The BGN News Archive
July 10, 2017
We went for a dose of psych on Thursday at Great Scotts. The headliners
were from Brazil but the openers were locals The Midriffs.
Weve seen them a few times but this time was noticeably different. We only
saw one song but that was enough to show their improvement. They've gone from
a trio to a five piece. They were playing a long song which had lots of changes
of rhythm and dynamics. It was an attention to song that they just didnt
have before. The bass was a standout but all members were contributing. It was
captivating and we hated to have it end.
Its obviously time to seek out a full set by The Midriffs.
A lot of what the Midriffs were doing is business as usual for Doug Tuttle.
Of all the new local groups doing psych Doug's gotten the most press. Hes
a polished songwriter and guitarist. Hes very self-assured on stage as he
effortlessly brings the goods to every show. Hes also a good band recruiter.
Weve seen him with many different line ups and they all were solid and well-rehearsed.
This time he had an extra guitarist to help him. There were
some twin leads going on a few times that were highlights. Most
songs are mid-tempo and very melodic. The kick with Doug is that
in a genre known for long songs he will throw out several short
ones that lurch to a sudden stop. Its a nice change up.
He leaves his longest song for his final one which is an extended
jam that builds up volume and tension; things he doesnt
do in his sunshine pop material earlier. It was another typically
enjoyable set from Doug.
Great Scotts was half full. The audience gave full attention to the groups
but it became obvious that they had come out for The Boogarians from
They've been to Boston maybe four times before. The Boogarians had a
sense of adventure in their material. They were reaching for something different.
In one song they were moving the interval of a tenth around, that was an exotic
sound. Things were often held in place with a repeating bass line. They had
a small keyboard that supplied some spacey sounds. Often they had an airy sound.
You could hear echoes of other older psych groups. There was just a lot going
on. One could see the attraction for the devoted fans there.
It was a well put together bill that made for nice unified psych night.
Friday was two newer bands we've given a lot of attention: Black Beach
and Today Junior.
Black Beach we saw a few weeks ago at Great Scotts. They put in
their usual set of unruly psych and surf. Their playing is raw and the songwriting
is raw. They do everything with big strokes. If they were a painter they'd be
Franz Kline. Like him they are minimalist and they magnify the simple. Their
songs are based on a short riff or a rhythmic lurch that they hone in on and
imbue with energy and passion. Lyrics they dont care so much about and
it doesnt seem to matter, they get it done without them. It was another
good set but Ive never seen them do a bad one.
It was sort of a going away party for Today Junior who were about to
take off on a long tour. The Middle East was about two thirds full and the home
town crowd gave them a rousing send off. As the group took the stage some in
the audience were yelling Today, junior the way Adam Sandler did
movie Billy Madison. The fact that they knew where the group got
their name showed that they were real fans.
Today Junior like Back Beach before them were in good form. They have a unique
combination of voice and songwriting that evokes a dreamy romanticism although
I kinda hate to say that about punk rockers but it's true none the less.
The first minute of Come of Age off their CD Ride
the Surf captures what were talking about there.
The songs are lyric heavy and stacked with chords. It seems like
there must be fifty chords per song and some are of esoteric quality.
The plethora of chords never stops the flow of the songs which
is their genius. The chords will often lead up to one summing
up chord that is played with a knowing strum and that chord is
warm and cozy. This is very sensual music. The melodies follow
the chords and it seems they are written at the same time because
they complement each other so closely.
The rhythm section is indispensable in keeping all of this pumped up with the
rock. If it was soft sounding it wouldnt be the same. They also regularly
rave up sections to inject some excitement. We keep seeing these guys and keep
wondering when the rest of the world will wake up and give them their due but,
you know, were telling you!
We wrap up the week with some whimsy. We don't really do whimsy
but John Keegan took in a Lawn Chair Drill Team
up in the north country, Click the photo below you whimsy lovers.
And in other news.....
Weve caught some new bands that we continue to follow from the past Boston
Fuzzstival. This year its Sept 28/29/30. The only thing we know now
is that the 29ths show will be at Once. Its something to keep an
eye on because they sell out.
John Surette of Boys Life and the punk rock opera Tomorrow
the World has long standing health problems and has started a GoFundMe page
to help with finances. Help
out a Boston Rock Legend here and read the nice note from Richie Parsons.
Here's some good shows coming up .....
July 13- 16 VIVA EAST Rockabilly Weekender
and Custom Car Show in Marlboro, MA check
out the info here.
July 13 (Thursday) Tiger Bomb is
at Congress Sq Park in Portland, ME 6-9PM
July 14 (Friday) Bim Skala Bim Concert
Cruise (Check out FB
page for details)
July 14 (Friday) Loser's Circle
Tour Kickoff w/ Captain Martini and the Key Stoners & SkyTigers
@ UnchARTed in Lowell(FB
page for directions etc)
July 15 (Saturday) LYDIA LUNCH Retrovirus,
Doomsday Student, (NE) Pats, Peach Ring are at The Elks Lodge
on Bishop Allen Dr. Central Square Cambridge- Thank you Boston Hassle!!
FB page here.
July 15 (Saturday) Devil Music Record
Release Show w/ Oneida and A Band Called E at Great Scott
July 15 (Saturday) Charms, Tiger Bomb
and The Knock Ups are at the Chit Chat Club in Haverhill MA.
And further out....
July 17 (Monday) Township, The Dents,
Love Love and Weather Weapon at The Midway- Night 1 of the Midway
July 19 July 30: The Midways
Dirty 30th Anniversary Celebration Spectacular
July 20 (Thursday) Kal Marks, A Deer
A Horse (NY), Nice Guys and Zip-Tie Handcuffs at O'Brien's
July 21 (Friday) Stray Bullets, Hobo
Chili, Warning Shots and Stop Calling Me Frank at The Midway!! Night
5 of the Midway Dirty 30.
July 21 (Friday) The Alarm, Big City
Rockers and Goddamned Draculas are at Once
July 22 (Saturday) DJ Easy Ed Night
with The Cranktones, The Barley Hoppers and Fearless Leaders at
The Midway!! Night 6 of the Midway Dirty 30.
July 22 (Saturday) Negative Approach,
Bloodclot, Opposition Rising, PanzerBastard, Buried Dreams and Ritual
Blade at The Hardcore Stadium Bishop Allen Dr Central Sq Cambridge. Show
starts at 6PM.
July 22 (Saturday) Mr. Airplane Man
returns to town. They'll be at The Lily Pad in Inman Square with Thalia Zedek.
July 26 (Wednesday) Thrust Club, sister,
Death Cloud and Double Star are at The Midway
July 27 (Thursday) The Upper Crust,
Supersuckers and Salem Wolves at ONCE Ballroom
July 27 (Thursday) Hambone Skinny,
Detroit Rebellion and Jon Bach are at The Plough & Stars
July 28 (Friday) The Scandals, Neutrinos,
Burning Streets at Dusk in Provi...early show 7-10PM
July 28 (Friday) My Aim Is True turns
40 - A Night of Elvis Costello covers with three SUPER Groups you won't
want to miss - members include Anthony Kaczynski, Jonathan Screnci, John
Sheeran, Melissa Gibbs, Charles Hansen, Tom Baker, Linda Shore- and more!!
At Sally O'Brien's check otu the
July 29 (Saturday) The Scandals, Burning
Streets, Michael Kane & TMA and The Lot at The Midway - afternoon
July 29 (Saturday) The Knock Ups, Endation,
Dalton Deschain and Girl On Top at PAs Lounge
July 29 (Saturday) The Electric Queens
record release party with pals Creaturos, Beware the Dangers of Ghost
Scorpion and Dandy Sherman at The Lilypad Inman Square. 10PM start.
July 29 (Saturday) The Real Kids, Muck
& The Mires, Watts and Gene Dante & The Future Starlets night 13
of the Midway Dirty 30!!
July 29 (Saturday) Out in wistah at Ralph's
- State of the Union
July 30 (Sunday) Fast Times Nervous
Eaters, BarRoom Heroes, The Revilers -4-8PM at The Midway!! Night
14 of the Midway Dirty 30. at The Midway
August 5 (Saturday) Brian Young's A
Crash Course for the Ravers has Carissa Johnson - on WMFO 91.5 from
August 5 (Saturday) Coffin Lids, Downbeat
5, Other Girls, Bunch of Jerks at Sally O'Brien's
August 5 (Saturday) The Silver Mirrors,
Instant Shawarma, The Facc-Tones and The Sound Down Cellar at The
August 5 (Saturday) The Knockups, The
Caught Flies, Black Hatch and the Labor Pains are at The Chit Chat
Club in Haverhill
August 5 (Saturday) Rancid and
The Dropkick Murphys are at the Brockton Fair! 4:30-9Pm check
out the FB page
August 6 (Sunday) Loser's Circle's
Record Release Show! they are back from their US tour and celebrating their
new release on CD and vinyl! at The Midway FB
August 6 (Sunday) World/Inferno Friendship
Society with Diablogato and Stars Like Ours at The Middle
August 8 (Tuesday) Poptone...which
is Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins from Bauhaus, Tones on Tail
and Love and Rockets are at The Paradise
August 12 (Saturday) They're on the road
again - OC45 Summer Tour Kickoff! feat. El Escapado, In The Meantime
at the Middle East for an early-ish show 6:30 PM - 11:55 PM
August 12 (Saturday) The Modern Voice,
Black Helicopter, Wrought Iron Hex, Scuzzy Yeti at The Midway
August 13 (Sunday) Pinkerton Thugs
all ages punk show at The Middle East = also on the bill The Warning Shots
and Duck and Cover. This is a daytime show- 1-6PM Check the FB
page for more info as it is posted.
August 13 (Sunday) - This is Bob Colby's
65th Birthday Extravaganza - it is also he LAST show in Boston!! Viva
Gina, DYR FASER, The Land of Enchantment, Kingdom of Love, Cold Expectations,
Carissa Johnson (solo acoustic), The Very, Randy Black and the Heathcroppers
and The Wrong Shapes. At Once in Somerville and the show runs 3PM until
August 18 (Friday) Nick And The Adversaries,
Threat Level Burgundy, Troll 2, Julian Wahlberg at O'Brien's (FB
August 19 (Saturday) Screw Cart, Musclecah,
Broken Toys, Mongorellis at Koto in Salem
August 26 (Saturday) Brian Young's
A Crash Course for the Ravers has Casinova in Heat - on WMFO 91.5
August 27 (Sunday) It's a Punkcake
Pop Up and Punk Rock Flea at Ralph's in Worcester!! With live music by Blood
Stained Brindle, The Prozacs, After the Blackout and Barroom Heroes.....AND...
lots of incredible artists, crafters, makers, bakers, readers, and vendors setting
up tables to sell their wares! Not only that it's Free to attend, open to all
ages, and (weather permitting) pet friendly! Check out the FB
page for all the details.
August 27 (Sunday) Stop Calling Me Frank,
State of The Union, The New Frustrations, The Only Things at The Midway
- afternoon show 4-8PM
August 27 (Sunday) Brian Young's A.C.C.F.T.R.
featuring Casanovas in Heat! 91.5 WMFO 1-4PM
September 7 (Thursday) Teenage Bottlerocket,
OC45 and MakeWar at The Middle East
September 8 (Friday) The Nervous Eaters
and Glider , State of the Union and Casanovas in Heat at
Out of the Blue Gallery Central Sq. here's the
FB page to get updates.
September 9 (Saturday) The Stigmatics
are on A Crash Course for the Ravers on WMFO 91.5 from 1-4PM
September 9 (Saturday) The Gala, Future
Carnivores, Stars Like Ours, Courters at O'Brien's
September 10 (Sunday) Somerville Rock'n'Roll
Yard Sale Union Square Somerville.
September 10 (Sunday) GBH and The
Casualties at The Brighton Music Hall
September 11 (Monday) Roky Erickson
at the Brighton Music Hall. WOW!! Get
yer tix here.
September 16 (Saturday) Boston vs Tokyo
Rock n Roll Showdown with Muck And The Mires, The Fadeaways (from Japan),
Mellvins (from Japan), Jittery Jack at O'Brien's Pub
September 16 (Saturday) Chameleons VOX
At the Middle East Also on the bill: Soft Kill , Way Out and The Milling
September 20 (Wednesday) X doing
their 40th Anniversary Tour- at the Brighton Music Hall
September 22 (Friday) The Ataris and The
Queers at The Middle East - this is an early show- 6PM -10Pm
September 28 (Thursday) Stiff Little Fingers
are doing their 40th Anniversary tour they have Death by Unga Bunga opening
for them - at the Brighton Music Hall
October 8 (Sunday) Petty Morals
are having a Ballroom Blitz at Once Ballroom with a Flea Market and Art
Show -also on the bill Muck & The Mires, The Dazies and Lady
Pill (set times and more are on the FB
page) It's 2PM- 8PM
November 4 (Saturday) Human Sexual
Response at HOB
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