Rockin' Bob's Punk Band
Notable this week was the fact that both Great Scott's and O'Brien's
sold out on Monday. Great Scott's had Royal Headache which has a little
buzz on them. O'Brien's had Sidekicks/All Dogs/Save Ends/Fucko. That's
pretty good for those clubs especially in the middle of the summer.
I went to the Middle East on Friday looking for something
new. Twin Foxes from Providence started their set with a 30 second sound
clip. I thought I heard a sound clip during their playing later on a la MOB.
Like MOB they had their experimental side. They also did what I see lots of
bands doing these days - forgetting the instruments and playing the effects
pedals. They get some sustaining feedback and kneel down and twist the pedal
knobs for weird effects. All and all I liked them but no song stuck in my head.
Their Bandcamp page
The next band Goddard from Worcester upped the volume a few notches.
Beyond the volume it was the intensity of the playing that was very noticeable.
One guitarist was on his knees and picking the strings with his teeth just halfway
through the first tune. As all the guitars were drilling hard up front the drummer
was doing the same in back. He had a few rapid rolls that stood out. The guitarists
used a clear treble tone when they did some tandem parts but switched to distortion
during other parts and they too were playing the effects pedals. I loved the
energy this band put out. This
cut best captures some of what I heard
Rockin' Bob's Punk Band
Saturday I went to check out the last punk show at the Quincy
Beachcomber. There are so few places for rock on the South Shore that this
really hurts even though shows we care about are not regular. There was a long
line up of groups. Music was supposed to start at 5 pm but didn't really start
till about 6 pm. Rockin' Bob's Punk Band was on first which is lead by
Bob Cenci. We've caught Bob lately in
the FU's at CLub Bohemia. We also saw him at Church with the
Aprill of 2009. He's most known for his Jerry's Kids stint but has
been in lots of bands since. I always think of him as a sideman but he does
things as a leader and today I got to see that.
The first notable thing with Bob is that guitar. It's always
something to catch when he cranks up. On top of that, at this show, he's also
got the good songs. The most prominent stand out was Never Trust a Terrorist.
That was just the best thing I've heard in weeks. I love it when a song commands
attention like that, no one has to tell you that was good, it's obvious. He
had another song that had the line, "but no one complains about the kids smoking
dope", that also has stuck in my head. Along with his originals he was picking
out songs from the different groups he's been in, all good. He did Spymaster
by LePeste. That was a Jerry's
Kid's single on
Taang of course. The band had the goods to follow Bob and drive everything
home. An impressive set. I think what Bob needs is a compilation album uniting
all his past efforts that would focus his contributions.
The Woods who followed were a hard rock outfit. They
had some personality and put their own spin on the music. I thought that this
was an example of the South Shore band that would have one less place to play.
This new song sounds like it has an emo bent to it: Thinning
Inside there were about 30 people listening. Outside the crowd was bigger and
who could blame them; it was a spectacular day on Wollaston Beach. There was
a guy on acoustic playing out there and Bob Cenci also did some songs
there earlier. I'm not sure if the people outside were there for the music or
just the regular weekenders. Living on the South Shore, I got home in ten minutes.
That's not happening again anytime soon.
Jim Sullivan did a segment for Boston
Rock/Talk on the last night at TT The Bear's Place. Check
it out here.
There's a new Cramps doc in the works: Cramped Up...planned
release date is October! You can read
more about it, and see a trailer, here
Here are some shows coming up this week....
August 31 (Monday) The Fake Boys, Petty
Morals, BDSX, Spectre Hawk and The broken glass kids at Opus Underground
September 3 (Thursday) Wormwood
(mem of Doomriders), Mountain God (NY), Conclave (ex Warhorse),
and Livver are at O'Briens
September 3 (Thursday) Magic Magic,
Funeral Advantage, Bent Shapes and Lost Film are at Great Scotts
September 5 (Saturday) Paul
Robinson (of the Boize fame & brother of David Robinson) will
be on A Crash Course for the Ravers on WMFO 95.1FM from 1-4PM with Brian
September 5 (Saturday) White Light
White Heat: Tribute To Lou Reed's Rock and Roll Animal Tour is at The
Cantab Club Bohemia. It features Kenne Highland and Nelson Slater
and Love and Flame with Joe Viglione and Lady Carolyn and
Fred Pineau and Michael J Quirk and John Morrill and Elsewhere
. It will be a night to remember, 8 PM to 1 AM - all Songs of Louis Reed. FB
September 5 (Saturday) at The Middle
East Down: Alanna Royale, Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion!
and The New Review
September 6 (Sunday) Jittery Jack and
DJ Easy Ed are doing an evening show on at Atwood's.
And into some cool shows the future....
September 9 (Wednesday) There's
a new band in town that promises to be killer! The Hi-End which consists
of Johnny Carlevale of the Skeleton Beats, Curt Florzcak
of Greg Allen's Fringe Religion and Bruno, Anthony and Scott
from The Swindlers. They're at The Midway this night along with AdapterAdapter,
The Short Term and The Shallow End Divers (FB
September 12 (Saturday) The JP Music
Fest is happening at PineBanks Field in JP from 12Noon to 7PM. Some of the
bands playing will be The Hi-End (see Sept 9), The Upper Crust, Streight
Angular, Love Love, Rick Berlin and Trusty Sidekick!! Here's the
for more info and directions.
September 12 (Saturday)
at The Midway are M.O.M. (Mercury On Mars), The Classic Ruins, State
of the Union and Stop Calling Me Frank.
12 (Saturday) Lyres
are at The Middle East up along with Little War Twins and
September 12 (Saturday)
Barrence Whitfield & The Savages are at the Brighton Music Hall
September 12 (Saturday) WMBR's Bats
in the Belfry presents...A Decadent Celebration with Dreamchild,
Ondyne's Demise and Anda Volley at The Lilypad Inman Square
Cambridge. And it'll be hosted by Mistress Laura. FB
Event Page Starts at 10PM
September 12 (Saturday) Mayte & Nicole
Present a Night at The Greeks (79 Bow St, Somerville) ! With Jay Allen
& The Archcriminals, Animal Talk, and I Thought They Were
September 13 (Sunday) This year's Somerville
Rock And Roll Yard Sale will again be in Union Square, Somerville: a DJ
and live local bands will entertain you while you peruse the awesome goods offered
by lots of local independent vendors things like great Records / Vintage / DIY
Handmade goods galore in and around Union Square Plaza. Time: 11AM- 5PM FB
September 16 (Wednesday) Oh Malô,
Bent Shapes, Bay Faction, The Colonnade are at the Middle East Up.
September 17 (Thursday) at The Oberon
this should be an amazing experience: Endation has put together a special
show "The Chimera" explores musical and artistic dichotomies.
Act I features the raw, intense, melodic force of two-piece Endation accompanied
by movement and dance. Act II brings the audience into the dreamy, experimental
world of Bent Knee as visual artists create pieces inspired by the band in real
time. The Chimera invites the audience to seek their own interpretations in
the disparate pieces that form one singular evening of performance. Buy tix
here. Get more info on the
FB event page.
September 17 (Thursday) Sham 69
and The Welsh Boys are at Middle East up.
September 18 (Friday) Livver, Tenafly Vipers,
Dead Cats Dead Rats and Profit Margin are at Koto in Salem,
September 18 (Friday)- 21 (Sunday) Mark
Lind has his annual Boston's Burning shows lined up at The Midway for these
days so far they have Duck & Cover The Drax, The Warning Shots, Warn
The Duke, The Skeleton Beats, Iron Chin ....more to come!!
September 18 (Friday) The NEW Rosebud
is having a 1 Year Birthday Party Luau starting at 6PM. Tsunami of Sound
will be playing. Tix are way steep at $100 each but loads of stuff comes with
them. Happy 1st Rosebud...we'd love to see more bands playing at your place!!
September 19 (Saturday) Pop Gun
along with Fireking, Classic Ruins and 138 are at Koto in
September 25,26,27 The New England Shake-Up!
Keep yourself updated at their
September 25 (Friday) Illegally Blind
Presents: Boogie Boy Metal Mouth (EP Release), The Televibes, Black
Beach, Esh The Monolith, and Midriffs at The Middle East Up.
September 25 (Friday) At "The Greek's"
(Greek American Social Construction Club) in Union Square Somerville are The
Evil Streaks, The Black Souls, Silver Mirrors and The Electrolux Combo.
Here's the FB
September 26 (Saturday) Continental
(ft. Rick Barton), The Nervous Eaters, and The Charms are
doing a Matinee show (doors at 1) at the Middle East Up.
September 26 (Saturday) Muck & The
Mires are back from Japan and they party it up Sugar Blood Jinx and
Hambone Skinny at Sally O'Brien's in Union Sq Somerville. FB
September 30 (Wednesday) Grex, Kenne
Highland and Fable Grazer are at The Lily Pad in Inman Square
Cambridge. 7-10PM All Ages. FB
Event page here.
October 3 (Saturday) Fireking is having
a Double Trouble VINYL Record release party at The Midway along
with guests The Grip Weeds, Watts and John Powhida
October 4 (Sunday) at the Middle East
Down: Chameleons Vox (UK) (The Chameleons from the old days continued)
playing Script of the Bridge, Avoxblue, The Milling
Gowns and DJ Matthew Griffin . Doors are a little early - at
October 4 (Sunday) Television
is together again and touring!! They are at The Wilbur Theater. Buy
October 4 (Sunday) it's a very special
reunion of The Coachmen featuring Jerry Miller, Roy Sludge, and
Johnny Sciascia at The Midway. FB
October 8-11 The Third Annual Rat Beach
Party WILL happen - at the C Note on Nantasket Beach -- October
the FB page for updates.
October 10 (Saturday)
Patti Smith has a new book out called M Train.She will
be reading from the book at the John Hancock Hall in the Back Bay Event Center
downtown near Copley Sq. sponsored by the Harvard Bookstore, 7PM (doors at 6).
It's $30 but that includes the book as well! For more
info and to buy tix go here. Also.... The cable channel Showtime just
bought the rights to do a TV series of Patti's book Just Kids!!
I can't wait for that one!
Read more here.
October 11 (Sunday)
The Rev. Joe Fagan has
a new band; Highway Chapel and they will be performing at The C Note
in Hull for an 8Pm evening show.
October 17 (Saturday)
A Crash Course For The Ravers & Brian Young will feature Greg
Allen's Fringe Religion! That's
WMFO 95.1, 1-4PM
October 17 (Saturday) As
part of Crash Safely
2015 a Benefit for MS at The Midway are The Sprained Ankles,
The Dents, Muck & the Mires, Phil Aiken Army, Gymnasium
October 26 (Sunday) As part of Crash
Safely 2015 A Benefit for the National MS Society the Middle East Up
has Township, Watts, Unnatural Axe and Fireking - that's a GREAT
October 26 (Sunday) - TRiPLE
THiCK, Pat Todd & The Rankoutsiders (ex-Lazy Cowgirls),
Thee Itchies and Hambone Skinny are at The Midway
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