The BGN News Archive
We were having a good winter run with next to no weather issues until this week. We got cramped with snow falling on good gig nights. We scooted out to see the Real Kids after the Thursday night/Friday foot of snow even with a forecast of snow for that night at midnight.
We were happy to see the Midway was on the full side. With this bill it seemed that no way were people gonna skip it. We missed Richie Parsons. For his set he had a guitarist and cello player up there with him doing his popalicious material. He has even more new material in the works. This whole new second wave of music from him is an unexpected pleasure. We cant wait for the new songs.
The Real Kids played the next set at 10 pm. We saw Artie Sneiderman in the crowd. He tried to go the Worcester show that got cancelled because John got hurt during the load in. The group seemed energetic and in good spirits even while setting up.
They proceeded to play a edgy rocking set. The playing was sharp, the guitars biting and the vocals strong. John Felice said later that he tried to make the set all upbeat rock with just the slow version of Common at Noon as a change of pace. We were amazed at how many songs they didnt play which tells us they have a large set list to draw from these days. They also did a few new songs. They fit in the set seamlessly. John says hes got plenty of new songs in the pipeline too. Rick Harte said the new recorded material is getting to the finish line.
The set seem to go by super-fast. There were standout versions of All Night Boppin and Shake Outta Control. They never got to Baby Blue and All Kindsa Girls that were on the set list. Solid Gold from the first LP was the encore song. That seemed to have a whole new life as they rocked it home.
It was a wonderful crowd. When the songs ended it wasnt just applause but that sort of din that comes in a wave full of clapping, whooping and yelling. John said after the set that he loved playing with that response.
Judd on drums nailed all the fills that make the songs pop out. Hes an interesting musician with a long history that should be written up. We were standing in front of Dickie on bass and hearing that warm tone putting out the moving and melodic bottom is a treat. It was that warm tone juxtaposed with the harsh treble of the guitars that made the gig for us.
If you are a long time Boston punk fan you cant help but get caught up in the whole history of it when you see Billy Cole and John side by side playing the songs that we now know will go on for a long time to come. We have a lot of notable front men but they are the one duo that inspire.
It was a set not to miss. I feel bad for the Worcester people. Maybe they can reschedule that.
After the Real Kids set it was talking with friends as Muck and the Mires did a fast set up and before you know it theyre off and running. Its like a needle hitting the groove and its going to play to the end with no space between the songs. You know what its like. Its a rush of British Invasion like songs. They are irresistibly catchy and flying by one-by-one. Like they say in their own song, its hypnotic.
We are always drawn to and entertained by Lindas fills and accents. Somehow they capture your ear as if they were melodic. Its a wonder and she always smiles and does back ground singing also. Amazing!
The Badass Motherfuzzers came across the pond from France.
It took them a couple of songs to sink into their trio of meat and potatoes
garage punk chops. A decent if unspectacular end to a another rockin'
night at the Midway.
We never stop appreciating how we have easy access to groups like the classic Real Kids and gems like Muck and the Mires. Its nice to be a Boston punker!!
And in other news.....
Long time Boston Musician Rick Berlin who founded Orchestra Luna has just had his first book Paragraphs published!! Here's an article in the Boston Globe and a Q & A with Rick and the Jamaica Plain Gazette ....and you can buy Rick's book on Amazon.com here: PARAGRAPHS by Rick Berlin
When the Red Hot Chili Peppers played the TD Garden the guitarist Josh Klinghoffer did a short solo section playing Mission of Burmas Thats When I Reach for My Revolver. Here's the Video from the Boston Globe
Yet another reason to practically live at the Midway...they are cranking up their Saturday Afternoon Hard Core Shows again in March! Its in by 4 out by 8pm and you will have your ears bleeding. Check out gig listings below.
Discord, the DC based label, has just put ALL its music on Bandcamp.
That means you have access to everything at no price. They even have
the first demo of Minor Threat ...check
it out here!!! Just go to Bandcamp (that link over to the left)
put in the band name you want and the music will be there.
It's another vacation for Joanie Lindstrom who's
hell bent on visiting every record store in the world. This time it's
beautiful Portugal: Sintra, Lisbon. Porto and Coimbra
Jon Macey is featured on the Five Bands website. (Johnny
Angel was spotlighted a while ago check that
out here) There are five Fox Pass songs posted. Three are
from 1974. Then there is the very interesting 1975 recording of Jonathan
Richman and Fox Pass doing Gloria at the Club.
Here's some good shows coming up .....
February 14 (Tuesday) Howardian, The Monsieurs, JoJo and the Angry Girls at Zuzu!
February 14 (Tuesday) Doped Up Dollies, The Pomps, Mickey Rickshaw and Whoopi Sticks are at O'Brien's
February 14 (Tuesday) The 6th Annual Ruby Rose Fox Valentine's Day Show at Atwood's Tavern
February 11 (Saturday) Tavern at The End of The World Presents: Trusty Sidekick, Fireking, and The Trick Wallace Trio
February 11 (Saturday) Hummingbird Syndicate, Rebel Vargas, Red Right Hand and Eliza and the Organix are at PS's Lounge
And further out......
February 17 (Friday) Lux Lives East Coast is coming again -this event is in Salem at Koto, on the bill are Thee Fabulous Itchies, The Evil Streaks and The Nebulas. Here's the FB Page Lux Lives is a chance for Bands and DJ's and fans to come together to celebrate the life of Lux Interior. Since it's inception, Lux Lives East Coast has raised over $10,000.00 for Lux and Ivy's favorite charity Best Friends Animal Society. This is a GREAT event all around!
February 18 (Saturday) DJ Easy Ed presents The Crank Tones plus Easy Ed's Record Hop! for an early show (4-8PM) at The Midway
February 18 (Saturday) and for the evening show at The Midway we have Amos Fortune, Endation, Lotus Ignite and GrandEvolution
February 18 (Saturday) The 8th Annual Welch Boys Ron Holbrook Memorial Shows benefiting His Mansion (Night Two) featuring Panzerbastard, The Welch Boys , Warning Shots, Beantown Boozehounds, Mark Doherty and the Pink Killers, Jason Bennett and the Resistance and Lenny Lashley
February 22 (Wednesday) Ten Dollar Mistake are at PA's Lounge
February 22 (Wednesday) There's a special benefit show featuring Tigerman Woah!, Town Meeting, These Wild Plains, and Creaturos at State Park in Kendall Square. Proceeds will be donated to the Sacred Stone Legal Defense Fund
February 24 (Friday) Zip-Tie Handcuffs, Hey Zeus, Wolfsmyth and Tenafly Vipers are at O'Brien's
February 24 (Friday) Actor/Observer, Energy and Partywolfe are at Great Scott
February 25 (Saturday) Duck & Cover, the Dents, Stars like Ours, Tom Baker & the Snakes at Sally O'Brien's - This is the CD Release party for TB & The Snakes CD on Rum Bar Records (here's the FB page)
February 25 (Saturday) The Billy Connors Project is @ the Cantab with Corrola Deville and Jimmy Bez.
February 25 (Saturday) Sasquatch & the Sick-a-billys return to Worcester! along with Marianne Toilet & the Runs, Leaving Eden and Tigerman WOAH all at the Cove Music Hall in Worcester. FB page
February 26 (Sunday) Roy Sludge Trio is doing a 6PM show at Sally O'Brien's
February 28 (Tuesday) The Hi-End, Low Babies, Four Point Restraints, and the Instamatics are at the Midway Feb 28 Here is the FB page
March 1 (Wednesday) Puppy Problems, Emmett McCleary (MTL), Ricecrackers, Du Vide and Ozlo are at O'Brien's
March 3 (Friday) Robyn Hitchcock at Once
March 3 (Friday) Japanese Monster, Red Right Hand, The Additions, The Tenafly Vipers at The Midway
March 3 (Friday) Oh The Humanity, The Run Outs, Electric Octopus and The Port City Saints at Club Bohemia Cantab down
March 4 (Saturday) The Manglers, The CWB (Reunion), The Grommets and The Only Things at The Midway - Early show 4-8PM (FB page)
March 4 (Saturday) Jittery Jack & Miss Amy are at Atwood's for a 4PM show
March 4 (Saturday) Hambone Skinny and The Guilloteenagers at Club Bohemia at The Cantab down
March 4 (Saturday) Trusty Sidekick, Even Twice (NYC), Nick and The Adversaries and Gymnasium at The Midway (night show)
March 4 (Saturday) Jittery Jack & Miss Amy Griffin at Katrina's in Gloucester
March5 (Sunday) Save Ferris, Baby Baby and Petty Morals at Brighton Music Hall
March 8 (Wednesday) Fully Celebrated Orchestra, Trinary System at The Midway
March 8 (Wednesday) The Sheckies, Mongorellis, The Prozacs, Meat Depressed at Koto in Salem
March 9 (Thursday) A benefit for Outside the Lines (the special needs art studio) at Thunder Road- Barrence Whitfield & Dennis Brennan will be playing.
March 10 (Friday) Agent Orange, The Queers, & Guttermouth at ONCE Ballroom FB page
March 11 (Saturday) Off World, Lon Chaney Jr., Garbage Point, The Ghost Boys at The Midway - this is an afternoon show 4-8PM
March 11 (Saturday) The Slaves, a British punk duo from the UK are at Great Scott
March 11 (Saturday) The Knock Ups, The Forz, The Furs and The Evil Streaks are at O'Brien's
March 17 (Friday) Boston Hassle Presents: Simply Saucer, Poppy Seed & The Love Explosion, Dyr Faser, Doug Tuttle, Major Stars at the Middle East Up (FB page)
March 17 (Friday) Sasquatch And The Sick-a-billys Return To Salem! along with Damnation, Creepin Cadavers and The Womps at Koto in Salem
March 18 (Saturday) Roy Sludge Trio for a 4:00 pm show at Atwood's
March 18 (Saturday) Reason Enough, Words Of Truth, A Breed Apart (from NYC), One Less Scumbag and KUYA at The Midway - an afternoon 4-8PM show (FB page)
March 18 (Saturday) DFMC (Dana
Farber Marathon Challenge) Benefit Show with Sidewalk Driver,
Township, The Fatal Flaw, Red Red Rockit at The Midway
March 18 (Saturday) The Digs are having an EP Release Party at the Middle East Up ! Also on the bill are JRV and Psychonaut Underground - FB Page
March 19 (Sunday) Ruby Rose Fox is at Atwoods.
March 23 (Thursday) Beans On Toast, The Old Edison, Troll 2 and Miketon & The Nightblinders at O'Brien's
March 25 (Saturday) 45 Adapters (NYC), Blood Stained Brindle, The Damn Garrison, Quiggs at The Midway - this is an afternoon show 4-8PM
March 25 (Saturday) Another benefit for the Cambridge Fire victims. Lots of families were displaced and lost everything. Help 'em out by going to the Greek American Social Club (Union Sq Somerville) and listen to Tsunami of Sound and A Bunch of Jerks.
March 25 (Saturday) 45 Adapters (from NYC), Blood Stained Brindle, The Damn Garrison and Quiggs at The Midway - this is an early show 4-8PM
March 25 (Saturday) You might as well just plan on staying at the midway all day coz their night show is The Hi-End, M.O.T.O., Modern Day Idols and Hello Susie
March 25 (Saturday) BETH & The Black Cheers at Sally O Brien's - FB page
March 26 (Sunday) Ruby Rose Fox is at Atwood's
April 1 (Saturday) State of the Union, The New Frustrations, The Stigmatics and The Only Things doing a GREAT early show (4-8PM) and its ALL AGES at the Midway (FB page)
April 1 (Saturday) The Upper Crust, Sidewalk Driver and When Particles Collide as part of the ArtsEmerson Black Box series at Emerson/Paramount Center, Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre - 559 Washington St Boston (Link)
April 2 (Sunday) Six Organs Of Admittance and Minibeast are at Great Scott
April 8 (Saturday) The Kurt Baker Combo, Soraia, Watts and The Connection at O'Brien's Here's the FB page
April 13 (Thursday) The Rumjacks, Jason Bennett and the Resistance, Michael Kane & The Morning Afters and The Runouts
April 13 (Thursday) Modern English are at The Brighton Music Hall
April 15 (Saturday) The Last Ones are at The Midway with Tsunami of Sound (a PM show)
April 17 (Monday) Terry Malts, Shark Toys with Idiot Genes and Bad Deals at O'Brien's Pub
April 22 (Saturday) Electric Frankenstein, Symbol Six, Hey Zeus and Duck & Cover at O'Brien's Pub
April 22 (Saturday) The Last Ones, Tiger Bomb and Corolla deVille at The Spotlight Tavern in Beverly
May 4 (Thursday) Walter Sickert & the Army of Toys, Scarlet Sails, Radiator King at Once
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.
And buy more Indo Junk at Rumbar Records, as Malibu Lou says "We are carrying slabs of the wax version too!!"
May 12 (Friday) Rockin' Bob Punk Band w/ Special Guests TBA at O'Brien's
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, Jagger Holly, Mongorellis, Jimmy Jacked at Opus Underground in Salem
June 1 & 2 (Thurs & Fri) Reverend Horton Heat at Once in Somerville
June 17 (Saturday) Held Hostage, Point Blank, Infernal Diatribe, Profit Margin at Koto in Salem
September 16 (Saturday) Chameleons VOX At the Middle East
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