The BGN News Archive
There was a lot going on Friday night: Robin Hitchcock was at
Once and it had been sold out for a while. Al Kooper joined Robin
in the encore with three Bob Dylan songs: Visions of Johanna,
Just Like a Woman and Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands,
thats a one-time happening. Up in Beverly The Upper Crust played
There were three bands we liked on the bill and the club was full.
We've actually only seen Electric Octopus twice before (here and here) but fell in love with the group so quickly it seems like we've seen them more. They are a refreshing blend of influences: the base of it all is punk and to that they staple anything the band members might like to add - Ska, rap, pop, funk, or Japanese pop; those are some of the things I can identify. You really get the impression that you're getting more that you even know.
Some of the songs have irresistible sing along choruses. They sing in Japanese or English, and that can change from one line to the next. The guitarist often runs riffs all the way through the song which gives it a texture. Tak on bass plays some nice lines too.
They seemed to be even better this show than last. Some of it was the larger and enthusiastic audience that made it more of an event. Electric Octopus wants you to sing and dance and thats what people were doing. They urge everyone to move closer to them. They want a party with everyone included.
Their sets are exciting in the way they reinvent the punk paradigm and do it in a fun way. Again we recommend people look for their shows. We try to spread the word on Electric Octopus as much as we can.
The Runouts started in 2015 but already have a full CD out with some interesting material. They seem to be straight ahead punk but distinguish themselves with good songwriting and pushing their singing to the fore. It was the combo of a full force punk attack that never flagged topped by three voices constantly giving it all that swept us away. Some of the songwriting details got lost in the drive but the overall effect was so all encompassing that it didnt matter.
The volume was way up compared to Electric Octopus. It did its
magic on us and by the time they covered Substitute by the
Who it seemed like they could do no wrong. The drummer really did his
job on that one. A new group playing punk we love - that always make
us feel that punk is still vital.
Oh The Humanity upped the volume even more than The Runouts.
We knew they would after seeing
them in November.
Last week we had a good take in at Sally OBriens with four rockin' bands and the same this week. You really come out satisfied after a bill like those.
Oh the Humanity is on Ocelot Records. Andrew of The Runouts is also in The Digs ,another Ocelot band. We talked to Jeff Demas of The Digs who was at the gig, they have a new album coming out on March 18th. but they're breaking up soon after (August 11th). Turns out Jeff is continuing his education and that will not be local. Thats the best reason to stop a band ever. Typical is the fact that the two released songs are pretty great and sharply recorded. The Digs will do two tours before they stop; one in northern New England and one down South. Catch this dynamite new track.
And in other news.....
Sonia the news club where TT's used to be will be officially opening April 1. Sonia announced this morning that its first show (as of now) will go down Friday, March 31, and feature Doom Lover, Auva, Creaturos and Bad Boys Club. Looks like they will have a very wide variety of performers, bands etc.
We were at the going away show for OC45. Now they are on the road but their van had trouble. They could use some money!! Buy their latest album if you can at Bandcamp and help them out OC45 BandcampIt's widely known that Iggy loves to run around half naked....well he went all the way with the Iggy Pop Life Class drawing class happened that February 2016. Now that class has birthed an exhibition of the drawings. "The fifty-three drawings included in the exhibition were created on February 21, 2016, during a one-day life drawing class, using Pop as the unexpected model. The class was held at the New York Academy of Art and included 22 artists from New York Citys diverse communities, ranging in age from 19 to 80, with varying backgrounds and levels of education and experience."
Its a road trip for you Iggyphiles: Brooklyn Museum, November 4, 2016March 26, 2017. (Get all the info here: Iggy Life Class)
Its always been hard getting enough Jonathan Richman info. He does few interviews, we have ours from way back when. He talks on stage and lets loose some details about songs. Now, heres an unusual place to get some straight talk from Jonathan The Jonathan Richman Songbook.
It came out in 2009 but we just discovered it. Theres a generous 24 songs here but the interest is in some text by Jonathan. He writes an intro and then some explanations at the end of three of the songs. Those explanations include handwritten chord symbols . Hes managed to make a song book more personal.
Ill give just a few highlights:
This week on Facebook:
Here's some good shows coming up .....
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) Asa Brebner (8PM) Randy Black and The Heathcroppers (9:30) and Tony Savarino and the Savtones (10:45) are at Sally O'Brien's
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 Shitfits (Misfits tribute band), Bon Shootin' (AC/DC cover band), High Karate & Leeds Point at The Midway for the night time show.
March 11 (Saturday) The Slaves, a British punk duo are at Great Scott
March 11 (Saturday) The Knock Ups, The Furs and The Evil Streaks are at O'Brien's
And further out......
March 16 (Thursday) A Benefit for John
Dougherty's sisters... At Tavern at the End of the World:
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) 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 19 (Sunday) Hillbilly Holiday and Cold Expectations (here's their Bandcamp page) are at Aeronaut Brewery for a FREE afternoon show starting at 2PM. As part of Aeronaut's " Bring Your Own Picnic" music series, friends, families, kids, and, well heck, anybody, is encouraged to pack some tasty morsels and supplement them with tasty Aeronaut drafts on this lazy Sunday afternoon! Grab a beer, pull up a picnic table and dig the country-fried song stylings of these two local bands playing all afternoon long. Or skip the picnic and just drink!
March 21 (Tuesday) A Night of XTC - This will be a performance of select songs off Drums & Wires and Black Sea. All this performed by Jerome Deupree, Mike Rivard
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. Here's the FB page
March 25 (Saturday) Muck & The Mires, The Evil Streaks and Tiger Bomb are at The Chit Chat Lounge in Haverhill. FB Page
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 25 (Saturday) Boston Underground Summit 9! brought to you by Boston Hassle - 9 bands will set up round-robin-style in two rooms, 3 stages and take turns playing a song. When the cycle is complete, the loop repeats again...and again... and again. UNTIL THE SHOW ENDS! Here's the bands Pink Navel, Sidney Gish, Ozlo, Boston Cream (ex Barbazons) Kármán Voh, Mint Green, Solei, Divided Self (Worcester) and Kiss Concert. Its at The Elks Lodge on Bishop Allen Drive Here's the FB page
March 25 (Saturday) Rockin' Bob Punk Band, Pragmatics, Sick Joke, Laughing Stock, Piss Dogs, and Screw Cart are all at The Spotlight Tavern in Beverly MA 3:30pm show/$10
March 27 (Monday) Jay Allen's Mess Around moves to Taco Mondays at Once with Jay Allen, Tom Baker, Justine Covault, Chrissie Vaccaro And Special Guests...FB Page Starts at 7:30
March 31 (Friday) Classic Ruins and Randy Black and the Heathcroppers are at The Tavern At The End of The World
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,Trusty Sidekick and Sammy Kay (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
April 28 (Friday) The Upper Crust, Benny Sizzler, Devil On Horseback at Once
April 28 (Friday) Why isn't this show in Boston or Cambridge!?!? Lydia Lunch, Hard Nips (Japanese Girl Band), Cassie J Sneider and Nonye Brown-West at Ralph's in Wishtah. FB page
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!!
May 4 (Thursday) Walter Sickert & the Army of Toys, Scarlet Sails, Radiator King at Once
May 3 (Friday) Oh the Humanity, The Run Outs, Electric Octopus and the Port City Saints are at Cantab's Club Bohemia
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) 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/ Special Guests TBA at O'Brien's
May 12 (Friday) A Crash Course For the Ravers has Glider on - WMFO 95.1 1-4PM
May 20 (Friday) Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents, Muck and the Mires, Vicky and the Vengents
May 26 (Saturday) Corin Ashley and Modern Day Idols are at The Plough
May 27 (Saturday) The Cal Cali show that had The Shadows of Knight at ONCE Ballroom has been changed to now have all local bands: Lyres, The Black Souls, Classic Ruins and CalCaliBand You can buy tix here (Only ten bucks!!) FB page
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 (FB page)
June 1 & 2 (Thurs & Fri) Reverend Horton Heat at Once in Somerville
June 4 (Sunday) GIUDA (from Rome Italy) and Unnatural Ax at Once Tix etc here
June 17 (Saturday) Held Hostage, Point Blank, Infernal Diatribe, Profit Margin at Koto in Salem (FB Page)
June 17 (Saturday) Help Save Out of the Blue Gallery Too - this will be an all day affair (3PM-11PM) with LOADS of 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
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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