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July 22, 2019

The Jungle
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We wanted to get out before the hellacious heat began so we headed to The Jungle on Thursday. It was a chance to see Justine and the Unclean who we haven’t seen in a few months. This was their first time at the new club. It seems like people are slowly finding this place. With the construction in Union Square a lot of people are shying off from that area altogether.

The club is very comfortable. With the raised stage you can sit, yes SIT, and see the band easily. One thing, that sound system is not so good. Both bands we saw suffered from it to some degree. There’s a trade off there but we still give it a thumbs up.

Justine and the Unclean
Justine and the Unclean
Photo: Blowfish

Justine and the Unclean did their usual bang up job. They had the songs, the chops and the personalities all cooking. Those songs from the first album were still knock outs and there were a parcel of new ones (which are also are being recorded at Woolly Mammoth).

The Jungle stage is dark and Jim Janota was in the darkest corner to boot. You couldn’t see his stick twirling action but you could hear the strong drumming. Charles Hanson had his moments where even when you could see his fingers you couldn’t understand how he got those notes out. You would need slow mo action and some tablature transcriptions to begin to get a handle on it. The vocals were a bit buried but just enough to give the songs their character.

Blindspot was up next. Blindspot won the night of the Rumble that included Justine and the Unclean. They asked Justine to be on the bill and that’s pretty cool.

Photo: Blowfish

This is our third time seeing this band. Their win of their Rumble night was confirmation that they have something that could go big. They have a clean sound that could have mainstream appeal or say a wider appeal than most. They are a duo. They use a prerecorded track to make a bigger sound. Alexa, the vocalist/front person, has a clear, full voice that often goes to “oh oh” cheers that are hopelessly catchy. She also has a distinctive set of moves that you remember. They're out of our punk purview but we can see they are putting a lot of work into the band.

Click Here for more band photos.

And in other news.....

Brainiac This Thursday July 25 The Brattle is showing the film Brainiac: Transmissions After Zero which is about the Dayton, OH band Brainiac.

Here’s the blurb about it: In the mid ‘90s the Dayton, OH music scene became an indie rock hot spot because of bands like The Breeders and Guided by Voices. Arguably the most innovative of them all was Brainiac, led by musical genius and charismatic front man Tim Taylor. The band was slated to sign a major label record deal when Taylor was tragically killed in a bizarre accident, leaving his family and bandmates to pick up the pieces. This film explores the band’s music, legacy, influence, and how people survive and cope with the loss of loved ones. FB Page and Brattle Webpage

Brix ‘n Mortar released a digital single just before an upcoming full album release. “Freshcut” the a side is nice hardcore cut. “Suburban Murders”, the b side, is a very exciting stretch. It starts with a piano, then the band kicks in. The vocals are a mix of Troy and Joey Riot which is an element that we love about this band. There is a defined melody you can hang on and the piano comes in again with the band. It’s just a wonderful creative mix of genres and ideas. It’s on our Top Ten Songs Here it is on Bandcamp

Coffin Salesman The Coffin Salesman have a new EP Misadventure. It’s a continuation of their impressive mix of folk punk. To us they sound like they would appeal to a large audience. The first song "White Girl, Wasted" is word heavy which is a trademark for them. The lyrics are also clever as they character sketch. It ends with the line, “you do a pretty good impression of you”. They begin “Bon Voyage” slow and soft but they ramp it up in the end. Here it is on Bandcamp Misadventure

And.....Jittery Jack and Stop Calling Me Frank are featured on Rum Bar Records 26 track, Free Digital Download Summer Sampler 'Somebody Out There Is Having A Party': here you go...lissen here

The Dogmatics have signed on to Rum Bar Records. They will release their first recording of brand new music in over 30 years this October.!! Leave it to Rum Bar and Lou!! We can't wait to hear the new songs!!

Nat Freedberg Nat Freedberg is on a creative streak. Just a few months after his solo album his new band Freeloader has released The Path of Least Resistance a new album on Rum Bar Records. It closes with “Ten Songs Make an Album", a humorous look at the record making situation Nat finds himself in. How can you have an album without a cover, where do you clean your weed? How do you make a single you can’t’ hold. He pines for the old days. One thing is still true he figures and that’s “Ten Songs Make an Album”. The songs features some Charles Hanson soloing, some Jim Janota cowbell and even some space to spotlight Jim Haggerty on bass. Listen to it here.

The Vibrators are touring!! They are at O'Brien's on Thursday Sept. 5. Tix here.

British Punk Legends U.K.Subs release Volume 2 Of Their Covers Project Subversions II. Following up last year’s very well-received Subversions, the UK Subs first ever covers album, Charlie Harper, Alvin Gibbs, Jamie Oliver, and Steve Straughan return for another killer installment that puts the Subs’ unique spin on a dozen rock classics! Subversions II, includes brilliant reworkings of well-known songs by a wide swath of classic rock, psychedelic and proto-punk bands like Led Zeppelin, Velvet Underground, The Stooges, The Equals, The Who, Queen and more. Subversions II members will be available on CD in a limited edition digipak (only 1,000 made) as well as on vinyl. Want it?? Buy it here: Digital ... CD... Vinyl

And now Brit punks The Members have released their own cover album called VERSION! "They put their own spin on songs by Buzzcocks, The Ramones, The Wailers, Johnny Thunders, Grandmaster Flash, ABBA, Prince and more! For the first time ever in a career that reaches all the way back to the ‘70s, British punk rock icons The Members have recorded an entire album of other band’s songs, offering up 14 cover versions that are utterly unique and unmistakably The Members. Want it?? Buy here: Digital ... CD ... Vinyl

Randy Black and the Heathcroppers have some new music available....four new recordings Lay On Your Hands, Big Black Car, All We Get and Before the World...give 'em a listen on Bandcamp.

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

Death Pesos10 July 23 (Tuesday) Stubborn Hearts, The Essays, Street Milk, at the News Cafe in Providence.

July 24 (Wednesday) Brockton Hardcore Shows presents Hoods, Rhythm of fear, Trust in Few, Section H8, Fixation, Instigate at the Middle East Up. 7PM doors.

July 26 (Friday) Classic Ruins rule the night at Tavern at the End of the World. Doing two sets.

July 26 (Friday) Oxblood Forge, IL Mostro and Wrought Iron Hex at Koto Salem

July 26 (Friday) Diablogato & The Gala at Askew in Providence RI

July 26 (Friday) Wormtown Ska Presents: Mixed Bill 3 - of Ska, Punk, Metal and Hardcore with 6 Foot Silence, Hobo Chili, Jimmy West Band (Worcester's Outlaw Punk), Point Blank (from NYC), Threat Level Burgundy at The Raven, 258 Pleasant St Worcester FB Page

July 27 (Saturday) M.O.T.O., Jerry's Got Jokes, Cook Bag, The Trades, The Runouts at The Midway matinee 3-7PM

July 27 (Saturday) Les Sans Culottes, Muck & the Mires, Fireking, Hambone Skinny at The Midway - night time show

Rum Bar Invades July 27 (Saturday) The Hi-End, Classic Ruins, The Stigmatics are at The Square Root in Roslindale

July 27 (Saturday) The Knock Ups, Motel Black, Bad at Sex at The Jungle Union Sq Somerville

July 27 (Saturday) The New England Ska Summit; Bim Skala Bim, Copacetics, Hempsteadys, El Grande at Once Ballroom

July 27 (Saturday) The Hi-End, Classic Ruins, The Stigmatics at The Square Root in Roslindale

July 28 (Sunday) Joe Harvard Memorial - 5-10PM Middle East Up. Keep checking the FB page for updates and info

And further out there is.....

July 30 (Tuesday) Pop punk/hardcore show at The Model Cafe in Allston!! No cover!! You get Stubborn Hearts (Energetic melodic punk duo from RI), Street Milk (Skate or Die), Allison & Moon (puppy dogs and pop punk) Starts at 8PM Here's the FB page

July 31 (Wednesday) Black Leather Lagoon, Poison Boys, Thee Fightin' Fish at The Jungle Union Sq Somerville

July 31 (Wednesday) Heavy Hands, Voting Yes, The Lightweight Champs, TIFFY at The Midway

August 1 (Thursday) Special Movie Night at the Brattle with Chet's Last Call: A Story of Rock and Redemption -showing at 7PM (in betwen showing of Rock'n' Roll Highschool) The Brattle Theater.

August 1 (Thursday) Chet's Last Call After Party at Once Lounge - 9:40 The Classic Ruins, 10:10 The Hopelessly Obscure with Cal Cali, 10:50 Randy Black and friends, 11:40 Esther Rose and friends...PLUS Lots of special guests - the 10 singers who are in the film will perform and Kenne Higland is the Host for the NIght. -- at Once Lounge

Brian Young WMFO August 3 (Saturday) Rawstrum with Tensor at Sally O'Brien's

August 2 (Friday) Cleaver/Walker/Messerly (Of Wussy) with special guests Thalia Zedek and Chris Brokaw of Come at The Midway

August 3 (Saturday) Townies, Bystander, Louzy, Rusty Mullet this is a 3-7PM matinee show at The Midway

August 3 (Saturday) Oppositional Defiance, Red Mantis, Death Pesos, Wrought Iron Hex at The Midway

August 3 (Saturday) Tied To A Bear, Big No, Sea of Storms, Skytigers at O'Brien's

August 3 (Saturday) Rawstrum and Temple at Sally O'Brien's

August 4 (Sunday) Mid Summer Night's dream: Chris Brokaw & Margaret Airplanemanat Atwoord's 10PM show

August 7 (Wednesday) The Muckers, The Gobshites, Dori Cameron at the Midway

August 8 (Thursday) Green Piece, Sorry w/ slo-anne & The Callouts at The Hong Kong

August 8 (Thursday) Otto Records present 145 & The Thigh Scrapers at The Plough & Stars

August 9 (Friday) Butterscott, The Rockmores, & The Bind at The Square Root in Roslindale

Rock show August 9 (Friday) Captain Providence, Askew and Rum Bar Records presents... Justine and the Unclean, Nat Freedberg, and the return of the legendary Dogmatics!!! at Askew in Providence RI FB Page

August 10 (Saturday) Billy Connors Project, 61 Ghosts, Little Billy Lost at The Square Root in Roslindale

August 10 (Saturday) No Small Children, PowerSlut, and The Knock Ups, at Once

August 10 (Saturday) Muck And The Mires, Watts, The Electric Mess, and A Bunch of Jerks at Sally O'Brien's

August 14 (Wednesday) GLiDER live on Heavy Leather Topless Dance Party ! scat-tv FB page for links

August 14 (Wednesday) Deke Dickerson, Bloodshot Bill, Jittery Jack, DJ Easy Ed at Once FB Page

August 15 (Thursday) 1.4.5., Crunchtime , Glider, Sara & The Scalliwags at The Jungle Union Sq Somerville.

August 15 (Thursday) The Queers, Stubborn Hearts, Meat Depressed, The Parkwoods at Alchemy in Provi RI

August 16 (Friday) Cocked N' Loaded, Hey Zeus, Scissorfight at Great Scott

August 16 (Friday) Baabes, The Von Traps, Silver Screams, Lipstick Boys at O'Brien's Pub

Archives August 17 (Saturday) Stop Calling Me Frank, Muck and the Mires, The Dirty Truckers Boat Party! 3:30- 7PM FB page for info and tix

August 18 (Sunday) Possum, Martin/Morell/Fredette, The Chelsea Curve, Tsunami of Sound matinee 3-7 show at the Midway

August 22 (Thursday) OC45, El Escapado, The Runouts, Sick Minds are at O'Brien's

August 23 (Friday) Barstoll Preachers, The Raging Nathans, Art Thieves, Loser's Circle at O'Brien's

August 24 (Saturday) Waiver Wire, Bernie's Garage, Happy Just To See You, Extract 3-7 matinee show at the Midway

August 24 (Saturday) The Humanoids, Bossnova, Oxblood Forge, Renegade Cartel night show at The MIdway

August 28 (Wednesday) Social Distortion & Flogging Molly at the Rockland Trust Bank Pavillion FB Page

August 29 (Thursday) Death Pesos, Zip-Tie Handcuffs, Sundrifter, Jessica Rabbit Syndrome at O'Brien's

August 31 (Saturday) A Crash Course For The Ravers LIVE Saturdays 1pm to 4pm at WMFO and transmits on 91.5FM Medford. This week we have RICHARD MIRSKY!

August 31 (Saturday) Time & Place, PowerSlut, The Daylilies, Lonely Leesa & The Lost Cowboys at The Jungle - Music starts at 8PM

Rock Show September 1 (Sunday) A Bunch of Jerks, Crunchtime, Zulu Lulu, The Black Souls - 3-7PM matinee at the Midway

September 5 (Thursday) The Vibrators are at O'Brien's Tix here.

September 7 (Saturday) Buddy Hally Birthday Bash - Performing two sets of Buddy Holly’s music: Evan Shore (Muck and the Mires) - guitar, John Sheeran (Township, Firekinf) - bass, Scott Pittman (Sugarblood Jinx, The Shods…) -drums, and guests Kevin Patey (Jittery Jack), Terry O’Malley (Stop Calling Me Frank) and more TBA! 10PM at The Plough.

September 8 (Sunday) Somerville Rock And Roll Yard Sale - Union Square - 11 AM – 5 PM FB page for more info

September 8 (Sunday) Private Instigators, Color Killer, Jonee Earthquake Band, The Degenerates of Punk 3-7PM show at The Midway

September 20 (Friday) Priors, Black Beach, Far Corners, Andy California at the Midway

September 21 (Saturday) PRIORS, Black Beach, Far Corners, and Andy California 8PM show at The Midway

Hong Kong Harvard Sq show September 21 (Saturday) Lyres and Glider at Once (TIX)

September 26 (Thursday) Baabes, GLiDER, Sara & the Scaliwags, Lily Black at O'Brien's

October 1 (Tuesday) Agnostic Front w/Prong at Brighton Music Hall

October 5 (Saturday) Mudhoney, Pissed Jeans at Brighton Music Hall 6PM doors.

October 6 (Sunday) The Sinister Six, Martin / Morell / Fredette and TRiPLE THiCK - 3-7PM show at The Midway

October 12 (Saturday) Lyres, Tiger Bomb, Glider at Sun Tiki Studios 375 Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine 04101 FB page

October 19 (Saturday) A Crash Course for the Ravers has Richard Mirsky - 1-4PM WMFO 91.5 FM

October 19 (Saturday) Avenir (French punk rock) at the News Cafe in Provi RI - check out their bandcamp page ..and here's the FB page for the show & tix etc!!!

Stubborn Hearts October 20 (Sunday) Stiff Little Fingers, The Avengers at Brighton Music Hall doors 7PM

October 20 (Sunday) The Vivian Girls are at Once

October 23 (Wednesday) Flipper with David Yow (Jesus Lizard) "40th Anniversary Show" at The MIddle East Down

October 23 (Wednesday) 999, The Clap, Vixen 77 at The Fire Philly PA FB Page

October 25 (Friday) 999, The Clap,the Parasitix, The Transmission Now at the Catasauqua American Legion 215 PA FB page

October 26 (Saturday) The Fleshtones, GLiDER, Muck & the Mires at Once Ballroom

October 26 (Saturday) 999, The Clap, The Bobby Lees, Blank Spots at Coney Island Baby in NYC FB page

October 29 (Tuesday) 999 & The Clap at Randy Now's Man Cave 134 Farnsworth Ave, Bordentown, New Jersey 08505 FB page


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Justine and the Unclean
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Justine and the Unclean
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Justine and the Unclean
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