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Iron Fisted
Iron Fisted at Lemmyfest
Photo: John Keegan

Our John Keegan went to The LemmyFest! at Once and reports: "The local hard rock crowd hit the stage and the dance floor to pay homage to the man who gargled with rusty razor blades: Lemmy Kilmister. Ken Cmar's Space Ritual did a thirteen minute take on Hawkwind's classic Silver Machine....Dave Tree and See This World didn't need no warm up time. They rode the silver machine into the punked up metal zone

Dave Tree
Dave Tree
Photo: John Keegan

Whether the occasion or the mix or the combination, The Humanoids sound very Big tonight. They produce their own local element from the punk metal alchemy....Iron Fisted are a supergroup of local hard rocksters including featuring members of Sam Black Church, Roadsaw, Milligram, Wrecking Crew, Destruct-a-thon, White Dynomite, and Goddamn Draculas. They didn't need any help but bring up a few ringers to blow the tops off a few numbers." You know you want to see more and John has a full page of photos and more text on his page.

More LEMMYfest photos CLICK HERE.

Space Ritual
Photo: John Keegan

Saturday we did what we tell you to do all the time – we saw The Cranktones. They played the Midway with no other band on the bill, just two sets by them and DJ Easy Ed: That’s all you need. The Cranktones were wondrous. All their strengths were on display; tight harmonies done with ease, a rhythm section that swings and has a heartbeat at the center, a collection of covers and originals that cover surf and rockabilly….and I could go on and on. Some of the covers were Soldier of Love and Three Cool Kats. In the videos below we have Soldier of Love along with an original instrumental and a slow song (we don’t know the title of that one).

Photo: Blowfish

On top of the group attributes you have Cranky Frankie Blandino on guitar. The Midway stage was a perfect platform to see what he was doing on the fretboard. He begins with a classic Telecaster tone and a sure touch on the frets. Five fret stretches are no problem. He plays rockabilly riffs with a heavy jazz flavor. Hearing him play is a joy, to see him play (if you are a musician) is a lesson too. Lucky you; the videos show some of that action.
This was an Easy Ed show too and that always means it’s a good feeling show.

Sunday was another good feeling show that was more low key. It was Randy Black and the Heathcroppers at the Tavern at the End of the World’s first Sunday early show from 4 to 8. The Band room filled up and there were people at the bar in the other room. And if everyone ate like we did then they had a successful opening.

This is a perfect setting for the Heathcroppers. You can hear and see everything. The three members of the band are all top rate musicians and you can focus on any single one and be rewarded with the tasteful playing.

Randy and the Heathcroppers
Randy Black and the Heathcroppers
Photo: Blowfish

We've seen Randy many times and have come to know most of his songs. We wait for our favorites and appreciate new things in them every time. The group is always playing things a little differently. Sadness Comes in Waves (not recorded) which we always go on about was transformed and had sections that hit differently.

We’ve seen them play Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood before and it has been a show stopper and this day it hit even deeper. Randy puts down the guitar and lets Matt on bass and Larry on drums play the backdrop. The bare bones attack takes the song beyond the Animals version and closer to the original Nina Simone version. If you have lived, you will relate to the sentiment. There were a few teary eyed people in the crowd with this one.

Randy Black and the Heathcroppers
Photo: Blowfish

They played an original called This Is Not Logic This Is The Blues that grappled with the violence and terror in our time. A few songs painted pictures of city life. One had lyrics depicting an Indian Summer which was very appropriate on the February day that reached 59 degrees.

Randy says he doesn’t want to talk about Limbo Race all the time but he wrote a cool song called The Ballad of Limbo Race.

They played two sets. We ate big meals. It was a cozy winter afternoon.
At one point we looked up and who was standing there like an apparition? Matt Burns! He had a seizure a while back. He has recouped well. He’s watching his diet. He’s not up to drumming speed yet but he’s slowly getting there. He was the old Matt we know and love. That made it an ever better day.


And in other news.....

In case you haven't seen it yet Simon Ritt has just created an amazing video of the Standells' song Dirty Water......BUT he's added about 10 minutes of additional lyrics and images paying tribute to the Boston Scene and all of us in it; musicians, writers, managers, club owners and lots of others too! The images range from as far back as Reddy Teddy & The Modern Lovers right up to current bands. There are shots of dirty old Boston the way it used to be too. Simon is joined in the studio (The Barn in Canton) with Tony Savarino on guitar, Ed Reimer on bass, Norm Hartley on drums and Kelly Knapp on vocals. And the video production is by Red Wood. This viddy is certainly a true labor of love of Boston and its music...and such fun to watch...and more than once! Enjoy and THANK YOU Simon Ritt!!

And speaking of has surfaced of Iggy Pop playing Wooly Bully with NRBQ at the WBCN Rock and Roll Rumble 1990.
NRBQ were the Guest Band for that year. Iggy was around and it happened. Check it out here.

Dylan Book Harold Lepidus who has been on the scene a way long time and involved with Boston Rock Mag (The Boston Harold column) and Newbury Comics, has a book out on Dylan. It’s officially out today (2/20/17) and its called Friends and Other Strangers: Bob Dylan Examined. "From 2009 to 2016, Harold Lepidus wrote 1000-plus articles for the no longer available Bob Dylan Examiner column - a go-to resource that was viewed millions of times. Lepidus broke many a story about Dylan, in addition to analyzing his art with a trenchant and astute perspective. This curated anthology features Lepidus' most pertinent articles and focuses on the unique perspectives of people associated with Dylan, from Buddy Holly to the Beastie Boys, Leonard Cohen to Barry Manilow, President John F. Kennedy to Tiny Tim, Johnny Otis to Otis Redding." You can grab it on Amazon.

And try to keep up with this guy: Kurt Baker just released a 12 song LP Shot Through The Heart with a new band called The Bullet Proof Lovers. (You can listen and download on Bandcamp) And here's their FB page with vids etc

From the LADBible here's a article on G.G. Allen, just to refresh your memories.

Boston Magazine had a long article on “Boston’s counter-culture”. They author drove around with the Boston Hassle people, who booked more than 400 artists last year, looking to see if there was still a scene?! Can’t see the forest for the trees? Read it here.

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

Billy Connors 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) Boston Stands: A Mardi Gras Benefit for the ACLU at Once. Featuring features the Legendary Vudu Krewe plus special guests: Dennis Brennan, Rick Berlin, Amber Casares, Chris Cote, Ad Frank, Bo and Rachel Barringer, Jen D'Angora, Andrea Gillis, Erica Mantone, The Revelations, Jittery Jack & Miss Amy, Michelle Paulhus, Bertrand Laurence, Yolanda Scott, Andy Plaisted, Ed Valauskas and Russ Gershon.

Gig Poster 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

And further out......

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

St Pats show 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

Punk show March 5 (Sunday) Save Ferris, Baby Baby and Petty Morals at Brighton Music Hall

March 5 (Sunday) The Return of The Sunday Night Mess-Around: We're back for a one-time engagement at The Plough and Stars where we made our first mess. Joining our cast of characters will be Jay Allen, Justine Covault, Tom Baker, Mr. President-Ken Kaiser and last but not least Chris DeBarge

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

Cheers show 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

Fireking show 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 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) Muck & The Mires, The Evil Streaks and Tiger Bomb are at The Chit Chat Lounge in Haverhill. FB Page

Quiggs gig 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

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

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

Shadows of Knight show 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 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!!"

Saucers show 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 27 (Saturday) Cal Cali has booked a great show! The Shadows of Knight are at ONCE Ballroom w/ Lyres, CalCaliBand &more! FB page Get tix here.

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

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

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Dancing to the Cranktones
Photo: Blowfish
Cranky Frankie

Cranky Frankie
Photo: Blowfish
Crash Course for the Ravers on Saturday WMFO

Joanie's Portugal Vacation
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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