Captain Easychord went north to Portland and Geno's
nightclub. He caught Tiger Bomb in their own territory.
They mostly played songs from their albums Uproar
and Sugar Buzz.
The second group was Cynz from New York. They had just
played Square Root where the Captain saw them there
Then it was the Mach Bell Experience. Point made: Mach
Bell is indestructible and indefatigable. Catch the full review and
photos by clicking the photo link above.
Three of the members of A Bunch of Jerks have formed
a new band called The Spackles. They've got a new singer
Caroline who used to be in the group Missionaries.
Mike Howlett says her voice fits the new material they've
been writing since the Jerks disbanded.
They're playing a short set at the Jay Allen Birthday Bash
this coming Saturday (April 1) as their debut. Then a week later they
play at the Square Root with Stop Calling Me
Frank. Mike says they'll play a full set with new songs that
will be filled out with a few old Jerk chestnuts.
Rum Bar Records start to do their thing by leaking
the first Spackles single "Happy To See You" next week, but
its official release will be later in May. Four songs are already in
the can and they are planning on recording again in a few weeks.
Rich Mirsky has started a Kickstarter page to raise
funds for the album project he is involved with called Meat
The artwork is being done by A.R.T. the guitarist of Sapling.
If you pledge @20.00 you get the CD and your name will be on the liner
notes. Pledge $100.00 and you get a house show too!! Read
more and Pledge here
Roger Miller posted his seasonal updates on
his blog He has two solo guitar shows in May in DC and Baltimore.
His Anvil Orchestra that does live soundtracks to silent movies has
shows in Illinois, Wisconsin and Nebraska with films like Dr. Caligari
and Metropolis. And his group Trinary System
is working on recording their third album now.
A lot of people have opinions of GG Allin. Here’s
over an hour of Merle Allin talking about his brother.
Merle and GG grew up in a three room log cabin in rural NH. They had
no running water. GG’s real name was Jesus Christ Allin because
his father was a religious fanatic.
Later Merle answered an ad in the Phoenix and joins Thrills
as a bassist as GG started The Jabbers. A
big turning point is 1985. That’s when GG first defecated on stage.
From there on, there was no turning back for GG.
Merle tells the whole GG story and pretty straight forward too. It’s
really fascinating to get the story from Merle’s perspective.
We’ve enjoyed the The Beatersband from Italy
and their take on classic rock tunes. Now they have a video for a long
time fave “When You Walk In the Room”.
Moving Targets have a video for “Ordinary Summer”
off the latest album In The Dust. This is a contemplative song
that hits its mark. It is especially melodic for Moving Targets in both
the vocals and guitar lines. This is a good chance to dip in and hear
the excellent current material.
Neighborhood Shit are a local hardcore band that have
slowly built up their reputation. They now have a video for their song
“Cockroach.” It has fast clips of the band playing and,
yes, some cockroaches.
After one live show Ron on Monday’s Late Risers Club
was back to remote broadcasting. He had a parcel of good punk
Class from Tucson had the song “Left in the
Sink.” It sounded like a 1977 punk nugget we might have picked
up at Bebop records.
Ron also played The Dahmers from Spain. “The
Ghost of Roy Orbison” is a poppy rocker, very irresistible we
thought. This is off their new album Ghosts in the Garage.
“Problematic” by Chicago’s Abi Oooze
was a punk/garage song. Getting leads on songs/groups like this is why
we love listening to Ron every week.
The local Downhauls’ “Hazy Shade of Winter”
cover sounded bright and sharp in the mix of the set.
The hear Ron’s whole show go to the WMBR
Archive page and hit the link on the Monday 10am show for Feb 20.
WBUR had a podcast that focused on the live music scene and its situation
now. JJ Gonson was part of it.
Some parts were not encouraging. Gonson said that finding a new club
space has not been fruitful. It seems it just not economically feasible
because of rents. We didn’t like to hear that. The outside concerts
are difficult it seems and those aren’t sustainable economically
either. Damn, that’s more we didn’t want to hear!
And then there is the problem of artists being able to live in a city
like Boston. They question is now (not the future, even), if there is
are ways for younger musicians to live and thrive in the city.
They seemed to agree that large venues are full but there still is
some covid hesitancy in the small venues.
This is a very frank discussion.
Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico has an interesting
guest this week, Tim Catz. Tim’s first band was
Seka/Strip Mind, then Roadsaw and
now White Dynomite. He’s also written a few books
.... and started the music scene at O’Brien’s in
Allston, for that alone we owe him!! Catz started just booking Thursday
night and eventually it grew to the club we know today.
With each of his groups Tim has a load of stories. He’s current
group is named Horseneck.
Al Quint started his Sonic Overload
podcast this week with songs criticizing Bush and the Iraq war he initiated.
That was a fruitful subject for hardcore bands at the time.
The last set had five songs from the Weirdos in remembrance
of guitarist Dix Denney. That was a great set.
Cold Expectations now has their first album, Static
Reactions, up on Bandcamp. They've been releasing a string of memorable
singles with videos for a while. They gave a good feeling for what the
band is doing. They have an indie sound and a very arty way to style
Five of the songs have been previously released; “Two Blueberries,”
“Hey Compromise,” “In The Padlocked Night,”
“Summer Dress” and “Coat of Snow.” Those are
the songs that have made us fans already. I mean we knew from the very
first song “Two Blueberries” that they had a good thing
“Souvenir” has a dreamy, jazzy vibe. The jazzy chords separate
this song from the other songs on the album. You can feel the loss in
the lyrics about a relationship now ended.
“The Distance” continues that push into the poetic demi
monde. Much of the album exists in that mind created world. “In
the Padlocked Night,”“November Sun” and “Coat
of Snow” are part of that. That’s what Tom Verlaine
mined in the first Television album.
Cold Expectations has sustained that atmosphere for
the length of the album.
Then there's relief from that with the lighter touch of “Trench
of that here) and the cover of “Take the Skinheads Bowling”.
It took a long time to get this album, and it is worth the wait. This
should be one of the year’s best when we look back!
Sapling now have a second song off their upcoming
album. The song “11:37” is a tribute to Taylor Hawkins the
drummer of the Foo Fighters.
This song has so many sound qualities that suck you in! The bass lines
are solid and give the song structure and drive. Periodically they pump
up the guitar in fuzz and drown all the instruments in echo. When they
stop abruptly at the end of the song it takes a few seconds before the
The tag line of a chorus “Make Your Idols Cry!” works big
This is one of those catchy songs that you just want to hear every
time you tune into your fave radio show. We hope that happens.
Eddie Japan’s newly released song “Time
Machine” is from the forthcoming album Pop Fiction. Greg
Hawkes (from the Cars) adds some synth. It only takes a few
notes for Greg to initiate an avalanche of memories. He carries the
Cars sound with him.
It’s fortunate that Eddie Japan has the song writing and arrangement
chops to accommodate Greg because you can't help but compare ... whether
you want to or not. Eddie Japan has been working hard and this album
has the potential to give this 2013 Rumble winner another big boost
Here’s a rerelease of note. Wimpy & the Medallions,
the Still Headed Nowhere EP. It is a vinyl
seven inch and it's a limited edition.
Playing on the record is Wimpy Rutherford the original
frontman of the cult pop-punk band The Queers. ex Queers/Nobodys
guitarist Geoff Palmer, Kurt Baker from The Leftovers
and members from The Connection.
"Still Headed Nowhere" was recorded and written in 48 hours
during Memorial Day weekend 2012.
Songs are: "Still Headed Nowhere," "36 Weeks,"
"Girls Gone Psycho" and "Draggin' The Line." You
can order here
Here's some good shows coming up .....
March 27, 2023 (Monday) Nequient,
Torn In Half, Stone The Oracle at The Silhouette
March 29, 2023 (Wednesday) Eliza
Niemi, Jeremy Ray Posse, Alexander, Really Great at The Silhouette
March 30, 2023 (Thursday) Modern
Day Idols, Powderhouse at Notch Brighton 7-9:30PM - FREE just bring
some shelf staple foods to donate and RSVP
March 31, 2023 (Friday) Robotic
Hawks, Phantom Ocean, Bad Idea USA, Sorry, Ma! at The Square Root
March 31, 2023 (Friday) The Church
- The Hypnogogue Album Tour at The Sinclair FB
March 31, 2023 (Friday) Dead Low
(Record Release), Klaxon (RI), Vicious Ritual (RI),
Working Poor U.S.A. at Flashback Arcade+Bar, 294 main st, Hyannis,
March 31, 2023 (Friday) Blindspot,
Mindset X at The Shackskeen Pub Manchester, NH
April 1, 2023 (Saturday) Holy S%&T
I'm turning 60 - Jay Allen's Birthday Show with Justine and
The Unclean, Tom Baker's Double Down, Muck and The Mires, Stop Calling Me Frank,
The Shang-Hi-Los, The Spackles (Ex-A Bunch of Jerks), Jay Allen
and The Archcriminals, Spiller, The Dogmatics, Quest for Tuna
at French Club, Waltham, MA, 5pm to Midnight- FB
April 1, 2023 (Saturday) Diablogato,
Coffin Salesman, Casket Rats at Faces Brewing Malden FB
April 1, 2023 (Saturday) Children
Of The Flaming Wheel, OOF(NYC), Germ House at Fields
April 3, 2023 (Monday) The New
Noise, This Body Is All I have In This World, Edward Glen, Average Joey
at The Silhouette
April 4, 2023 (Tuesday) Minx,
Electric Aces, Melted Chapstix, Pete Cassini at O'Brien's
April 5, 2023 (Wednesday) Matt
Charette, Linnea's Garden, Lobohombres, Time & Place at The Silhouette
April 6, 2023 (Thursday) Jack
McKelvie & The Countertops and Thalia Zedek at Notch
April 6, 2023 (Thursday) Rock'N'Roll
Rumble Night 1 - Kooked Out, Bird Language, The Shallows, Graveyard
of The Atlantic at The Middle East Up
April 7, 2023 (Friday) Rock'N'Roll
Rumble Night 2 - Bleach The Sky, Not Bad Not Well, Gretchen
Shae & The Middle Eight, Paper Tigers at The Middle East Up
April 8, 2023 (Saturday) Randy
Black & The Heathcroppers have a First Saturday of Every Month
4-6PM residency at Plough & Stars
April 8, 2023 (Saturday) Slide into Spring
with Crow Follow and Connor Storms & His Bouquet
at The Village Social CLub. Brookline. 7:30-10PM. FB
April 8, 2023 (Saturday) Electric
Street Queens, Blame Shifters, Knock Over City, No Nations at The Midway
April 8, 2023 (Saturday) Rock'N'Roll
Rumble Night 3 - Time Wolf, City of Dis, One Fall, D-Tension
& The Secrets at The Middle East Up
April 8, 2023 (Saturday) Hobo
Wizard, EZ Cheef, Grave Tripper, Unharrowed at Shred
City (52 Main St #3, Wilmington)
April 8, 2023 (Saturday) A Celebration
of the Life of Michael Weddle at The C Note in Hull.
April 8, 2023 (Saturday) Screamin'
Rebel Angels, Diablogato, Helen & The Trash Pandas at Askew, Providence,
RI - FB
April 10, 2023 (Monday) The Hi-End,
The Haymakers, Jay Allen and the Arch Criminals at the Silhouette in
April 12, 2023 (Wednesday) Good
& You?, Lowercase Roses, Really Great, Miss Bones at the Silhouette
April 13, 2023 (Thursday) Rock'N'Roll
Rumble - Ruin The Nite, Tysk Tysk Task, The Endorphins, The
Freqsat The Middle East Up
April 13, 2023 (Thursday) Jack
McKelvie & The Countertops and Dutch Tulips at Notch
April 14, 2023 (Friday) Hambone
Skinny at The Square Root
April 14, 2023 (Friday) Already
Dead, Lucid Illusions, The Tear Downs at The Midway - music 9:30PM
April 14, 2023 (Friday) Rock'N'Roll
Rumble Night 5-Parts Per Million, Kid Disaster, The Chelsea Curve , Luxury Deathtrap
at The Middle East Up
April 14, 2023 (Friday) Kingshot,
Happy Little Clouds, Galaxy Cake, American Ocelot at The Jungle
April 14, 2023 (Friday) Glowbox,
Speedfossil, Girl with a Hawk - music starts at 8PM at Sally O'Brien's
April 15, 2023 (Saturday)The Ballbusters
( Jeff Crane (ex-of Classic Ruins) and Dave featured on A.C.C.F.T.R.!
April 15, 2023 (Saturday)Shuriken,
LoboHombre, Pint Killers, Color Killer at The Midway - 3PM Matinee
April 15, 2023 (Saturday)Cold Expectations (Record Release Show), Hammered
Saint, Butterknife at The Square Root
April 15, 2023 (Saturday) Rock'N'Roll
Rumble - Donaher, Michael Kane & The Morning Afters, Devil
Love, Wildcat Slim - at The Middle East Up
April 15, 2023 (Saturday)Harris,
Sidewalk Driver, Stars Like Ours, Aaron and the Lord at The Crystal
Ballroom - FB
April 16, 2023 (Sunday)How We
Burn, WLKRS, Jamie & The Guarded Heart, Randy Black & the Heathcroppers
at The Midway - 3PM Matinee
April 20, 2023 (Thursday) Black
Flag at the Middle East Down - 2 sets- Set 1 the band performs the
album My War, Set 2 - Blag Flag classics. $30 TIX
April 20, 2023 (Thursday) Gang
Green, The USM (a full member reunion), Far Above The Ground
Grip Bite at Alchemy in Provi, RI. Doors at 7, Music at 8- FB
April 21, 2023 (TFriday) Trash
Rabbit The R.B.N.X., Lurking Class (NY) The Only Things, Film & Gender at
The Worthen Attic
8:00 PM • $10 • 21+
April 22, 2023 (Saturday) Welch
Boys, Loser's Circle, ChumHuffer, Cry Havoc, Scumbari at The Midway
for a Matinee at 3PM
April 22, 2023 (Saturday) The
Thigh Scrapers, Mad Painter, The Stigmatics, Johnny Plankton & the Sea Monkeys
of Sole at The Jungle - a matinee show - 3:30 PM – 7:15 PM. FB
April 22, 2023 (Saturday) White
Dynomite, Casket Rats, The Long Wait at Garage B at The Speedway by
Notch - 8:30 music - FB
April 22, 2023 (Saturday) Lenny
Lashley, Centrist Class Traitor, Already Dead, Time and Place at Fields
April 22, 2023 (Saturday) Answerman,
The Grubs, The Love Shamans at Faces Brewing in Malden -
April 23, 2023 (Sunday) Villain
of the War, SleepJumper, Today Junior, Jiddo at The Silhouette
April 24, 2023 (Monday) Waiver
Wire, Stay In Nothing(UK), Indoor Friends, The Dreamtoday at The Silhouette
April 28, 2023 (Friday) Emo Night
Karaoke with live backing band & special guest Monica Whitlock
at Middle East - Downstairs.
April 29, 2023 (Saturday) Brunt
of It, Hans Gruber & The Die Hards, Nick & The Adversaries, Sgt Scag
at The Midway - FB
April 29, 2023 (Saturday) Jeff
Rowe, Matt Charette, Hall Monitor & Mike Moderski at
Fields West, Allston
April 29, 2023 (Saturday) TOLAs, The Modern Day Idols, Glowbox at The
April 30, 2023 (Sunday) Scream
Along With Billy - Lou Reed’s Berlin - Once at The Rockwell
- 7PM. Tickets
April 30, 2023 (Sunday) Gorilla
Biscuits, With Honor, Gel, Peace Test, Anklebiter, Bulletproof Backpack at
The Met - Pawtucket, RI. All Ages - Early show 2PM- 10PM - FB
May 1, 2023 (Monday) Mill Pond
Falls, Norris The Terrible, Modern Day Idols, Jim Healey at The Silhouette
May 5, 2023 (Friday) Dentist,
Salem Wolves, and Strange Pains - Faces Brewing, Malden, MA
May 5, 2023 (Friday) Township
and Stars Like Ours at The Burren - 7PM FB
May 6, 2023 (Saturday) Randy
Black & The Heathcroppers have a First Saturday of Every Month
4-6PM residency at Plough & Stars
May 6, 2023 (Saturday) Dark Spring
Boston Festival at The Middle East Down - line up coming - FB
May 6, 2023 (Saturday) Cathedral
Ceilings, Hilken Mancini Band, Lupo Citta at The Midway - 8PM
May 6, 2023 (Saturday) Alexander,
Tuxis Giant, Housefires & Al Z (Tatooine Punk Scene)
at Fields West, Allston
May 10, 2023 (Wednesday) The White
Bear Principle, FEEP, Nightvisions at The Silhouette
May 12, 2023 (Friday) MOD NITE with The
Sharp Class (UK); Chelsea Curve, Tiger Bomb, Muck & The
Mires, DJ Sherman at Geno's Portland, ME- FB
May 13, 2023 (Saturday) Somerville PorchFest!!
Crow Follow, Linnea's Garden, Happy Little Clouds 4-6PM at
32 Stone Ave. FB
May 13, 2023 (Saturday) Condition
Baker, The Grimly Pleased, The Grommets, The Grubs at The Midway -
May 13, 2023 (Saturday) Muck and
The Mires, The Chelsea Curve, Sharp Class, Tiger Bomb at The Jungle
May 13, 2023 (Saturday) Answerman, Phantom Ocean, Black Hatch, The Endorphins
at The Midway - 8PM
May 13, 2023 (Saturday) Kepi Ghoulie
with his best lineups ever! Bface on bass and Atom
Bomb on drums and also Brad Marino, and The
Jacklights at Faces, Malden - TIX
May 13, 2023 (Saturday) The Hold Steady, Dinosaur Jr. with special
guest Come at Roadrunner 7PM - FB
May 15, 2023 (Monday)Luxury Deathtrap,
Summercult, Hands of Spite, Dropbear at The Silhouette
May 15, 2023 (Monday)KCUF, Tatooine
Punk Scene, Hall Monitor, Superdown (acoustic) at The Silhouette
May 19, 2023 (Friday) The Downhauls
EP Release! at The Lizard Lounge - more info to come on the FB
May 19, 2023 (Friday) Wreckless
Wreck Chords Presents The Return Of TREE w/
WORM, Old North End(O.N.E), Goon Platoon at The C
May 20, 2023 (Saturday) Radio
Knives, Dead On Sunday, Llynks, Bullpup at The Midway 8PM FB
May 24, 2023 (Wednesday) Doom
Lover, Thrust Club, Daphne Blue Underground, Really Great at The Silhouette
May 28, 2023 (Sunday)Boston Vinyl
& Variety - at Fields West Allston, LOADS of record stores, vinyl
vendors and other vendors like Wanna Hear It Records, Ancient Injury Records,
Kitty Levesque Vintage, Black Mold Market, Archie Snow, Gonzo Sonic, Judge Amps
- Amp Demo Table, Period Three Records - Lathe Record Cutting and for the Merch
Swap - Leave An Item Take An Item - 5-10PM - FREE but RSVP
June 1, 2023 (Thursday) Gretchen
Shea and The Middle Eight, Detroit Rebellion, Stubborn Hearts at Notch
but RSVP here and bring some shelf stable food to donate.
June 2 & 3, 2023 (Friday/Saturday) Southbridge
Mass will have its moment with the Alt_Together Festival! (Southbridge
is between Worcester and Springfield) Friday’s bands are: Remy,
Gold Star Boulovard, Mattias Band, Back in 86', Gx42, Saturday’s
bands are: Lurid Purple Flowers, Evil Felipe, Circus Trees, Bobby for
Apples and Whalom Park. FB
June 3, 2023 (Saturday) Eddie Japan,
Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections, Carissa Johnson at Faces
in Malden. FB page.
June 8, 2023 (Thursday) Tysk Tysk
Task, PiNKLIDS, Trash Rabbit at Notch Brighton FREE
but RSVP hereand bring some shelf stable food to donate.
June 8, 2023 (Thursday) Done,
WOJTEK (FL), Headfoam (FL), Constantly Terrified,
Psychic Weight at O'Brien's Allston
June 11, 2023 (Sunday) The Thigh
Scrapers, Classic Ruins, The Ballbusters, Loretta at The Midway for
a 3PM Matinee show.
June 15, 2023 (Thursday) Chris
Wagner (Modern Day Idols) solo show at the Natick Common, Natick. Set
June 15, 2023 (Thursday)Modern
Day Idols, Tad Overbaugh and the Late Arrivals, If We Go At All at
The Central Tavern, Milford.
June 21, 2023 (Wednesday) Lupo
Citta, Valley of Weights, Nat Freedberg at The Silhouette
June 26, 2023 (Monday) Gretchen Shea And The Middle Eight, Salem Wolves, Luxury
Deathtrap at The Silhouette
June 26, 2023 (Monday) The Murder
Junkies 30 Year GG Deathaversary Tour (Playing a full set of all old
GG songs) with local lineup Psycho, Midnight Creeps, Scümbari
- At Alchemy, Provi, RI Doors 7pm Music 7:30pm - FB
July 22, 2023 (Saturday) The Lemon
Drop Gang EP release with The Dogmatics, The New Frustrations
at The New World Tavern Plymouth MA. Facebook
August 5, 2023 (Saturday) Crown
Court, Violent Way, Oil!, Klaxon, Doc Marten Soundsystem at The Midway
August 8, 2023 (Friday) Modern
Day Idols at Exhibit A Brewing, Framingham. 7-9PM
August 19 & 20, 2023 (Sat & Sun) In Between Days Festival - 2 Stages, 2 Days, 24 bands ... and
Cool Vintage and Local Market Place, Vinyl Record Pop Up Shop, Food, Modest
Mouse , Weakened Friends, Paper Tigers, Clarissa Johnson, Dutch Tulips
and the South Shore’s own Gypsy Moths. You'll want to
get your tickets now because they have a ‘tier’ system. They have
some "tier" ticket scheme so the longer you wait the higher the ticket
prices are. FB
October 11, 2023 (Wednesday) The
Mission UK & The Chameleons: Deja Vu Tour
2022 Rescheduled to 2023!!! also on the bill Theatre of Hate
October 26, 2023 (Thursday) Mudhoney
at The Brighton Music Hall 18+
November 3, 2023 (Friday) Modern
Day Idols Single Release Party with Tad Overbaugh and the Late
Arrivals at Square Root, Roslindale.
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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.........
It appeared before us like a chimera and it's
still growing...it'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 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......
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..........
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 ....
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
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.