The BGN News Archive
We went to the Tavern at the End of the World to support the benefit for John Doherty's sisters. They have a GoFundMe page to help with medical expenses for a kidney transplant herte it is: https://www.gofundme.com/dohertygirls They're close to their goal, get in there and help.
The Tavern was full and busy. One of the acts was Sues Guitar
which is Sue from My Own Worst Enemy, musically is all covers. We saw
a little of Natalie Flanagan & Trick. It was all acoustic
and hard to hear unless you were in that music room and that was full.
The club was full when we walked in and Major Stars were on. You could tell from the feeling in the room that there were going over well. We just heard one song and it was a rockin' one.
Doug Tuttle was on next and he was the major reason we were
there. Weve seen him a few times. Last time was also here
at the ME Up. And this show was much like it. He's got a trio format
and the bass and drums are contributing a big share. Doug is playing
in the sunshine psych area but it with a little muscle too. Its
top shelf playing and song writing. He's one of the best of the current
batch mining the psychedelic genre. The bass player helped with the
Next up was Poppy Seed and the Love Explosion also from Canada.
They were aggressive where Doug was casual. Theres more darkness
than sunshine in the mix and with that comes a deeper beat. They had
a three guitar attack at times. It was full blown psychedelia and very
One Less Scumbag from NH fit the bill. They were on a sweet spot on the hardcore/metal spectrum. They call themselves American Terror Core. They were thundering without the doom gloom. The lead singer was very throaty but you could understand some lyrics. The drummer was our fave. He was seemingly indefatigable as he worked the set with fast and furious fills. The actual drum set had a good sound too. Kudos to the sound guy on this because it was the same for all the groups; despite the roar of Marshalls the drums were clear in the mix.
The singer talked a bit about the problem with drugs and then they launched into Fuck Your Drugs. It was satisfying to hear the full hardcore/metal roar coupled with the emotional full throttle vocal condemning the drug culture. Way to go. The singer actually made every song count by singing like he cared for every word. He would point and make hand gestures to emphasize what he sang.
It was another way loud set with Words of Truth. A lot of songs
stuck with us with these guys. It was funny that the bass player was
still dressed in St Pattys day green as they pounded out Fat
Irish Bastard, a fast one minute cut. All I can hear in the song
is the three word title but its been lodged in my brain ever since.
You can hear on their site: Words
of Truth It's also the short middle video above.
Reason Enough was a NYC band that had two rappers upfront.
Not our thing, we left. There werent a lot of people there then
again there never was in these afternoon shows but we love them and
hope it continues.
As a unit they seemed to have doubled their punch/volume since the last time we saw them. Part of that might have been the sound system at the ME but that doesnt explain the red hot performance. The bass/drums were a solid center as Jeff dealt out some searing leads. The Digs say it best; Too rock for punk, and too punk for rock. Instead they fashion their own middle ground where hard hitting songs have melodies. There are times when the melody and lyrics sync up and you get a catchy phrase that you wait to come around again. Jeffs voice adds to that, he can wrap is voice around a lyric or growl out a line in turn.
In another irony their latest material is their best. So, you know,
youre getting better and then
thats it. Well
miss this band. Andrew on bass will still be playing guitar with
Their new EP is here: https://digsboston.bandcamp.com/album/kinetic
Skybar was at the show and he was mucho impressed with the new material. Hell play it were sure on his Tuesday 8pm stint on WMFO.
Following The Digs was the Goddamn
Draculas. They were the 2014 Rumble winners. They were amazing
in their way. It was instant excitement and a huge sound. The playing
was superb. The stage antics were fun. This was an arena show in a club.
Music wise it was early seventies style with not much concession to
anything punk or beyond, which of course is what we care about.
And in other news.....Sonia the club replacing TT’s will open on March 31. One new twist – they will now have a ticket window set up right on the street. Photo to the right.
Cool colorful psychedelic cartoon video for the new song "The Man Who Killed Reality" by The Prefab Messiahs..check it out here.
Smitt E Smitty (of FireKing) is doing some solo work
posted a cut on Bandcamp check
it out here.
Here's a good read: How punk changed cities and vice versa. It's an article in the Guardian. Theres a lot on the LA and NYC scenes. Check it out here
Whoopi Sticks have just released two songs released exclusively to PunkNews.org ..You can hear 'em here.
We talked to Jim Foley a while ago who is setting up the final JoeFest, the tribute to Joe Coughlin at the Midway. One of the main features came to Jim in a dream: a group would play called Blue Oyster Coughlin that would cover the first three Blue Oyster Cult LPs. And so it shall come to pass. Mike Quirk and Jay Allen will be performing in there somehow. It's happening on May 13 so mark your calendars.
The Shods have a Kickstarter page to raise funds to record
a new album called Exarcheia which is the name of an anarchist
city within Athens, Greece where Shod Kevin Stevenson lived for a while.
the Kickstarter page...help 'em out!
Here's some good shows coming up .....
March 23 (Thursday) Bob Colby Presents: 28 Degrees Taurus, Headband and Uranium Daughters at Once This is a Free show but donations are gladly accepted. FB Page
March 23 (Thursday) Beans On Toast, The Old Edison, Troll 2 and Miketon & The Nightblinders at O'Brien's
March 24 (Friday) Thrust Club, Ms. Fridrich's Messy Ann Band, FuzzQueen and Awaaz Do at O'Brien's
March 24 (Friday) Oh the Humanity, Radio Compass, Swivel, Heavy Denims at Opus in Salem
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) The Hi-End, M.O.T.O., Modern Day Idols and Hello Susie at the Midway for the night show
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) Sean Coleman & the Quasars and The Red Pennys at Nick-a-Nees, Providence
March 25 (Saturday) BETH & The Black Cheers at Sally O Brien's - FB page
March 25 (Saturday) A Wish For Fire, Devil On Horseback, Test Meat at O'Brien's Pub
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
And further out......
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 30 (Thursday) Black Helicopter will celebrate the release of 'Everything is Forever' with the proceeds going to the ACLU. On the bill also- Trinary System (feat. Roger Miller of Mission of Burma) and The Boston Typewriter Orchestra at Once Somerville
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 1 (Saturday) The Proletariat are in Newport RI at The Parlor. FB Page
April 2 (Sunday) Six Organs Of Admittance and Minibeast are at Great Scott
April 3 (Monday) City Mouse, Jenn Lombardi's Lucky United, Mr. Fahrenheit and Dogtooth MA are at O'Brien's
SATURDAY 4/8 (Day Show) 4pm ($5.00): Jiblantos, Big Giant, The First Supper, This Machine
April 8 (Saturday) The Kurt Baker Combo, Soraia, Watts and The Connection at O'Brien's Here's the FB page
April 10 (Monday) Actor|Observer, Sparrows, SuperTeen and No Hands are at O'Brien's
April 10 (Monday) The Very, Justine and the Unclean, The I Want You at ONCE Lounge 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 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.
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/ Special Guests TBA at O'Brien's
May 13 (Saturday) A Crash Course For the Ravers has Glider on - WMFO 95.1 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) 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 & The Hi End at Once Tix etc here
June 10 (Saturday) Psycho, Conclave, Whoopi Sticks, Gant, Spillers an afternoon 4-8PM show at the Midway
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
July 19 July 30: The Midways Dirty 30th Anniversary Celebration Spectacular
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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