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November 13, 2023

The Annual Benefit Coleman/Linnea show is 11/24

Third Annual Benefit Coleman/Linnea show is on November 24 at The C Note in Hull.

C Note HullColman Burns-Takki and Linnea Sturdy both members of Bad Movies died within a few weeks of each other in May of 2021. It was a shock for the South Shore music community especially. The profits for the show go to some scholarship funds. All proceeds go to charities their families have set up for them. Last Year they raised $1400 which was split and donated to the respective Charities which sent 2 girls to a science summer Camp on Penikese Island and 1 drummer to attend Berkley College of Music.

Bands on the bill so far are Worm with Vin Ca$h And Josh Crimespree), Far Above The Ground, Highwater Haulers, Dogs In the Woods, Gold Hoax, and Mark Fornwald (a close friend of Colman's Family has been doing a small acoustic set each time) The Facebook page for the event

There’s another chapter in The Dogmatics problems with Brown Paper Tickets. Last heard they were out $4000.00. Still not being paid they did what a fan suggested and went to NBC 10 and got Leslie Gaydos and her investigative team on the case.


Leslie filmed the group and hey, since they were filming the group played a few songs, ha!

They still don’t have the money but they got a response and a promise to be paid soon and hey, they got some TV time and maybe some new fans from that. These guys are so savvy, that’s taking a negative and making a positive.

The Dogmatics are following their Dogumentary and playing at it’s showing in California at the LA Film Festival on December 2

Salem’s One Fall have a gig in Puerto Rico on January 26. They are on the bill with Shortlife and Sacrosent at Club 77. It looks like it has a vibrant scene there. That plane ride is about four hours.


SSD video

The reissued SSD album The Kids Will Have Their Say is being released on November 17 on Trust Records . The now have a video for the remastered version of “Boiling Point”. Order the vinyl record at the Trust Records website.

The group will have an in store showing at Newbury Comics on Thanksgiving eve November 22 with all the members. Just Springa alone is a one man show! We’re glad the group is getting some attention and respect these days. They worked hard then and now to get it.


Speedfossil does some captivating pop. It’s usually very positive, that’s why we were stopped short when this line came out of the new song/video “Magic Trick”: “that’s the way it goes/when somebody dies.” The death of a loved one and how to deal with it is the subject matter of this song, more specifically it's about "Trick" Wallace!

The song is not slow and the mood is not morbid but it’s realistic and unflinching. They got the perfect tone. The singer says: “And I need a magic trick so I can bring you back again, show me that magic trick so you can make me laugh again.” Such a wonderful sweet song. Kudos. You can read more about it on Twangville.

This is from a upcoming EP Room With A VU, Vol.1 out on April 12, 2024 and will be on the Sonic Escort label.

Brad Marino

Brad Marino has a video for “Lucy” a song off his latest album Grin & Bear It.

Like the song, the video is simple and effective. The colors are at a very low saturation, not black and white but close. Brad has a Kowloon t-shirt on too! We like drummer Zach Sprague’s look – he sits bolt upright. Our favorite moment is when they break into the “Shoo Bop Shoo Bop” at the end.

Billy Idol

Billy Idol has had a long career and probably nobody would have predicted that. There is substance behind the on stage persona. That can be seen on this new video of Billy and his long time guitarist Steve Stevens.

They take “Eyes Without A Face” and downsize it in an intimate setting. Idol’s voice does good service being controlled. Stevens has a wonderful touch on the guitar. He lets loose at the 3:30 mark but again reins it in and does some nice subtle variations in the latter half of the song.

New Order Substance

The 1987 video for New Order’s “1963” has a new spruced up version. This is in conjunction with the rerelease of Substance, a compilation of singles from New Order. There are some extra tracks on this version. The original was a two album set.

The video has that crispness that only black and white seems to get. The joke of the increasing size of the suitcase is a nice metaphor for the baggage we carry in life.

You can order the new version at the New Order website


New FrustrationsThere’s a great opportunity to hear The New Frustrations latest release. Skybar will have Rick and Tom from the group in for an interview on his Rising show (Tuesday 11/14 8pm WMFO 91.5 FM). He will also play their EP Lifetime in its entirety. We want to keep pushing this EP because it is a knockout. It was done at Woolly Mammoth and it is pop rock in the Neighborhoods fashion.

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


Cocktail Slippers at the BurrenBrian Young on A Crash Course for the Ravers had the Cocktail Slippers (Norway) and the Diamond Dogs (Sweden) in as guests. They both played the Burren on Friday with Soria.

The Cocktail Slippers play tuneful rock that’s hard to not like. They're on Little Stephen’s Wicked Cool Records. They were having a party time in the studio with Brian.

Diamond Dogs have been a band since 1992 and have 15 albums out! Brian played plenty of their songs so you get a good idea of what they are about.

To hear the show go to the WMFO schedule page Hit the Crash Course for the Raves show on Saturday at 1pm and then hit the ‘archive’ link.


Another wonderful Elastic Glam show this week. They played “Some Girls” by Racey after “Action” by Sweet. “Some Girls” was written by the same Chinn/Chapman who are responsible for so many great songs. Check out the Racey video for “Some Girls”

Another find was Tuk Smith and the Restless Hearts from Nashville. They are a lot of twin guitar playing along with some platform shoes. Check out this vid for “Girls from the East Side of Town” then go to their Tuk Smith website and proceed from there. There’s plenty to take in.

It’s sort of a podcast. For all you Peter Choyce fans, his old shows are posted on Mixcloud This project aslo has a Facebook page

Peter was a bit of nomad as a DJ. He was on WZBC, WMBR, KUSF and KXLU. He had great taste in music but had a penchant for dropping some verbal bombs that got him in trouble, the same sort of thing that puts him in Facebook jail regularly now. It made for provocative listening.

Here’s the Mixcloud page

Here’s a WZBC show from June of 1994.


Lupo Citta Album Cover Dead Raze Album cover

Anything Chris Brokaw (Come, Codine) is involved in gets our attention. He’s got a new group called Lupo Citta with Sarah Black and Jenn Gori (both from Minneapolis and both were in a group called Bleeding Hickeys, and many others).

Two songs are out now on Bandcamp. The feedback squeal that starts “White Bracelet” preps you for the punk that follows. It’s not just that its punk that we like but that it has a classic punk attitude that emanates from it. It’s very raw and layered sounding. In the “Machine Operator” the vocals are echoed out and bouncing around amidst the pulsing background.

This was recorded at the Record Co. and Pete Weiss was involved in the mixing. The whole record comes out January 12. They have a vinyl version too. You can order it now on 12XU Records They have a show at O’Brien’s on Sunday January 14 with Hidden Fountain and Pledge Pins.

Dead Raze are from Ireland. They're a duo that stomps out some swampy blues with garage and punk attitude. They bring to mind elements from locals like Hambone Skinny and Mr. Airplane Man.

Their new album is named Mudbugs (we now have Ed Moose Savage’s attention). They have a lot of shorter songs but we also like the four minute “Big Boom” where they ride the slide heavy and hard.

“You’ll Get Yours” is their typical sound and the video is done in spaghetti western style or we would even say like El Topo style with its offbeat characters. Watch the video

“In the House” has a snappy blues riff that makes it stand out. You can see what the duo looks like in the video for that, here

Even with all the swamp rock their more poppy song "Don’t Go Outside” is one we went back to time and again. The staccato beat alternating with a short ska section was unique and the sympathetic lyric “it’s getting harder to be a girl these days” was appealing. We have it on our Top Ten Songs

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

Rock Show Poster 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) Dust Prophet, Abel Blood, Trading Tombstones, Arcantica at The Shaksheen Pub, Manchester, NH

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).

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

Rock show posterNovember 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) Far From Finished, Mark Linskey of the Hudson Falcons, Scumbari at Faces - this is a newly added 2PM matinee celebrating the life of Paul Christian (featuring some of his best friends) and benefitting his family. There will be lots of surprises, raffles, etc! TIX

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!!

Paul Christian benefitNovember 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 the Adversaries, Diablogato, Ruin the Night - There will be lots of surprises, raffles, etc! at Faces Brewing - FB event page

November 24, 2023 (Friday) Third Annual Benefit Coleman/Linnea show is at The C Note in Hull. Please check out the Facebook page. They've got some great bands and sponsors for this show....bands are (so far) Worm, Far Above The Ground, Highwater Haulers, Dogs In the Woods, Gold Hoax, and Mark Fornwald

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

Actor Observer showNovember 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.

December 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.

Linnea's Garden 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 7, 2023 (Thursday) Ue At The Buoy, Stop Calling Me Frank, The Gypsy Moths at Notch Brewery Brighton 7-10PM. FB page

December 8, 2023 (Friday) Heavy Holiday Party at New Alliance Studios - Rong and Miracle Blood will be playing...7-11PM check the FB page for updates on the artists showing

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

December 8, 2023 (Friday) AxeMunkee and friends at The Square Root

The FU's hardcore showDecember 8, 2023 (Friday) Huck 2, Gretchen Shae and The Middle Eight and Key of Caustic at Koto Underground, Salem

December 9, 2023 (Saturday) Video Drop Party with Va Va Voodoos, Connor Storms, 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 FB page

December 15, 2023 (Friday) Actor|Observer, Sleep Spirit, girih, Empty Halls at The Shaksheen Pub, Manchester, NH - 7PM doors. FB page.

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

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

December 16, 2023 (Saturday) Mach Bell Experience with Wicked Theory - 7pm Magic Room, 83 Morse Rd. Bldg. #5, Norwood MA TIX HERE

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 27, 2023 (Wednesday) Bike Thrasher, Miracle Blood, Neck Dive at Faces Malden

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!!

HixxsgivingJanuary 14, 2023 (Sunday) Chris Brokaw's new band Lupo Sita with Hidden Fountain and Pledge Pins at O’Brien’s

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

February 10, 2023 (Saturday) Gretchen Shae & The Middle Eight, Ex-Hyena, Looking Glass War at Faces Malden

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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