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April 24, 2023

Chelsea Curve iin the rumble

Congrats to Chelsea Curve and One Fall on winning their semi-final nights at the Rumble!! They go on to the Finals at Sonia on May 6.

BellformgeThe Medfield State Hospital was the location for some of the scenes of the movie Shutter Island. It is now the Bellforge Arts Center and they've been having occasional outdoor shows. The owners are in the process of converting some of the buildings. Eventually the chapel will be transformed to an inside music venue that will have a capacity of 325. They will also have a recording studio and artists residences. One of the spaces was used by Paper Tigers for their video of “Portrait of a Scene.

Right now they have a definite calendar of events...including The FieldFest Music Festival in May, a series called Summer Sounds and Buffalo Tom in September. See their events calendar here. More info on The Boston Globe ... if you can get by the paywall.


GlowboxGlowbox has a new song out. "Joke's On You" is available on Bandcamp. Check it out!!

U-Ey at the Buoy released "Sideways" in February - you can listen to it on YouTube!


There's a Love and Rockets reunion tour in the making. It's the first time they've played together in 15 years!! Their first gig is in May at the '80s-oriented Cruel World Festival in California. And they are in good company for that event with Siouxsie Sioux, Iggy Pop, Echo & The Bunnymen, Billy Idol, Adam Ant, The Human League, Gary Numan, Modern English, Gang of Four, The Vapors, and The Motels ... among others. The closest L&R come to Boston is Brooklyn in June.

Brooklyn Vegan nice in-depth interviewed Daniel Ash along with a few L&R videos. Check it out here.


The Damned have another video of a song from their upcoming album Darkadelic. They have a spy theme for “You’re Gonna Realize” video.

The band is looking and sounding in top form.

Moving Targets have a video with some shots of their recent tour. The soundtrack is the entire new In The Dust album. It’s another chance to hear that worthy album.


Chris Anzalone was on Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico this week. Chris has a lot going on. He’s a drummer that fills in all over the place. He just came off a tour playing with Juliana Hatfield and he's on the Juliana Hatfield’s album covering the Police... and on her next album. Chris grew up in Medford and started in bands when he was 15.

We didn’t know he played for Roomfull of Blues from 2016 till last June, and with Johnny Hoy and the Blue Fish from 2000 to 2015. He is also part of Peppermint Kicks with Sal Baglio and Dan Kopko.

Then he talks about opening Stereo Jack's in Ball Square Somerville. That is such a uplifting story coupled with the resurgence of vinyl records. Steev questions Chris on the business side of the store and that’s interesting.

Lou Mansdorf got the love on the Born Too Late show on WMFU.

They have Lou talking up the back stories on how he became familiar with all the groups he releases on Rum Bar Records. You get the idea that it's the Rum Bar family from Lou. He not only loves the music he releases but loves the people who make it. It’s refreshing in these critical and cynical days to hear the good feelings flow. Lou talks about making the bands and the people who love the bands into a community, it’s fans and family. We think he’s doing exactly that.

They play plenty of Rum Bar releases in the Two Part interview. Part One of the interview focuses on the new Rum Bar Releases. It starts with the latest which is the Eddie Japan release Pop Fiction. (Hear that below.)

Part Two 9hear below) talks about some of the other Rum Bar Releases and longtime acts on the label. Bands are The Dents, Tom Baker, Much and the Mires, The Short Fuses and more.



One of our faves, Today Junior, just released a self-titled twelve cut album. To us they can do no wrong. All the material is fresh sounding. Their sound is their own, once you dial into it you always can recognize it. The drums and bass stay tightly knit to the guitar chording. We like their sound and that they capture feelings and situations vividly. Themes are love found and lost and times gone by.

Only two songs have been pre-released. “In Massachusetts,” which is a love letter to the area, and “Sweet Little Nothings” about being completely lost in love.

Other highlights for us are “Second Guessing,” “Lost in Reality,” “Shit” and “Let It Go” but everything hit the mark with us.

Mach Bell is back in the saddle with the Mach Bell Experience. The rocker turned author turns back to rock!! “Power Fever” is some metal that isn’t that far from Thundertrain. A little talk in the middle by Mach also recalls the Train days – that’s his trademark move.


Sunshine Riot’s new four song EP Loud, Bright, Violent was recorded in Chicago by Steve Albini. Actually that’s not new for the group because their last EP was done with Albini too.

The two previously released songs “So It Goes” and “Looking At The Past” were super impressive. The two new songs are right up there with those.

The group sound perfectly captures the frustration and turmoil in the lyrics. When they keep repeating “we don’t want to die alone” in “Room To Moan,” boy, do you feel that. It’s the same with the phrase “man on the TV has nothing to say” in the song “Man on the TV”.

Sure the Albini engendering is a boost but this group has the goods. This is an angst filled brooding classic!!

Fauna is a combo EP by three new Allston groups. Gollylagging, going222jail and Dino Gala. These groups have played mostly house shows but did have a show at the Crystal Ballroom for a the record release of this EP.

Gollylagging hits the hardest but still are strongly melodic with an emo edge. It's easy to imagine they make an big impression live.

The going222jail have an indie slant and some detailed guitar work that is very distinctive.

In “Southern Hospitality” Dino Gala use expansive vocals to give themselves an identity and follow it up with some soaring guitar work. This really got our attention. They're a band to keep an eye on as are the other two.

If you want to keep up with cutting edge new groups this EP is a must listen.

LovesickThe Elevator Drops were very popular in the late nineties. Now David Goolkasian, from that group, is back in a new group named Lovesick. David is joined by Heather Joy Morgan and together they create some pop rock not that far from The Elevator Drops with their new album Hoping This Is The End. It has well done synth lines that color the songs. Things never get too heavy but the guitar does crank up in spots.

The songs are well arranged and crafted. They are radio ready; we can see they may get a lot of airplay. You can hear various influences from pop to soul to 80s synth groups.

“Something Going On” has some real catchy parts. “Blue Skies On Mars” is the song most likely to be a hit, everything seems to click together in it. The nasal voice is distinct and fits into the arrangement which has some glam/Bowie overtones.

You can order the limited first pressing on the Lovesick website

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

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

April 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) Corin Ashley Trio at Village Social Club, Brookline Village - FB page.

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 28, 2023 (Friday) Stop Calling Me Frank, The Haymakers at The New World Tavern in Plymouth. The Facebook event page.

April 29, 2023 (Saturday) The Dogmatics: A DOGumentary by Rudy Childs is playing at The Brattle Theater at 7:30 - Tickets

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

Nervous EatersApril 29, 2023 (Saturday) TOLAs, The Modern Day Idols, Glowbox at The Square Root

April 30, 2023 (Sunday) NEW DATE! - 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 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) Midnight Creeps at Dusk, Providence RI

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

Brunt of ItMay 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

May 7, 2023 (Sunday) The Fleshtones are at City Winery TIX

May 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

GliderMay 13, 2023 (Saturday) State of the Union is on A Crash Course for the Ravers on WMFO - here's a link!

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

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 17, 2023 (Wednesday) KCUF, Tatooine Punk Scene, Hall Monitor, Superdown (acoustic) at The Silhouette

BaabesMay 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

May 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 22, 2023 (Monday) Strawberry Coffin, Adapter Adapter, Blue Manic, Rougarou at The Silhouette

FeepMay 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

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 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

Mod night to rockJune 3, 2023 (Saturday) Eddie Japan, Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections, Carissa Johnson at Faces in Malden. FB page.

June 3, 2023 (Saturday) Mach Bell Experience, Joe Hart Band at Magic Room

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

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.

JustineJune 15, 2023 (Thursday) Modern Day Idols, Tad Overbaugh and the Late Arrivals, If We Go At All at The Central Tavern, Milford.

June 19, 2023 (Monday) Dropbear, No / Nations, Weatherless, Not Bad Not Well at The Silhouette

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

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

In BetweenAugust 19 & 20, 2023 (Sat & Sun) In Between Days Festival - in Quincy with 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 25, 2023 (Friday) Mach Bell Experience, The Cynz (NYC) at Back Room at the Burren

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

August 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

DogmaticsOctober 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+ TIX

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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