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November 28, 2022

Wilko Johnson

Wilko Johnson the guitarist for Dr. Feelgood died this week.
In that great wasteland that was rock in the pre-punk years there were just a few groups you could find. Glam was an oasis with T Rex, Suzi Quatro and Sweet. The English pub rockers were another area with some rocking groups. Among them Dr. Feelgood stuck out. They rocked a little harder, the guitar had a wild crunch to it. A lot of punks glommed on to them.

Their name was always thrown around in the early punk years as group to listen to. When they dug into “She Does It Right” they were getting close to punk itself. Look at the video of this song where live Wilko is doing his menacing back and forth on the stage and see the singer, Lee Brilleaux, all tensed up and getting red in the face trying to put real danger into the lyrics. Wilko didn’t use a pick. That sound he got was proto punk too. That’s it right there, either you get it or you don’t.

Here's "She Does It Right" from a 1975 The Gordie Scene.

A good article on the BBC website


The RavenDave from Classic Ruins has started booking the club The Raven on Pleasant St in Worcester. He says it's got a "Pro stage and sound great room. We are currently doing first fridays." Dave's first gig is 12/2/2022 with The Bickersins, Jonnee Earthquake and The Ballbusters. If you are interested in playing you can contact us and we can give you the info.

Sapling are currently recording their second album with Jared Mann at Distorted Forest Studio in RI. They ran out of money though, so they set up a Indegogo fund raising page. As of this writing they are gettiing close to their goal of $2500. If you want to help them along (and learn how to do a tequila shot) go to their Indegogo page


On the Town with Mikey DeeSmitt E Smitty will be on On the Town With Mikey Dee on Wednesday, November 30. On the Town is on WMFO on Wednesday at 9pm. You can listen at 95.3 or on the website

There’s a half hour Pixies gig at the Rat from 1987 on YouTube (audio only). It’s posted by the Pixies so you can feel good about listening to it. The fidelity is rough as you would expect. Lots of nice Pixie moments in this.

Check it out here.

The Holiday Markets are going on... so plan your gift shopping accordingly:

WinterfestWinter Fest, Holiday Market at Boynton Yards by Once on Dec 10 - Games, Free Food, Bands and a huge list of awesome vendors. FB event page.

New England Punk Rock Flea Market on Dec 10 at the historic Hotel Vernon, located in the vibrant and newly revitalized Kelly Square, Worcester. it's a day of vendors and bands, a toy drive, and holiday raffles! 11AM - 9PM Music at 7PM -Music 7PM with Michael Kane (solo), Scare City, Sapling, Memory Lame FB page for vendor info etc

Night Shift Brewing Holiday Market is Sunday Dec 11 from 12 PM – 5 PM. Shop Boston Women’s Market small businesses for gifts throughout the marketplace ~ Get delicious grub from Daddy's Bonetown Burger from 12 PM - 5 PM - ~ Enjoy live music from 2 PM - 5 PM. ~ No tickets required, free event! FB page

The Plymouth Punk Rock Indoor Market is now TWO DAYS for the Holidays. Dec 17 & 18 at Mayflower Brewing Company, Plymouth. 15 vendors on Saturday, 15 different vendors on Sunday: vinyl records, housewares, accessories, handmade jewelry, oddities, vintage goods & clothing.
Weird stuff for weird people. all ages, no cover. Food trucks: Wild Game Sausage Guy on Saturday, Wolf Pizza on Sunday FB event page

NEW MUSIC/CDs......and VIDEOS.....

Actor|observerWe’re always rabid for any new Actor|Observer material. The've just released a new seven cut album Songs For the Newly Reclusive.

It begins with the previously released “Fool’s Gold” about the gentrification of Boston (and other cities) that are pushing out artists. The song starts with fifly seconds of soft playing that sets you up for the fearsome group sound that crashes in. The roar that emanates from this group comes from every player, they are a true unit. That power along with the emotional content makes for demanding listings. This is music with depth.

“Man Enough” is a screed against those who think they have rules on how you should act as a man. This is delving into the fight that’s going on in society right now. Here, as in the rest of the album, Greg Marquis voice embodies the righteous lyrics as he delivers it with screams and throat rasps.

There’s no let-up in the seven songs. They've been able to get all the live intensity into this recording which is always the goal. This is a major work by a major local group!!

They've also released a video for the song “Arm’s Reach.” It has good quality color and speedy cuts that are able to transmit the urgency of the song ... it also shows some of the group's live intensity which is not an easy thing.

The song is about how people hide away rather than commit and interact with other people. The lyrics really bring that situation home: “I used to be so trusting/Now I can’t trust in anything again” and “I’ve learned there’s nothing wrong with being withdrawn.” You can tell the writer has been there.


Black HalosThe Black Halos, are a legendary glam punk group from Canada. They just released (Nov. 25) their second album How the Darkness Doubled (and that's a line from Television’s “Marquee Moon” very cool!) on Stomp Records. Original members Billy Hopeless, Rich Jones (guitarist with Michael Monroe, Ginger Wildheart, AMEN), and Jay Millette, have reunited, and have added new members John Kerns (The Age Of Electric) and Danni Action (ACIIDZ).

The double album vinyl version is already sold out. You can hear the album and buy the digital on Bandcamp. They make every song click.

The guitars have that glam grind. The drums have a simple stomp that drives every minute. The songs are filled with struggle, street life and searching. There’s no sense that they will ever run out of subject matter for songs – the album seems overflowing with ideas.

They even have Michael Monroe singing on “Ready to Snap,”

Here's with “Tenement Kids”.

They've released a video of the song “Better Days” from the album. The ‘better days’ they sing about in the song are now. The past were hard they say. It’s an optimistic song that way. The video mixes up the band doing the song along with old black and white cuts from earlier 1990's gigs.


Color Killer Stop Calling Me Frank Key of Cautic

Color Killer have a new single with “Skate Park.” It’s a well-crafted pop punk song. They sing about the skate park where they say they are “wasting all my time.” They don’t rush the tempo, and the melody and guitar riffs sit comfortably in the groove. It’s three minutes long but seems to go by much faster.

It’s a sad situation on Christmas, Santa calling it quits. He’s drinking beer and catching up on his CSI shows. That’s the picture Stop Calling Me Frank sets up in “Say it Ain’t So, Santa” a song off their Christmas EP.

There are two more songs that go with this. “C’mon All Ye Boys” has an Irish swing to it. What a great seasonal group drinking song! You can just imagine it happening.

They follow that up with a reprise of “Drinking After Work”, a song for all seasons.

Skybar started his Rising Show (WMFO Tuesday 8pm) with a song that got by us when it was released two weeks ago. It was “Watch It Burn” by Key of Caustic. The beginning reminds us of “Eve of Destruction” but then it goes it’s own way. There’s a lot appealing about this tune. The guitars have a nice ring to them in the fills and it’s got a good bass interlude too.


Thursday was Thanksgiving but it seemed like Christmas when Joanie Lindstrom ’s theme for her Late Risers Club show was 1978!! - that was a gift!!

It was a line-up of the bands we love: 999, Buzzcocks, The Jolt, Willie Loco, Rich Kids, The Saints, XTC, Unnatural Axe, La Peste, Lurkers, DMZ, Dictators…and it went on. There’s a few that you might not know too.

You can hear the show by going to the WMBR Archive page then hitting the link for Thursday at 10am.


Keith Sawyer filled in for Sara J on Gorilla Got Me on WMBR. He played a show of all MOD tunes. He began with The Jam and hit The Lambrettas and Secret Affair. After that it was a wide variety of bands you might know the names of but were excellent mod tunes. If you’re a mod fan go to the WMBR Archive page then hitting the link for Friday at 4pm.

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

MiIDDLE eAST SHOWNovember 28, 2022 (Monday) War On Women, Cancer Bats, Spaced at The Middle East - Upstairs

November 28, 2022 (Monday) Hunting Accidents, The Dream Today, The Endorphins at The Silhouette Allston

December 1, 2022 (Thursday) Johnny Plankton, Zipper, Ski Bunny, at O'Brien's This is Rick Mirsky's Birthday Bash!!....and "There will be PIZZA!"

December 2, 2022 (Friday) California's Decent Criminal comes to Boston joined by locals C.E. Skidmore & the Damn Fine Band and KCUF at Faces Brewing Malden.

December 2, 2022 (Friday) The Hi-End, Shotgun Waltz, Cait & Jim at the Square Root

December 2 & 3, 2022 (Friday & Saturday) America’s Hardcore Fest 2022 Friday December 2 - tons of bands check out the Facebook page for bands, times and weekend pass purchases.

December 2, 2022 (Friday) The Nervous Eaters are at Music Room Cape Cod FB page

December 3, 2022 (Saturday) Baabes, Sgt. Scag, Threat Level Burgundy at The Midway

December 3, 2022 (Saturday) Red On Red Records and Friends Show with RoseR, Crow Follow, Speedfossil, The Daylilies at Mill No. 5 in Lowell. FB page.

rOCK SHOW POSTERDecember 3, 2022 (Saturday) Minibeast, Valley of Weights, Pelican Movement at Dusk in Provi RI.

December 4, 2022 (Sunday) Jay Potts Memorial Jam with Skin, Tree and Holy Smoke plus many of Jay's musical friends and fans will also share songs and memories...
Linda Viens, Keith Bennett, Rob Zammarachi at The Magic Room, Norwood 2 PM 8 PM - FB page.

December 4, 2022 (Sunday) O'Brien's Annual Toy Drive with The Scrooges and Cape Crush - FREE but Please bring and unwrapped toy 9PM.

December 6, 2022 (Tuesday) The Cro-Mags and specials guests at The Shaksheen Pub, Manchester, NH FB page.

December 8, 2022 (Thursday) Anngelle Wood’s 11th Annual Spectacular Gift Drive for DCF Wonderfund at Faces Brewing in Malden - featuring music by Parlour Bells, Gretchen Shae and the Middle Eight, Little Fuss. They are collecting unwrapped gifts for foster families in the Boston area - not just toys, gifts for all ages, infants to 18 year olds. Think books, clothing, art supplies, personal care items, sporting goods, electronics, games, gift cards and more. Come spread holiday cheer! - Here is the FB page.

December 8, 2022 (Thursday) Girl with a Hawk, Lonely Leesa & the Lost Cowboys, & Linnea's Garden at Sally O'Briens

BaabesDecember 9, 2022 (Friday) The McGunks Christmas Party with We Own Land, Grip Bite and hosted by Adam Femino at The News Cafe, Pawtucket, RI. FBpage.

December 9, 2022 (Friday) Zip-Tie Handcuffs, One Fall, Blame It On Whitman, at Faces Brewing in Malden. FB page.

December 9, 2022 (Friday) Jonee Earthquake Xmas Punk Party at The Shaksheen Pub Manchester, NH FB page.

December 9, 2022 (Friday) The McGunks X-Mas Party with The McGunks, We Own Land, Grip Bite and Hosted by Adam Femino at The News Cafe Pawtucket RI

December 10, 2022 (Saturday) Winter Fest, Holiday Market at Boynton Yards by Once on Dec 10 - Games, Free Food, Bands and a huge list of awesome vendors. FB event page.

December 10, 2022 (Saturday) New England Punk Rock Flea Market presents our inaugural live event, happening here at the historic Hotel Vernon, located in the vibrant and newly revitalized Kelly Square. Join us for a fun day of vendors and bands, a toy drive, and holiday raffles! 11AM - 9PM Music at 7PM -Music 7PM with Michael Kane (solo), Scare City, Sapling, Memory Lame FB page for vendor info etc

December 10, 2022 (Saturday) 5th Annual Tunes for Tots with Lenny Lashley's Gang of One, Loser's Circle, Dead Low, Jeff Bousquet at The Midway Cafe - MATINEE at 3 PM Christmas benefit | 10 Bucks | ALL AGES! - *PLEASE BRING A NEW AND UNWRAPPED TOY TO DONATE TO TOYS FOR TOTS! FB page.

December 10, 2022 (Saturday) Magic Room Rock and Roll Holiday Party! with Diablogato, The Shang Hi Lo, Muck and The Mires, Little Billy Lost - this is an early-ish show- music starts at 7:30PM -FB page.

December 10, 2022 (Saturday) Oneida, Martin Bisi, Thalia Zedek at Lilypad Inman Sq Cambridge 7-10PM show.

December 10, 2022 (Saturday) The Stampede, Mouth Washington, Miracle Blood at Aeronaut Cannery in Everett FB page

December 11, 2022 (Sunday) Brighton Bazaar - over 70 vendors!! "Imagine the love child of a flea market and a craft fair, if it was raised by an art gallery and grew up in an Etsy shop" 11 AM – 5 PM at The Brighton Elks Lodge...check out the FB page for vendor lists and directions.

December 11, 2022 (Sunday) Boston Women's Holiday Market at Night Shift Brewing

December 11, 2022 (Sunday) Renegade Cartel, Warthog, Done, The Somethin Somethings, Watching it Burn for a Matinee Show 3PM at the Midway

December 12, 2022 (Monday) Key of Caustic, Little Fuss, Burp at Charlie's Kitchen

Boston Music AwardsDecember 14, 2022 (Wednesday) Boston Music Awards - FB page. December 15, 2022 (Thursday) Hambone Skinny, Sugar Blood Jinx, Thanks - Notch Brighton @ The Charles River Speedway

December 15, 2022 (Thursday) New Alliance Gallery Presents: Synth-mas! Keep checking the Facebook page for band info etc.

December 16, 2022 (Friday) The Nervous Eaters with Barrence Whitfield and the Savages at the Regent Theatre in Arlington. Facebook event page

December 16, 2022 (Friday) The Lipstick Boys, Duck & Cover, The Downhauls at Koto Salem

December 16, 2022 (Friday) A Very FUNdraising XMAS: featuring rock star heroes of the 90’s: Buffalo Tom, Mary Lou Lord, The Bags, members of Fuzzy, Merrie Amsterburg, Scruffy The Cat and more- all playing holiday tunes and some of their infectious 90’s hits at the Burren Davis Square, Somerville, MA. Rock the nostalgia, come by, and donate to a great cause - it’s sure to be a seasonal treat! FB page

December 17 & 18, 2022 (Saturday & Sunday) Plymouth Punk Rock TWO DAY Indoor Market at Mayflower Brewing Company, Plymouth. 15 vendors on Saturday, 15 different vendors on Sunday: vinyl records, housewares, accessories, handmade jewelry, oddities, vintage goods & clothing.
Weird stuff for weird people. all ages, no cover. Food trucks: Wild Game Sausage Guy on Saturday, Wolf Pizza on Sunday FB event page

Hardcore ShowDecember 17, 2022 (Saturday) Hardcore Stadium Holiday Celebration with Infest, Siege, Citizens Arrest, Dropdead, F.U.'s, Shark Attack, Intent To Injure, Tree, Firewalker, Peace Test, The Lousy, Tossed Aside, Sinister Wand, Burning Lord - at the Middle East - All Ages, $35 Advance / $30 Day of Show, 3:00 PM Doors

December 17, 2022 (Saturday) SCMF, Dogmatics, Jittery Jack & Amy Griffin at Faces in Malden FB page.

December 17, 2022 (Saturday) Murdoch, Lonely Leesa & The Lost Cowboys, Gene Dante & The Future Starlets at The Middle East - Upstairs - (Doors: 6:00 pm )

December 17, 2022 (Saturday) Wicked Night Riots Presents; Hidden Figures, Rebuild Rewind, McNilly, The Flood at The Gardner Eagles (71 City Hall Ave, Gardner, MA) Doors 5:30PM - Sound 6PM - FB page. Tickets are $20 .... or $15 with a NEW donation of a winter accessory, all donations of winter accessories will be given to the CASA project of Worcester country, they will be given to children in foster care. That's another reason to go!!

December 18, 2022 (Sunday) Thrash’n Bang's 47th (!?) Punk Pizza Party on December 18th at the Midway -its a matiniee- 3pm - 7pm and and ya, Free Pizza and Only $5 cover. On the bill are State Of The Union, The Grommets, Kermits Finger, The Jacklights, Charmed & Strange and Jake The Poet (Jake Tringali) between sets! Facebook event page

December 18, 2022 (Sunday) KLYAM Holiday Party!! with The Swettes, (punchy punk we love and need totally raw and compelling!) Adult Learners, (very new band ft. Kathy Snax on vox/keyboard, Simon on drums, and bassist Joe KLYAM show (of the legendary Tampoffs). Short & sweet garage pop nuggets!), Nice Guys, (noisy rock n roll powers) and of course Johnny & The Foodmasters!!! KLYAM will be DJing too. at State Park in Kendall Square. It's all ages and FREE!!! Starts at 8PM.

December 18, 2022 (Sunday) The Lemonheads are playing a second show the Paradise - Facebook event page

December 19, 2022 (Monday) Casket Rats, Scumbari (members of Razors in the night), Ruffian Dick at O'Brien's

December 20, 2022 (Tuesday) Threat Level Burgundy, Bad Idea at The Jungle - 6PM show!!

December 22, 2022 (Thursday) The Scrooges and Gretchen & The Bansheess are at Notch Brewery Brighton. Facebook Event page

December 23, 2022 (Friday) Ghosts in the Snow, Miracle Blood, 123 Astronaut, Jake Wasson MD LIVE @ The News Cafe, Pawtucket, RI

February 24, 2023 (Friday) Goth / Post-Punk Tribute Night with Gretchen & the Banshees perform as Siouxsie & the Banshees and Staring at the Sea as The Cure at The Midway. FB page.

MT VernonFebruary 24, 2023 (Friday) Triple B Records presents: Gorilla Biscuits, Restraining Order, Wild Side, Vantage Point, Truth Cult, Wreckage - warning tix are $40!! this is a 6 PM show.

March 11, 2023 (Saturday) Grayskull Booking & Hardcore Stadium present Slapshot, Crown of Thornz, Risk, Neighborhood Shit at The Middle East Down

October 11, 2023 (Wednesday) The Mission UK & The Chameleons: Deja Vu Tour 2022 Rescheduled to 2023!!! also on the bill Theatre of Hate


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