Here In 1975 - still going strong    
Willie BGNTWO.jpg - 5.73 K Ocasac BGN.jpg - 6.12 K The Late Risers Club WMBR at MIT Nervous Eaters pIc by Denise Donahue Johnathan Richman. Oedipus - for a while he had rainbow colored dandruff.
home | interviews | photos | features |BGN issue list | reviews
links | contact us

The BGN News Archive

March 7, 2022

Nervous Eaters at the Burren

Both our roving reporters John Keegan and Captain Easychord, went to the Nervous Eaters, Girl With a Hawk gig at The Burren a couple of weeks ago. They worked together to bring us pics and words for the well anticipated show.

Nervous Eaters

Hey what's this??? Spin did a Day in the Life profile of Carissa Johnson. The BGN had very popular A Day in the Life photo essay page. Here's one page of a few: Oedipus, Johnny Angel, Jimmy Dufour and Frank Rowe. Different from ours, Spin has a a music video and a short "Day in the Life" vid but mainly has 20 leading questions for Carissa.

There’s one line that might catch your attention when she says, “I think my desire to leave my hometown has brought inspiration, too “ It leaked out on Skybar’s Facebook page that Carissa is thinking of relocating to Brooklyn. There’s a lot of attention on Brooklyn groups, so that does make sense for her career.

The Spin article is here

HAWC The 6th Annual Rock for HAWC is happening in Salem March 18th & 19th in Salem. And it's a good cause!! HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) is a non-profit that works with domestic violence survivors.

Night 1 is at Koto with Muck and the Mires, SkyTigers, The Downhauls, Wired for Sound and Carissa Angelo and hosted by none other than Marianne Toilet.

Night 1 is at OPUS with Bad Larrys, The Devils Twins, Radio Compass, Coffin Salesman, Salem Wolves and is Hosted by Angela Lee & Friends
Here 's The Facebook event page

So Blondie and The Damned are touring together and people are going crazy for it. They do Europe first with Against The Odds then come to the US in August. The second stop on the tour is the Boston Leaders Bank Pavilion for August 14. Boston tickets are here and more tour dates here

Manray In one way it’s another night out for the Manray crowd: The Cambridge Public Library’s "Cambridge Room Lecture Series: Central to It All: A Look at Central Square, the Nightclub ManRay, and Twenty Years of Change." John Driscoll, author of We Are But Your Children will be there along with a “rich panel of speakers”, for a look into Central Square during the years of ManRay’s existence. They'll explore the years of 1983 to 2006 and witness the growth and dynamic change within the square, through the lens of ManRay and its twenty years at 21 Brookline St.

It’s happening Wednesday, April 27 from 7 to 8:30pm. Registration is required and there are 72 seats available. Registration and some info on the Cambridge Library website.


B;acl Helicopter

A cover of “World” by the Bee Gees is definitely not something you'd expect from Black Helicopter. But it was part of an invite from Pipeline host Jeff Breeze before he passed away.

In some ways the performance seems straight forward. The melody and song structure are intact, it’s the sonority of the Black Helicopter sound that transforms it.

There ‘s a little about the song here on the If Its Too Loud website.

Billy Shang Hi Los

The Shang Hi Los have another attention getter with “Billy”. It's kind of like a song in an old spaghetti western. It harkens back to a time when a “Ringo” (1964 hit by Lorne Greene. Video here.) would crop up the hit parade. It's great hearing Dan Kopko have fun with the guitar licks and he rises to the occasion here.

Since people were telling the band the song sounded like a song from a Tarantino Soundtrack…they went along with that idea for the video.


“Human Crime”, the new Pixies song/video captures some of the old Pixies magic. If this return to form carries over to an upcoming album, that would be something to hear.

The Pixies will be touring though the summer. You can find the dates in this Brooklyn Vegan article.


On Friday’s Late Risers Club Mook played all Ukrainian punk songs for the whole show. He went to Bandcamp and searched for Ukrainian groups. The result was a very good punk show that is worth checking out.

He played a song from a Screeching Weasels Tribute album from the label The Baseball Bats. Check that out here. Looking at that we see the Baseball Bats have a whole bunch of tribute albums. Like Black Sabbath , Nirvana , Mr T. Experience and The Queers.

You can access the show on the WMBR archive page

There were also songs like “She’s the One” by The Drops that had echoes of Green Day.

There were all types of punk styles that were indistinguishable from domestic punk as you would guess. Like the song “3ro” from Kat.

More WMBR news. Sue Safton celebrated her 39th Anniversary doing Aural Fixation. We’ll do the math for you…she started the show in 1983 (on March 3). She took the opportunity to play some of her faves through the years: X Ray Spex, Cynics, Le Peste, Pylon, Kinski, Flaming Lips, The Chesterfield Kings etc.

You can get to the show on the WMBR site here.


Blowing Smoke With Twisted Rico get Joe Milligan on the show to discuss his book Let’s Go! Benjamin Orr And The Cars. This is a chance to hear about Ben’s after Cars career. It’s so sad that Ben died when he was 53.


Magic Shoppe’s new album Mono Lake comes in orange vinyl, the same shade as its cover. The album hits with heavy reverb and distortion and stays there. They don’t use the word psych on their Bandcamp page but it all seems very trippy. If you're listening you are in their world. This is not retro music either; it has a newness to it.

Every song is dense without any sharp sounds. You feel like you are getting drawn in…and down. That’s the case with the song “Paranormal”…give that a listen.

Linnea’s Garden’s new song is “Cut & Paste” (that’s how we did the BGN at the beginning, back in the 70s). It's about how a love affair screws you up because, as she quotes, “half of every relationship is in my head” .

There’s a paragraph on the song and its style on the Bandcamp page. It also has a video on the page.

The Dirty Truckers have two songs out that are the leading edge of an upcoming album release.

All the best Dirty Truckers material has a mood of being late night at the bar. “I Feel Nothing” has that magic. It’s all in Tom Baker's voice. It’s a gift. Listen to how he pronounces ‘realize’ in this song. He owns that word.

As usual with the Truckers the songwriting and playing is quality.


Rum Bar has reissued the album Tina and the Total Babes which originally came out in 2001.

There’s two song out now and the rest of the album later. You can see what attracted Rum Bar when you take a listen to “Why Do I Like You” as it slams out the power pop.

It looks like Rum Bar has also scooped up The Gypsy Moths. “Effortlessly” has the full band sound with horns that marks the group. They write rave up songs that make you hit ‘replay’ a few times. That’s what we did with this one.

Allston Pudding published an interview with Western Mass band Perennial. They call them genre-defying and we guess they are but they sound like an artist from Slovenly Records a lot of the time. They go to other places. The average song length is a minute and a half, which we love.

This should be an exciting band to see live. The article is here.

“Tooth Plus Claw” quotes T.S. Eliot with “this is the way the world ends. Not with a bang…”. That song gets very intense. We're directing you to that song.

Tijuana Sweetheart

Tijuana Sweetheart posted all their albums on Bandcamp for Bandcamp Friday last week. Reviewing the albums we had another appreciation on how good they were. Every song has energy and attitude. All the tempo are brisk and the guitars licks sharp.

The occasional cover songs are surprising. Like “Always on My Mind” with some “Oi Oi Oi“ yells in it. “Angels of the Morning” survives with some dirty power chords and some raw phrasing here and there.

We like “Trash Candy”. It’s a good example of their upbeat attack and how they don’t take themselves too seriously. You feel like having fun is part of their mission.

and lastly ... You can preorder the new Baabes album in hot pink vinyl. There’s only 250 being pressed. It comes out April 22. You can order here

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

Rock Show poster March 10, 2022 (Thursday) Ski Bunny, Crow Follow, The Sugar Cones, Fireking at O'Brien's

March 11, 2022 (Friday) Celsegh, Johnny Plankton & the Sea Monkeys of Sole, Screw Cart, Nymphedelis at The Cantab Underground

March 12, 2022 (Saturday) Just plan on staying at the midway all day -The Prozacs, Scotty Saints & the True Believers, The Stigmatics, Dave Strong do a Midway Matinee show = 3 PM – 7 PM. Facebook page

March 12, 2022 (Saturday) Boston Oi! Fest with The Welch Boys, The Bluebloods, The Abductors and Ice Cold Killers at The Midway - FB page.

March 12, 2022 (Saturday) Verbal Assaul, The FU's, Peace Test, Bullet Proof Backpack, Holy Hands at The Mey Pawtucket, RI

March 12, 2022 (Saturday) Paper Tigers, Sunshine Riot, Luxury Deathtrap, High And Dry at Thirsty First in Lowell.

March 14, 2022 (Monday)  Villain of the War, Woid Bear, Key of Caustic, There's Only Trash Here at O'Brien's

Oi Fest March 17, 2022 (Thursday) Lenny Lashley's Gang Of One, Jeff Rowe, Matt Murphy at Notch Brighton, 7-10PM- FB page.

March 17, 2022 (Thursday) Zipper, PCP & the Knives, Fraud @ O'Briens

March 19, 2022 (Saturday) Gretchen Shae & The Middle Eight at The Cantab Underground

March 19, 2022 (Saturday) Key of Caustic with Torn to Shreds, The Teezers and Campland at The Porch in Medford

March 20, 2022 (Sunday) The Voice of Spring Mess-Around with Kenne Highland's Airforce with Captain Easychord and crew along with the one and only
Jen D'Angora (The Shang-Hi-Los, The Dents, The Downbeat 5, Jenny Dee and The Delinquents) And of course Your Hosts Tom Baker, Justine Covault with her Black Threads - 4PM at The Plough & Stars

March 20, 2022 (Sunday) Verbal Assault, The FU's, Peace Test, Bullet Proof Backpack, Holy Hands at The Met in Pawtucket, RI - this is the rescheduled show from last September. All tickets will be honored for postponed show or refunds at point of purchase through 11.30.21 - FB page.

March 20, 2022 (Sunday) Church Girls, Suntitle, Carissa Johnson, Paper Tigers at The Middle East Upstairs.

Rock Show Poster March 20, 2022 (Sunday) Henry Rollins at The Wilbur for his Good To See You tour. Tickets here

March 21, 2022 (Monday) Nice Guys, Pet Fox, Betty Moody at Charlie's Kitchen FB page.

March 23, 2022 (Wednesday) Richie Ramone, Public Nature, Continental, Dirty Walter and the Smelltones at Ralph’s Rock Diner - Worcester, MA. Facebook event page.

March 24, 2022 (Thursday) Black Beach, Cronies(NYC), Betties, Anxious Wave at O'Briens

March 25, 2022 (Friday) Richie Ramone, Public Nature, Shore City, Joy Boys at Askew in Provi RI FB page

March 26, 2022 (Saturday) Dutch Tulips & Friends at The Jungle 4-7PM- FB page for more info

March 26, 2022 (Saturday) Original Local Collective presents Hardcore at the Elks | Hardcore Stadium with DNZL, Neighborhood Shit, Sick Minds, Stoploss, Rue ... 5PM, All Ages, $10.

March 26, 2022 (Saturday) Brockton Hard Core shows and Women Of The Pit presents: Dog Eat Dog, Kings Never Die, MAAFA, Car Bomb Parade, Wisdom & War, Capo Kong at The Brockton VFW Post 1046. 6:30- midnight. FB page.

Stigmatics Rock out March 26, 2022 (Saturday) Little Billy Lost, Modern Day Idols, The Shang Hi Los, Lonely Leesa & the Lost Cowboys at The Midway

March 26, 2022 (Saturday) Nervous Eaters, Stop Calling Me Frank, Tsunami of Sound at The Porch in Medford

March 26, 2022 (Saturday) The Dogmatics Record Release party with Gypsy Moths and Continental @ The New World Tavern. A night of non-stop local Boston Rock with three Rum Bar Recording artists. FB Page

March 27, 2022 (Sunday) The Legendary Cazbats, Bitter Little Ghost, The Fantastic Trees, Captain Easy Chord at The Midway for a 3PM Matinee show. Only $5 cover!

March 28, 2022 (Saturday) Threat Level Burgundy, Super Beef, Waiver Wire at Charlie's Kitchen

March 31, 2022 (Thursday) The Parquet Courts are at the Royale. Tickets are here

April 1, 2022 (Friday) Paper Tigers, Gretchen Shae and the Middle Eight, Dutch Tulips at Koto in Salem

Hi End Rock Out April 2, 2022 (Saturday) Oh The Humanity, C.E. Skidmore, Losers Circle and Matty Andersen at The Midway for a matinee 3-7PM. FB page.

April 2, 2022 (Saturday) Linnea's Garden, Pageant Girls, Stars Like Ours, Carissa Johnson at O Brien's

April 2, 2022 (Saturday) Glowbox, The Hi-End, Double Down With Baker, Hambone Skinny at The Midway

April 2, 2022 (Saturday) West Side Rats, Midnight Creeps, Marianne Toilet & the Runs, Killer Kin at Ralph's Rock Diner Worcester FB page

April 3, 2022 (Sunday) Cabin Fever Reliever with Josephine with a Cause, A Bunch of Jerks, Screw Cart, Rockin Bob Punk Band for a 3PM matinee show at The Midway

April 7, 2022 (Thursday) Speed Fossil has an album release show at Sally O'Brien's

April 8, 2022 (Friday) Shape Shifters, Stop Calling Me Frank & U-ey at The Buoy, Sgt Scag, Shokazoba at Electric Haze in Worcester. Here's their website.

April 16, 2022 (Saturday) Baabes record release show at O'Brien's

April 16, 2022 (Saturday) The FU's, Urban Waste, Some Kind Of Nightmare, Grip Bite (EP Release) at The Midway FB page

Oh The Humanity. April 16, 2022 (Saturday) Brix n Mortar, Marianne Toilet and the Runs, Graniteers at Koto in Salem

April 16, 2022 (Saturday) The Schizophonics with Zip Tie Handcuffs and Sapling at Ralph's Rock Diner in Worcester FB page.

April 18, 2022 (Thursday) Nervous Eaters, Crunchtime, Bad Larrys at The Breakaway in Danvers FB page

April 23, 2022 (Saturday) Dutch Tulips & Friends at The Jungle 4-7PM

April 23, 2022 (Saturday) Jawbreaker, The Lemonheads and Worriers are at the House of Blues. Get tickets at the House of Blues website

April 24, 2022 (Sunday) The Mummies with Thee Fabulous Itchies at Askew in Provi

April 30, 2022 (Saturday) The Dogmatics, Muck and the Mires, Justine and The Unclean, Earthlings? at The Magic Room FB page

May 6, 2022 (Friday) The Cryptics, The Brunt Of It, The Martians, Color Killer at The Middle East Up. FB page.

Linnea's Garden May 6, 2022 (Friday) My Life as a Ramone-An Interactive Speaking show by Marky Ramone followed by a screening of Rock 'N' Roll High School. "This multimedia event includes vintage photos, video clips and previously unheard stories behind the music." at The Greenwich Odeum Tix and info here.

May 7, 2022 (Saturday) Asa Brebner Tribute Show, Musicians perform their songs from the two "I AM NOT GONE" Asa Brebner Tribute CDs, at The Magic Room Norwood

May 12, 2022 (Thursday) Actor|Observer with Inspirit (former Vanna) and The World at The Sinclair

May 13, 2022 (Friday) Post Punk Tribute Night w/ The Temple of Mercy, Gretchen & The Banshees, DJ Sawtooth at The Middle East Up. TIX

May 18, 2022 (Wednesday) Lady Pills, Layzi, and Olivia Sisay at Once at The Rockwell

May 20, 2022 (Friday) "Post Punk Night" with Linda Been Pardee, Ad Frank, Gene Dante, Tony Savarino, Eric Brosius, Dan Kopko, Lisa McColgan, Killian Carcosa, Chuck Ferreira, David Santos, Stephen Hart, Henry Ryan, Allison Sigrist and Charles Membrino at Sally O'Brien's Union Sq Somerville. .

May 24, 2022 (Tuesday) Reverend Horton Heat, The Koffin Kats, Sasquatch & The Sickabillys at Alchemy in Providence, RI. FB page.

Charlies Kirhwn May 28, 2022 (Saturday) Razors in the Night & Tijuana Sweetheart Reunion Show at Sonia, also on the bill Nothing But Enemies. FB page

June 18, 2022 (Saturday) 40 Years of The Queers Anniversary show also with The Dwarves, The Jasons, Stubborn Hearts at Sonia. TIX

June 18, 2022 (Saturday) THE ZULUS are back at The Paradise - tix here.

June 25, 2022 (Saturday) Show in Honor of Jess Victor - White Dynomite, Muck and the Mires, Stop Calling Me Frank, Piranha Brothers, Screw Cart at The Middle East Up TIX and FB page.

July 1, 2022 (Friday) The Prozaca, The Lousekateers, Lürking Class (NY), The Agonizers, Marko Bruiser at Ralph's Rock Diner

September 20, 2022 (Friday) The Woggles with Muck and Mires at The Porch in Medford

CONTACT US Send us your gig listings, your anything else ya got!! You want your CD reviewed?? Contact us for that too.



Crash Course for the Ravers


home | interviews | photos | features |BGN issue list | reviews
links | contact us

Copyright © 2016 Paul Lovell. All rights reserved.