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March 13, 2023

Boston Art Massacre
The Sound Museum rage continues

You can’t say the artists are taking the closing of the Sound Museum lying down. Some very vocal artists and musicians were at City Hall on Tuesday March 11 giving city councilors an earful. WBUR had the story. There were two dozen speakers.

“You won’t get rid of us. You may as well work with us.” Max Seltzer said plainly. We thought this statement by Elliott-Ortega said a lot: “We see time and time again that developers file their projects with no mention of what's being displaced, no acknowledgment of what is on site and what that site means to people.” That’s a great example of how the process ignores the community.

Duncan Wilder Johnson spoke. Dave Tree ... well, try to stop him from speaking ... said: “Everyone in this room loves this city. Now, they want the city to love them back. You take away our practice space rooms, our rooms that we make art in – it’s gone, gone. No culture, no songs, nothing. Cultural wasteland.”

Read the article on the WBUR website

Please visit SAVE THE SOUND MUSEUM for info on what's been happening and they explain how they were "scammed by the city of Boston and ArtStaysHere" AND please SIGN THE PETITION!!


John Keegan was at the I Am Not Gone / Asa Brebner Memorial this past week. He talks about the "vibe" at the show and who performed, and has a slide show of photos for you to check out!

Asa I Am Not Gone

Jonathan Richman had a tour scheduled for the Pacific Northwest in March but he cancelled the tour until June because of the extreme weather happening in the area. Meanwhile, Jonathan has a new EP on Bandcamp!

Jonathan Richman

If you haven’t been following him you might be surprised to find out that the songs have an Arabic influence. The EP is titled Yatasamaroun an Arabic word meaning “lovers talking softly together in the moonlight.” In the end you still get the Jonathan feel no matter how musically afield he goes.

That’s true with “I’m In a Dancing Mood” by reggae artist Delroy Wilson. It sounds like a song off of one of Jonathanís early albums.

You can see that Jonathan is searching and keeping himself creative. He continues to be innovative and unique.

Ralph FateloRalph Fatello (Vinny Band, Nor’easters and BGN button logo creator) got featured on the New Hampshire Chronicle TV show. The story is all about surfing in the New Hampshire winters, something Ralph is an expert on. The five and a half minute clip can be seen on the WMUR website.

You get to see Ralph’s son Max in the feature too. Max is a surfer ... of course.

Ralph has been doing his surf blog at for almost 20 years. On the blog he says: "Next year my Blog will be 20 years old, I plan on
doing one of three things: 1. Keep going every week (highly unlikely). 2. Go monthly (most likely). 3. Quit and walk away from it all. (possible)."

Walk away from it? We don’t think so!


Unattachd In our ongoing series of Johnny D's Allston Closing Night ... we have this week Installment #SEVEN with The Unattached from Bob Martel (aka Bob Cellar) - Ten bands and Bill Tupper as MC....those were the days folks and these are never heard before audio recordings of Johnny D's closing night! Let this be a history of Boston punk for you if you were not there!!

The seventh band: The Unattached (Jamie Sever (vocals), Simon Ritt (bass), Michael Zadroga (drums), Mark Frazier (guitar) - - Listen to it here.

For some visuals here is the BGN photo coverage of Johnny D's closing night and the BGN coverage of the 2010 Johnny D's Reunion at Church.


Blood Miracles

Miracle Blood have a new song and vid called “Pomeranian”. In an article on the Everything is Noise website they say it’s about wanting to jump species and become a pampered Pomeranian…but then they acknowledge that real life means doing “whatever pays the bills.” The song has the powerful vocals that are the calling card for this group. It’s hard to hear that throat shredding vocalization and not be moved.

If you are a hardcore fan the NYHC Chronicles is a must. Drew Stone has it going on. This week Drew interviews movie maker Danny Garcia whose latest is Nightclubbing, the story of Max’s Kansas City. The Chronicles begins with a two and a half minute clip from the movie and even that is something you want to see. Garcia has also done films on Johnny Thunders, Clash, Sid Vicious, Brian Jones and Stiv Bators.

The Dogmatics have a video from a 1985 show in Washington DC at the 9:30 Club. The song is “You Say.” This was done up by Rudy Childs who did the ’Dogumentary’ that’s at the Film Festivals now. Short clips of this performance are in the documentary but here you get the whole thing.


Jeff Connolly with local back up musicians just finished a Lyres tour (March 12 is the last day) in Spain. There are videos of the Barcelona and Madrid shows on YouTube. It’s nice to see Jeff in action. Here is the Madrid vid - Check it out at the three minute mark – the song stops abruptly, then continues after 10 seconds. It’s a fake out – genius.

See some more photos and a version of “Don’t Give It Up Now” on the Lyres Mania!! Facebook page

Spain must be the place to be. Besides Jeff touring, Kurt Baker moved there, Kid Gulliver had a great time there .... and Brad Marino was in Lugo, Spain on Feb 24. Judging by the video, he drove the locals wild playing “The KKK Took My Baby Away”. Spain we salute you!


Smitt. E. Smitty & the Fezztones have released a new video for “Rebel Rebel”. The Bowie original was released 50 years ago in February. The Fezztones version has been out for a while but is getting some notice again. It was played on the Rodney Bingenheimer Show and getting a lot of play as compiled by the Radio Indie Alliance chart. It got spotlighted on The Whole Kameese website

The Fezztones’ version begins slowly, they make you wait for that classic riff. With Smitty you know the video graphics and editing are spot on. The graphics are mixed with a live performance at the Magic Room.

Streetwalkin Cheetahs

Rum Bar’s Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs have a vid for “Bad Vacation,” a song off their current album One More Drink. The guitars have a nice crunch in this tune.

The video is an office situation. The band members are the creepy co-workers who drive out the secretary.

Read some more about it on the New Noise magazine website


SkybarThis Tuesday (3/21) Skybar has Linda Viens of Girl With a Hawk on his WMFO Rising show. Linda and GWAH have been very busy these days. Skybar will also feature some new songs by State of the Union.

Last Tuesday he played Hammered Saint's new song “Dirty Work”, that's another group that's been doing a lot of gigging and recording. It's a stomping group performance topped with Emily Doran’s vocals. We’re so glad to hear her again. Skybar has that single early. We don’t see it on any music platforms yet.

Listen on Tuesday at 8pm on WMFO at 93.5 fm or after go to the MFO archive page and hit Tuesday at 8pm then hit the archive button.

Boston EmissionsOn this week’s Boston Emissions Anngelle Wood talked for a few minutes. The subject was the radio business. She said what we all know but it was still hard to hear. The things we loved about broadcast radio in its heyday are dead and gone. Anngelle says that neither she nor any DJ she knows can make much of a living at radio anymore. So we have what we have now…college radio holding down the fort, and a patchwork of podcasts and online radio shows that you search around for. Anngelle made the point that radio was the social media of its day and we miss having that too.

You can hear her comments one hour into this week’s Boston Emissions.

Sonic OverloadAl Quint started his Sonic Overload podcast this week with some Minor Threat. It's the 40th anniversary of the Out of Step EP.

It’s also the 40 anniversary of the Government Issue Boycott Stabb EP and the Necros Conquest for Death. Al's first set had songs from them too.

He played the Soft Boys “I Wanna Destroy You” one of our faves. Robyn Hitchcock just turned 70 years old!

You can hear the whole show on the Sonic Overload web page


The Downhauls just released a cover of “Hazy Shade of Winter.” It sounds like they had fun doing it too. This song will be on their next EP out in May.

They nail all the elements, the guitar riff, the big drum sound, the close vocals. One difference is we notice is Ivahna Rock's bass playing. It’s more pronounced on their version and it’s better for it!! It’s hard not to like this.

See them for their EP Release Party on May 19th at The Lizard Lounge (FB Page)

Check out their website The Downhauls their Bandcamp page and their FB page and Michael Marotta's write up on Vanyaland.

We first heard of Goon Platoon from their connection with Shred City in Wilmington. They have a new album: Keep On Rotting In the Free World.

In the group is Anal Cunt guitarist Mike Mahan, writer Nate Homan and former-Full Blown AIDS/Larry Lifeless Project drummer Josh Randall.

They play some intense hardcore. A good example is “Five Percent Is Nothing” where they pack a lot into a minute and eleven seconds. They prove that’s all you need. Even with that they take it low for 20 seconds. The lyrics start with: “Why waste your vote/you’re party means nothing/it’s only five percent/five percent of nothing.” It powers up and super heats as they repeat “five percent of nothing.” You can just imagine that was said to someone and then, what’s the reply? There’s actually a lot to say if you dig into it. This got us thinking.

“Jefferson Scud Missile” also is a standout. Angelle Wood played it this week on Boston Emissions. It has a nice guitar riff using open string pull offs that does a fast trade off with some hardcore blasts. Oh ya, that’s what we’re talking about!! It’s crazy raw with some refined bits, that is so satisfying. Then it ends with an audio clip of someone reciting T.S. Eliotís’ Hollow Men. Guys, you're killing us!

“Jefferson Scud Missile” is linked below to hear. We have “Five Percent of Nothing” on our Top Ten Songs

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

Charlies KitchenMarch 13, 2023 (Monday) The Dead Friends Club, Miss Bones, Grace Givertz - Charlie's Kitchen

March 16, 2023 (Thursday) Hi-End, Girl With A Hawk, Cynz at The Square Root.

March 16, 2023 (Thursday) Feep, Zigmont, Today Junior at Notch Brighton - FREE- 7PM - just bring some shelf staple foods to donate

March 16, 2023 (Thursday) Greg Rekus, In the Meantime, CE Skidmore, Dark Tag at O'Briens

March 17, 2023 (Friday) St. Patrick's Day Punk Rock Market. There will be bands, food and vendors include Skindress Taxidermy! Vendors start at 6pm and bands at 7:30pm. It’s at the VFW Fidelity Post #1011, 20 Stevens St, Peabody, MA - Facebook event page

March 17, 2023 (Friday) St. Pat's Shit Show with Vomit Dolls, Fish Face, Set The Bar Low, TFR, Throw - at Shred City (52 Main St #3, Wilmington)

March 17, 2023 (Friday) Gretchen & The Banshees and Dunk Kennedys (Dead Kennedys tribute) at Exhibit A Brewery in Framingham. 7-9PM

Midway CafeMarch 18, 2023 (Saturday) The Instamatics, The Fatal Flaw, Stop Calling Me Frank, The Imposers, Instamatics at The Midway 3PM matinee

March 18, 2023 (Saturday) Field Day Cold Expectations, the I Want Yous at The Square Root

March 18, 2023 (Saturday) Modern Day Idols, Speedfossil, If We Go At All at Central Tavern in Milford. 8pm-11:30PM

March 18, 2023 (Saturday) The F.U.’s, Cuidado, Duck & Cover, Black Helicopter at the Gerry No. 5 Veteran Fireman's Association, Marblehead - FB page.

March 18, 2023 (Saturday) Caustic Echoes, I The Conqueror and more at Shred City (52 Main St #3, Wilmington)

March 18, 2023 (Saturday) The Mach Bell Experience, The Cynz, Tiger Bomb at Geno's in Portland ME.

March 19, 2023 (Sunday) Barroom Heroes, COB, Degenerates of Punk, Taken by Vultures, Already Dead - 3:00pm matinee at The Midway- FB page

The RavenMarch 19, 2023 (Sunday) Hammered Saint, Cynz, at The Worthen House Attic, Lowell

March 20, 2023 (Monday) Blame It On Whitman, Senseless Optimism, Dewley & Traders at The Silhouette

March 20, 2023 (Monday) Vanishing Point, Ruffian Dick, A River Of Trees, Captain Easychord at The Midway

March 23, 2023 (Friday) Sweetie, Zip-Tie Handcuffs, Twelveyes at Notch Brighton - FREE!! just bring some shelf staple foods to donate

March 24, 2023 (Friday) Band Hangouts with Severed Boy, Knock Over City, BedTimeMagic, Casket Rats at Bone Up Brewing Company in Everett. FB Page.

March 24, 2023 (Friday) TREE @ Ralph's Rock Diner - FB page

March 24, 2023 (Friday) Modern Day Idols at Exhibit A Brewing In Framingham. 7-9pm

March 25, 2023 (Saturday) The Sleds, Classic Ruins, The Grandstand Jockeys, Sand Machine at The Midway for a Matinee 3-7PM

March 25, 2023 (Saturday) Baabes, Linnea's Garden, Happy Little Clouds at Sally O'Brien's

Horrible Earth posterMarch 25, 2023 (Saturday) The Freqs, Deprogrammer Cult, Rue, Ghost Planet at The Worthen Attic, Lowell

March 26, 2023 (Sunday) Andy California, Nurse Joy, Daughter of the Vine, Estradiol at State Park - 8PM, free!

March 30, 2023 (Thursday) Modern Day Idols, Powderhouse at Notch Brighton 7-9:30PM - FREE just bring some shelf staple foods to donate

March 31, 2023 (Friday) The Church - The Hypnogogue Album Tour at The Sinclair FB page.

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, MA

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 page

April 1, 2023 (Saturday) Diablogato, Coffin Salesman, Casket Rats at Faces Brewing Malden FB page.

Coffin SalesmanApril 1, 2023 (Saturday) Children Of The Flaming Wheel, OOF(NYC), Germ House at Fields West Allston

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 Brighton

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 page.

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 page

Show posterApril 10, 2023 (Monday) The Hi-End, The Haymakers, Jay Allen and the Arch Criminals at the Silhouette in Allston

April 13, 2023 (Thursday) Jack McKelvie & The Countertops and Dutch Tulips at Notch Brighton

April 14, 2023 (Friday) Hambone Skinny at The Square Root

April 14, 2023 (Friday) Glowbox, Speedfossil, Girl with a Hawk - music starts at 8PM at Sally O'Brien's

April 15, 2023 (Saturday) Cold Expectations (Record Release Show), Hammered Saint, Butterknife at The Square Root

April 15, 2023 (Saturday) Harris, Sidewalk Driver, Stars Like Ours, Aaron and the Lord at The Crystal Ballroom - FB page.

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 here FB page

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 page.

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+

Linnea GardenApril 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 page.

April 22, 2023 (Saturday) White Dynomite, Casket Rats, The Long Wait at Garage B at The Speedway by Notch - 8:30 music - FB page.

April 22, 2023 (Saturday) Lenny Lashley, Centrist Class Traitor, Already Dead, Time and Place at Fields West, Allston

April 22, 2023 (Saturday) Answerman, The Grubs, The Love Shamans at Faces Brewing in Malden - FB page

April 23, 2023 (Sunday) Villain of the War, SleepJumper, Today Junior, Jiddo at The Silhouette

April 23, 2023 (Sunday) Plymouth Punk Rock Market - Spring 2023 edition! Mayflower Brewery Plymouth - FB page to keep up to date.

April 24, 2023 (Monday) Waiver Wire, Stay In Nothing(UK), Indoor Friends, The Dreamtoday at The Silhouette

Rock Poster ShowApril 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 page

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 Square Root

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 page

May 1, 2023 (Monday) Mill Pond Falls, Norris The Terrible, Modern Day Idols, Jim Healey at The Silhouette

May 5, 2023 (Friday) Township and Stars Like Ours at The Burren - 7PM FB page.

Rock Show PosterMay 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 page.

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 page

May 13, 2023 (Saturday) Muck and The Mires, The Chelsea Curve, Sharp Class, Tiger Bomb at The Jungle - FB page

May 13, 2023 (Saturday) Kepi Ghoulie with his best lineups ever! Bface on bass and Atom Bomb on drums at Faces, Malden - TIX

May 13, 2023 (Saturday) The Hold Steady, Dinosaur Jr. with special guest Come at Roadrunner 7PM - FB page.

May 19, 2023 (Saturday) The Downhauls EP Release! at The Lizard Lounge - more info to come on the FB page.

Rock Show PosterMay 24, 2023 (Wednesday) Doom Lover, Thrust Club, Daphne Blue Underground, Really Great at The Silhouette

June 1, 2023 (Thursday) Gretchen Shea and The Middle Eight, Detroit Rebellion, Stubborn Hearts at Notch Brighton FREE but RSVP here and bring some shelf stable food to donate.

June 8, 2023 (Thursday) Tysk Tysk Task, PiNKLIDS, Trash Rabbit at Notch Brighton FREE but RSVP hereand bring some shelf stabe efood to donate.

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 time: 5-7pm.

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

Gretchen SheaJune 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, ScŁmbari - At Alchemy, Provi, RI Doors 7pm Music 7:30pm - FB page.

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 page

October 11, 2023 (Wednesday) The Mission UK & The Chameleons: Deja Vu Tour 2022 Rescheduled to 2023!!! also on the bill Theatre of Hate

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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