Kingdom of Love
After we uploaded the BGN last Sunday we took time to hit Bob
Colby’s 65 Birthday show at Once. We had the good
fortune to walk in on The Kingdom of Love’s
set. The stage seemed full with this large group. At the helm
was Linda Viens. She’s been gifted with
one of the best voices in Boston music. In addition they had two
more singers which added up to quite a hit of vocal power. The
band were all polished players. Combined, they did a rocking Suffragette
City. Linda also has a genial stage presence that adds to
Kingdom of Love
Up next were two duos that illustrated a vein of music Bob has
centered on. They both take chances with all the conventions.
In Land of Enchantment they're switching instruments.
They ended up with flute and drums at one point, not an obvious
combination. The vocals were smooth and ethereal as were Dyr
Land of Enchantment
had some electronic backing as they tried to seduce
you with subtle melodies. There’s lots of reward for those that open up
to these groups.
A few days after his birthday show Bob Colby
tripped and fell. He has a nasty black eye. He says he’s
alright. Whew! Get better soon Bob!
Monday was a chance to catch Silver Mirrors at
Great Scott’s. Silver Mirrors are still
struggling to get attention. Punk took some inspiration from garage
rock and the Silver Mirrors embrace it whole
heartedly. Everything sounds sixties-ish. They even throw in some
They did a few songs where they sing in falsetto which makes
you wonder where that is coming from. They have a ballad in there
too. We find them interesting.
Before them was Spo a band with Dave
Crespo whose name gets thrown around a lot. He’s
connected with WEMF, WAAF and has his hands in a lot of projects.
Here he's lead singer and is comfortable on stage talking up a
storm and delivering the songs with lots of commentary before,
after and during the song. They did material that was satiric
and made points about the current times. Check out the Facebook
The object on Saturday was to check out War Graves who seemed
punk. But we missed them by the time we got to the afternoon show at the Midway.
Burnt Village took the stage. We saw them almost a year
ago . With them it’s a traditional metal approach. Most material is
riff based. The shred solos are short and those riffs are fast.
The best song was one written about Lemmy called Everything
Louder than Everything Else. The thing that really made it
for us was the drummer who was a whirlwind of drumsticks. He made
the drums seem like a Mac Truck bearing down on you. He did the
same thing last time.
The singer and bass player were wearing KILTS…..why?
Not explained but we know Highland would love it.
Devil on Horseback
We have been fuzzy about Devil on Horseback
the time we saw them they were doing a Halloween
set as the Buzzcocks
. In reality they are a metal band. They had some set
up problems and did a shorter set than they wanted but lost no time in pumping
out the tunes. We're always looking for the punk but it’s getting hard
not to be exposed to the increasing number of metal acts like this Midway gig.
And in other news ....
The Spotlight Tavern in Beverly is closing. Or
actually has closed...abruptly... and is for sale! It
was reported first lots of posts on Facebook but quickly picked
up by Vanyaland.
(click for full story)
That’s a big loss for the North Shore. Up there the clubs
don’t seem to last a long time. The Spotlight had about
a three year run. Early on there was that notable occasion where
the club canceled a dream gig with the Nervous Eaters, Willie
Loco, and the Real Kids. That was in November of 2014. We went
on about it at the time here
at the BGN . After that things seemed to straighten out.
There is a fundraising
effort for the help who are out of a job.
We have featured Black Beach often in our club wanderings.
They just pre-released a song from the upcoming Play Loud, Die Vol II and
it's a good representation of what they do live. It’s primal pounding,
simple riffs and a vocal screaming bloody hell on top. Check
it out here.
We don't know if the Road to Ruane movie is ever coming out but they have been
slowly adding Billy Ruane's videos to a YouTube home.
There are Lyres, Morphine and Charlie Chesterman vids in there.
The Globe reported (8/4/17) that the Rockin’ & Roastin’
Café started by Joey Kramer of Aerosmith has closed. We went there and
it had quality food as well as the coffee that Kramer made. It had loads of
Kramer/Aerosmith memorabilia. Well, bye bye now.
Justine and the Unclean are a relatively new group. The single
just released by Rum Bar is punky and insanely catchy, and that’s both
sides. It reminds one of those singles that came out back in the day and you
had no idea who it was but you had to get it. If you were lucky it had a cool
The voice is just distinctive enough that once you hear it you’ll ID all
future efforts. It’s simple sounding but there’s craft there. It’s
We listened to Love Got Me Into This Mess so many times
we were afraid to spoil it by trying Passive Aggressive Baby,
but it was the same deal. It was multiple replays and getting
a laugh out of the singer complaining about their passive aggressive
And get the lineup of the group!!: Justine Covault, Janet Egan King,
Charles Hansen and Jim Janota.
And it was recorded by David Minehan at Woolly Mammoth Sound –
Can the forthcoming album be all like this?
Here's some good shows coming up .....
August 22 (Tuesday) OI!! - Rixe
(France), The Brass, Bombers, Security and The Stance
at The Middle East Up
August 22 (Tuesday) The Legendary
Flamin' Groovies w/ Muck & The Mires & The
Downbeat 5 are at Ralph's in Worcester you
can get tix here
August 23 (Wednesday) A Bunch Of
Jerks Album Release Show with special guests: Offworld, DnA's
Evolution, Endation at The Midway
August 24 (Thursday) The Surfrajettes,
Tsunami of Sound and The Beachcombovers are at Regent
Theater in Arlington (FB
August 25 (Friday) Eyehategod
and The Cro-Mags at The Middle East Up (FB
August 25 (Friday)
Mercury on Mars, Psychic Dog,The Runouts, Corner Soul at The Midway
August 25 (Friday) CANCELLED Billy Connors
Project, Club Linehan A Go Go, Corolla De Ville The Spotlight Tavern is now kaput
August 25 (Friday) Ladymob, Swivel, Skeleton Beats and Fossy Jaw are at Koto in Salem
August 25 (Friday) When Particles
Collide and Petty Morals at Fury's Publick House in
August 26 (Saturday) Brian Young's A.C.C.F.T.R.
featuring Casanovas in Heat! 91.5 WMFO 1-4PM
August 26 (Saturday) The Guilloteenagers,
Four Point Restraint and After the Blackout are
at The Cantab's Club Bohemia
August 26 (Saturday) Trusty Sidekick, Jason Bennett & The Filthy Muskets, Richie Parsons, Matt
Trainor at The Midway
August 26 (Saturday) Jess Collins
and Chrissy V. from Petty Morals will be taking
over the music situation at the Shanty w/ Jim Healey & Set Fire. Solo stuff,
duets, acoustic, etc...perhaps a few others, will be joining the fold for some
round robin-ing! Starts at 8PM
August 27 (Sunday) Stop Calling Me Frank,
State of The Union, The New Frustrations, The Only Things at The Midway
-matinee show 4-8PM
And further out we have....
September 1 (Friday) Silver Screams,
The Runouts and Crimespree at Koto in Salem
September 7 (Thursday) Teenage Bottlerocket,
OC45 and MakeWar at The Middle East
September 7 (Thursday) Thrust
Club, Burnt VIllage, Psychic Dog and Cook Bag at O'Brien's
September 8 (Friday) The Nervous Eaters
and Glider , State of the Union and Casanovas in Heat at
Out of the Blue Gallery Central Sq. here's the
FB page to get updates.
September 9 (Saturday) The Stigmatics
are on A Crash Course for the Ravers on WMFO 91.5 from 1-4PM
September 9 (Saturday) The Gala,
Future Carnivores, Stars Like Ours and Courters at
September 10 (Sunday) A Giant Dog, The Dazies, Boston Cream at O'Brien's
September 10 (Sunday) GBH and The
Casualties at The Brighton Music Hall
September 11 (Monday) Roky Erickson
at the Brighton Music Hall. WOW!! Get
yer tix here.
September 15 (Frirday) Cold Expectations,
Justine and the Unclean, Ten Dollar Mistake at The Tavern at the End
of the World - FB
September 16 (Saturday) Boston vs Tokyo
Rock n Roll Showdown with Muck And The Mires, The Fadeaways (from Japan),
Mellvins (from Japan), Jittery Jack at O'Brien's Pub
September 16 (Saturday) Big Giant, Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, The Melatonins at The Midway - 4PM matinee show
September 16 (Saturday) Chameleons VOX
At the Middle East Also on the bill: Soft Kill , Way Out and The Milling
September 18 (Monday) The Dictators NYC (aka Manitoba NYC) are at The Middle East
September 18 (Monday) Duck & Cover
and the Quiggs are at Once with a fake version of The Dead
Boys...no Stiv no Jimmy Zero -how can you call that the Dead Boys?? sad.
September 20 (Wednesday) X doing
their 40th Anniversary Tour- at the Brighton Music Hall
September 20 (Wednesday) Kris
Rodgers and Soraia are At O’Briens
September 22 (Friday) The Go
Set, Beantown Boozehounds, The Pint Killers, The Disquiets at O'Brien's
September 22 (Friday) The Ataris and The
Queers at The Middle East - this is an early show- 6PM -10Pm
September 22 (Friday) The Hi-End,
Corin Ashley, Modern Day Idols, The Curtis Mayflower at the Midway
September 22 (Friday) The Bushwick
Hotel, Petty Morals, The Fellowship of Feeding Wolves are at The Middle
September 23 (Saturday) The Hummingbird Syndicate are at The C Note in Hull.
September 24 (Sunday) The Grommets,
Uncle Spudd, Kermit's Finger, The New Frustrations, Sewer Buddies at
The Midway - 4PM Matinee show
September 25 (Monday) Loser's Circle,
Mongorellis, the Scutches, and Blame It On Whitman @
September 28 (Thursday) Stiff Little Fingers
are doing their 40th Anniversary tour they have Death by Unga Bunga opening
for them - at the Brighton Music Hall
September 29 (Friday) Il Mostro,
Silver Screams, BDSX and The Von Traps at O'Brien's
October 8 (Sunday) Petty Morals
are having a Ballroom Blitz at Once Ballroom with a Flea Market and Art
Show -also on the bill Muck & The Mires, The Dazies and Lady
Pill (set times and more are on the FB
page) It's 2PM- 8PM
October 13 (Friday) Silver Screams,
Idle Pilot, Black Cheers and Psychic Dog at Koto/Salem
November 3 (Friday) The Woggles, Muck and the Mires, Stupidity, Andrea Gillis Band at The Middle East Up
November 4 (Saturday) Human Sexual
Response at HOB
November 9 (Thursday) The Proletariat
at ONCE Ballroom w/ Siege and Black Beach
November 10 (Friday) CH3 (Channel
3), The FUs, Silver Screams, Fast Times Punk at The Middle East Up
- 8-Midnight show
November 10 (Friday) The Proletariat
are at Narrows Center for the Arts w/ Black Beach in Fall River,
page for info)
November 11 (Saturday)
Hasselfest #9 this year has Pere Ubu
and a ton of other bands at Once- get
the info on the FB page here.
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