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August 21, 2023

Michele Haber
Michele Haber to the right in The Bristols
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Sad sad news ...Michele Haber, lead guitarist for The Bristols has passed away. Michele came to Boston from New York to go to Emerson College. She quickly made deep friendships and formed The Bristols who played around Boston and beyond in the early 80's. Everyone has missed Michele since she moved to California in 2015 but she remained close to her Boston music community and friends ... oh, and friends...Michele had so many ...she was deeply loved and was a truly sweet, friendly, down to earth person as well as an awesome guitarist. So many are heartbroken over the loss of Michele, but she will live on in everyone's heart and in her music. RIP Michele!

Michele worked with a number of animal rescue organaizations out in California, to donate in Michele’s honor go to Tragic to Magic Dog Rescue - San Diego, or Rancho Coastal Humane Society or to the Musella Foundation, the organization that provided care for her while she struggled with a brain tumor

Here is a video of The Bristols playing the Viva La Eva benefit in 2016. and at the TT's Farewell show

John Keegan was at the Midway on Saturday 8/12 to catch a wild show. No one does metal like the Humanoids do and they don't gig often these days. They were in fine form this day. The Electric Street Queens followed and were even more outrageous. The photos tell a story themselves. Then it was psych out time with Dyr Faser. To read about it and see the photos, hit the photo link below.

Humanoids at Midway

Justine Tribute

And clear your calendars for Friday, October 6th because that's the date of the "Night for Justine, A Tribute Concert" for the much missed Justine Covault, at the Crystal Ballroom in Somerville. Facebook event page

Performing: The Bags, Baker and the Double Down, The Croaks, The Black Threads, Quest for Tuna, David Minehan & the Pelvic Trust and the Unclean will play with friends.

Tickets are available at the Somerville Theatre and Crystal Ballroom box office with no fees or online via Ticketmaster. The Crystal Ballroom will be a nice backdrop for this perfect line up.

Pavement drummer Gary Young died this week. He was the group’s first drummer from the 80s to 1992. He was an essential part in the whole idea of the lo-fi esthetic.

Gary YoungGary was also subject of the film Louder Than You Think. The description of Gary’s mindset in film blurb is revealing: “Gary teeters the thin line between free-form self-expression and chaotic self-destruction.”

You can read Pavement's tribute on Brooklyn Vegan They said he was, “… a fearless fireball. His enthusiasm for playing live music was relentless and unrepentant.”


Photographer Steve Latham has been shooting local bands along with national acts in Boston clubs since the early 90s. You can spend time looking at his photos and videos on his site Steve It’s all set up to easily peruse from his main page. He's got The Neighborhoods, The Bristols, Sex Pistols, Bow Wow Wow, The Dents, Downbeat 5, The Young Snakes, Dogmatics...the list goes on and check it out. And you can buy prints if it moves you.....


Last Ones The Last Ones have a very limited edition vinyl 45 posted on Bandcamp. We are told it's two classic songs “originally recorded in 1982. Taken from the original 8 track master tapes and remastered in San Francisco at Hyde Street Studios.” Which songs?? we assume “Number One Again” is one of them. There is no contact info or way to buy it on the page. So, um, we're waiting on more info.....but check it out here.

The Acadian Sun Recorders Facebook page states that only 75 will be available!


Dave Tree will be on The New York Hardcore Chronicles with Drew Stone on August 20. The combo of Dave and Drew should be volcanic!

Here’s the Facebook event page and the New York Hardcore Chronicles

Joanie Lindstrom heads over to Spain and visits the gorgeous cities of Madrid, Seville and Granada. There is the classic Alhambra but also some record stores along the way and nights with the Stranglers and the Fleshtones. Not to mention plenty of food and drink photos. All on Joanie Lindstrom's Madrid/Granada/Seville Vacation - Click Here.


The Rat Tales podcast got Fred Pineau (Atlantics, Little Billy Lost) into the studio for an interview. Like a lot of musicians Fred got the bug with the Beatles.

As punk began Fred was playing with the Count in Astral Projections and then his own band Bonjour Aviators who went to play in NYC at CBGB’s and opened for Talking Heads and Television. The band also played one of the first gigs at the Rat after Jimmy Harold took over.

Fred tells the story of joining The Atlantics. Soon the Atlantics has a record contract and the good times had come. Fred has stories of recording the album and touring with Roxy Music. All the Atlantics talk is timely as the band is being inducted into the New England Music Hall of Fame this year.

Fred has been a few bands: there was Third Person, which we never heard of, they opened for the Tubes at the Channel. He was in a band called the Syphlloids that opened for Rancid, he was also in the Kenmores who covered punk hits, then the band Five Point which had Mark Kennedy on vocals.

The interview is two and half hours and it takes that long to get the whole Fred Pineau story.

The last year or two has put Code 213 Records on our radar coz of bands they've signed like Key of Caustic, Lix Borden, Smitt E. Smitty & the Fezztones and Little Billy Lost.

Now they have a video channel on YouTube. They call it IMTV – Indie Music TV. They have videos of bands on and off the label. They initialized the series with “Rebel Rebel” by the Fezztones.

Looking through the channel’s 40 posted videos we noted this vid by Tommy Ray and the song “No No No No”. Tommy has a bit of a Johnny Thunders look – he’s got style. The song is a messed up pop rock. We love it. The video is above left.

Now what if you took the urgency and rock out of a Ramones song and slow it way down? We get the answer from Weird Nightmare with their vid/song “She’s The One”. You may hate it or love it. Video is above right.

They have Knee Hi’s doing some glam with “Action!”

They also have more locals in there like Nervous Eaters, Cold Expectations, The Chelsea Curve, Diablogato and J Prozac.


Brian Young on A Crash Course for the Ravers show had Ray Paul on as a guest.

Ray Paul and CCFTR Ray, originally from Rochester, NY, has been in the Boston area in 1976. He was playing power pop as punk was ascending. He got lots of airplay with “Lady, Be Mine Tonight” and “How Do You Know.” He played the local clubs. At some point he moved back to the Rochester area. He’s been in town for one or two International Pop Overthrows and was playing The Square Root on Saturday 8/19. It felt like a homecoming to have him on Boston radio again.

Brian played a generous nine songs including his new one “Hold Tight.” Ray Paul website and his Ray Paul Facebook page

Brian also played an early song, “I Need a Cigarette” from Greg Allen’s Fringe Religion’s next album out in the Fall.

To listen to that show go to the WMFO Schedule page and the Crash Course for the Ravers show at 1pm Saturday then hit the archive button.


Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico has Juliana Hatfield (Blake Babies/Lemonheads) in for an interview. Juliana latest album will be an ELO cover album (previous cover album were Police and Olivia Newton John).

The first music Juliana heard were her parents playing piano; both Scott Joplin and Bach. Her early rock was main stream on the AM radio band in the seventies. She got a guitar when she was 10 years old.

She met the members of Blake Babies at Berkeley and soon after met the Lemonheads and started to contribute to that group.

Steev and Julian discuss the many local musicians and also talked about the Olivia Newton John and Police albums.

The Dogmatics: A Dogumentary film is still going the rounds of film festivals. It recently won ‘Audience Choice Best of Festival award’ at the Manchester, NH film festival.

This week the film was reviewed on The UK Film Club, a film podcast from England. It’s a 45 minute podcast and they talk about the Dogmatics documentary at the beginning. It’s a real treat to hear them not only review the film from a completely objective point of view but to hear it done with British accents. They loved the whole vibe of the film and the group. They make the point that the tone of the film matches the feeling of the band. We love the idea of this film getting shown overseas. After that the next step probably will be to get it on the streaming platforms.

And as a reminder ----THIS Saturday August 26, 2023 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!!

Here’s this week’s Elastic Glam Breakfast Show. They always start with a T Rex song. This week it’s a live cut of “Baby Strange.” A new fave this week is “Cosmic Lover” by The Foreign Films.

Elastic Glam also supports the Trevor Project. They give help and resources to the LGBTQ community.


Dutch Tulips Kooked Out

It’s been two years since the last new material from Dutch Tulips. Their album Double Vision came out in April 2021. We know from that album that they write very intriguing songs. The lyrics can be oblique but seem to have meaning in them.

That’s the way this new song “Gold Chains” goes. The meaning of ‘gold chains’ is hard to nail down. They appear to be a positive trait is this song. Like the chains that bind friends. It’s fun to get in there and try to parse it out.

The playing is subtle and everything is in its exact place. The rhythm section is tight and the song is always forward moving. It’s a very wordy song and those lyrics flow easy with the singing just urgent enough to make you want to understand what they are trying to convey.

Kooked Out are a duo from Stoneham, MA that started in 2013. The group sound is bright and punchy with raw edges. It’s hard to nail down some of the influences but the songwriting and playing are both quality work and make this a good listen.

They do have surf influences that go full blown on the instrumental “Bugger Off” and on classics like “Penetration” and “Apache.” They manage to put energy and sharp playing in those well-worn covers to perk them up anew – no small feat.
We like the song “Like We’re 21” because it rocks and builds up excitement.

They don’t sound like anyone out there which is in their favor. They are around playing live and sound like they are worth checking out.

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

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

August 24, 2023 (Thursday) Verbal Assault at The Middle East Up

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

August 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

Mach BellAugust 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, ME.

August 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

Rock SHow posterAugust 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) Luxury Deathtrap, Slow Quit, Astral Bitch, Dropbear at The Jungle

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

DogmaticsSeptember 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 8, 2023 (Friday) Sgt Scag, Girth Control, Josephne with a Cause, Green Street Fiends at JJ's Tavern in Florence MA - FB page.

September 9, 2023 (Saturday) Diablogato, Baabes, CE Skidmore at Sally O'Brien's 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

bones Up brewerySeptember 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

September 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

Sidewalk DriverSeptember 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

September 22, 2023 (Friday) Silver Screams, Oak, Fallen at The Square Root

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

September 22, 2023 (Friday) Minibeast, Valley of Weights, Strange Pains at faces Malden

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.

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

September 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) A Night for Justine (Justine Covault Triobute show) with Quest For Tuna, The Croaks, The Black Threads with guests, The Bags, Dink Pinkerman, Tom Baker and the Double Down, The Unclean with guests - at The Crystal Ballroom FB page

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

Rock Show PosterOctober 7, 2023 (Saturday) Agent Orange, Spice Pistols, Baabes 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

October 9, 2023 (Monday) Great Falls, Miracle Blood, Bed Time Magic, Don't Grow Old at O'Brien's

October 9, 2023 (Monday) Voided Shape, Cotter Champlin Group, Mad Painter at The Jungle - music starts at 6:30PM!!

October 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) Gretchen Shae & The Middle Eight, Your Friends In Hell, American Ocelot, Thou Merciless Graves at Faces Brewery Malden

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

Len Price trioOctober 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 20, 2023 (Friday) Bootleg Dan Presents Ivan Julian, Muck & The Mires, Judy Ann Nock at The Burren - 6PM show!!! FB page

October 20, 2023 (Friday) The Zip-Ups, Magen Tracy & the Missed Connections, Stars Like Ours at Sally O'Brien's

October 21, 2023 (Saturday) Psych-O-Postive featured on A.C.C.F.T.R. WMFO 1-4PMS

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

October 25, 2023 (Wednesday) The Zip-Ups, Magen Tracy & the Missed Connections, Stars Like Ours, at Sally O'Brien's

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

Silhouette LoungeOctober 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 12, 2023 (Sunday) Diamond Dogs, Soraia at Divine Theater, Holyoke MA

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

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

November 18, 2023 (Saturday) HIXX, Hammered Saint, The Spackles, Sex Zombies - a 3PM Matinee at The Midway

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


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