We went to the Tavern at the End of the World to support the
benefit for John Doherty's sisters. They have a GoFundMe page to help
with medical expenses for a kidney transplant herte it is: https://www.gofundme.com/dohertygirls
They're close to their goal, get in there and help.
Trick and Natalie Flanagan
The Tavern was full and busy. One of the acts was Sues Guitar
which is Sue from My Own Worst Enemy, musically is all covers. We saw
a little of Natalie Flanagan & Trick. It was all acoustic
and hard to hear unless you were in that music room and that was full.
We were glad to help John who has been one of the scenes biggest supporters.
In the same vein
Bob Colby was there and talking of his
65 Birthday show that he is lining up. We dont think he can beat
Birthday party at TTs But you never know with Bob! Matt
Burns gave an appearance and seems to be doing well after his bout
Friday at the Middle East was another band from days of old; Simply
Saucer. They were from Canada and they had comparisons to early
Pink Floyd. That psych influence resulted in a few psych bands being
on the bill with them and a neat light show.
The club was full when we walked in and Major Stars were on.
You could tell from the feeling in the room that there were going over
well. We just heard one song and it was a rockin' one.
Doug Tuttle was on next and he was the major reason we were
there. Weve seen him a few times. Last time was also here
at the ME Up. And this show was much like it. He's got a trio format
and the bass and drums are contributing a big share. Doug is playing
in the sunshine psych area but it with a little muscle too. Its
top shelf playing and song writing. He's one of the best of the current
batch mining the psychedelic genre. The bass player helped with the
Doug sways from side to side as he weaves serpentine leads. He does
everything with casual grace which is a mirror to the music. If you
are willing the music will carry you away.
Some of the songs are very short and the endings catch people by surprise.
Who would think of psych songs as short as punk ones? Genius. They do
longer ones too and end with a long one that wallows in feedback. This
is always a group to see.
Poppy Seed and the Love Explosion
Next up was Poppy Seed and the Love Explosion also from Canada.
They were aggressive where Doug was casual. Theres more darkness
than sunshine in the mix and with that comes a deeper beat. They had
a three guitar attack at times. It was full blown psychedelia and very
By this time the ME Up was getting hot like it tends to and we actually
bailed before Simply Saucer knowing we would be out and about for a
third day in a row on Saturday.
On Saturday we did an early gig at Midway and later one at the
Midway had their afternoon hardcore bill and we had the jones for loudness
to go along with it.
One Less Scumbag
One Less Scumbag from NH fit the bill. They were on a sweet
spot on the hardcore/metal spectrum. They call themselves American Terror
Core. They were thundering without the doom gloom. The lead singer was
very throaty but you could understand some lyrics. The drummer was our
fave. He was seemingly indefatigable as he worked the set with fast
and furious fills. The actual drum set had a good sound too. Kudos
to the sound guy on this because it was the same for all the groups;
despite the roar of Marshalls the drums were clear in the mix.
The singer talked a bit about the problem with drugs and then they
launched into Fuck Your Drugs. It was satisfying to hear the
full hardcore/metal roar coupled with the emotional full throttle vocal
condemning the drug culture. Way to go. The singer actually made every
song count by singing like he cared for every word. He would point and
make hand gestures to emphasize what he sang.
Words of Truth
It was another way loud set with Words of Truth. A lot of songs
stuck with us with these guys. It was funny that the bass player was
still dressed in St Pattys day green as they pounded out Fat
Irish Bastard, a fast one minute cut. All I can hear in the song
is the three word title but its been lodged in my brain ever since.
You can hear on their site: Words
of Truth It's also the short middle video above.
They had one song that we thought said Kill the Dealer and
that could have been another anti-drug song. Ex-Girlfriend
had them working out issues. Nervous Breakdown was another
song that registered. Its unusual to come away with this many
songs from a hardcore/punk set like they do.
Reason Enough was a NYC band that had two rappers upfront.
Not our thing, we left. There werent a lot of people there then
again there never was in these afternoon shows but we love them and
hope it continues.
We split the Midway and got to the Middle East Up in time to
see The Digs. The Digs are in a weird place, they have
a new EP out and are set to do a big tour, yet they are splitting up
the minute that's done. The reason for the split is that main cog Jeff
is pursuing his education. You could tell by the set they played that
music wasnt the issue.
As a unit they seemed to have doubled their punch/volume since the
time we saw them. Part of that might have been the sound system
at the ME but that doesnt explain the red hot performance. The
bass/drums were a solid center as Jeff dealt out some searing leads.
The Digs say it best; Too rock for punk, and too punk for rock.
Instead they fashion their own middle ground where hard hitting songs
have melodies. There are times when the melody and lyrics sync up and
you get a catchy phrase that you wait to come around again. Jeffs
voice adds to that, he can wrap is voice around a lyric or growl out
a line in turn.
In another irony their latest material is their best. So, you know,
youre getting better and then
thats it. Well
miss this band. Andrew on bass will still be playing guitar with
Their new EP is here: https://digsboston.bandcamp.com/album/kinetic
Video of song from show.
Skybar was at the show and he was mucho impressed with the
new material. Hell play it were sure on his Tuesday 8pm
stint on WMFO.
Following The Digs was the Goddamn
Draculas. They were the 2014 Rumble winners. They were amazing
in their way. It was instant excitement and a huge sound. The playing
was superb. The stage antics were fun. This was an arena show in a club.
Music wise it was early seventies style with not much concession to
anything punk or beyond, which of course is what we care about.
And with that we called it a week.
And in other news.....
the club replacing TT’s will open on March 31.
One new twist – they will now have a ticket window set up right on the
street. Photo to the right.
Cool colorful psychedelic cartoon video for the new song "The Man
Who Killed Reality" by The Prefab Messiahs..check
it out here.
Smitt E Smitty (of FireKing) is doing some solo work
posted a cut on Bandcamp check
it out here.
Steve Cataldo gave the fans an update on whats with the
Nervous Eaters on Facebook last week He said: "Sorry guys,
Eaters have been recording and its been months, with a few more to go
I can see that now....anyways as the weather warms up we will back out
gigging with new songs from the CD in the set. See you all in a few
months." We're looking forward to it Steve!!
Here's a good read: How punk changed cities and vice
versa. It's an article in the Guardian. Theres
a lot on the LA and NYC scenes. Check
it out here
Whoopi Sticks have just released two songs released exclusively
can hear 'em here.
We talked to Jim Foley a while ago who is setting up the final
JoeFest, the tribute to Joe Coughlin at the Midway. One
of the main features came to Jim in a dream: a group would play called
Blue Oyster Coughlin that would cover the first three
Blue Oyster Cult LPs. And so it shall come to pass. Mike Quirk
and Jay Allen will be performing in there somehow. It's happening
on May 13 so mark your calendars.
The Shods have a Kickstarter page to raise funds to record
a new album called Exarcheia which is the name of an anarchist
city within Athens, Greece where Shod Kevin Stevenson lived for a while.
the Kickstarter page...help 'em out!
And of course we have to join the rest of the world rock community in
sadness over the death of Chuck Berry. Everyone who picks up
a guitar owes Chuck a debt of gratitude. Hail Hail Rock'n'Roll and RIP
Here's some good shows coming up .....
March 23 (Thursday) Bob Colby
Presents: 28 Degrees Taurus, Headband and Uranium Daughters at
Once This is a Free show but donations are gladly accepted. FB
March 23 (Thursday) Beans On
Toast, The Old Edison, Troll 2 and Miketon & The Nightblinders
March 24 (Friday) Thrust Club,
Ms. Fridrich's Messy Ann Band, FuzzQueen and Awaaz Do at
March 24 (Friday) Oh the Humanity,
Radio Compass, Swivel, Heavy Denims at Opus in Salem
March 25 (Saturday) 45 Adapters (NYC),
Blood Stained Brindle, The Damn Garrison, Quiggs at The Midway -
this is an afternoon show 4-8PM
March 25 (Saturday) Another benefit
for the Cambridge Fire victims. Lots of families were displaced and
lost everything. Help 'em out by going to the Greek American Social
Club (Union Sq Somerville) and listen to Tsunami of Sound and
A Bunch of Jerks. Here's the
March 25 (Saturday) The Hi-End,
M.O.T.O., Modern Day Idols and Hello Susie at the Midway
for the night show
March 25 (Saturday) Muck &
The Mires, The Evil Streaks and Tiger Bomb are at The Chit
Chat Lounge in Haverhill. FB
March 25 (Saturday) Sean Coleman &
the Quasars and The Red Pennys at Nick-a-Nees, Providence
March 25 (Saturday) BETH
& The Black Cheers at Sally O Brien's - FB
March 25 (Saturday) A Wish
For Fire, Devil On Horseback, Test Meat at O'Brien's Pub
March 25 (Saturday) Boston
Underground Summit 9! brought to you by Boston Hassle - 9 bands
will set up round-robin-style in two rooms, 3 stages and take turns
playing a song. When the cycle is complete, the loop repeats again...and
again... and again. UNTIL THE SHOW ENDS! Here's the bands Pink Navel,
Sidney Gish, Ozlo, Boston Cream (ex Barbazons) Kármán
Voh, Mint Green, Solei, Divided Self (Worcester) and Kiss Concert. Its
at The Elks Lodge on Bishop Allen Drive Here's the FB
March 25 (Saturday) Rockin' Bob Punk
Band, Pragmatics, Sick Joke, Laughing Stock, Piss Dogs, and Screw
Cart are all at The Spotlight Tavern in Beverly MA 3:30pm show/$10
March 26 (Sunday) Shepherdess and
Alice Bag and Electric Street Queens at Once
Buy tix etc here FB
And further out......
March 27 (Monday) Jay Allen's Mess
Around moves to Taco Mondays at Once with Jay Allen, Tom Baker,
Justine Covault, Chrissie Vaccaro And Special Guests...FB
Page Starts at 7:30
March 30 (Thursday) Black Helicopter
will celebrate the release of 'Everything is Forever' with the
proceeds going to the ACLU. On the bill also- Trinary System
(feat. Roger Miller of Mission of Burma) and The Boston Typewriter
Orchestra at Once Somerville
March 31 (Friday) Classic Ruins
and Randy Black and the Heathcroppers are at The Tavern At The
End of The World
April 1 (Saturday) State
of the Union, The New Frustrations, The Stigmatics and The
Only Things doing a GREAT early show (4-8PM) and its ALL AGES at
the Midway (FB
April 1 (Saturday) The Upper
Crust, Sidewalk Driver and When Particles Collide as part
of the ArtsEmerson Black Box series at Emerson/Paramount Center, Jackie
Liebergott Black Box Theatre - 559 Washington St Boston (Link)
April 1 (Saturday) The Proletariat
are in Newport RI at The Parlor. FB
April 2 (Sunday) Six Organs Of Admittance
and Minibeast are at Great Scott
April 3 (Monday) City Mouse,
Jenn Lombardi's Lucky United, Mr. Fahrenheit and Dogtooth
MA are at O'Brien's
SATURDAY 4/8 (Day Show) 4pm ($5.00): Jiblantos, Big Giant, The First
Supper, This Machine
April 8 (Saturday) The Kurt Baker
Combo, Soraia, Watts and The Connection at O'Brien's Here's
April 10 (Monday) Actor|Observer,
Sparrows, SuperTeen and No Hands are at O'Brien's
April 10 (Monday) The Very,
Justine and the Unclean, The I Want You at ONCE Lounge FB
April 13 (Thursday) The Rumjacks,
Jason Bennett and the Resistance, Michael Kane & The Morning Afters
and The Runouts
April 13 (Thursday) Modern
English are at The Brighton Music Hall
April 15 (Saturday) The Last
Ones are at The Midway with Tsunami of Sound,Trusty Sidekick
and Sammy Kay (a PM show)
April 17 (Monday) Terry Malts,
Shark Toys with Idiot Genes and Bad Deals at O'Brien's
April 22 (Saturday) Electric
Frankenstein, Symbol Six, Hey Zeus and Duck & Cover at
April 22 (Saturday) The Last
Ones, Tiger Bomb and Corolla deVille at The Spotlight Tavern
April 28 (Friday) The Upper Crust,
Benny Sizzler, Devil On Horseback at Once
April 28 (Friday) Why isn't this
show in Boston or Cambridge!?!? Lydia Lunch, Hard Nips (Japanese
Girl Band), Cassie J Sneider and Nonye Brown-West at Ralph's in
April 29 (Saturday) A special
evening of performances at The Met by Throwing Muses, Neutral
Nation, and Plan 9, and their inductions into the Rhode
Island Music Hall of Fame! Tickets are scheduled to go on sale on
February 27!!! For unveiling ceremony and rock inductions day #2 check
out the FB page!!
May 4 (Thursday) Walter Sickert &
the Army of Toys, Scarlet Sails, Radiator King at Once
May 8 (Monday) Indonesian Junk.....who
have just released a digital single "Turn to Stone" on Rumbar
Records..... are at O'Brien's. HearTurn
to Stone here.
May 10 (Wednesday) Zip-Tie Handcuffs,
The Mad Doctors, Idiot Genes, Future Spa at O'Brien's Pub...FB
May 11 (Thursday) Cruel Miracle, The
Stops!!!, DiNOLA and The Scrapes are at O'Brien's
May 12 (Friday) Mike Watt (Minutemen)
and Meat Puppets are at the Brighton Music Hall Here's the
May 12 (Friday) Rockin' Bob Punk Band
w/ Special Guests TBA at O'Brien's
May 13 (Saturday) A Crash Course
For the Ravers has Glider on - WMFO 95.1 1-4PM
May 13 (Saturday) Watch City SteamPunk
Festival in Waltham...Website
May 20 (Saturday) Jenny Dee & The
Deelinquents, Muck and the Mires, Vicky and the Vengents at The
Middle East Up.
May 22 (Monday) Whoopi Sticks,
Fire In The Radio (Philly) and Cook Bag at O'Brien's
May 26 (Saturday) Corin Ashley
and Modern Day Idols are at The Plough
May 27 (Saturday) The Cal Cali show
that had The Shadows of Knight at ONCE Ballroom has been changed to
now have all local bands: Lyres, The Black Souls, Classic
Ruins and CalCaliBand You can buy
tix here (Only ten bucks!!) FB
May 27 (Saturday) The Runouts, The
Martians, Blame Shifters, Nymphidels at The Midway this is an afternoon
show - 4-8PM
May 29 (Monday) Teenage Bubblegums,
Jagger Holly, Mongorellis, Jimmy Jacked at Opus Underground in Salem
June 1 & 2 (Thurs & Fri)
Reverend Horton Heat at Once in Somerville
June 4 (Sunday) GIUDA (from Rome
Italy) and Unnatural Ax & The Hi End at Once Tix
June 10 (Saturday) Psycho, Conclave,
Whoopi Sticks, Gant, Spillers an afternoon 4-8PM show at the Midway
June 17 (Saturday) Held Hostage,
Point Blank, Infernal Diatribe, Profit Margin at Koto in Salem (FB
June 18 (Sunday) Help Save
Out of the Blue Gallery Too - this will be an all day affair (3PM-11PM)
with FOURTEEN bands including: Brian Young -WMFO as Emcee plus
Thalia Zedek, Fireking, Randy Black, The Knock Ups, Tsunami of Sound,
The Stigmatics, State of the Union, Cal Cali Rockin' Trio, The Last
Ones, The KENZ (Highland & Kaiser), The Thigh Scrapers and Club
Linehan A Go Go ~ 50th Birthday Party for Joe Quinn. Check out the
July 19 July 30: The Midways Dirty 30th Anniversary Celebration
September 16 (Saturday) Chameleons
VOX At the Middle East Also on the bill: Soft Kill , Way Out and
The Milling Gowns FB
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