The BGN News Archive
Saturday night was WRPS Rocks - Scholarship Fundraiser: A Dogumentary & The Dogmatics at Rockland High School Auditorium and The Dogmatics did a set after the film. They got a good crowd in the comfortable auditorium. The film is still going through the film festival tour. Director Rudy Childs noted that there was a distributor at the Harvard Film Festival showing at the Brattle and it looks like they will have a deal sometime soon.
It’s a special situation where you see a band documentary and then hear the band play live. It feels like you are seeing a ‘legendary’ act and that’s the case in reality too. The set after the film did show a band with a long history playing with all their strengths still evident in real time. The band was comfortable and loose on stage. They did get that school auditorium sound in the mix. That was different.
The Dogs played their sure fire favorites like “Sister Serena” and “Dancing by the Pool” and “Gimmie the Shakes.” Then they play new songs like “She’s the One” and “Drop The Needle” that hit the same highs. Not many groups can do that. They played a new song by their newest member James Young that fit into the bands repertoire like a glove and “Thayer Street” tugged at our hearts like it always does!
It looked like they were going to end with “Pussy Whipped” which they jammed on a bit but then went into “Pipeline” to finally end the show.
The Dogmatics are getting the benefits of the Dogumentary interest. The film is only going to get them more attention as it goes along and especially when it becomes available to the general public at some point. We love seeing this happen and enjoy seeing the band ride the wave.
Local punks Already Dead have strong blue collar roots, in fact their album was titled My Collar Is Blue. In honor of Labor Day and the Bread and Roses Festival in Lawrence, they've recorded a punk version of the traditional strike song “Bread and Roses” written in 1912. The song will be released on Friday September 1 just in time for Labor Day. We’re glad to see support for labor and a new interest in unions. Already Dead will be playing at the Bread and Roses Festival in Lawrence on September 4 at the Campagnone Common. Read more about Already Dead and the song on Knyvet website
We want to correct an error when we talked about Michele Haber last week. We said that Musella was a care organization but it is actually a foundation that supports research and provides information, Michele received her care at Pacific Neuroscience Institute. You can donate to Pacific Neuroscience Institute here
The Feelies' new double album Some Kinda Love: Performing The Music Of The Velvet Underground, will be out October 13 via Bar/None Records. It was recorded at a live show they did in NYC in conjunction with a VU exhibit that was in NYC in 2018. Also in the show was Richard Barone and James Maestro of the Bongos.
Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys love to dress up on stage. That stagecraft makes them suitable for videos big time. “Goth Beach” was an example of how well they work in video.
Now we have “Keep My Head” where they've gone up another level. The costumes, story line, lyrics, music all work their magic as the sexy storyline flows along. It’s undeniably a sexy setup but TV has something to do with it too. You’ll see.
Local group Looking Glass War’s latest single ”I Can Tell By the Cars” got by us until we saw the video. Then the song hit us, which is why it’s always worth hearing a song different ways/formats.
The most striking thing about the song is the moodiness that is felt right off. The verse has vocals that are almost spoken and a simple chording that holds things down, then the chorus crashes in. The vocals get commanding and the guitars are a wall of distortion. That goes back and forth. Then there are the lyrics that somehow conflate a love attraction with cars. There are phases that get your attention…”sinewy divide”, “you’re recruiting clowns”, “extremist romance”, ‘amphetamines and flags”, “careening headlong” and “trolling stone”.
That is why it’s all the more important that the video is a lyric video. You get to take in the words and music at the same time. This group is living up to the attention it’s getting.
The New York Hardcore Chronicles with Drew Stone took on Dave Tree. It turns into a two hour interview. Dave covers so much territory. It’s his life, his career but then it’s everything and place that he interacts with. He got into the Rat the first time by taking Mr. Butch’s advice to try the back door. He’s got a few GG Allen stories.
Dave has such passion for music and art. It’s inspiring to take it in. Drew remarks after it’s over that Dave was one of the most intense individuals he’s had on the show.
The Dollyrots have a new album out soon. Right now they have a video/song for the first single “Night Owl” the album title song. It’s a nice looking performance video. The song is very straight ahead and easy to like which is why it’s been The Coolest Song In The World on the Underground Garage.
This Tuesday 8/29 on Skybar’s Rising show he will have Key of Caustic on for an interview. The band is on the verge of their Unleashed album release. The band has had a string of singles that were all rockin’ good music. We’re looking forward to hearing the new songs.
To hear the show listen at 91.5FM at 8 on Tuesday – after that go to the WMFO schedule page Hit the Rising show on 8 to 10 pm on Tuesday, then hit the ‘archive’ button.
On Monday’s Late Risers Club Ron played a song by a newer local group named Rong. “Cast Aspersions” takes you on a trip. It begins with some slow and low guitar riffs that lead to some fast and furious screamo that transitions to a section with plentiful clips from news shows that all begin “it’s a war on….”.
Those clips (which will sound very familiar) wake you up to the way you are manipulated as the news organizations ‘cast aspersions’ on what they don’t like. The lyrics deal with the same issue.
It’s not a tidy song, you have to give it attention but it has a very worthy lesson.
Ron played Theee Retail Simps from Portland, Oregon that shows the strong influence the Velvet Underground still has in 2023.
Check out their song “Easy Street" from the album Live on Cool Street. We love the VU more all the time. Amazing really.
Cleopatra Records released Goo Goo Muck, a Cramps tribute album a few weeks ago. Ron played the Courettes doing “Bikini Girls With Machine Guns.” Every song in this 12 cut album is worthy of the Cramps tribute. There’s lots of big rockabilly style guitar sounds here, except for the Fuzztones who go deep fuzz.
Also on the album are The Flaming Groovies and Linda Gail Lewis (Jerry Lee Lewis' sister). We like “Garbageman” by Blitzkid.
To hear Ron’s Monday LRC show go to the WMBR archive page hit the LRC show for Monday 8/21.
On Friday’s Gorilla Got Me show on WMBR Sara played “I Want It Too” a power pop nugget by The Uni Boys from the forthcoming album Buy It Now! It's worth checking out. She said they were channeling The Beat, The Jags, The Shoes and The Records, that’s high praise!! Here’s an article on the group
Wow, Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico scooped Greg Norton from Husker Du for an interview!
He got Greg to talk about the beginning days of Husker Du which was interesting. It all happened around a record store. Greg is a wonderful interview. He has a great memory and is very forthcoming with the stories. Steev gave him plenty of space to talk.
Hard to believe Husker Du played Maverick’s back in the day. Greg was surprised it was sold out because it was their first show on the east coast.
Greg is now playing with Ultrabomb and is working on a second album with that group.
Here’s this week’s Elastic Glam Breakfast Show - they have another cut from the Suzi Quatro/KT Tunstall project. “Overload” has Quatro singing over some stomping sounds. And it gives us such joy to know groups like Glitter Wizard from San Francisco are still pumping out material like “Pogo Tonight”. Check them out on Bandcamp.
Brad Marino is on the verge of releasing Grin & Bear It. The album is fast on the heels of Ramones & Stones released in May.
One song, "Lucy" has been released now in advance. It has all the Marino trademark characteristics. It is a rolling power pop pleaser that has the attitude and vocabulary of an earlier time in rock. He even has a few “shoo-bops” near the end. This song works on us like a spell. We get lost in it right up to that last chord the plings out slowly.
Nick from Nick & the Adversaries/Lost City Angels has a new project, and album, called Team Doomsday. It a collaboration between Nick and Scott Mx Turner from New Orleans produced in the last few Covid years creative outlet.
Nick describes the album as: “A dystopian themed mix of different genres with themes of cold war, robot/AI take over, alien invasion, autocratic dictatorships and end time prophecies.”
Nick plays a tight ska, and add to that reggae and dub, all done well, that makes this an adventurous listen. “Downrange” actually uses the old doo-wop progression that we loved to hear in this context. We love the pronounced bass on all the songs. It’s often the first thing that hooks you. All songs have plentiful lyrics and they are not just filler but illustrate a scene that forwards their doomsday story.
“Initial Protocol” with its old school reggae sound is a fave with us. “Apparatchik Apparatus” is a zippy 2:30 minute ska tune that we gave repeated listens to. We've got to hand it to Nick, we weren’t waiting for something like this but it’s a very satisfying listen.
Kurt Baker’s album Rock N Roll club is eminent. To hold us over there is a second song to hear. “She Don’t Wanna Be Alone” is not quite a ballad, let’s call it a not fast pop song. Baker gives the nod to the Beatles for an influence on this. We can hear that but the whole feeling of the song just seems like pure Baker to us. That 12 string interlude at the 1:45 mark is short and simple but so sweet.
The rude Aussies are at it again. The group Semicolon has a song titled “The Penisth Song.” The chorus is “your penis is very very small” and you know, it’s catchy! It’s jokey and catchy…and punky.
Here's some good shows coming up .....
August 28, 2023 (Monday) Couch Sex, Alenka, Over Ends, Keep Ons at The Silhouette
August 29, 2023 (Tuesday) Bad Ass, Circle Battalion, Sr. Gato, Degenrates of Punk at O'Brien's
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) Luxury Deathtrap, Slow Quit, Astral Bitch, Dropbear at The Jungle
September 1, 2023 (Friday) Paper Tigers, Strega Strega, Dalton Moon, Eleanor & The Pretty Things at Once at The Rockwell.
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
September 5, 2023 (Tuesday) Dog Date, Black Beach, Pink Lids, At Stan's Bris at O'Briens
September 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 8, 2023 (Friday) First Pick, The Mighty Suicide Squirrels, Ragz to Stichez, The McGunks at The Worthen Attic, Lowell
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 9, 2023 (Saturday) Black Helicopter, BegTimeMagic,, Cinema Cinema, Deprogrammer Cult at The Worthen Attic, Lowell
September 10, 2023 (Sunday) Somerville Rock + Roll Yard Sale Union Square 12 - 5PM. FB page.
September 10, 2023 (Sunday) Robby Roadsteamer’s Birthday! Make Boston Shitty Again with Robby Roadsteamer and Dave Tree - lots of Special GUests...also an art show etc etc...4PM til closing - tix info etc
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 10, 2023 (Sunday) Bootleg Dan presents State Of The Union, The Thigh Scrapers and Crow Follow at The Worthen Attic from 4 PM – 7 PM
September 11, 2023 (Monday) Marvel Prone, Jean Paul Jean Paul, Big Rav, Cindy Crawford Cult at The Silhouette
September 11, 2023 (Monday) Steve Ignorant doing Crass Songs 1977-1984 at Sonia
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) Skald at Sonia
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 15, 2023 (Friday) Concrete Haze, The Shang Hi Los, Greg Allen's Fringe Religion at Koto at Koto Salem
September 16, 2023 (Saturday) Thee Fightin' Fish, Zip Ups, American Ocelot at the Jungle for a MATINEE show at 4PM.
September 16, 2023 (Saturday) Rockin Bob Punk Band,| Scotty Saints & The True Believers, Zombii, Jobber at The Midway for a 3PM matinee show
September 16, 2023 (Saturday) Bikethrasher, Modern Day Idols, If We Go At All, Dick Derry Band at The MIdway 8PM show
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
September 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 with Gene Dante & TFS at Sonia
September 17, 2023 (Sunday) The Peelers, The Gobshites, The USM at Askew in Provi RI
September 18, 2023 (Monday) Mirrored Hell, Phagotcyte, Cigarette Camp at The Silhouette
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
September 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 22, 2023 (Friday) CE Skidmore, The Downhauls, Cape Crush at Koto, Salem
September 23, 2023 (Saturday) Baabes, Muzzins, The Grommets at Bone Up Brewing Company - DAY TIME SHOW 2-7PM FB page
September 23, 2023 (Saturday) TJ Welch and the Wasted, The Lookout Honeys, Hilken Mancini Band, Christian Kids at The Midway
September 23, 2023 (Saturday) Eddie Japan, The Evil Streaks, Hambone Skinny at Faces Malden
September 23, 2023 (Saturday) Fluff Fest After Party with 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
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
October 7, 2023 (Saturday) Agent Orange, Spice Pistols, Baabes at The Middle East Down
October 7, 2023 (Saturday) The Long Wait, The USM, Sonic Bomb at Faces Brewing Malden
October 7, 2023 (Saturday) The Courettes, The Devils Twins, Thee Fabulous Itchies at Askew in Provi RI
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) Nick Cave Book Signing - a signing of Faith, Hope and Carnage at The Harvard Square Bookstore NOON - sold out- sorry!
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) Sydney Valette, Looking Glass War, Goiter at O'Brien's
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) Son of a Gun, The Legendary Brewmasters, The Ballbusters, Linwood Strange at The Midway - 3PM matinee
October 14, 2023 (Saturday) Hammered Saint, Tiger Bomb, Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, Warthog at The Jungle MUSIC AT 8PM
October 14, 2023 (Saturday) Murphy's Law, The Rumjacks, Bar Stool Preachers at Deep Cuts Medford
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 15, 2023 (Sunday) Honey Cassette, Miss Geo, Thrust Club at Once at The Rockwell - 6: 30PM early show.
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 21, 2023 (Saturday) Here they come, the Halloween shows....Halloween Kick Off Cover Extravaganza - post punk cover bands are ready to get you into the costuming swing: Gretchen and The Banshees, Staring at the Sea (The Cure), The Devil (The Pixies). Plus the whole night will be MCed by the most fabulous Gene Dante! Dress to impress. Dress to win! It's at Once at Arts @ The Armory. Tix
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
October 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) KLYAM's annual Rama Lama Ding Dong Fest! with Johnny & The Foodmasters, Balaclava (NY), Gossip Collar (ex-Spitz), Nurse Joy, Orange Whip (new band with members of Funeral Cone/Ancient Filth) at O'Brien's Tickets
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
November 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
December 9, 2023 (Saturday) Connor Storms, Fire King, Crow Follow at The Square Root
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