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April 10, 2023

There's one thing you cannot stop...time ... and you are getting older every minute...well Jay Allen, who everyone knows and loves, celebrated his big Six-Oh!! birthday last week and John Keegan was there to capture the festivities and the feeling of community as lots of friends gathered together to share the good time at The French American Club in Waltham. Bands doing short sets were Justine and The Unclean, Tom Baker's Double Down, Muck and The Mires, Stop Calling Me Frank, The Shang-Hi-Los, The Spackles, Jay Allen and The Archcriminals, Spiller, The Dogmatics ... Check out John's slide show and page in the link above.


Lydon Noraand ... Nora Forster died this week. Nora the wife of Sex Pistol John Lydon and the mother of Ari Up from the Slits, was suffering from Alzheimer’s for several years.

John was her full-time caregiver. John’s contentious public image was turned on its head when he talked about his wife and her situation. Then he was so human and open about his love for his wife and the loss he knew was coming.

Husker Du will release Tonite Longhorn, a two disc vinyl record for Record Store Day (4/22) with a digital release on 8/25 on Reflex Records. It's an unheard live album from 1979-80. The album includes original flyers and artwork (much of which was created by the late Grant Hart) and liner notes by Thurston Moore.

It includes an early version of the song “Do You Remember?” Husker Du means ‘do you remember’ in Danish and Norwegian. It was also a memory game for all ages.

You can hear that cut on YouTube and read more about this on Brooklyn Vegan where they also have the track listing.

There were many articles on the death of Seymour Stein, founder Sire Records. For those of us in the early days of punk those yellow Sire labels were so identifiable. They seemed to be on the turntable a lot. The label meant the music would be good.

Lyres Sire Lyres

The DMZ album was on Sire. That was exciting at the time. Talking Heads, Blondie, Ramones, Richard Hell & the Voidoids, Dead Boys, Pretenders and Replacements are just some of the other artists on the label.

As time goes by we realize how much, as fans, that we depend on business people like Stein to make the music available to us. At the time we took it for granted.

Stein also helped create the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and helped to popularize the term ‘new wave’ as a less scary way to introduce new punk music.

Article on Stein on and Variety and Classic Rock magazine


The Rock & Roll Rumble was happening this week. The first night went to Kooked Out, Second night Not Bad Not Well won. Night three went to One Fall (musta been that bass players hair antics!!)



Greg Hawkes

You can now see the video for Eddie Japan’s song "Time Machine." That’s the song with Greg Hawkes (of the Cars) playing on it. He’s also in the video playing a mad scientist. It's good seeing Greg out there again playing and having fun with it.

The Damned

This is just a few months old. It shows Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible on a news show getting interviewed. They are very calm and proper. We’re not used to that. They seem like two very reasonable people.


Bay State RockBay State Rock was back after the last show was postponed because Carmelita had Covid. Three weeks later you could still hear congestion in her voice.

She began the show with a Berlin Airlift song. Rick Berlin has had a good couple of weeks. He’s received a lot of publicity and attention with his big show at the Brighton Music Hall. In the process he also helped the Nervous Eaters get into the spotlight yet again by having them on the bill.

Carmelita clued us into two new releases: the new Key of Caustic single “Where Did It Go?” – we talk about that in the new music section below.

The other one was American Ocelot, a new group formed in 2022. Sara Billingsley is in this, but she is not listed in the Bandcamp credits for the new album Million Things. The group is a bright indie pop sound. The guitar player, Ken Rothman, doesn’t dazzle but seems to play exactly what’s needed with a tone that makes the tune. We liked the song “Million Things” that Carmelita played as well as “Unravelled,”“Fly Away” and “Spare Me” from the album.

American OcelotThis is an excellent album especially for a new band right out of the gate!!

On Saturday’s A Crash Course for the Ravers the American Ocelot members Sara Billingsley and Joanie Lynch were guests. They said that many of the song were recorded before the current line-up. We will see as time goes on to see how the group shakes out.

The group will be playing their first show at the Jungle this Friday. Here’s the Facebook page for that

Listen to that ACCFTR show go to the WMFO Schedule page and hit Crash Course for the Ravers at 1pm on Saturday then hit the archive button.

The album is on Bandcamp

WMBR RadioOn Jon Bernhardt’s Friday Breakfast of Champions show on WMBR the first nine songs were all titled “Panic.” He had another nine songs that had the word ‘panic’ in the title. That was a piece of work. The show was a rebroadcast.

To hear Jon’s whole show go to the WMBR Archive page and hit the link on the Friday 8am show for April17.

Tuesday (4/21) Skybar will have Joanie Lindstrom from WMBR as a guest. They'll talk about her long career in local radio.

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


Rock and Roll RumbleThe Rock and Roll Rumble continues to get attention. Anngelle Wood gets interviewed on the podcast Authentic Leadership for Every Day People. There is a lot of Rumble talk and also discussion on the status of the club scene. The situation with the Middle East and the allegations that now are years old are addressed. The podcast is an hour long and Anngelle gets a lot of info and insider stories jammed in there. You can hear it here


This week Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico has Mel Lederman of Victory at Sea as a guest. Victory at Sea started in 1995 and were active till 2007. They toured a lot and had a few releases.

Mel said the band split up during a tour in Europe. They did five tours in Europe and some were six weeks long. Mel played with Thalia Zedek from 2006 to 2017. They begin the show with Mel’s new song “The Saboteur.” Mel is playing on July 22 at the Jungle for a matinee show.


Key of CausticKey of Caustic have been supplying a steady stream of singles for a while now. “Where Did It Go” is the latest. Like the others it has a nice rough punk sound. There’s a little melodic hook in the singing right at the beginning of the song that continues throughout and we love that! The simple solo fits the song to a T. These guys have all the right instincts.



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

SilhouetteApril 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 & 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

April 14, 2023 (Friday) Hambone Skinny, Low Life Drifters (Pittsburgh, PA), The Wandering Ones 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 & 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

Chelsea CurveApril 15, 2023 (Saturday) Classic Ruins on A Crash Course for the Ravers on WMFO at 1PM.

April 15, 2023 (Saturday) Shuriken, Lobo Hombre, 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 & 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 page.

April 15, 2023 (Saturday) Pocket Vinyl, Cheap City, Linnea's Garden, Hedgewitch and Chris Goudreau in The Perch! Doors at Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center Greenfield, MA 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 - Black Flag classics. $30 TIX here FB page

UsM Show Rock PosterApril 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 (Friday) 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 21, 2023 (Friday) GANG GREEN with Spectacle, Presidential Disgrace, No Good, Uncle Spudd, Scotty Saints and The True Believers at Geno's Portland, ME FB page

April 21, 2023 (Friday) Tree, Drained, On Your Deathbed at The New World Tavern, PLymouth

April 22, 2023 (Saturday) Copyright Chaos, The Ruffians, Unwanted Noise, Menudo Death Squad, Dogshit, Who Killed Spikey Jacket, Moose Knuckle Sammy's Patio Revere

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.

Notch Brewery rock showApril 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) Plymouth Punk Rock Market 12 PM – 5 PM at Mayflower Brewing Company. They'll indoor and outdoor beginning this spring: vinyl records, housewares, accessories, handmade jewelry, oddities, vintage goods & clothing. Weird stuff for weird people. Live music, food trucks, all ages, no cover. Check out the FB page for the awesome stuff you can get there!!

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

April 23, 2023 (Sunday) Actor|Observer, Good Sleepy, Godseyes, Peregrine at Ralph's Rock Diner Worcester

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

Thigh scrappersApril 26, 2023 (Wednesday) What Famine, Hans Gruber & the Die Hards, Threat Level Burgundy, PWRUP at Koto Salem

April 28, 2023 (Friday) Crystal Canyons, Cold Expectations, Vivid Bloom at O'Brien's

April 28, 2023 (Friday) Emo Night Karaoke with live backing band & special guest Monica Whitlock at Middle East - Downstairs.

April 29, 2023 (Saturday) Your Friends In Hell are featured on A.C.C.F.T.R.! 1PM. FB page.

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

SilhouetteMay 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) Midnight Creeps at Dusk, Providence RI

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

May 6, 2023 (Saturday) Doc Hopper, Mikey Erg, Charmed & Strange, and Nate Doyle at Faces in Malden

May 6, 2023 (Saturday) Alexander, Tuxis Giant, Housefires & Al Z (Tatooine Punk Scene) at Fields West, Allston

BaabesMay 10, 2023 (Wednesday) theWorst, Baabes at O'Brien's

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

Goon PlatoonMay 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 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 17, 2023 (Wednesday) Micah Schnabel, Vanessa Jean Speckman, Time & Place, Squallie Greenthumb at Faces in Malden

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

Feep Rock ShowMay 20, 2023 (Saturday) Kermit's Finger, Jonee Earthquake Band, Charmed & Strange, The McCritters at The Midway for a matinee @ 3:00pm

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

May 20, 2023 (Saturday) Mach Bell Experience, The Claws (L.A.), Girl With a Hawk at The Square Root 8PM

May 20, 2023 (Saturday) Midnight Creeps at Ralph's Rock Diner Worcester

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

May 25, 2023 (Thursday) C.E. Skidmore & The Damn Fine Band (and friends) Mike Frazier, Jared Hart, and Miketon Graton at Faces in Malden

May 27, 2023 (Saturday) Highway Chapel, Nymphidels, Happy Little Clouds, Johnny Plankton and the Sea Monkeys of Sole at The Midway for a matinee @ 3PM.

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

Plymouth Flea MarketJune 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, 2023 (Friday) Justine & The Unclean, Barrence Whitfield & His All-Star Band, Spiller at Faces in Malden TIX

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 here and 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 8, 2023 (Thursday) SkyTigers, Between Skies Perennial Quest ay Faces Malden

Mod ShowJune 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

June 21, 2023 (Wednesday) The Rippers Rage (Rage Against The Machine Tribute), Rawstrum, The Melted Chapstix at The Midway

June 26, 2023 (Monday) Gretchen Shea And The Middle Eight, Salem Wolves, Luxury Deathtrap at The Silhouette

Evil Philipi 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

August 25, 2023 (Friday) Bone Up Brewing Seventh Anniversary Festival Night 2 - 6pm -10PM with The Guilloteenagers, Blood Lightning, Lesser Glow

August 26, 2023 (Saturday) Bone Up Brewing Seventh Anniversary Festival Day 3 12:30pm- 10PM with from 1st to last: DnA's Evolution, Glacier, Sundrifter, Clouds Taste Satanic, North Star the Wanderer, SkyTigers (6PM), Brain Famine

Gretchen ShaeAugust 27, 2023 (Sunday) Bone Up Brewing Seventh Anniversary Festival Day 4 - 12:30pm - 7PM - with Weisstronauts, Organ Meats, Hobo Wizard, Cortez, Major Stars, Crowfeeder

September 3, 2023 (Sunday) Belvedere at Faces Malden

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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