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July 29, 2019

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Wednesday Brockton Hardcore put on a show at the Middle East up. It was a solid hardcore lineup. Brockton loves it’s hardcore and they are serious about it.

The Brockton moshers are a arm swinging group that require lots of space. One thing the Middle East Up doesn’t have - is space. We knew that going in. Because of that we couldn’t get a lot of photos. The main idea was to stay out of the pit area. We saw three groups. All three were full bore brutal hardcore. There was no let up between the groups or in the sets.

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It was hard to figure out what band was what. Pretty sure the first band was Fixation from Philadelphia. This cut on Bandcamp shows their power.

The second band was Section H8...we think. The lineup got mixed up, so that’s a guess.

Nueva Etica
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The third band Nueva Etica (means New Ethics) from Argentina. They had two singers who were in the audience half the time. There was some crazy moshing during the set and those two singers were part of that too. Bandcamp page.

We called it quits then. If you want some uncompromising hardcore these Brockton Hardcore shows are the thing to hit.

Into the weekend there was tons of music in the clubs and outdoor venues. The Pretenders show at Mass MOCA looked fantastic.

We did an easy take-in at the Square Root in Roslindale. That room is so comfortable. Saturday they had the Classic Ruins, Stigmatics and Hi End.

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We saw about half of the Stigmatics. Just like last time we saw them we got sucked in immediately with the first song “Drama Queen”. This unassuming band just writes the best garage tunes going. They slotted in four or five crunching chords per song and made it work likes it’s suppose too. Bob Roos did his leads with perfect tones dialed in on his pedals.

In what was the story of the night really, the Stigmatics and all the other bands, had smallish amps and the sound was at a human level. Rather than a roar coming off the stage you could hear and feel each guitar actually coming out of its amp. The vocals got buried every now and then but not too bad.

Classic Runins
Clasisic Ruins
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Classic Ruins had played two sets at the Tavern At the End of the World the night before. Maybe because of that they were very tight. The stage set up worked in their favor with Frank’s famous pinched harmonics clearly ringing out.

Carl’s bass work, which always inspires wonder, was easy to hear. You could see and hear him take a song’s simple riff and constantly vary it while always making it drive the song. He maneuvers the whole neck easily infusing everything with melodic invention. Quite a bass player!!

We heard a few people after ask about drummer Dave Kowalcek. It’s his drumming plus his engaging presence that puts all the rock in the set. There were many points where he was leaning forward and grinning as he heard Frank or Carl hit some good riffs and he dug in deeper to give that a boost.

All this was from a group who has been doing this for decades. They played their legendary material that never dates and a handful of covers. It’s classic Boston rock at it’s best.

The Hi-End
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The Hi End proceeded to give a set that topped the evening. They were a solid rocking outfit from the get go. Now, they've refined that two guitar attack to overwhelm. They had two Les Paul’s cranking. They often have it arranged that they are playing complimentary riffs that prove that one and one is more than two. (Sorry Classic Ruins who earlier sang 1+1<2). The bass is very melodic and smooths out the sound which is good contrast against the chunking guitar base and the drummer plays fast and hard. He’s always throwing in long rolls which adds to the busy and exciting group sound.

On top of that you have front man Johnny Carlevale who somehow still gets attention and manages to make all the vocals count, not an easy job with all that playing going on.

It was an easy pleasant take in with three good sets. The Square Root gets some locals who live south of the city and appreciate not having to go in town. A nice club people should take advantage of.

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And in other news.....

Yolanda Stratter, longtime owner of Diskovery Book and Record Store passed away this past week. Diskovery, and Yolanda were part of what made Allston awesome for many years and for many people. We'd often see her out at clubs to catch shows also. We send up a huge THANK YOU to Yolanda for her awesome store and wonderful personality!! RIP Yolanda!!!

Heavy Joanie Joanie and Sara the DJ duo that brought you Swede Stampede are now leathered up to bring on the metal with You Got the Right To Rock. It starts with Joanie LRC show on Thursday 8/8 and then to Sara’s Gorilla Got Me on Friday 8/9.

Check out this video of a full set by Boston’s Bound and Gagged from 1981 at Hurrah’s – we didn’t know this was out there!!!: Bound & Gagged on You Tube It’s some post punk art rock, the real deal. Hope we’re not giving anything away but Bound and Gagged are working on releasing all their recorded material. We’re not sure when that will be finished.

Muck and the Mires were on Heavy Leather Topless Dance Party. They had a funny interview, you can catch it here…Heavy / Muck

Diablogato has a new album, Old Scratch, on the way from State Line Records. They have one song called “Blasphemy” out there as a teaser. It’s that pulsating rockabilly hellfire that they do. You can hear it and read about it (and preorder it) on New Noise: Blasphemy/OldScratch Also check out the StateLine records site...the splatter vinyl option avaiable are really cool!!!

Nice guys On the club level especially the Nice Guys rule. They've been out there playing consistently and have developed along the way. Now they're rocking out like crazy...and they just released an album: Nice Guys. “Brunch Poisoning” (funny right there) captures the full bore, half hysterical attack nicely.

Now there's another reason to listen to Brad Marino’s song “Wake Up Baby” co-written with Kurt Baker – there’s a video of it. Here

Sundazed has rereleased the first two Runaway LP’s; Sundazed site

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

Club show July 29 (Monday) The Vigilantes (reunion), Michael Kane & the Morning Afters, The Brave Noise, Rooftops at Great Scott

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 30 (Tuesday) Rock n Roll Trivia with Erin and Bret at City Winery - 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 between 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 Highland is the Host for the Night. -- at Once Lounge

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

August 2 (Friday) Sugar Blood Jinx matinee 4-6PM @ Atwoods

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) Losers Circle, The Sweet Things, Italo & ThePassions, KCUF at The Jungle

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

And further out there is.....

Rock 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

August 9 (Friday) Hambone Skinny, MOTO, Hi-End, Baluchitherium at Club Bohemia

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) Cal Cali Band do an early show 5-7PM at Union Tavern Union Sq Somerville.

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

Brian Young WMFO 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

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 18 (Sunday) Muck and the Mires live "On Stage with Mantis" 6-7PM streamed live at

August 19 (Monday) Coffin Salesman, blindspot, Radio Compass, Motel Black at Charlie's Kitchen

Archives 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

August 31 (Saturday) Fk the Str8 Parade w/ When Particles Collide, Salem Wolves, Big Nothing at OBrien's

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 6 (Friday) Muck & the Mires, Jittery Jack & Amy Griffin, Bad Larrys at Sally O'Brien's

Stubborn Hearts September 7 (Saturday) Mick Lawless & Reckless Hearts,Tsunami of Sound, Gene Dante & Future Starlets at The Square Root Roslindale.

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 9 (Monday) The Subhumans w/ FEA and Savageheads at Once Ballroom

September 12 (Thursday) Fireking, Hi-End, Radium Girls at The Jungle

September 19 (Friday) Baabes, Fur Purse, North By North (Chicago), Sadie Vada at O'Brien's

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

September 21 (Saturday) Lyres and Glider at Once (TIX)

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

September 26 (Thursday) The Runouts, Thee Fightin Fish, Muck and the Mires, Seawolf at The Jungle

September 28 & 29 (Sat & Sun) The Boston Local Music Fest 10AM-6PM both days at Government Center. Check website for updated listings. They say: "There will be a variety of musical genres represented, as well as artists and artisans, food trucks, a beer garden, and a community of people supporting, experiencing, and celebrating our local music culture." We'll see.

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 11 (Friday) Sister Suzie (from the UK) Jittery Jack & Amy Griffin at O'Brien's

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

Rumbar 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!!!

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

November 9 (Saturday) The Von Traps, Salem Wolves, blindspot, Jakals at Opus in Salem

March 28 (Saturday)The Zulus at The Paradise

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Nueva Etica
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Clasisic Ruins
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Classic Ruins
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Hi End
The Hi-End
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Hi End
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