash Course for the Ravers with Brian Young on WMFO 91.5 1-4PM

December 10 (Saturday) Thrash'n'Bang Christmas Party at the Midway

December 10 (Saturday) The Weisstronauts 18th Annual Holiday Jubilee at 4:00 pm at Atwood's

Midway December 10 (Saturday) Nicole Tamaro Productions Christmas Party with The Silver Mirrors, Legendary Rockin Prophets and + free snacks & swag all at the Greek in Union Sq Somerville.

December 10 (Saturday) Psychic TV at Brighton Music Hall

December 23 (Friday) Raging Teens 20th Anniversary Boston Reunion! at O'Brien's (FB page)

April 22 (Saturday) The Templars (NYC), Battle Ruins (Boston), Shipwrecked (Norway), Fit for Abuse (Boston), Boston Strangler (Boston) at the Middle East Down And it's ALREADY sold out in September 2016!

December 10 (Saturday) Psychic TV are at The Brighton Music Hall FB page

January 7 (Saturday) The Johns, The Martians (mems of Bim Skala Bim/Rock Bottom), The Cold Expectations (Album Release) and Medical Maps at The Midway

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

Power Slut
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Dan Webb and the Snakes
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No Weather Talks
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Burnt Village

Burnt Village
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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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