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April 20, 2015

The Swimmers

The afternoon shows at the Midway start at 4pm and the Middle East has shows starting at 1pm. It’s a trend to fill the clubs all day Saturday and Sunday. I love that.

The Midriffs
The Midriffs

   I catch locals The Midriffs. I was suspicious of the Grateful Dead shirt on the singer. The group as a whole didn’t make an impression. More experience or practice is needed to get their act together. There were a few interesting moments. One song was a combo of Hendrix and Nirvana which is a nice place to be and the last airy psych jam was working.


   Their problems came in more relief with the well-oiled machine that was Heeney. The group is from New York and the sad news is that they are breaking up and this was one of their last shows. On stage they seemed very happy and the light hearted manner added to the presentation as they slammed out an extremely tight set. They began with covering Mystery Dance by Elvis Costello and for me it was the only thing that didn’t click. All their originals were interesting and full on rocking.

The Swimmers

   The bands kept thanking people for being there and they should have. It was one of the first good days in months. I couldn’t believe I was inside myself. It was a young crowd outside of me. Then Eric Law walked in and then I knew there was some group that had interest that I didn’t know. He informs me that the next act The Swimmers has Billy Joe’s from Green Day son as the drummer. Sure enough the audience perked up a bit for them. The lead singer had attention getting green hair. They were bounding about the stage while playing a loud punk and beach oriented material. I like it but didn’t give it too much time.

   There’s a limit even for me; I got out to the sun.

   But the next Sunday at 1:30 pm I was back at the Middle East Up for more; again a great day outside and the same dank bar climate inside.


   Wormwood made things OK with a hard driving set. They mainly set up a rhythmic riff and everyone just pounds on it. It worked for me. No solos not much singing. One song went for a few minutes with no vocals and then the singer just let out a agggggghhhhhhh sort of thing and that was that. Again, I was fine with it.
   The club was as full as it was the week before which is to say very respectable and much better than many a mid-week show I have gone to.


   Lunglust was next. I knew I was in for something when the guitarist doing the sound check was by himself louder than all of Wormwood. Sure enough Lunglust was freaking loud. Loud – like sticking your head in a jet engine. If the Middle East still has a back wall it’s not the fault of Lunglust, they tried their best to blow it away. I couldn’t hear the vocals and of course I couldn’t because that would mean they were louder than the guitars and that is practically and theoretically beyond the ability of man.
   And that was what I was looking for. I love that level. It washes everything away. It’s brain melting. On top of the volume is the intense emotion of the singer. So it’s physical and emotional; a very powerful combo. Lunglust had no solos either but at one point they did an eight note tandem lead and it was….what? Where did that come from? They should do more of those moments.
   PanzerBastard was next. I had seen them before and decided that I had to get outside and called it a day. My ears were ringing bad and it was only 3pm.

   And in other news -

Pitt Whores    Michael Roy of Foxpass has released his first solo effort Eclectricity. Available at CD Baby for CD and download, and at iTunes and Amazon for download only. Read the very positive review from Blowfish here. Here Michael's website.

   Andrew Szava-Kovats has released another trailer for his upcoming Women Who Rocked Boston film. It features Suzie Kerr-Wright from One Fish Two Fish and the Swinging Erudites. (And he filmed Miss Lyn this weekend!)

   And speakign of the Swinging know, Johnny Angel was in that band, if you watch the trailer you'll see him boppin' around...if you haven't read his book Looking for Lady Dee yet I'm tellin' ya folks order it's awesome. If you were in the scene in those days of 1978-the 80's or if you knew Johnny this is a trip back to those days and a great read! Oh yeah its got sex, drugs, and of course rock'n'roll but its also about the confusing complexities of human emotion and relationships and youth and so much more. He's honest upfront and frank about himself and the things going on around him...and at times pretty damned funny. He paints a world that easily comes to life in your mind.....Go here for the Kindle Version and go here for the hard copy version.

Nick    Here's another film I'd LUV to see that premiered at SXSW and also by Brendan Toller: Danny Says- A Documentary on the Life and Times of Danny Fields. Brings me back to the days of meeting Danny when the Ramones were in town at the Rat and the Club. Always a very nice guy...what a story to be told!! And here's the website for the film...keep checking the listings maybe someday it will get to Boston...or you can pre-order the DVD!!

      And if you listen to A Crash Course for the Ravers on Saturdays you might want to think about throwing some ducats to their Donation Drive 2015. Please go here to do so: WMFO Donation Drive - donations start at only 5 bucks!! and Brian Young will thank you very much!

   So with that are some shows that are happening this week....

   April 24 (Friday) The Triple Threat Tour at Cuisine en Locale with The Upper Crust (11:30) , The Grannies (10:30), White Dynomite (9:30) and I Am Next (8:30) ...get tix on the FB page and BTW this is an All Ages show!

   April 25 (Saturday) A Crash Course For The Ravers will be featuring The Peasants and Emily Grogan...that's WMFO 95.1 1-4PM

   Later in the day:

   April 25 (Saturday) A 4-8:30PM Show at the Midway with Crazy & The Brains, The Pity Whores, Alex Stern, The Black Cheers and Whoopi Sticks

Girl rock    April 25 (Saturday) Store 54 has a Bob Colby presents show with Sarah Rabdau & Self-Employed Assassins and The Wrong Shapes. And check out the FB event page, there's a gorgeous poster designed by Endation's Anthony "Ants" Conely. And if you want to stay totally in the know sign up for Bob's email list for updates and news about his shows.

   April 25 (Saturday) Anarchy Club is back to play their first show in years! Joining them will be Hope & the Husbands, featuring new husbands! And your favorite local A Bunch of Jerks. its all at the Greek American Club in Union Square Somerville. Doors are at 9PM it's $7 cover.

   April 26 (Sunday) Up in Beverly at the Spotlight Tavern there's an afternoon (4PM) show with Rockin' Bob (from Jerry's Kids, doing JKs songs and more), LIVVER (salem hardcore), Shattered Silence (North Shore hardcore, last show for a long time), Tenebrae (Boston punk) and Stranger (Boston dark punk)

   April 26 (Sunday) Roy Sludge with Duke Levine & Johnny Sciascia are at The Highland Kitchen at 10PM. FB Event page

   And coming up after this week we have.......

   April 27 (Monday) Um yeah it IS gonna get weird at Opus Underground tonight with Marianne Toilet & The Runs along with Jonee Earthquake Band, The Back Alley Ramblers and No Hero

   April 30 (Thursday) Night Slice, The Knock Ups and Nick and the Adversaries are at The Milky Way/Bella Luna in JP (FB event page)

   May 1 (Friday) Fireking with a double CD full of new material will be playing at Jacque's Underground. Music at 9:00; Fireking at 10:00. The other bands are Plume and Dead Effect.

Tsunami    May 1 (Friday) Whiskey Kill and Red Pennys are at Johnny D's

   May 1 (Friday) Warthog, The Evil Streaks, The Radiator Rattlers and Gravel are at Opus Underground, Salem.

   May 6 (Wednesday) here's one to put in your calendars my friends: The Meatmen, Against the Grain and The Humanoids at the Middle East upstairs....(UP??? They sold out the downstairs last time!!) anyway here's the FB event page

   May 9 (Saturday) JOEFEST III: The 3rd Annual Joe Coughlin Memorial Concert with M.O.T.O., Johnny & The Jumper Cables - Stump The Undertaker and Lenny Lashley at The Midway

   May 9 (Saturday) Tsunami of Sound, My Own Worst Enemy and The Shambolics are at Sally O'Brien's (FB event page)

    May 14 (Thursday) John Cooper Clarke is performing at Berklee!! At the David Friend Recital Hall (921 Boylston Street) Click the link to read more about JCC and to buy tickets.

   May 15 (Friday) an awesome hardcore show at The Democracy Center, Mt. Auburn St Cambridge, with The Boston Strangler, The Flex (on tour from the UK), Red Death (DC Hardcore), Leather Daddy and Preskool Dropouts. FB Page

   May 15 (Friday) 10th Annual HoZavc Blackout Fest at the Empty Bottle in Chicago with The Real Kids, (they have this description listed: "Legendary 70s Boston Punk/Power Pop band featuring John Felice from the original lineup of the Modern Lovers" also on the bill are Cozy, Platinum Boys and Mama.

Partisans   May 16 (Saturday) Hixx are at Club Bohemia at The Cantab

   May 16 (Saturday) The Evil Streaks, The Downbeat 5, The Reverb Syndicate (from Ottawa) and The Radiator Rattlers are at O'Brien's

   May 22 (Friday) The Brigands and The Black Souls are at the Tavern at the End of the World. FB event page

   May 22 (Friday)- You have been warned - Book the flight now: Sleep Chamber!! Doing their only show in 34 years in Tel Aviv, Israel at UTC+02. Not only is this their first show in 34 years - its their LAST SHOW ever.

   May 23 (Saturday) Memphis Rockabilly Band is at The Amvets in Randolph and it is a FREE show from 8:30PM to Midnight
(AMVETS Post 51 9 Amvets Lane off Pleasant St., Randolph, MA) Cheap drinks! Big dance floor. Swing dance, slow dance, twist and stroll! Pizza and more. Lots of free parking.

    May 30 (Saturday) Reddy Teddy are at the Rhumbline up in Gloucester. .

   June 4 (Thursday) Motobunny, The Charms, Watts and Greg Allen's Fringe Religion are at TT's.

   June 19 & 20 (Friday & Saturday) it's the Girls in the Garage Music Fest with you guessed it bands with femailes in them, all at the Lizard Lounge!! For both nights doors are at 7, Music starts at 8PM Check the FB page for set times and to (eventually) buy tix. Check out the particulars below, that's a whole lot of amazing bands!!!

Dot Rats    June 19 (Friday) Stars Like Ours (feat. Michelle Paulhus and Kristen Edmonston), The Black Souls (feat. the fabulous Kim Ackland!), The Charms, Petty Morals, The Evil Streaks and The Dents

   June 20 (Saturday) Cujo, Drab, Axemunkee, Andrea Gillis Band, The Downbeat 5 and The Other Girls

   July 11 (Saturday) Mudhoney along with White Dynomite will be at The Brighton Music Hall

   July 11 (Saturday) it's official The Gizmos (and a TON of other bands) are playing Mutant Fest II at the Blockhouse in Bloomington IN. FB event page

   July 18 (Saturday) Mission of Burma opens for The Foo Fighters and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones at Fenway Park

   August 3 & 4 (Monday and Tuesday) Darkbuster returns!! at The Sinclair. Get your tix here but act fast friends!!

   August 3 (Monday) Tsunami of Sound and The Vista Cruisers are at Opus Underground, Salem.

   August 22 (Saturday) Memphis Rockabilly Band is at the Marshfield Fair. check out the particulars here

   and of course The New England Shake-Up! September 25,26,27 2015! Keep yourself updated at their FB page

   CONTACT US AT…….misslynbgn @ yahoo.con Send us your gig listings, your news and anything else ya got!!



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