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March 27, 2023

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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 too.
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.

Spacling 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 Missionarys. 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.

Spackles Facebook page


Rodney on the Rock Congrats to Beebe Gallini for being included in Rodney on the Rock! Volume 4 with “My Way of Thinking.” We went bonkers for that when it first came out in Feb 2021 .

This song is worth the new attention. Rodney has the good taste. Get the vinyl here!!

Rich Mirsky has started a Kickstarter page to raise funds for the album project he is involved with called Meat the Psychopaths.

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 this week.

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.

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


Cold Expectations Sapling

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 their material.

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 going.

“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 Coat” (video 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 echo dies.

The tag line of a chorus “Make Your Idols Cry!” works big time.

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 Wimpy

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 of attention.

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 .....

Rock Show 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 here.

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 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.

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

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 Brighton

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 page.

Diablogato April 8, 2023 (Saturday) Electric Street Queens, Blame Shifters, Knock Over City, No Nations at The Midway 8PM

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 page

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

April 12, 2023 (Wednesday) Good & You?, Lowercase Roses, Really Great, Miss Bones at the Silhouette in Allston

April 13, 2023 (Thursday) Rock'N'Roll Rumble - Ruin The Nite, Tysk Tysk Task, The Endorphins, The Freqs at The Middle East Up

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

Jane HudsonApril 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 FB page

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

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

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 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+

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 page.

Chelsea CurveApril 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

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 page

April 29, 2023 (Saturday) Jeff Rowe, Matt Charette, Hall Monitor & Mike Moderski at Fields West, Allston

Thigh ScrapersApril 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) Dentist, Salem Wolves, and Strange Pains - Faces Brewing, Malden, MA

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

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 page.

May 6, 2023 (Saturday) Cathedral Ceilings, Hilken Mancini Band, Lupo Citta at The Midway - 8PM

GangGreenMay 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) Somerville PorchFest!! Crow Follow, Linnea's Garden, Happy Little Clouds 4-6PM at 32 Stone Ave. FB page. Porchfest website

May 13, 2023 (Saturday) Condition Baker, The Grimly Pleased, The Grommets, The Grubs at The Midway - 3PM Matinee.

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

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

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

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 page.

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 Note Hull

May 20, 2023 (Saturday) Radio Knives, Dead On Sunday, Llynks, Bullpup at The Midway 8PM FB page

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 here

Rock Show PosterJune 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 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 page Tickets are here

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 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.

Waver WireJune 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 page.

July 22, 2023 (Saturday) The Lemon Drop Gang EP release with The Dogmatics, The New Frustrations at The New World Tavern Plymouth MA. Facebook page

August 5, 2023 (Saturday) Crown Court, Violent Way, Oil!, Klaxon, Doc Marten Soundsystem at The Midway - 8PM

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

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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