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November 6, 2023

Mirrors the new EP by Linnea's Garden

Linnea’s Garden's new EP Mirrors coming out next Friday, November 17. The song “Comeback” has been pre-released on Bandcamp.

Linnea's Garden rock showThe first thing to strike us about “Comeback” is how familiar we are with Linnea Herzog’s voice and the band sound. It’s always a welcome recognition. The lyrics are very novelistic, if impressionistic with many characters that flash through the story line. Since this is Linnea there is a sexy touch also. The line “You look perfect/With your mouth open wide like you came” is vivid and memorable.

The release show for Mirrors is on Friday November 17 at O'Brien's Pub featuring Lovewhip, Catwolf and Hyber. Tickets can be bought at Eventbright -link is below in the Gig Listings...scroll on down.

Peobody hardcroeBakesgiving is an annual hardcore show at the Peabody VFW post this Friday November 10 Bands are: Frog Mallet, Cannabis Crypt, Medjugorje, Eyes Pressed In, Stone The Oracle and Satan's Weed. The show starts at 5pm. This is also a food drive for Haven from Hunger. If you bring non -perishable/canned food to donate they will take $2 off your ticket!! it's also a potluck so bring some foos too. Facebook event page.


Well, it's another dead "Boston" club...Sammy's Patio is going to be torn down for what else but luxury condos. They were having some great shows thre too!! Thanks Sammy's, we will miss you!!


Our pal Captain Easychord just got signed to Rock Garden Records. Also just signed are John Powhida and Satch Kerans.


Mach Bell book Once a Rocker ... I Gotta Rock ... and now Rock Survivor – it’s Mach Bell’s third book. Mach is in the groove…he rocks, he writes and he tirelessly promotes along the way.

From the blurbs it looks like Mach uses a big brush this time and does an overall look at his life. He has ups and downs. He had a motorcycle accident that sounds serious, and then that recent heart attack and then a big boost with his induction into the New England Music Hall of Fame. It’s like a Hollywood movie….oh….you think he has his agent working on that?!

In any case Mach would want you to read the book before seeing the movie. What actor would play Mach? Get the book now at Amazon


The I Want You

The I Want You has a video of the song “My Favorite Dive” that was filmed at the Sligo Pub. Sadly that bar is now closed after 75 years!...gentrification.... What a great idea to film there. The video transmits that feeling of a bunch of regular guys having a pub stay.

We talk about their new EP below in the new music section.

Jimmy Page Rumble

Because Link Wray was amazing and "Rumble" is timeless, it was punk before there was punk, here's Jimmy Page playing "Rumble" for Link Wray's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


I Want You Tony Marsico

We feature The I Want You’s video for “My Favorite Dive” above. That’s the first song and their new EP of the same name.

The band captures those things that typify our, or anyone’s, local music scene. They have that sense of loss of their local watering hole in “My Favorite Dive.” They capture a local radio jock situation in “Overnight Radio.” We like that they sing that they play Bowie as a request but play “I Am The Cosmos” by Chris Bell just for themselves. They celebrate their favorite local band, that just happens to be the Pixies in “The Pixies (Just Pixies).

“Doing the Doom” draws up a party scene that has a dark overtone. “Same Fucking Way” has flashes of anger and post Covid depression that are forceful.

Rum Bar Records latest is by Tony Marsico who played with LA’s Plugs. There are two songs online from the five song EP Sleepwalker. One of those is the title tune. The twelve string playing made us immediately think of the Byrds. It’s not just the guitars but the whole package that kept us listening. The songwriting, singing and the arrangement all make it pay off. The other song “Rocket Ship” is a mid-tempo effort that also captures a mood.

Marsico proves he has something to give with even just these two songs.

The Owen Guns Dead Pioneers

We talked up this band The Owen Guns from Australia a little while ago.

They fit into a long history of rude and funny punk bands. Taking on sensitive topics and being offensive can be a go to place for young punk bands especially.

Let’s take a look at some of the songs on their current album Monks in Sexyland:

“Monk in Sexyland” where they state, “It’s not like he robbed a bank/all he wanted was a wank.”

“Stop Making Deadshits Famous” where they go after Elon Musk, Gwyenth Paltrow, Rebel Wilson, Madonna and Kim Kardashian.

“Trans Rights are Human Rights” where they call out those who can’t handles Trans Rights.

“The Algorithm” where they rank out the Facebook algorithm.

And our favorite “And for the Second Time…No” where it’s no for “No, you can’t have a smoke/no, I won’t help you move/ no you can’t sleep on my couch/no, I won’t give you a loan”.

Then there’s people who take punk serious and use it to illuminate the society that we live in. That would be Dead Pioneers from Denver, CO. The songs are really some spoken word on top a punk background. They specify their music as “unapologetically Indigenous.” Greg Deal is a Native American and he makes some very clear and pointed statements that cut deep. It’s eye opening.

Greg takes the phrase “We Were Punk First” and makes it to mean that the Native Americans were here in America all along.

“Bad Indian” is a favorite piece here. Each song’s words puts forth a point of view we don’t get to hear often enough.

This really shows how punk is a very viable art form that continues to be serviceable 45 years after its formation.

Clone Glam group MC5 TRibute

We knew that Glam was back when we saw Gene Dante and the Future Starlets and Sidewalk Driver in the clubs in 2008. The Elastic Glam Breakfast show podcast that we have been spotlighting lately has peaked our interest in glam even more, which brings us to the group Clone from Vancouver. The video for the song “Queen” was spectacular.

They now have a seven cut album out titled Knock Out Drops Vol.II. The standout song is still “Queen” but everthing drips with glam affectations. We loved it back in 1974 and we love it now. We like the songs “Outta My Head” and “Hold Him Down.”

Call Me Animal: A Tribute to the MC5 by Joecephus and the George Jonestown Massacre has been released. Guest artists include Lydia Lunch, Jello Biafra, Mike Watt, Cherie Currie, J Mascis, Alice Cooper and even Wayne Kramer.

There will be a listening party for this on Bandcamp on Monday November 6: “Join Joey Killingsworth and Dik LeDoux the producers of 'Call Me Animal' for a listening party this coming Monday November 6th at 8pm Central Standard Time. They'll be discussing the making of the album, the MC5, the guest stars and field your questions and comments via chat.”

Here is the Bandcamp event page to log in.

Here is Lydia Lunch singing “I Want You Right Now”.

Jaquero One Step Closer

Jaguero are from Italy and have a new EP called New Love. They tag themselves as harcore/post hardcore as well as punk. They are .... but the vocals which are clear most of the time and double tracked make the songs very accessible. There is a big accent on making the vocal lines melodic. The band keeps everything punk and when it is hardcore it’s not extreme by hardcore standards. This is all to say that it this is a good listen.

We are going to leave you with “All I Think About”. If you like that you can follow through with the rest of the EP on Bandcamp

One Step Closer is from Wilkes Barre, PA. Their three song EP Songs for the Willow is about the problems of a year’s worth of touring has caused. The song “Turn To Me” has the band laying down a blistering bed of guitars. The singing is a throat shredding emo. The overall effect is very much like locals Actor/Observer where they throw their emotional baggage at you and you feel it.

Bob Moss Loose Ties

Rob Moss played with Government Issue in the 80s and went on to other bands and has done some solo work. He grew up in D.C. but is based in Boston now. He has a new album coming out under the name Rob Moss and Skin-Tight Skin. The first single is “We Just Don’t Know.”

Rob’s thing is to have a different guitarist on every track. For “We Just Don’t Know” he has Charles Hanson. He’s featured Sal Baglio and Billy Loosigian and guitarists for bands Wilco, Generation X, Raging Slab, Panther Burns and Foo Fighters. You can find those tracks on Rob’s Bandcamp page

Loose Ties were in the 1986 Rock and Roll Rumble, guitarist Terry Kitchen wrote a book with his Boston rock experiences as the background titled Next Big Thing .

Now in 2023 there’s another chance to hear the band as they have released a 5 song EP Dance Party. There are five covers and one original. They do the Monkees’s song “For Pete’s Sake” and “For the Love of Money” originally by the O’Jay’s. They had a wide range of influences.

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

The WhiffsNovember 6, 2023 (Monday) Renegade Cartel, Falsely Accused, GhostGuard at The Jungle

November 9, 2023 (Thursday) Jeffery Lewis, The Burning Hell, Only Child - 8pm All Ages Faces Malden

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) Cocktail Slippers and Diamond Dogs will be on A Crash Course for the Ravers WMFO 1-4PM before their Portland show at Geno's

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 (last wee3k we said it was sold out - it is not, we were wrong.) GET TIX HERE

November 11, 2023 (Saturday) Swamp Roots (Artie Sneiderman and Steve Aquino) along with The Black Souls and Thee Sonomatics are having a rock & roll and blues show at the Century Sportsman's Club in Auburn, MA - It's an Early show - starts at 6:00pm! Here's the FB event page for more info

One Fall ShowNovember 12, 2023 (Sunday) Claimed Choice, Concrete Elite, Working Poor USA, Wired Up at The Midway 3PM Matinee show

November 12, 2023 (Sunday) Mighty Suicide Squirrels, Pint Killers, Dan Cumming, Disqualifier at The Jungle Matinee 5-8PM

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 14, 2023 (Tuesday) slo-anne, Really Great, Hallway, Ice Lemonade & the Apple Snaps at O'Brien's

November 15, 2023 (Weds) International Pop Overthrow at The Square Root Rosindale with Karen Zanes, Noelle Hannibal, Mary Lou Lord, Dave Finney and The Procrastinators, Kelly Knapp

November 16, 2023 (Thursday) International Pop Overthrow at The Square Root Rosindale with Sal Baglio, Corin Ashley, Satch Kerans, Glowbox, Captain Easychord

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

November 17, 2023 (Friday) Linnea's Garden celebrate the release on their new EP. Also on the bill are featuring Lovewhip, Catwolf, Hyber (ticket link here).

KLYAMNovember 17, 2023 (Friday) Mighty Suicide Squirrels, Degenerates of Punk, Key of Caustic, Goon Platoon at The Jungle

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, 2023 (Friday) International Pop Overthrow at The Square Root Rosindale with Tom Baker, Girl With A Hawk, Cold Expectations, Muck and the Mires, Speedfossil

November 17, 2023 (Friday) Acrylic Killers, Honey Cassette, Alfred Be Loud at the Jeanie Johnston Pub in JP

November 18, 2023 (Saturday) International Pop Overthrow at The Square Root Rosindale with Justin Levinson, The Brigands, Hummingbird Syndicate, Dave Charles, The Chris Listorti Project, Big City Rockers

November 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, Super Beef, Solipsis at the Middle East - Matinee show starts at Noon!!

November 19, 2023 (Sunday) The third night (the other two nights are sold out) celebrating the life of Paul Christian and benefitting his family with Squallie Greenthumb, Nick and Midway show the Adversaries, Diablogato, Ruin the Night - There will be lots of surprises, raffles, etc! at Faces Brewing - FB event page

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) Blame Shifters, Blame It On Whitman, Pink Slip, Bad Idea USA at The Midway

November 25, 2023 (Saturday) Blood Lightning (Record Release), 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

November 26, 2023 (Sunday) The McGunks, Ruffian Dick, Triggered at The Midway for a 3PM mantinee show

November 26, 2023 (Sunday) Rock Garden Records Showcase check out the FB page for the bands playing they include The Fezztones, Crow Follow and Little BIlly Lost FB page.

November 27, 2023 (Monday) Dark Rain, Authentic Dissent, Rawstrum, Gavriloprincip at The Midway

December 1, 2 & 3 2023 (Saturday) Triple B Records presents The FINAL America’s Hardcore Fest with Negative Approach, Slapshot, Mindforce, Gridiron, Fury, Shipwreck, Spy, COA, Restraining Order, Buried Alive, Adrienne, Best Wishes, C4, Combust, Missing Link, Wild Side, Wreckage, Vantage Point, and more TBA.

Rock show posterDecember 2, 2023 (Saturday) The Hammer Party, Black Helicopter, Spiller, George James T Maze at The Midway

December 2, 2023 (Saturday) The Swelltune Records Holiday Shindig with the Rock-A-Sonics! - 8pm All Ages Faces Malden

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

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

December 3, 2023 (Sunday) The Hassle Christmas Flea and Art Market is at the Cambridge Community Center (on Callender St off Western Ave). Facebook page.

December 3, 2023 (Sunday) Triple B Records Presents : Americas Hardcore Fest Day 2 with Negative Approach, Slapshot, Spy, Restraining Order, Wild Side, Grand Scheme, C4, Vantage Point, All Ages, $30 Advance / $35 Day of Show, 5pm Middle East Down

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

December 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

Back Porch CarouselDecember 8, 2023 (Friday) AxeMunkee and friends at The Square Root

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

December 10, 2023 (Sunday) Back Porch Carousel rocks The Plough & Stars for the holiday season - 4PM show - FB page.

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 - cancelled!

December 16, 2023 (Saturday) Light of Day Records and Indie617 present a rockin' night to benefit The Cancer Care Equity Center at Dana-Farber with Muck and the Mires, Vapors of Morphine, The Chelsea Curve, Muzzins, The Ray Liriano Experience, Uncivil Servants and Henry Santoro will be MCing the event! 6pm, at the Crystal Ballroom Tickets start at $25 with various tiers of support. All proceeds go to Dana Farber Cancer Care Equity Center. TIX HERE

HixxgivingDecember 16, 2023 (Saturday) Jittery Jack & Amy Griffin Record Release Party with Deke Dickerson, Pledge Pins - 7pm All Ages Faces Malden

December 17, 2023 (Sunday) Slimedog's Drag Puppet Punk Xmas Show (with poetry & free pizza)! Featuring... Kermit's Finger, Grimly Pleased, The Jacklights, Charmed & Strange, The Instamatics, plus poetry from Jake Tringali! FB page

December 17, 2023 (Sunday) Stars Like Ours, The Magic City, Roxy And The Crisis at The Jungle - Early show 4-7PM

December 28, 2023 (Thursday) Shiverlane and Freeloader at Notch Brewing Brighton

December 30, 2023 (Saturday) The Manglers at The Square Root

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!!

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

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

February 10, 2023 (Saturday) The Dreadnoughts, Mickey Rickshaw, The McGunks at Askew in Provi, RI

March 2, 2023 (Saturday) Negative FX, Wrecking Crew. Wound Man, Savage Heads, Please Die, Eye Witness at The Middle East Down - all ages 1PM matinee show

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