The BGN News Archive
August 17, 2015
Friday had a bill that piled up four groups we've paid attention to; Fireking,
The Forz, The Above and The Connection. In my mind the Midway
should have been sold out for this but in reality the attendance was small.
It was a disappointment to find The Connection had dropped off the
bill. I didn't know even looking at the usual places online. Eve so that's still
three good groups.
I just can't get enough Fireking since listening to
the Double Trouble album. (Reviewed
here) They did a great job at Great
Scotts a few weeks ago.
Both live and on recordings Fireking has this THING
where it seems like when the song kicks in it has a forward motion that seems
inevitable. Live they don't stop between songs so that forward motion becomes
an even bigger force. That's all because of the songwriting and then that dream
rhythm section. Fez topped Smitt E Smitty sits at a Gretch drum set that
looks like a 57 Chevy Bel Air. His drumming is clean and snappy and done with
power. His pick up fills are distinctive, you don't get those from most players.
Chevy Bel Air and Smitt E Smitty drums
He locks in with bassist Drew Morrison and you can see them interact
visually during the set both smiling because, one imagines, they hear how it's
working. A few times Drew played a melodic figure as Tony was chunking away
and your ear went to him for a chorus or verse.
Tony Kascynski said he was feeling a bit sick but you couldn't tell from listening.
My favorite Tony moments are when he kicks his voice up a level. It adds drama
to the songs and the timbre of his voice is unique. They played songs from the
Double Trouble album but not enough for me. Already the set has songs
from the next album. Tony is in a real creative burst.
We saw The Above back in March
at the Midway. They put in a similar set as last time with their English
Invasion style. The songwriting is a key component in their success. The chords
come fast and go from minor to major to mimic the English style. There are back-up
vocals in almost every song. The guitarist spends a lot of time on a 12-string
guitar that adds extra atmosphere.
We were awed anew by the drummer Chris Cancelliere. He plays in a style
only Linda Shore can match. It's 60's all the way. He even sits different
from most current drummers being slightly hunched over the snare, not unlike
Buddy Rich. Smitt E Smitty was at the side taking it all in and seemed to be
enjoying it immensely. The guy is a phenom.
The Above's Chris Cancelliere
It was all ear candy for me. I wanted to see the Forz but the 2am club
close seemed so far off that I called it a night.
In other news:
To add to the list of clubs that are closing - we have The Beachcomber in
Quincy!! (after 56 years of live entertainment) Argh!! Well the last punk show
there is coming up on August 29th- see listings below for line up. And you'd
think with all our clubs closing that Church would step up and have some good
gigs instead of disgusting Greatful Dead cover bands. Come on guys!!!
Well I guess we could stay home and watch Jittery Jack's new TV Show
which will debut on the web in mid- September! it's called "Havin' a Time
With Jittery Jack" and there will be footage from his travels, interviews
with rockin' folks from around the globe and previews of all upcoming happenings.
Stay tuned for release and episode schedules.
Arthur Freedman presents a very well written statement about his films
and his beloved Boston scene at the Harvard
Film Archive site Please take a look, its a quick and good read.
Robert Barry Francos writes about having a dream of Johnny Thunders
on his Ffanzeen site. Read
Patti Smith has a new book out M Train, which sounds very
interesting! She will be reading from the book at the John Hancock Hall in the
Back Bay Event Center downstown near Copley Sq. sponsored by the Harvard Bookstore,
on Saturday October 10 at 7PM (doors at 6). It's $30 but that includes the book
as well! For more info and
to buy tix go here. Also.... The cable channel Showtime just bought the
rights ot do a TV series of Patti's book Just Kids!! I can't wait
for that one!
Read more here.
Muck and the Mires tour
Japan from Sept 4 to 12!!!
Here are some shows coming up ....
August 17 (Monday) The Pity Whores,
Threat Level Burgundy, Stiletto Bomb and Whoopi Sticks are at The
August 20 (Thursday) A Must Go To cool
event at Church!!: All The Rest Burlesque is hosting The End Of Summer
Blow Out. In addition to the usual crew of miscreants (Roxy Shake,
Stabatha La Thrills, Clara Blows, Mikey Shake, and Leather Pixie), ATR
will be joined by Special Guests Dale Stones (of Sirlesque) and Brandy
Wine (of Rogue Burlesque). In addition Johnny Berosh has lined up
a HOT variety show featuring feats of amazement by Miss Adventure (a.k.a. Jenny
The Juggler) and The Somerville Strongman, multimedia performance by Solei,
comedy by the likes of Niki Luparelli, John Paul Rivera, and Andrew George...And
as if that weren't enough, The Evil Streaks will bring their spooky,
fuzz 'n' twang garage punk.
August 21 (Friday) The Upper Crust are
at Johnny D's.
August 21 (Friday) Performing at the Boston
Tattoo Convention, (Boston Back Bay Sheraton Hotel ) in the Beer Garden
Diablogato, Iron Chin, OC45 and The Sprained Ankles
August 22 (Saturday)
there's an early show (4-8:30) at the Midway with OC45, GANGWAY!
and The Weaklings
August 22 (Saturday) Duck and Cover
and The Skeleton Beats are at PA's Lounge along with Hobo Chilli
and Off Grove.
August 22 (Saturday)
Performing at the Boston
Tattoo Convention, are Diablogato, The Bluebloods,
The Goddamn Draculas and The Beantown Boozehounds
August 22 (Saturday) performing at the
Boston Tattoo Convention after party at Kings Boston (50 Dalton St, Boston,
MA) are Riki Rocksteady & Dave Wells
August 22 (Saturday) Memphis Rockabilly
Band is at the Marshfield Fair. check
out the particulars here
August 22 (Saturday) White Pages, Far
Corners, TRiPLE THiCK Life Partners and Andy California are at The
August 23 (Sunday) Night Slice is
having a party at The Midway 4-8 PM...It's a CD Release, Moving and Birthday
party all rolled into one great afternoon! Check the FB
event page here.
August 23 (Sunday) Up in Salem at Koto
there's The FU's, Grito (from Mexico!!), Wrought-Iron Hex , Red Tape
August 24 (Monday) It's Monday so it must
be Opus Underground in Salem! With the Koffin Kats, The Evil Streaks,
The Skeleton Beats and OC45
August 27 (Thursday) Jittery
Jack is performing at the LIVE Music Thursdays in the Amphitheater
at Assembly Row. Starts at 6:30.
August 28 (Friday) you have Thick Shakes,
Thalia Zedek Band, Royal Wedding and The Gondoliers at The
August 29 (Saturday) The Ten Foot Polecats
are gonna be on A Crash Course for the Ravers with Brian Young
and Mike Stewart on WMFO 91.5 - that's 1PM- 4PM.
August 29 (Saturday) The last punk show
at the Beachcomber damn it- this is a 4-9 show, bands start at 5PM -
on the list are Rockin' Bob Punk Band, The Woods, The Martians, The Union
Boys, BarRoom Heroes, The McGunks, The Disquiets, Beantown Boozehounds, The
Art Thieves with Jesse Ahern playing a few sets out on the Deck
throughout the day and evening. Here's the
FB page to stay updated.
August 29 (Saturday) GG Allin's Birthday
Celebration with The Jabbers, The Cryptics, jonee earthquake band and
the Meat Depressed. It's at the The Shaskeen Pub, 909 Elm St. Manchester,
NH and it is Free FB
August 31 (Monday) The Fake Boys, Petty
Morals, BDSX, Spectre Hawk and The broken glass kids at Opus Underground
and of course The New England Shake-Up! September
25,26,27 2015! Keep yourself updated at their
September 3 (Thursday) Wormwood
(mem of Doomriders), Mountain God (NY), Conclave (ex Warhorse),
and Livver are at O'Briens
September 5 (Saturday) Paul
Robinson (of the Boize fame & brother of David Robinson) will
be on A Crash Course for the Ravers on WMFO 95.1FM from 1-4PM with Brian
September 5 (Saturday) at The Middle
East Down: Alanna Royale, Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion!
and The New Review
September 6 (Sunday) Jittery Jack and
DJ Easy Ed are doing an evening show on at Atwood's.
September 9 (Wednesday) There's
a new band in town that promises to be killer! The Hi-End which consists
of Johnny Carlevale of the Skeleton Beats, Curt Florzcak
of Greg Allen's Fringe Religion and Bruno, Anthony and Scott
from The Swindlers. They're at The Midway this night along with AdapterAdapter,
The Short Term and The Shallow End Divers (FB
September 12 (Saturday) The JP Music
Fest is happening at PineBanks Field in JP from 12Noon to 7PM. Some of the
bands playing will be The Hi-End (see Sept 9), The Upper Crust, Streight
Angular, Love Love, Rick Berlin and Trusty Sidekick!! Here's the
for more info and directions.
September 12 (Saturday)
at The Midway are M.O.M. (Mercury On Mars), The Classic Ruins, State
of the Union and Stop Calling Me Frank.
12 (Saturday) Lyres
are at The Middle East up along with Little War Twins and
September 12 (Saturday)
Barrence Whitfield & The Savages are at the Brighton Music Hall
September 12 (Saturday) Mayte & Nicole
Present a Night at The Greeks (79 Bow St, Somerville) ! With Jay Allen &
The Archcriminals, Animal Talk, and I Thought They Were Models?
September 16 (Wednesday) Oh Malô,
Bent Shapes, Bay Faction, The Colonnade are at the Middle East Up.
September 17 (Thursday) at The Oberon
this should be an amazing experience: Endation has put together a special
show "The Chimera" explores musical and artistic dichotomies.
Act I features the raw, intense, melodic force of two-piece Endation accompanied
by movement and dance. Act II brings the audience into the dreamy, experimental
world of Bent Knee as visual artists create pieces inspired by the band in real
time. The Chimera invites the audience to seek their own interpretations in
the disparate pieces that form one singular evening of performance. Buy tix
here. Get more info on the
FB event page.
September 17 (Thursday) Sham 69
and The Welsh Boys are at Middle East up.
September 18 (Friday) Livver, Tenafly Vipers,
Dead Cats Dead Rats and Profit Margin are at Koto in Salem,
September 18 (Friday)- 21 (Sunday) Mark
Lind has his annual Boston's Burning shows lined up at The Midway for these
days so far they have Duck & Cover The Drax, The Warning Shots, Warn
The Duke, The Skeleton Beats, Iron Chin ....more to come!!
September 19 (Saturday) Pop Gun
along with Fireking, Classic Ruins and 138 are at Koto in
September 25 (Friday) Illegally Blind
Presents: Boogie Boy Metal Mouth (EP Release), The Televibes, Black
Beach, Esh The Monolith, and Midriffs at The Middle East Up.
September 26 (Saturday) Continental
(ft. Rick Barton), The Nervous Eaters, and The Charms are
doing a Matinee show (doors at 1) at the Middle East Up.
October 3 (Saturday) Fireking is having
a Double Trouble VINYL Record release party at The Midway along
with guests The Grip Weeds, Watts and John Powhida
October 4 (Sunday) at the Middle East
Down: Chameleons Vox (UK) (The Chameleons from the old days continued)
playing Script of the Bridge, Avoxblue, The Milling
Gowns and DJ Matthew Griffin. Doors are a little early - at
October 8-11 The Third Annual Rat Beach
Party WILL happen - at the C Note on Nantasket Beach -- October
the FB page for updates.
October 17 (Saturday) As
part of Crash Safely
2015 a Benefit for MS at The Midway are The Sprained Ankles,
The Dents, Muck & the Mires, Phil Aiken Army, Gymnasium
October 26 (Sunday) As part of Crash Safely
2015 A Benefit for the National MS Society the Middle East Up has Township,
Watts, Unnatural Axe and Fireking - that's a GREAT show!!
October 26 (Sunday) - TRiPLE
THiCK, Pat Todd & The Rankoutsiders (ex-Lazy Cowgirls),
Thee Itchies and Hambone Skinny are at The Midway
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