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Bob Cenci
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.

Twin Foxes
Twin Foxes

   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

Bob Cenci
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 Wynotts in 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
The Woods

   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 the Herd.
   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.

Jamicia Plain 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 Salem.

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 Young.

Sham 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 page here

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 Page)

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 FB page 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.

Chameleons September 12 (Saturday) Lyres are at The Middle East up along with Little War Twins and Hudson K

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 Models?

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 page here

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.

Crash Saflty 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, MA

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 Salem, MA

September 25,26,27 The New England Shake-Up! Keep yourself updated at their FB page

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 page.

Jittery Jack 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 page here

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 7PM.

October 4 (Sunday) Television is together again and touring!! They are at The Wilbur Theater. Buy tix here.

October 4 (Sunday) it's a very special reunion of The Coachmen featuring Jerry Miller, Roy Sludge, and Johnny Sciascia at The Midway. FB page here

October 8-11 The Third Annual Rat Beach Party WILL happen - at the C Note on Nantasket Beach -- October 8th-11th. Check the FB page for updates.

Hoods 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 show!!

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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David minehan
Borgioli Tribute

It's NEW people    We interviewed the Neighborhoods in 1979. Now 36 years later we talk to David Minehan again. We look back and try to fill in the gaps with what happened at some pivotal moments. We also look at what David is doing now and then what's in the immediate future. All here in a very long.........
David Minehan Interview 2015
It's NEW people    We bring you into the Rat Room at the Hotel Commonwealth. Jimmy Harlold invited a group of scene veterans. It was a Rat reuion with lots of stories exchanged. Get to see the room and the people.........
The Rat Room
   Joanie takes a shorter trip (for her) with a Quebec jaunt. She checks out the old city and Bryan Adams' art exhibit!?
Joanie Lindstrom's Quebec Vacation
   Johnny Angel writes a mystery novel Looking for Lady Dee steeped in Boston punk and Thrills history. It's no apologys given for the punk lifestyle. ....
Johnny Angel talking about his Book
   Just ahead of the big punk show at the Middle East we have an interview with the outspoken Paul Cripple of Reagan Youth......
Paul Cripple of Reagan Youth Interview
   It appeared before us like a chimera and it's still's the Pipeline 25th Anniversary celebration. We interview mastermind Bob Dubrow about his background and search for what motivates him as well as Pipeline history and the show....
The Bob Dubrow Interview
   A look at a notable summer Wednesday. We start at the LRC Summer Party and bar hop to the Sonny Vincent show at Radio......
LRC Summer Party/Sonny Vincent
   The Boston punk community comes out for a good cause. Neighborhoods, Upper Crust, Dents, Dogmatics, Roy Sludge Trio, Ed Moose Savage, Downbeat 5 and Classic Ruins raise some money and rock the house at......
The Viva La Eva Benefit
   It's Part IV and there are still awesome revels....and the photos go back to 1971....not to be missed stuff for Boston Punk fans......
The Lyres Chronicles:The story of a Lyre Retyre - Part IV
   He's legendary and his surprise birthday party was legendary in turn. Only in your Boston Rock and Roll dreams could you come up with a night like this.......
Willie Loco's 70th Birthday Party
   In a case of reverse outsourcing Carl Biancucci of the Classic Ruins also plays bass in the English group Shotglass Killers. He tells us about a gig at the 100 Club with a reformed Damned....
Carl Biancucci in London
   2011 - there are upheavals all over the world, the US is in economic shambles...yet somehow Johnny Anget finds inspiration for a renewal an artistic rebirth if you will......
Interview with Johnny Angel about his new CD
   Ralph Fatello gets into reporter mode and gives us a look into the Cars reunion gig with some great back stage photos too at. ......
The Cars reunion gig at the House of Blues
   The scene gets together for Charlie Chesterman and we get to see Scruffy the Cat reunite......
The Charlie Chesterman Benefit
   The Domatics and The Neats Band 19 and Last Stand reunite...for a benefits for cancer research.... ......
Dogmatics Reunion show at the Paradise
   In the middle of the worst winter ever we give you a story about one of the worst winters ever: mainly the winter of 1978. But it's not just about the winter of course, we don't care about winters we care about punk. Rick Coraccio gives us the inside story from 33 years ago when DMZ went to record their LP.........
The Story of DMZ and the Blizzard of '78
    The Konks' hypnotic bashing was a smart mindlessness that you got addicted to. They are calling it quits and we'll miss 'em and there's no free clinic out there to help us either...........
The Konks Final Show
   We were so thrilled with the La Peste DVD we had to talk with Jan Crocker and while we were at it, get his story too......
Jan Crocker/La Peste DVD Interview
Thank god for 110 Instamatics or we wouldn't have a lot of our early Boston punk photos. Kathy Flynn used hers to get some pics of the Rat and The Club and she sent them to us to share with you..........
Kathy Flynn's Photos
One of the interesting things in the early days of Boston punk was seeing the attention grow around us. One watershed moment was when we heard that a Time Magazine reporter was going to visit the Rat. We didn't like the resulting article. But you can decide. Take a look at the .... ...
Time Magazine Article on Punk 1977
Let's get real. We are all getting older and will die. Do you ever consider how you will be remembered? I'm talking about your tombstone. It's morbid, it's in poor taste, it's .....
Future Tombstones
Crotch biting...head bleeding...dick's all in Miss Lyn's report (with photos to prove it) from the GG Allin 10 Year Memorial Tour at the Middle East....
"R.I.P. GG!!"
Everybody wants to know where everybody else is. To help keep track of the wild, the beautiful and the damned we have set up ....
Then and Now
Punk started 25 years ago. Did any of us think we would ever make it this far? Probably not, that was punk; nihilistic, "no future!". Here is a place to remember, and give a moment of thought to, those who didn't make it this far...
In Memoriam
The minute she hit the scene she was every male punk's heart throb. She was beautiful. She had a winning personality. She had a ...well...a...glow. That could be my heart talking because I, Blowfish, confess: I too am Judy's love slave. We didn't just love Judy, we worshiped her. So, now all of us members of Judyism have somewhere to meet and offer our prayers of unrequited love.
The Judy Map Shrine
1977-The Damned were ready to piss on Blowfish and started to undress Miss Lyn! And people seemed to like it!! This interview IS outrageous...for then AND now!
The Damned Interview

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