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September 25, 2023

Vintage Crop
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Vintage Crop from Australia played their first set in America at the Lily Pad. That was a long way to go to such a small space but that could also be a legendary date to catch…you were there! In this case Joanie Lindstrom was there. Al Quint was the DJ for the night and locals Landowner were the opening act. CLICK HERE for a few photos, a video and a short review of the gig from Joanie.

The Nervous Eaters show at the Middle East on Tuesday 9/28 with The Dead Boys and The Plimsouls has been moved to Sonia from the ME Up. Looks like that opened up some more tickets. Here's the Middle East Ticket Page. You might still get in.

Glen Matlock book cover We had the British TV series Pistol based on Steve Jones’ book Lonely Boy. Now we have I Was A Teenage Sex Pistol., a film on based on Glen Matlock’s book.

There's more detail and recall in Matlock’s book than Jones’ more personal and sensational take. For instance you learn more about the goings on of the McLaren/Westwood’s SEX store in Matlock’s book.

The film will be a documentary with interviews.

The men in charge according to the Hollywood reporter: “I Was a Teenage Sex Pistol will be directed by Andre Relis (Randy Rhoads: Reflections of a Guitar Icon, NWA & Eazy-E:Kings of Compton) and Nick Mead (Clarence Clemons: Who Do I Think I Am?). The film will be produced by Matlock, Jessica Bennett (Darkness of Man, The Price We Pay) and Nick Mead, with Stephen Nemeth (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Dogtown and Z-Boys) serving as executive producer.”

Article in the Hollywood Reporter website


The Dogmatics have had some issues with Brown Paper Tickets company, mainly non-payment. In fact they owe the Dogs $4605.00!!

It looks the company has a history going back a few years. There have been complaints to the Better Business Bureau. We mention it here to caution any band to check them out before they use them.

New England Music Awards logo The New England Music Awards have their ballots out for this year. You can vote now

Both Eddie Japan and Air Traffic Controller are up for the Act of the Year and Song of the Year.

Kooked Out are up for New Act of the Year.

Linnea’s Garden is vying for Live Act of the Year

Rock Act of the Year has acts: Paper Tiger, Devil Love, Today Junior and Salem Wolves.

Punk Rock Act of the Year has: The Jacklights, Justine and the Unclean, Key of Caustic and One Fall

The Chelsea Curve are in the Pop Act of the Year category.

Hard Rock/Metal Act has Actor/Observer, Mach Bell Experience and Stormstress.

Girl With A Hawk is in the Rising Stars of Mass category.

Video of the Year has: Danny the K, The Chelsea Curve and Eddie Japan.


We’ve been posting a lot on Geoff Palmer lately because his album is on the verge of release. Geoff not only plays rocking good pop punk he also has good taste in spotting others doing it.

Geoff's "2023 – Best of (so far) Spotify list" is 170 songs long!! He’s included a few of his own songs and his mates Kurt Baker and Brad Marino. There are a few other recognizable bands but most are new discoveries for us.

Then there is the 40 song list that Spotify calls "This is Geoff Palmer." These are songs that encompass all of Geoff’s releases.

Brad Marino's (also Connection) new track "Grin and Bear It" is now on the New Noise website. It has a stomping commanding beat aznd we love the guitar work.

His album (as in actual vinyl!) of the same name is out on November 3 from Sioux Records. The CD will be available from Rum Bar.

Pixies Where is my Mind There always seems to be questions about what Pixies songs are about. The American Songwriter website offers an explanation of “Where Is My Mind”.

Black Francis says, “The song is about a high-school trip to the Bahamas. I was swimming in clear water and there was a small fish – about four inches, not dangerous at all – that was aggressively following me and poking me,” he explained to The Guardian in 2020. “It kept doing it – it freaked me out. I was like, ‘I have to get away from this fucking crazy fish." .... Gee, that seems so deflating.

The title of the song and the atmosphere of the song seem to indicate some existential doubt going on. We still think it does, even if prodded by a fish.

“Where is My Mind” on YouTube


Dandy Warholes

The Dandy Warhols debuted a new video/song on Brooklyn Vegan. “Summer of Hate” is their “homage to the sounds of The Damned, The MC5, and probably a bit of the Stooges in there as well.” We think you can hear all that in there too.

It’s fuzzy, garage-y and a little cheesy. They admit the visuals were controlled by AI. You can see that right off. It looks very different.

Das Damen

Das Damen are reissuing their 1986 album Keeps Me Wild. As part of that, they retrieved some unfinished songs and had guest singers in to complete them. One of those singers is Thalia Zedek.

Boy, what a powerful performance she does on “How Do You Measure.” She’s a wonder!! There aren’t many singers that could pull this off.

The video itself is a bit vertiginous. We stopped looking and just listened to it.

Here’s a little about the reissue on the NYS Music And some more on The Vinyl District

Go Betty Go

Go Betty Go are a Southern California punk band that started in 2000. They made their name on a few Warped tours and then had a few stops and starts. Now their new album Black and Blue coming out in 2024 on Wiretap Records. This video for the first single off the album, “Keep Up”, it’s a good way to see what they do. The guitars are thick and distorted the vocals are clear as a bell. That’s a nice combo.

A mention of a song titled “The Rat” in the London Review of Books caught our attention. It's a song by the NYC group The Walkmen who were part of the New York scene that has received attention because of the book Meet Me In The Bathroom (which later became a documentary of the same name). But the song is not about our beloved Boston club.

The Walkmen were just before that era of The Strokes and the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs. “The Rat” doesn’t sound that far from The Strokes doing “Last Night”. The Walkmen bear down with their intensity which makes The Strokes almost seem detached by comparison. It was worth searching out the vid.

Here’s another clip of their performance on the David Letterman show to hear more


Our ears perked right up when we heard DMZ's “Ball Me Out” on Ron’s Monday Late Risers Show. It wasn’t DMZ!, it was a cover by the French group NC Five. It is rough, but it should be rough to be real.

Speaking of covers Ron then played a cover of Devo’s “Girl You Want” by UK group Get the Fuck Outta Dodge. They have a whole album of covers called These Songs Aren’t Ours Either. They pick from a wide range of very roughly done covers like “Kids in America” and “Ever Fallen in Love”.

We liked this song “Pink Bikini” by the Drama Dolls from LA. It’s on You Tube.
A song about a Pink Bikini should be a nice and breezy but no, they put the ‘drama’ in it.

To hear Ron’s Monday LRC show go to the WMBR archive page, hit the LRC show for Monday 9/18.


This week The Jacklights were interviewed on Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico.

Final Girl Nilagia McCoy grew up in San Diego and heard a lot of skate punk growing up. Drummer Mike Gaylord is from Newbury, VT. His early influences were Nirvana and Tool then ska and So Cal punk. Bassist Mike Allen is from Upton, MA. He was in bands from early teenage years. Mike also plays with the Instamatics.

The Jacklights are Nilagia ’s first band. Before that she only played solo. She found her bandmates on Craigslist in 2019, just before Covid. She was impressed with Justine Covault’s Whistle Stop shows and felt the band would fit in on Red on Red and submitted their music.

They talk a lot about the upcoming EP Final Girl (out October 3. See Bandcamp), the title song “Final Girl” and the video for the song. This is a good way to get up to speed with the group who is getting a bigger presence on the scene all the time.

Steev also logs a session with Corey Loog Brennan of Bullet LaVolta and The Lemonheads. Corey has many interesting stories starting right of the bat with stories about his home town of Scranton, PA. He was into punk from 1977. He lived in London in 79 and 80 and saw tons of live punk then.

We love that he lauded a 999 show in Philadelphia that he rates as an all-time best.

Corey is also a professor which has involved travel so his stories involve playing in bands, seeing live bands and teaching.

He was also a DJ at the Record Hospital on WHRB. What hasn’t this guy done? The show is an hour and a half and the stories never stop.

Liz BordenIt’s about a year old but It’s Another Sunday Podcast has well done interview with Liz Borden. There is some Rat stories which we always like to hear. Some stories of unfair treatment to female bands that The Axes had to endure.

There was some new news for us. We didn’t know that Liz has written some books. If you go to Amazon you'll see she has four books: My Life in Poetry & Short Stories (Volumes 1 and 2), Photos from the Road of Life Series #1 and The Facts & Importance Of Bees, Bugs & Butterflies for Kids.

As Liz says in the interview, she’s always keeping busy. That’s why she started acting because that is something she could do on her own without a group.

Here’s your weekly hit of Glam from the Elastic Glam Breakfast Show. New faves this week was “Boogie Star” from Velvet Insane, “Rockstar” from The Struts and an older one, “Motor of Love” by an Australian group Sherbert.


Bang Camero Tearaways

This band, “…transcend mortal constraints to traverse the cosmic tapestry. They are the embodiment of sonic divinity, revered as the Gods of Rock who defy the limitations of time and space.” That’s how Bang Camaro defines themselves. We think no stage is big enough for them…because there are so many of them.

Their new album is Bang Camero III. Two previously released singles start the album, “We Know You Know" and “Too Fast To Fall In Love”.

The music is hair metal coupled with fantasy. You know what you’re getting with Bang Camero and it’s fun.

It all comes together in “Never Stop the Rock” where they build up to a frenzy as they pledge “We’ll never stop the rock”.

The Tearaways have Blondie’s drummer Clem Burke which makes them notable right there. They had a few singles and vids out, now it’s the whole album; And Now For Our Next Trick on Dirty Water Records.

This is some Power Pop old school style. The singing is one of the major pluses. It’s so full and saturated sounding.

“Are You Effing Kidding Me” is getting attention – great title. “Charlie, Keith and Ringo” has a notable video featuring Clem who gets a chance to show off a bit. Here’s the video on YouTube

Our pick to click is “No Love Lost.” Some songs just get to us and this is one. It's Pop with full vocals, power chords and some 12 strings ringing out – sold! We played and replayed this to death. That’s why we have it on our Top Ten Songs

Square Tug Double Star

Australian punks The Square Tugs have a new tune “One Minute Love Song.” As advertised it’s one minute long (short). But it only takes a second to visualize the instant mosh pit for this song when done live. Way to go guys!!

It’s on our Top Ten Songs

From the Roslindale area: Double Star are a poppy ska. They're a little quirky and that endears them to us.

Their latest is “I Know U Say.” The vocals are so well done and that nasal guitar tone!

Bulldose Young Rochelles

We were in the mood for this. It’s Bulldoze on the album The Final Beatdown on Triple B Records. The song “Nothing But a Beatdown” is sludgy hardcore. Nuff’ said.

It’s on our Top Ten Songs

We spotlighted The Young Rochelles before with their song “I Never Saw the Ramones” - done in Ramones style of course. They have a new song out now, “Breezy” as the title would suggest, is less punk than that last song we posted. This is light and sweet and poppy.

Their new album is Kicked to the Curb.

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

Nervous Eaters 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 27, 2023 (Wednesday) Freeloader, Silverlane. The Modifiers at the Silhouette - FB page

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

September 28, 2023 (Thursday) Bootleg Dan Presents - The Stigmatics, Little Billy Lost, Crow Follow at Geno's Rock Club Portland, ME

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

VFWSeptember 30, 2023 (Saturday) The New England Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame Awards ceremony is at The Regent Theater. Perfromign wil be Mach Bell Experience, Robin Lane, Lizzie Borden & Axes at Regent Theater Arlington MA - New England Music Hall of Fame Live Awards and Performances. Tickets

September 30, 2023 (Saturday) Forever’s Fallen Grace, Dark Rain, Authentic Descent, Third Knuckle, Renegade Cartel, Anu Dysfunction at The Peabody VFW Fidelity Post 1011. Facebook page 6 bands only $10!!

September 30, 2023 (Saturday) The Woo Music Review is at the Raven in Worcester.... there are 14 bands, starting at 2PM, including Thigh Scrapers, Musclecah, and Wrought Iron Hex. Check out the FB page for times and bands.

October 4 & 5, 2023 (Wednesday & Thursday) Belly and Parkington Sisters atThe Paradise

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

Midway show Punk posterOctober 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) Hi End CD release Party with Grimly Pleased - Square Root - 8:00pm - 11:00pm

October 7, 2023 (Saturday) The Courettes, The Devils Twins, Thee Fabulous Itchies at Askew in Provi RI

October 8, 2023 (Sunday) The Scurvy Dog Parking Lot Mega show 2-10 PM - Here's a list of bands (Last to first) Rockin’ Bob Punk Band, Sire, Chew, Vudu Sister, the Slashers, Epochsis, Some Kind of Nightmare, Grip Bite, Salem Wolves, the Moodrunners - cehcek the FB page for times.

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!!

Punk Rock Show PostserOctober 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 13, 2023 (Friday) mssv, Minibeast at The Middle East Up

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

The Woo Show posterOctober 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 20, 2023 (Friday) Jonathan Richman is at The Somerville Theatre Tickets!!

October 20, 2023 (Friday) Lewsberg, Chris Brokaw, Minibeast at The Middle East Up

October 20, 2023 (Friday) Wreckless Wreck Chords presents Wreck-O-Ween at The C Note This is a TWO day event - Day 1 - Barfight Champs, War Graves, Mitch Kramer, Screams Of Hockomock, Witches Tears, Hardwired, Barry Larry Tickets here. $25 for both days Day 1 FB page

October 21, 2023 (Saturday) Wreckless Wreck Chords presents Wreck-O-Ween at The C Note - Day 2 - Worm ( as Misfits for Halloween Guest Singers)
Far Above The Ground, Rockin Bob Punk Band, Presidential Disgrace (ME Punk Rock), Dead Low, Dogs In The Woods, Goon Platoon, Ruffian Dick -
Day 2 FB page.

Peabody punk show posterOctober 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 26, 2023 (Thursday) Tim Sköld and Nero Bellum combine forces for their brand new project, NOT MY GOD. with special guests Snakes of Russia, Klock Work Echo, Death Loves Veronica plus local guest metal industrial band Deprived at Koto Salem

October 27, 2023 (Friday) Darkbuster, Working Poor USA, Noi!se, Battery March, The Stress at Sonia. SORRY SOLD OUT already!

October 27, 2023 (Friday) Bootleg Dan Presents: The Grip Weeds, 1.4.5., Preacher, Kenne Highland Airforce at Lost Horizon, Syracuse NY FB page.

Justine show posterOctober 28, 2023 (Saturday) The New Frustrations, State of the Union, The Grommets, Stop Calling Me Frank at The Midway for a 3PM matinee show.

October 29, 2023 (Sunday) GBH and NIIS at The Middle East down. Tickets

November 1, 2023 (Wednesday) Handsome Dick Manitoba playing classic punk including The Dictators songs - Garage B Brighton MA

November 2, 2023 (Thursday) Handsome Dick Manitoba playing classic punk including The Dictators songs at Geno'sd POrtland, ME

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) Handsome Dick Manitoba playing classic punk including The Dictators songs at Race Street Live Holyoke, MA

November 5, 2023 (Sunday) Handsome Dick Manitoba playing classic punk including The Dictators songs at The Music Room in Yarmouth

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

Black Beach show posterNovember 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 17, 2023 (Friday) Tribute night to your favorite goth & post-punk bands: Staring At the Sea performing The Cure and Gretchen & the Banshees performing Siouxsie & the Banshees at The Midway

November 17 & 18, 2023 (Friday & Saturday) Letters To Cleo and Gigolo Aunts at The Paradise Tickets

KLYAM rock Punk PosterNovember 18, 2023 (Saturday) The Fast Tracks, Hammered Saint, The Spackles, Sex Zombies - a 3PM Matinee at The Midway

November 18, 2023 (Saturday) Color Killer, Rockin' Bob PunkBand at the Middle East - Matinee show starts at Noon!!

November 24, 2023 (Friday) Bootleg Dan presents- Kurt Baker Acoustic, Brad Marino, Kris Rodgers, Drew Eckmann Band at Geno's Portland, ME

November 25, 2023 (Saturday) Blood Lightning, Kind, Casket Rats, Lipsmear at The Middle east Up

November 25, 2023 (Saturday) Girl With A Hawk, Cold Expectations at The Divine Theater Holyoke, MA

December 2, 2023 (Saturday) Buffalo Tom at The Paradise

December 2, 2023 (Saturday) Hammered Saint at Parkside Lounge NYC

December 3, 2023 (Sunday) The Chelsea Curve, State of the Union, DJ Sherman at The Worthen Attic

O'Briens SHow punk posterDecember 8, 2023 (Friday) Huck 2, Gretchen Shae and The Middle Eight and Key of Caustic at Koto Underground, Salem

December 8, 2023 (Friday) Girl With A Hawk CD Release Party, Cold Expectations, USM, at The Burren

December 9, 2023 (Saturday) Connor Storms, Fire King, Crow Follow at The Square Root

December 10, 2023 (Sunday) Mad Painter, Church Puppets, Galaxy Cake at The Worthen Attic

December 15, 2023 (Friday) Sheer Terror, Nothing But Enemies, American War Machine, ICU, Rejekts, Clearance at The Middle east Up

December 15, 2023 (Friday) The Dogmatics at The Parkside Lounge NYC

January 11, 2023 (Thursday) Punk Rock Karaoke with members of (Bad Religion, Circle Jerks The Dickies, Pennywise, Goldfinger) Pick a song,they give you the lyrics.They call your name and voila! you are the singer in a punk rock band backed by the finest hand picked side men.Simple...there will be a sign up sheet at venue - The Middle East Down. We went to one in 2015 and it was loads of fun!!

Len Price Trio

January 26, 2023 (Friday) Hooligan Holiday Night 1 - Suited and Booted with DJ Boss Hooligan, Stress The White Boy, DJ Ruben Doc Marten Soundsystem

January 27, 2023 (Saturday) Hooligan Holiday Night 2 - The Templars, Battle Ruins, Merauder, Violent Way, Powerhouse at The Paradise

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