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May 30, 2022

The new ManRay at 40 Prospect St Cambridge.
Photo by Ronan Fahy

The shocking news of the week was the last minute cancellation of the Channel 42nd Anniversary show at Roadrunner with the Del Fuegoes that was scheduled for Saturday 5/28. Dan Zanes sounded angry on Facebook. He blamed ‘corporate show biz’. He didn’t give any specifics. The Channel Podcast Facebook page also states the show was cancelled because of “unforeseen circumstances over the last 24 hours” but didn’t get more specific than that. It turns out it was a last minute insurance problem. Irresponsible!!

They added that they’re working on rescheduling the show and that ticket holders should hang on to their tickets. People traveled here for the show and booked hotel rooms etc....These big venues suck ... and it sucks that there are more of them opening and less and less smaller clubs.

Speaking of which.......

Mickey Bliss Cambridge Day has a story on Mickey Bliss leaving the Cantab. Mickey is a model on how to deal with something like this. On the ending of his fifteen year Cantab gig he says it was a “business decision” by the club. He goes on to say, “I gave my notice very politely. (I am)..trying to live up to these philosophies I have: There’s no such thing as a just anger. Revenge is not a noble sentiment. You have to learn to forgive and forget.”

Way to take the high road, Mickey!! We should all learn from Mickey’s example, it just makes us admire him more. We look forward to Mickey’s next step.

The article confirms rumors we've read on Facebook: "The club wants to book more DJs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. starting June 1 and move live music to a 4 to 9 p.m. slot, Bliss said he was told. “An established band’s not going to come in from 4 to 9 p.m. and play. If they do play, nobody’s going to show up,” he said.

"In addition, the Cantab is looking to rent the downstairs space for private events and will cancel whatever band was booked for that time, he said, and that also makes him uncomfortable: “When I book a band, I promise them they have the room unless there’s some kind of emergency.”

Article in Cambridge Day

Plymouth Flea MarketThis is cool. The First Ever Plymouth Punk Rock Flea Market happens on Saturday, July 30, a Saturday at The Mayflower Brewing Co. 12 Resnick Rd: "Vinyl records, housewares, accessories, repurposed metal art, oddities, vintage goods. Weird stuff for weird people." Check out the FB page for updated info

We mentioned a few week sago that the ManRay sign was about to go up at the new location. It's UP!! 40 Prospect Street in Central Square.

Boston Calling finally did it again after a two year hiatus. Chelsea Curve played Friday. There was a delay because of thunderstorms on Saturday but Dutch Tulips were on early so they should have played. Sunday is the day for Paper Tigers. Nice to have some locals playing the festival. Here’s an article on and a video report on the WCVB website

There is a Celebration of Life for David Mirabella show on Sunday, June 26. David of the Rationals died on April 28. The get together will be at Paddy O’s near Faneuil Hall area. There will be guitars and microphone for anyone to play and or relate stories about David. Facebook event page.

Dinosaur JRThe Brattle Theater is showing Freakscene: The Story of Dinosaur Jr at the Brattle THIS Tuesday May 31. It’s the long time story of the band: “With their style and unmistakable sound, Dinosaur Jr.—along with Nirvana and Sonic Youth—laid the foundation for the entire ‘Slacker’ culture of Generation X.” Tickets here

Bandcamp will have their third annual Juneteenth fundraise: on June 17. 100% of sales go to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, a racial justice organization with a long history of effectively enacting change through litigation, advocacy, and public education. Further statement on their webpage

Also the popular Bandcamp Fridays will resume on September 2nd, and continue on October 7th, November 4th, and December 2nd.

Andy Fletcher a founding member of Depeche Mode died this week, of natural causes. Here are two articles about Andy and his influence: Variety and The Guardian.

If someone ever wants to know what synth pop is or even what the early eighties sounded like you can always point them to “Just Can’t Get Enough” by Depeche Mode.

Rolling Stone has an interview with Josh McConnell, founder and creative director of the clothing store Straight to Hell , about the lasting influence of punk fashion. We can’t recall Rolling Stone caring much for punk when it counted though. A lot is made of the leather jacket, which goes back to the Ramones. The article in Rolling Stone

Wow, remember Men & Volts? They are back together and are doing shows now, including: The Jungle! - June 26, The Midway! - August 14, Lilypad! - October 9. See more info in our Gig Listings or scroll below. And here is their Facebook page.


Red on Red artist The Chelsea Curve had an exciting week, just back from London they played Boston Calling on Friday and they released a video for “Nothin’ Going On”. We welcome every reason to listen to something off their latest album All the Things again .

They put some surreal twists onto a boring day by adding a random gorilla and an underground dance party. They have the some vintage auto that starred in The Winter Projects last video. Looks like a sixties Ford Galaxy?

Punk Movie

We found this when surfing around , StreetPunk – The Movie. It's from 2000 and documents the English punk of the late 90s. They cover a slew of groups: Sick on the Bus, Oxymoron, Police Bastard, Road Rage, UK Subs and more. One song that stuck out was “I Can Handle It” by the Guitar Gangsters . It’s 31 minutes into the movie or hear it on Spotify below.

The Menace right after Guitar Gangsters is also memorable as is Red Alert at the one hour forty five mark. In between the groups they interview punks. The first group they come back to a few times, they were waiting for a Sex Pistols reunion show to start. Another group were at an annual ‘Punk Picnic”.


Boredom was a favorite punk song subject. We never were bored and never saw any bored people in the clubs but none the less there were many songs about it. These days Wet Leg’s “Chaise Lounge” continues the boredom theme although that song seems to have more of a sophisticated ennui air about it.

Ron on the Late Risers Club on Monday had another additions to the bored songs. Simply titled “Bored”, it is by the Fat Earthers…that’s funny right there. It’s a new song but reeks of vintage boredom. Listen here

It’s instructive to hear songs you know in a radio show. Bumped up against other songs in a set it can be revealing. That was the case when Ron played the Baabes' “Hail the Junk King” in a raging punk set. Baabes didn’t just hold up they were even crazier sounding than the other songs.

Ron played Wet Leg doing a cover of the Talking Heads' “Psycho Killer”. You can hear that on YouTube or get to Ron’s show in the WMBR archive

Finally we give you a heads up on Ron’s show this coming Monday he'll be playing a recording of Jesus Lizard at ManRay in 1990. Ron claims it’s the best rock show he has ever seen.


Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico has Alex Peters this week in for a grilling. Alex managed Gang Green and has worked with Chris Doherty up to the current day. As a booker he was the first to bring the Dead Kennedy’s and Flipper to town. He also has revealing stories about behind the scenes at the Bradford Hotel where he booked many shows.

At one point Alex created a band called Klover. Chris Doherty was in the band. They never clicked with the public but they did do a version of “All Kindsa Girls” that is quite good. Hear it on YouTube.

Alex is also the guy behind the animated film Eddie’s Saloon. Alex reveals that the story line is some real life stories by Chris Doherty!!

They have a fund raiser for that at Indegogo

Steeve ended the show with “Just Head” not by the Nervous Eaters but by The Homisides from Pittsburg. Click below to hear it on Bandcamp


Magnificent About a GIrl

Rum Bar’s latest drop is a group called The Magnificent. It’s a cadre of garage rockers lead by the Woggles frontman himself, Mighty Manfred, doing rhythm and blues.

It’s pretty impressive and that’s just judging by the one track that has been released. Listen to “Monolithic” and hear for yourself.

Andrea Gillis has a new record on Red on Red Records. Like “Leave the Light On” she grabs you right off the bat with the vocal delivery on the first line. You can feel “About A Girl” is Andrea talking about herself going through life’s challenges.

This is Andrea doing her thing and we’re lucky to have her in our midst here in Boston.

It was recorded at Wooly Mammoth with David Minehan so everything sounds right and tight.

Here's some good shows coming up ..... **NOTE** double check with the clubs before going - many shows are getting canceled or postponed these days.

AS220 May 31, 2022 (Tuesday) The Brattle Theater is showing Freakscene: The Story of Dinosaur Jr at the Brattle THIS Tuesday May 31. It’s the long time story of the band: “With their style and unmistakable sound, Dinosaur Jr.—along with Nirvana and Sonic Youth—laid the foundation for the entire ‘Slacker’ culture of Generation X.” Tickets here

June 3, 2022 (Friday) Freeloader at Sally O’Brien's doing TWO sets

June 3, 2022 (Friday) Minibeast, Time Is Fire, Crow Follow @ AS220, Providence RI FB page.

June 3, 2022 (Friday) Wired for Sound and Gretchen Shae & The Middle Eight at The Shacksheen Pub Manchester, NH FB page.

June 4, 2022 (Saturday) Fur Coat Judy, Key of Caustic, Renegade Cartel, Baystate at The Middle East Up. FB page.

WMBR June 4, 2022 (Saturday) Scurvy Dog Parking Lot Mega Show with of Atlantic Thrills (9:30pm), the Paraplegics (8:45pm), the Brunt of It (8:00pm), Detroit Rebellion (7:15pm), Catalyst (6:30pm), Baabes (5:45pm), the Underwires (5:00pm), West Side Rats (4:15pm), Artist Jackie and the Wizard (3:30pm), Structure Sounds (2:45pm), Craig Wreck (2:00pm) - FB page.

June 4, 2022 (Saturday) Lenny Lashley Gang of One (full band) in Providence at Askew. Facebook page

June 5, 2022 (Sunday) The Instamatics, Trusty Sidekick, Charmed & Strange - early show at The Jungle -5-8PM

June 6, 2022 (Tuesday) Punk Rock Aerobics at Zone 3 in Allston.

June 9, 2022 (Thursday) WMBR's Late Risers Club Turns 45, WMBR turns 60!! Celebrate with The Darts and Loretta at The Middle East Up.

June 10, 2022 (Friday) New Alliance Gallery Presents: Reopening Party! Music by Mosaic Mirrors, This Bliss, Liz Bills & The Change featuring New Alliance artists: Alvan Long, Ivonne Blanco, Michael Crockett, Duncan Wilder Johnson, Trevor Toscano, William Frese, Bob Shane, Charlie Warren, Barbara Jo. Starts at 7PM/Music at 8PM. FB page

June 10, 2022 (Friday) Big Lonesome, Glowbox, Neon Cowboy at the Square Root

June 10, 2022 (Friday) Rigometrics, Key of Caustic, Orbiter @ O'Briens

Dying SCeneJune 10, 2022 (Friday) Dying Scene: The Resurrection! Dying Scene is celebrating the resurrection of their website with Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One, Stereo Vulture, Acoustic set by Kevin Stevenson of The Shods, D-Tension’s Secret Rock And Roll Band, DNZL at Thirsty First in Lowell. This is the last DNZL show for a while since they are 'taking a break'. and we hope it's JUST a break. Mel make sure to come back!!

June 11, 2022 (Saturday) SomerPride! from ONCE at Boynton Yards starts at Noon and goes all day and into the night with Matt Heaton @ 12:00 PM with a set for kids then Crow Follow, Lady Ro, Sweet Petunia, Phantom Ocean, Muzzins, Redd Haring, Brandie Blaze, Cakeswagg, DJ WhySham and end the night with Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys. Tix and vendor info etc here.

June 11, 2022 (Saturday) U-EY at the BUOY, State of the Union, Mercury On Mars, MFB (punk from Athol, MA) at The Midway for a Matinee at 3PM. FB page.

June 11, 2022 (Saturday) Brix'n'Mortar are at The Jungle

June 11, 2022 (Saturday) Kid Gulliver & The Chelsea Curve at The Plough & Stars - FB page

June 11, 2022 (Saturday) The Only Things, The Agonizers, The Brand New Luddites at Thirsty First in Lowell

Boston HassleJune 11, 2022 (Saturday) Screamin' Rebel Angels, Diablogato, Lonely Leesa & The Lost Cowboys at Opus Underground in Salem

June 11, 2022 (Saturday) Murphy's Law, Lenny Lashley, Cinderblock at The Vault Music Hall & Pub in New Bedford. FB page.

June 12, 2022 (Sunday) The Brand New Luddites, Jay Allen & The Archcriminals, RoadSoldier, Completely Destroyed - at The Midway Matinee Show 3-7PM FB page.

June 12, 2022 (Sunday) Linnea's Garden, Tiffy, Girl with a Hawk at The Parlour in Providence, RI. FB page.

June 14, 2022 (Tuesday) Punk Rock Aerobics at Zone 3 in Allston.

June 14, 2022 (Tuesday) Big Loser (indie rock from Austin, TX), Really Great, Allison & Moon at Faces in Malden Center. FB page.

June 15, 2022 (Wednesday) Jonathan Richman at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth NH. FB page for info.

June 16, 2022 (Thursday) Miracle Blood, Ghost Planet, Sapling, Baabes at O'Brien's

June 17, 2022 (Frirday) Rawstrum, Wicked Dead, The Winter Project at The Jungle

Kids like You and Me June 18, 2022 (Saturday) Kids Like Me & You (KLYAM) Spring & Summer Program at Kenney Park in Davis Square. Line up to be announced.

June 18, 2022 (Saturday) 40 Years of The Queers Anniversary show also with The Dwarves, The Jasons, Stubborn Hearts at Sonia. TIX

June 18, 2022 (Saturday) Beeef, Dutch Tulips, Tatooine Punk Scene at Faces in Malden

June 18, 2022 (Saturday) Back Porch Carousel goes live at Sally O'Brien's 6:30-9PM.

June 18, 2022 (Saturday) THE ZULUS are back at The Paradise - tix here.

June 19, 2022 (Sunday) Randall Gibson Memorial at The French Club in Waltham. Bands: Martin Morell and Fredette and friends. Stephen Fredette and Mac Stanfield. The Stigmatics, Girl with a Hawk, Jay Parham and Nathaniel Freedberg ,and Hummingbird Syndicate - 2-9PM. FB page.

June 19, 2022 (Sunday) A Band Called E and Dyr Fazer for an early show at The Jungle. 5-8PM

June 19, 2022 (Sunday) The Mahones, The Pourmen, The Gobshites at Askew in Provi, RI. FB page

Oh the Humanity June 23, 2022 (Thursday) Oh The Humanity, Sky Tigers, Coffin Salesman at Notch Brewery Brighton - Shows start at 7pm. Free admission!! FB page.

June 24, 2022 (Friday) Maverick @ the BPL - Concerts in the Courtyard FB page. starts at Noon-thirty folks!!

June 24, 2022 (Friday) Concert for Ukraine with Cold Expectations, Tsunami of Sound, Holy Smoke and "Special Secret TBA" and DJ Kristen Eck at The Magic Room in Norwood ... TIX Magic Room FB page

June 24, 2022 (Friday) Gene Dante & The Future Starlets, Kenne Highland's Air Force, Tiger Bomb at Gino's in Portland. FB page.

June 25, 2022 (Saturday) Once is putting on The Somerville Solstice on June 25th with vendors and a steady stream of music starting at noon with early sets for kids. Groups are Genie Santiago, Tigerman Woah, Black Helicopter, Grace Givertz, Assasi, Borboleta, Nectarine Girl, The Dripp. Link to tix and more info here.

June 25, 2022 (Saturday) Concert for Ukraine with Smitt E Smitty & The Feztones, Gene Dante & The Future Starlets, Baabes, Modern Day Idols, Lonely Leesa & The Lost Cowboys and DJ Chachi The Magic Room in Norwood TIX Magic Room FB Page

June 25, 2022 (Saturday) Show in Honor of Jess Victor - White Dynomite, Muck and the Mires, Stop Calling Me Frank, Piranha Brothers, Screw Cart at The Middle East Up TIX and FB page.

BaabesJune 25, 2022 (Saturday) Rockin’ Dune Tunes will happen White Crest Beach in Wellfleet with Atlantic Thrills, Shiny Beasts, Daughter of the Vine, Andy California, Crow Follow, Red Sand Hill, The Angry Debutantes and Tsunami of Sound. Here is the FB page.

June 25, 2022 (Saturday) Minibeast, Trinary System at Dusk, Providence, RI

June 26, 2022 (Sunday) Sunday brunch with Henry McIntyre, Suspicious Minds , Men & Volts at The Jungle 11 AM – 2 PM

June 26, 2022 (Sunday) Brix'N'Mortar, Pint Killers, Outsiders Punkabilly Rebels, Warthog at Thirsty First in Lowell.

June 27, 2022 (Monday) Kids Like Me & You (KLYAM) Spring & Summer Program at Charlie's Kitchen 9PM show.

June 28, 2022 (Tuesday) Punk Rock Aerobics at Zone 3 in Allston.

June 28, 2022 (Tuesday) Supercrush, Somerset Thrower, Bad Larrys at Faces in Malden FB page.

July 1, 2022 (Friday) The Prozacs, The Lousekateers, Lürking Class (NY), The Agonizers, Marko Bruiser at Ralph's Rock Diner

RawstrumJuly 2, 2022 (Saturday) The New Frustrations, Kermit’s Finger, The Imposers, The Grommets - matinee shows 3-7PM at The Midway

July 2, 2022 (Saturday) Hixx, Celseigh, The Stigmatics, Marianne Toilet and the Runs at The Midway

July 9, 2022 (Saturday) Minibeast, Kid Gulliver at The Jungle

July 15, 2022 (Friday) Nervous Eaters Single Release with Robin Lane & Linnea's Garden at Brighton Music Hall FB page

July 17, 2022 (Sunday) The Dollyrots, Don't Panic at Sonia 7PM

July 21, 2022 (Thursday) Skybar Rising & Rum Bar Records presents Summer Sizzler @ The Square Root with The Hi-End, The Dents, Carissa Johnson starting at 8PM.

July 22, 2022 (Friday) Brix'N'Mortar at Ralph's Diner , Worcester.

July 30, 2022 (Saturday) Plymouth Punk Rock Flea Market at The Mayflower Brewing Co. 12-5PM FB page

August 3, 2022 (Saturday)  Jasmyn, Linnea's Garden, Junior Classics, Daphne Blue Underworldat O'Brien's

August 27, 2022 (Saturday) Kids Like Me & You (KLYAM) Spring & Summer Program at Morse-Kelley Playground a couple blocks from the Armory. line up to be announced.

Magic RoomAugust 27, 2022 (Saturday) The Worst, Typhoid Rosie, Marianne Toilet and The Runs, Breaking Up at The Middle East Up.

September 2, 2022 (Friday) The Woggles with Muck and Mires & The Chelsea Curve at The Porch in Medford

September 4, 2022 (Sunday) Somerville Rock + Roll Yard Sale in Union Square Somerville. FB page for updates!

September 7, 2022 (Wednesday) Kids Like Me & You (KLYAM) Spring & Summer Program with Leopardo from Switzerland at O'Brien's

September 8, 2022 (Thursday) D.R.I at Alchemy in Provi, RI - FB page.

September 10, 2022 (Saturday) Key of Caustic at The Flying Embers Tap Room (152 Hampden St, Boston, MA 02119)

September 17, 2022 (Saturday) Kids Like Me & You (KLYAM) Spring & Summer Program at Lincoln Park Somerville (near Union Square) more info to come.

September 17, 2022 (Saturday) Punks For Pets with Joy Boys, Sleep Mode, Sourpunch, Musclecah, Ghost Grrrl, The Debutantes, The Something Somethin’s, The Stigmatics - at The News Cafe - early show starting at 1PM. Bring something for the doggos and kittehs check the Donation List on the FB page.

October 5, 2022 (Wednesday) Dr. John Cooper Clarke at City Winery

Muck and the MiresOctober 9, 2022 (Sunday) L7: Bricks Are Heavy 30th Anniversary at Big Night Live FB page.

October 11, 2022 (Tuesday) Agent Orange and Gnarnia at Alchemy in Provi, RI FB page.

October 15, 2022 (Saturday) Third Annual Punktoberfest at Thirsty First in Lowell...check the FB page for updates, bands etc.

November 5, 2022 (Saturday) The Mahones, The Pourmen, The Gobshites at Askew in Provi.

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