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August 7, 2023

Fuzzstival returns

Good news, the Fuzztival is back. It September 15 and 16 (Friday and Saturday) and will happen at the Armory in Somerville.

There will be 11 bands each day. The Nice Guys and Boston Cream will be playing. To see the whole list of bands go to the Facebook event page


JacklightsThe Jacklights will have a new single, “Final Girl” coming out on September 7. An EP of the same name will be released on October 3.

The band has already has two other EP’s since their debut in August 2020. Their Bandcamp page


Purchase Street Records in New Bedford was voted best record store on the South Shore in the South Shore Almanac. Congrats to them. It’s another indication of record stores revival, in other past years there wouldn’t even be 'best record store' category.

Purchase Street Records is at their new location at 53 Popes Island, New Bedford. Facebook ... Website ... Instagram


SSD bookThe SSD photo/essay book, How Much Art Can You Take? Book Launch (and signing) is at the Aloft Hotel (SSD has gone upscale!) on September 16th! Bring your book (or purchase one at the event) to get signed. Al, Jaime, Chris, Springa, Nancy, and Phili'n Phlash will all be there. Cash bar and food. Limited to 150 tickets.

Though the event is free you have to register for a ticket: as of this writing the event is almost sold out (35 tix left!)….check for tickets


The Drop Nineteens are back! They haven’t released anything since 1994. Their new album Hard Light is on Wharf Cat Records. The leading single “Scapa Flow” is out now with a video. Scapa Flow is where many German ships were scuttled after WWI. That subject flavors this somber tune, its tone is captured in the sepia colored video. It comes across as weighty and thoughtful. This is a nice indication that the almost 30 year hiatus the group is still sharp.

If you know Paul Armstrong now maybe it’s because you’ve seen him in his band 1.4.5. Paul’s music/band history goes further back than that. It begins in 1977 with The Flashcubes. Their song “Cherie Baby” got played locally a lot and the band played in Boston clubs back in 1978 and 1979. Paul posted all the bands shows this week on the Flashcubes Timeline

Flashcubes Pop Masters albumFlashcubes were part of the pop music that was happening at the same time as punk. They are even in the Power Pop Hall of Fame! This all comes up now because the Flashcubes have a new album, Pop Masters, coming out on August 11th on Big Stir Records. That prompted a Zoom interview by Matthew Street.

We find out immediately that Paul was born in England and when he was a child his family moved to Syracuse, NY. In the late 70s The Flashcubes made the punk circuit. Then Paul came to Boston in the early 80s with the 1.4.5. band.

The video starts with the new cover of “Forget About You” by the Motors from 1978. We learned a lot about Paul’s history in this and his passion for playing that has kept him going from the beginning.

1.4.5. will be playing the Square Root with Ray Paul with 28IF on August 19 - FB event page.


Gypsy Moths album Sounds OnLast Tuesday Skybar’s Rising show had The Gypsy Moths on. They have a new album called Sounds On. The group members have a long history in the Boston rock scene. On the show they do some songs live in between songs from the new album. The band gives some nice insights into the songs.

To hear the show go to the WMFO schedule page Hit the Rising show on 8 to 10 pm on Tuesday, then hit the ‘archive’ button.


Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico interviews Tanya Donelly this week. Tanya grew up in Newport, RI. Her first music love was early punk. She knew of Kristian Hirsh since she was five. They both learned guitar and started Throwing Muses. Gary Smith helped the band move to Boston and get the group recorded.

There’s a lot to review from Breeders to Belly to solo work. They talk about the many musicians that Tanya has recorded with.

Currently there about a dozen Belly shows scheduled and then a few Breeders shows on the West Coast.

We’ve been dying to catch the Electric Glam Show from West Barnstable on the Cape but never could figure out the timing.

Elastic Glam Radio Show20Finally we saw it on a podcast on the Mixcloud platform.

They have Sinead O’Connor doing some glam! It’s a live cut of her covering Bowie’s “Life on Mars.” They have Slade drummer Don Powell doing a cover of “My Sharona.” The group Hello does a glam version of the sixties tune “Tell Him.”

Then there was the find that surprised us, a female tribute band named Slady (clever) doing a song titled “Slade Are For Life and Not Just for Christmas.” You have got to catch the vid for this too . The band mixes their tribute show with vintage real Slade shots.

So glad we got to hear this. The song selection is top notch. Hey, we’re hooked.

And here’s the second show they have on Mixcloud for 8/5. They play Suzi Quatro’s “Can the Can” and they actually have a show promo from Suzi herself! Now, that’s pretty great.

Rum Bar’s Malibu Lou was on the There Once Was A Note on Woody Radio Podcast on Saturday 8/5.

When you hear the stories of how Lou takes on a new band, that whole idea of the Rum Bar family comes up. One group leads to another naturally; it is an ever expanding circle. They talk about and play some later releases like: Danny The K, Kate Redgate, The Gypsy Moths, and Cruzados. Lou gets to play the bands on his label and talk about them…he’s in heaven.

Justine Covault was a guest on the show in May


Prozacs EP Erection album from Germany Hellebores from Australia

The Prozacs' new EP We Scream will be out on August 18. You can preorder now on Bandcamp. The EP has four songs and two covers of Lillingtons’ songs.

Right now they have the title track live on Bandcamp that you can hear. It’s the primo pop punk the group never fails to deliver.

Erection from Germany tell you to look out for the “Fake Punk.” It’s a short minute and a half punk blast. We never knew anyone pretending to be a punk…there never was much cachet in it to bother, but maybe it was different other places.

It’s just a funny rejoinder, but they make it a fast punk song. That would be “You’re the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly” by the Hellebores from Sydney, Australia. The music is sort of an ugly mess too, but it works. The album is titled Uncles.

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

Silhouette Lounge rock show posterAugust 9, 2023 (Wednesday) Rawstrum, Horsehands, Big Howard, Joeypiff at The Silhouette FB page

August 9, 2023 (Wednesday) Sick of It All with Life of Agony at Brighton Music Hall Tickets

August 11, 2023 (Friday) Modern Day Idols at Exhibit A Brewing, Framingham. 7-9PM

August 11, 2023 (Friday) Tiger Bomb, Freeloader at The Burren FB page

August 11, 2023 (Friday) KCUF record release with Jukebox Romantics, In the Meantime, Jeff Bousquet - 8pm All Ages at Faces Malden

August 11, 2023 (Friday) Salem Wolves, The Rupert Selection, The Endorphins at Deep Cuuts in Medford

August 11, 2023 (Friday) The Freqs, Tysk Tysk Task, Crowfeeder at Koto Salem

Rock show poster Freeloader showAugust 12, 2023 (Saturday) Dyr Faser, Electric Street Queens, The Humanoids, Loretta at The Midway 8PM show

August 12, 2023 (Saturday) Soul Cake (NYC), Va Va Voodoos, Thigh Scrapers at The Square Root

August 12, 2023 (Saturday) Jay Allen and The Archcriminals at The Plough

August 12, 2023 (Saturday) Back from their Euro Tour! The FU's with Haxawald, Scumbari at Koto Salem

August 13, 2023 (Sunday) Booze Cruz'n with Stop Calling Me Frank, The Chelsea Curve & The Shang Hi Los around Boston Hahbah...Boarding starts at 3:30pm and boat will be leaving at 4:00pm sharp! This event is 21+ Advance Tickets $35 on sale now!!! FB page

August 14, 2023 (Monday) Linnea's Garden, Drama Dolls and Hammered Saint at O'Brien's

SCMF rock the boat show posterAugust 14, 2023 (Monday) Former Critics, Riotcourse, Twelveyes, Bike Thrasher at The Silhouette

August 17, 2023 (Thurday) Andy California & Lupo Citta at Notch Brewery RSVP Tickets (bring shelf stable food donations and health supplies at this and every event to help fill our local community pantries.) 7PM 21+ FREE

August 17, 2023 (Thurday) Black Mold Market Presents Troll Milk, Lepra, Pleasure Coffin, Bubblegum Octopus, Three Brained Robot at Koto Salem.

August 18, 2023 (Friday) The McGunks Turn 20!! - The McGunks, COB, Jason Bennett & The Resistance at The Midway

August 18, 2023 (Friday) Kooked Out, Wildcat Slim, Roser, Blindspot at The Worthen Attic

August 19, 2023 (Saturday) Once Block Party at Boynton Yards with Hasaan Barclay. Lonely Leesa & The Lost Cowboys, Trespasser, Moxie, The Far Out - Free - 4-20PM

August 19, 2023 (Saturday) 1.4.5., Ray Paul, 28IF's at The Square Root

August 19, 2023 (Saturday) Midnight Creeps, Some Kind of Nightmare, Grip Bite, D.O.P. at The News Cafe in Pawtucket. 2PM start, all ages.

August 19, 2023 (Saturday) The Nervous Eaters with special guest Girl With A Hawk at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts - FB page for directions/tix etc.

In BetweenAugust 19 & 20, 2023 (Sat & Sun) In Between Days Festival - 2 Stages, 2 Days, 24 bands ... and Cool Vintage and Local Market Place, Vinyl Record Pop Up Shop, Food, Modest Mouse , Weakened Friends, Paper Tigers, Clarissa Johnson, Dutch Tulips and the South Shore’s own Gypsy Moths. FB page

August 20, 2023 (Sunday) Another Fine Mess Around with The Memphis Sun Mafia featuring Dan Fontaine and Brian Martin doing their stellar Elvis Presley tribute so free admission with a peanut butter, bacon, and banana sandwich ... and First Messers the duo of Gary Mondello and Vikki Porter and Captain Easychord and co-hosts
Tom Baker and Jay Allen

August 23, 2023 (Wednesday) The Supersuckers, The Rumours, Far Above The Ground, The USM at The C Note in Hull.

August 24, 2023 (Thursday) Generación Suicida at Deep Cuts Tickets

August 24, 2023 (Thursday) Headband, The Endorphins & Fantastic Trees at Notch Brewery & Tap Room - Brighton 7-10PM 7PM 21+ FREE RSVP Tix

August 25, 2023 (Friday) Bone Up Brewing Seventh Anniversary Festival Night 2 - 6pm -10PM with The Guilloteenagers, Blood Lightning, Lesser Glow

Ray Paul at Square RootAugust 25, 2023 (Friday) The’s, Sit n’ Spin plus DJ Pokemonjeff of the group Lyres - at Sonia - 8PM doors

August 25, 2023 (Friday) Key of Caustic at The Square Root

August 25, 2023 (Friday) Diablogato, Devils Twins, The Shang Hi Los, Ruin The Night at The C Note in Hull

August 25, 2023 (Friday) Mach Bell Experience, The Cynz (NYC) at Back Room at the Burren

August 26, 2023 (Saturday) Bone Up Brewing Seventh Anniversary Festival Day 3 12:30pm- 10PM with from 1st to last: DnA's Evolution, Glacier, Sundrifter, Clouds Taste Satanic, North Star the Wanderer, SkyTigers (6PM), Brain Famine

August 26, 2023 (Saturday) Arsen Fest 2023 with Sophisticated Adult, Clock Out, Multiple Pieces, Louzy, Hung, Sike at The Middle East Up - 6PM doors

August 26, 2023 (Saturday) WRPS Rocks - Scholarship Fundraiser: A Dogumentary & The Dogmatics at Rockland High School Auditorium - Doors at 6 pm, Movie at 7 pm (90 min), followed by The Dogmatics- Facebook page Buy tickets here!!

August 26, 2023 (Saturday) Rock N Roll Candlepin with U-Ey at the Buoy at the Cape Ann Lanes in Gloucester. FB page

August 26, 2023 (Saturday) The 5678's, Sit n' Spin, Tiger Bomb, Gamma Goochies at The Space in Portland, <E

Linnea's GardenAugust 27, 2023 (Sunday) Bone Up Brewing Seventh Anniversary Festival Day 4 - 12:30pm - 7PM - with Weisstronauts, Organ Meats, Hobo Wizard, Cortez, Major Stars, Crowfeeder

August 28, 2023 (Monday) Couch Sex, Alenka, Over Ends, Keep Ons at The Silhouette

August 30, 2023 (Wednesday) DEclaw, Erik Wormwood, Sunshine Riot at The Silhouette

August 31, 2023 (Thursday) Tsunami Bomb, The Dollyrots, The Shang Hi Los at Sonia

August 31, 2023 (Thursday) Time and Place, Micheal Kane and the Morning Afters, Bitter Pill at Notch Brewey Brighton. Free but reserve a space here.

September 1, 2023 (Friday) Rebuilder, No Trigger and Choke Up at The Sinclair

September 2, 2023 (Saturday) Hope Fest - A Benefit for NAGLY (North Shore Alliance for GLBTQ+ Youth) with Mall Cops, Pink Navel, Circus Tree, Tattooine Punk Scene, and many many other bands - 39 bands across four venues, accompanied by lively vendor markets scattered throughout Downtown Salem. Noon to 11:45PM FB page.

September 3, 2023 (Sunday) Belvedere, One Fall, Oh The Humanity! - 7pm All Ages $15 at Faces Malden

September 4, 2023 (Monday) Scrivener, In Use, Happy Just To See You at The Silhouette

Nervous EatersSeptember 8, 2023 (Friday) Rum Bar Records Presents Local Boston Band Bash featuring Continental, U-ey At The Buoy, Stop Calling Me Frank, Jay Allen and The Archcriminals at The Magic Room FB page

September 9, 2023 (Saturday) Kelly Knapp, and Simon Ritt, 61 Ghosts, Hummingbird Syndicate at The Square Root

September 9, 2023 (Saturday) Plymouth Punk Rock Market - Noon - 5PM at The Mayflower Brewing Co - vinyl records, housewares, original art, accessories, handmade jewelry, oddities, vintage clothing, tarot readings and more! Weird stuff for weird people. Live music, food trucks - FB event page.

September 10, 2023 (Sunday) Somerville Rock + Roll Yard Sale Union Square 12 - 5PM. FB page.

September 10, 2023 (Sunday) Huck2 Album Release Party! With special guests Key of Caustic, Motel Black, and Acrylic Killers at The Middle East UP Doors at 5:30PM

September 11, 2023 (Monday) Marvel Prone, Jean Paul Jean Paul, Big Rav, Cindy Crawford Cult at The Silhouette

September 14, 2023 (Thursday) Sorry Mister, Cold Expectations, Bad Verb at the Notch Brighton Tap Room 7-10PM - FREE bring some shelf stable food to donate.

September 14, 2023 (Thursday) Dinosaur Jr. at The Strand in Provi, RI Tickets

Koto rock show SalemSeptember 15, 2023 (Friday) Booze & Glory, Avem, The Downhauls, Losers Circle at Deep Cuts Medford - Tickets

September 15, 2023 (Friday) The Chelsea Curve, Speed Fossil, Hammered Saint at Faces Malden, 8PM All Ages

September 15, 2023 (Friday) The Daylillies, Memory Lame, Octavate, Trailer Swift at The Jungle

September 16, 2023 (Saturday) Thee Fightin' Fish, Zip Ups, American Ocelot at the Jungle for a MATINEE show at 4PM.

September 16, 2023 (Saturday) Glowbox, Glad Machine, Density/Black, NYC at The Square Root

September 16, 2023 (Saturday) Stars Like Ours (Record release show!), Sidewalk Driver, Ruin The Nite at Faces Malden.

September 16, 2023 (Saturday) L7 at The Brighton Music Hall

September 17, 2023 (Sunday) Komintern Sect, Cinderblock, Battery March, Grip Bite at NOON at the Middle East Up. TIX

Andy CaliforniaSeptember 17, 2023 (Sunday) Halfway to St. Patrick's Day 3 PM Matinee with The Gobshites, The Peelers, The USM, Jonee Earthquake Band at The Midway

September 17, 2023 (Sunday) Crow Follow, Tysk Tysk Task, Sapling at Electric Haze in Worcester - FB page

September 17, 2023 (Sunday) Modern English at Sonia!!

September 19, 2023 (Tuesday) Punk Band (Bob Cenci) at The Midway Matinee Show- and Bob says:"Okay Jerry's Kids fans.. my band, "Rockin Bob From Jerry's Kids aka Jerry's Kids Forever and Ever Until we Die" has added Authentic Blazing Hardcore Versions of Jerry's Kids Classics like 'Build Me A Bomb' and 'I Don't Belong' and 'Lost' to our set list.. and there is still time to add more.. we are not going to do this all the time.."

September 19, 2023 (Tuesday)  Ash Code, Pilgrims of Yearning, Ghost Painted Sky at The Middle East Up

September 20, 2023 (Wednesday) Captain Easychord, Fast Tracks, Johnny Plankton, Glowbox at The Silhouette

September 21, 2023 (Thursday) Split Squad , Shang Hi Los, Speed Fossil, at The Stone Church Newmarket NH

September 22, 2023 (Friday) Hardcore Stadium Presents: Sheer Terror, A Poor Excuse, Nothing But Enemies, American War Machine, ICU, The Rejekts, Poor Impulse Control - Middle East Down - tix

PoarchfestSeptember 22, 2023 (Friday) Ruby Grove, The Endorphins, When Particles Collide, Linnea's Garden at The Jungle

September 23, 2023 (Saturday) TJ Welch and the Wasted, The Lookout Honeys, Hilken Mancini Band, Christian Kids at The Midway

September 23, 2023 (Saturday) Field Day, Looking Glass War, Horse Fly Gulch, Parenting at The Jungle

September 23, 2023 (Saturday) Muzak, Foxy Grandpa, Ski Club at The Silhouette

September 23, 2023 (Saturday) 2023 Punks for Pets (#16!!) with The Agents, Vague, Sourpunch, Starbath, Shirley Drive, Musclecah, Crossbite - outside at NickANee's (Indoors if it rains) Something from the wish list is your ticket in. See the Wishlist on the Facebook event page.

September 24, 2023 (Sunday) Split Squad, Brad Marino, Tiger Bomb, at Geno's Portland, ME

September 26, 2023 (Tuesday) Dead Boys, Nervous Eaters, The Plimsouls at The Middle East Up FB page.

September 26, 2023 (Tuesday) Anti-Heros, Legion 76, The Antagonizers - Middle East Down

Dead BoysSeptember 28, 2023 (Thursday) Dead Boys, GLiDER, Midnight Creeps, One Fall at Alchemy Provi RI. FB page.

September 29, 2023 (Friday) Kurt Baker record release show with Bad Idea USA and Nate Doyle at Faces Malden TIX!

September 29, 2023 (Friday) Anti Heros, Legion 76, Antagonizers, Blood Stained Brindle, Absuctors - Middle East Down.

September 29, 2023 (Friday) The Fleshtones + The Nervous Eaters at Cafe Nine - New Haven CT- FB page

October 6, 2023 (Friday) Crow Follow at The Parkside Lounge NYC

October 7, 2023 (Saturday) Agent Orange, Spice Pistols at The Middle East Down

October 7, 2023 (Saturday) The Long Wait, The USM, Josephine With A Cause at Faces Brewing

October 9, 2023 (Monday) Black Beach, Saturniids, Astral Bitch, Bad//Verb at The Silhouette

Dogmatics play Rockland High SchoolOctober 11, 2023 (Wednesday) The Mission UK & The Chameleons: Deja Vu Tour 2022 Rescheduled to 2023!!! also on the bill Theatre of Hate

October 12, 2023 (Thursday) The Len Price 3, The Chelsea Curve, Cynz, Tiger Bomb. at Geno's Portland, ME

October 13, 2023 (Friday) The Len Price 3, The Chelsea Curve, Muck & The Mires at The Burren Backroom,

October 14, 2023 (Saturday) Hammered Saint, Tiger Bomb, Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, Warthog at The Jungle MUSIC AT 8PM

October 14, 2023 (Saturday) The Len Price 3, Palmyra Delran and the Doppel Gang, Steve Krebs and The Maynard G's at Parkside Lounge NYC

October 20, 2023 (Friday) The Jacklights, Double Star (EP Release Party!), Harry & The Hot Flashes at The Square Root

October 21, 2023 (Saturday) Psych-O-Postive NYC, Classic Ruins, Little Billy Lost at The Square Root

October 26, 2023 (Thursday) Mudhoney at The Brighton Music Hall 18+ TIX

Momo is the DJ at Middle East showOctober 27, 2023 (Friday) Darkbuster, Working Poor USA, Noi!se, Battery March, The Stress at Sonia. SORRY SOLD OUT already!

November 3, 2023 (Friday) Modern Day Idols Single Release Party with Tad Overbaugh and the Late Arrivals at Square Root, Roslindale.

November 3, 2023 (Friday) Sex Zombies (NJ), The Spackles, Hammered Saint, Hixx at The Midway FB page

November 9, 2023 (Thursday) The Cocktail Slippers, The Chelsea Curve at Cafe Nine New Haven, CT

November 10, 2023 (Friday) The Cocktail Slippers (Norway), Diamond Dogs (Sweden), Soraia at The Burren Back Room

November 11, 2023 (Saturday) The Cocktail Slippers (Norway), Diamond Dogs (Sweden), Soraia, Tiger Bomb at Geno's Portland, ME

November 12, 2023 (Sunday) Cynz, USM, C.E. Skidmore, The DFB at The Worthen House Attic

November 15 - 18, 2023 (Weds - Sat) International Pop Overthrow at The Square Root Rosindale

Len PRiceNovember 16, 2023 (Thursday) Cocktail Slippers, Muck and the Mires, Sourpunch at Alchemy Providence

November 17, 2023 (Friday) Justine Convault Tribute Night!! at The Square Root - More to come later.....

December 8, 2023 (Friday) Huck 2, Gretchen Shae and The Middle Eight and Key of Caustic at Koto Underground, Salem


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