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June 13, 2022

Kid Gulliver in Spain

Kid Gulliver’s Spanish tour took a dramatic turn when Simone Berk showed signs of Covid just after the last show. She wasn't allowed on the plane or back in the US until she logged a negative test for the virus. So, we thought we'd get the story from Simone; from what inspired her to do a tour of Spain to how they did it and how the shows went.

Connections the band created via networking their music facilitated their tour. That’s a lesson for all bands ... you have to work to spread your name and music all the time if you plan to get beyond Boston. In the interview you will see some of the people who they were able to enlist for tour help.

They know some Boston music in Spain. Simone says they are fans of the Real Kids, Lyres and Jonathan Richman ... they even met a BGN fan over there!! There’s a lot more to read and see. Hit the photo link below for the whole interview.

Kid Gulliver Tour of Spain

Captain Easychord got to see Freeloader at Sally O’Brien’s. That’s Nat Freedberg's band with local favorites Charles Hanson, drummer Jim Janota and Jim Haggerty on bass.

For the review hit the photo link below.

Captain Easychord Review

This weekend - Saturday June 18th is Arlington Porchfest.

Lydia Lunch's two Murderous Again performances in Salem were both sold out, fast! There's a great review of the show by Sophie Lou Yarin on the Boston Hassle site. Lydia hasn’t lost her intensity, even after all these years. Read it here.

Roger Miller's Trinary System will have two shows in New England: Fri., June 24 in Providence, RI, at Dusk with Minibeast. He give this tantalizing hint, “will I be sitting in with my former bandmate on a song or two? Likely!” ... The other show is Saturday, June 25 in Somerville, MA, at The Jungle - with the amazing Landowner and upcoming Boston band Rong. Trinary System is ramping up to record their new album the end of July.

Bay State RockCarmelita of the Bay State Rock podcast has received a lot of encouragement to continue her show, after her admission that she was thinking of ending it. This week she posted a statement that she is going to continue it after all. That was a scare. It was also a reminder that almost everyone in the scene that has a show or band is putting in time and effort with no monetary reward. That’s the way it always has been too. Amazing when you think of it.

Her statement is on her Facebook page.
Bay State Rock is on all the major podcast sites like AnchorFm

Well, we were going to print this: The newer version of the Dead Boys are on tour again, but they aren't playing Boston. They'll be at The Vault in New Bedford on October 23rd. Also on the bill are The Briefs and Suzi Moon. This is the only New England date for the Dead Boys.

The Vault club But then this happened: "ANNOUNCEMENT: The Vault Music Hall will be closing down effective immediately. We’re working with the agents for all of the bands that were scheduled over the next several months to see if we can get the shows moved to other venues within the region, so keep an eye out for announcements regarding that. All tickets for future shows will be refunded over the next few days.

"The Pub side will be closing down as well, with tentative plans to reopen under a new concept. Further details will be released as that progresses. We want to thank everybody who has supported us as a live music venue featuring some of the best entertainment that has ever been brought to this city. It’s been a fun ride!"

So sudden!! They had some interesting shows with more scheduled. It was making a difference on the South Shore where rock venues are sparse. The Vault Facebook page


The Pixies' new album Doggerel is coming out on September 30. They released a second song from the album called “There’s a Moon On” and that came with a video. The video just has some graphics along with the lyrics on screen. The song is a little more straight ahead than usual. Give it a look above.

They also have released a six minute video about the making of the album, which was done in Vermont. That is shown in the video above right. The first song from the album sounded more like typical Pixies. That was “Human Crime”. See the video here

Chicago Punk

You Weren’t There is a two hour documentary about the Chicago punk scene from 1977 to 1984. The reminiscing of the early days sounds like Boston’s but theirs was even crazier.

They point out that Tutu and the Pirates might have been the first Chicago punk band – never heard of them. Later they go into Naked Raygun and The Effigies. At one point they show a gig poster that says “from Boston Mission From Burma”…close, anyway. They get into the feud between Steve Albini and Bondi of Articles of Faith.

There’s no fat in this documentary. They get right into it and it’s a solid two hours of facts and music.

Robin Lane

Robin Lane has joined the Red on Red Records roster. She comes out of the gate with a video/song “All I’ve Ever Need.” Robin brings a lot to the game, her songwriting and voice obviously, but also her outlook and the feeling she brings to her work. This video does a good job of bringing it all back again.


Skybar Skybar had his usual locally loaded Rising show last Tuesday. To hear it, go to the WMFO Schedule. Rising is on Tuesday at 8 pm and then hit ‘archive’. Some of the songs and groups we have featured here like The Chelsea Curve, Tiger Bomb, Andrea Gillis, Screeching Weasel and the Runouts.

He did play one tune that got by us - “Baby Baby” by Continental. It's on the Rum Bar Records compilation Rebel Rousers: Second Round. It's in advance of a new album coming out soon.

So many rockers have intoned “Baby” in songs that a singer has to worry about comparisons but Rick Barton sings it with authority and makes it his own. The melody has a throwback quality which bumps up against the modern band sound. Then the kicker at 1:10 minute mark where they quote The Rolling Stones’ “Under My Thumb”. Then there are some horn riffs - they may by synth made.

Continental has been around for a while. We saw them at O’Brien's in 2010 but this song got our attention anew!!

Give it a listen below.


Vinyl rock garage release album coverFor 60s garage rock fans there’s this 2 LP compilation of Chicago’s Dunwich Records releases called Potato Chip: Tasty Dunwich Garage.

There’s a few The Shadows of Knight tunes (not the hits) and a few commercials. One is for potato chips, hence the title of the collection.

There’s a very respectable cover of “My Generation” by The Rovin’ Kind. “Project Blue” by the Banshees is a energetic rave up. The Saturday’s Children’s “Man With Money” reminded us that the Crybabies used to cover that Everly Brothers’ song too.

Potato Chip: Tasty Dunwich Garage, will be released on July 15, You can get it through Bandcamp

There is one song posted that you can hear now. It’s the Knaves doing “Your Stuff”.

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

Baabes show posterJune 13, 2022 (Monday) Torn In Half, Bed of Razors, Death Strider at Charlie's Kitchen

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

June 18, 2022 (Saturday) It's Arlington Porchfest! So check out: Noon- Speedfossil, 1:00 pm: Robin Lane, 2:00 pm:: Richie Murphy, 3:00 pm: Justine and the Black Threads, 4:00 pm: Midnight Floyd - FB page for address etc.

June 18, 2022 (Saturday) It's Arlington Porchfest! - Kid Gulliver, Scott Pittman and the Deluxe Fiasco, The Weisstronauts do - 1-4PM- see the FB page for address etc

June 18, 2022 (Saturday) Kids Like Me & You (KLYAM) Spring & Summer Program at Kenney Park in Davis Square, 1-5PM featuring The Glue (Cash’s number one fan / outlaw country, folk, and rhythm & blues outfit led by ex-Back Baynian Lily Fein – now based in New Orleans, Louisiana), Dew Myron ((David) Berman’s boy – prolific urban honky tonker – turns it up and down and all around), Inspector 34 (solo) (Lowell psych pop mastermind Jim Warren goes back to where it all began – with passion, guitar, and a voice), Healers Co. (Sample flooded dreamy electronica bliss with a trippy wink and nod to New Wave/80s dance aesthetics)

QueersJune 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 18, 2022 (Saturday) The Chelsea Curve, Muck and The Mires & DJ Sherman, Free outdoor show! at Tuscan Village, Salem NH FB page.

June 18, 2022 (Saturday) Jug, Lilac City Lowlifes, Matty Andersen, Frankie Moon & Dave Mathewses Band at the Shaksheen Pub in Manchester, NH. FB page.

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

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

June 20, 2022 (Monday) Gretchen Shae & The Middle Eight, Motel Black, Paper Tigers at Charlie's Kitchen

June 21, 2022 (Tuesday) Punk Rock Aerobics at Zone 3 in Allston.

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) The Chelsea Curve, The Shang Hi Los and DJ Mike Gioscia (X night/WFNX) do an early show at The Jungle. 5PM starts with DJ Mike then 6:00-Shang Hi Los and 7:00- The Chelsea Curve!

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.

The Chelsea Curve rock posterJune 24, 2022 (Friday) Minibeast, Trinary System, Department of Teleportation at Dusk, Providence, RI 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) PorchFest Quincy 2022! Gypsy Moths, Dogmatics, Connacht from 4-9PM - Check out the FB page for address etc.

June 25, 2022 (Saturday) Trinary System, Landowner, Rong at The Jungle. 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.

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

Randall memorial showJune 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 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 with Rong, Johnnie and the Foodmasters, Pledge Pins 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

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

Hard Rock show posterJuly 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 23, 2022 (Saturday) The Chelsea Curve, Little BIlly Lost, Tsunami of Sound and DJ Sherman at Bone Up Brewery Everett.

July 30, 2022 (Saturday) Tiber Bomb is at The Square Root

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

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

Oh the Humanity show posterAugust 6, 2022 (Saturday) The Very, Crow Follow, and Home Despot at The Square Root

August 20, 2022 (Saturday) The Fleshtones, GLiDER, & Tiger Bomb w/ Emcee DJ Brian Young - The Magic Room - FB page.

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.

August 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)

Rock show posterSeptember 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.

September 23, 2022 (Friday) Soulside, Verbal Assault, Bedmaker, Wrong War at Once at The Armory - 6PM!! . Tix and info

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

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

October 11, 2022 (Tuesday) Agent Orange, Midnight Creeps 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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