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The Forz
The Forz
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It was a frustrating week trying to get some good sounds. It was a matter of the bills working against us.
Friday the object was to hear Today Junior at the Midway. Even getting there at 10pm thinking it was late-ish the first band was just beginning. That act was Sports Coach an electronic dance act; one guy and his equipment. It was an odd fit for the bill but people listened and liked.

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Brushes have a new split EP with Today Junior. Initially I couldn’t see the compatibility because they were very controlled and low volume. Eventually they got noisy in a few sections and you could hear a semblance to Today Junior. They also did some high background vocals which are a Today Junior trademark and, finally, they did have the Mike TJ’s drummer. Check out their Soundcloud page

Spirit Ghost
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Next up was Spirit Ghost who sound pretty good with their Bandcamp material. And truth be told they weren’t bad but the patience was wearing thin and the idea that the Today Junior set would end an hour and a half later, we fled the premises.

The new split Brushes/Today Junior EP release is here

Saturday was a similar situation at Club Bohemia. The object then was to see Brit-beat via Brockton, MA from The Forz.

The Forz
The Forz
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A search for some material from the bands who had sets before The Forz turned up nothing. When we got there it turned out they were two groove/ light funk bands playing. That's the stuff that's usually going on upstarts at the Cantab. And wouldn’t you know it, downstairs was full up, just like the upstairs is with these same type acts. How would The Forz even face this crowd? More bad luck - the acts were running late and Forz would go on later than scheduled. This time we fled the premises but came back.

Most of the crowd left after the second act. That was to be expected...but some did stay and The Forz went gamely on. The rock beat after all the groove beats was jarring at first.

The Forz at Club Bohemia

Original Song

Here Comes Your Man

Psychotic Reaction

Open Your Eyes

They've been impressive since the first time we saw them in January of 2015. And - they've gotten better! Everything was in place with vocals and instrumentally, they all are very good players. The bass player has a warm tone and is in the pocket. The main guitarist now plays a 12 string for several songs and he milks it for all it’s worth. He plays riffs that are both memorable hooks and move the songs as well as giving that distinctive tone. Wonderful stuff.

All the songs were notable. The originals are well written. They sound like Beatles/Zombies concoctions, that’s their thing. The covers they choose are ones that work well live. They're getting known for their cover of Psychotic Reaction by the Count Five where the drummer gets to show his stuff. This time they ran it straight into Nazz’s Open My Eyes. They even did Here Comes Your Man by the Pixies.

But truthfully, it’s the originals that'll distinguish them and they seem to be creative on that level with their new CD they released a while back. Bandcamp page

We had to go through some electronic dance music and funky grooves to finally get a good old dose of rock and roll. Sometimes it ain’t easy.

Walking to the car we saw the old storefront for Weirdo Records was still there and empty. Sigh.

Weirdo Records
Weirdo Records Mass Ave
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And in other news.....

Sad Vacation From Danny Garcia who brought us Looking For Johnny now delivers Sad Vacation - The Last Days Of Sid And Nancy. Starting this Friday Dec 9 through Dec 15. the film will be at the Regent Theater in Arlington. The documentary is focused on the last days of Sid and Nancy at the Chelsea Hotel. They were wallowing in drugs and you end up wallowing in the details of that drug life as a result. That’s depressing, the whole subject is. This is not a feel good movie. The problem is that as punks we care about Sid. He looms large in the punk narrative. So, you want to go.

You will see Sid in a lot of shaky videos. Didn’t he ever get a quality taping? Just the My Way video it seems (it's not shown). They cast a few possible culprits for Nancy’s murderer (if not done by mishap by Sid). Some talk about how nice Sid could be but that seems to get lost in the shuffle. Also, there's heretofor unseen photos of Sid and Nancy and the soundtracked has music from Vicious as well as the Heartbreakers, and a bunch of other bands you want to hear.

You can buy tix & check out the skedge here. AND on Friday (12/9) the DVD will be available for purchase here.

Karen DeBiasse and David Simmons are proud to announce the opening of their new web site for our Guitar Repair and Music School Businesses AXE GRINDER. Check it out!!

Uranium Daughters have a new CD out called OZ. Check it out here.

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

When Particles Colice

December 6 (Tuesday) When Particles Collide are doing a December Residency every Tuesday at Atwood's Tavern, 7PM show

December 9 (Friday) Peter Murphy "Stripped" -This is A rare opportunity to see Peter Murphy performing (with an ensemble - 3 piece in all) semi-acoustic versions of his music from throughout his illustrious career (um, $25 Advance / $35 Day of Show / $30 VIP Early Bird / $35 VIP Advance) 7 PM Doors

December 9 (Friday) our new faves State of the Union are having their Second Annual Holiday Extravaganza out in Lowell at Dudley's. On the bill are State of the Union, The Only Things and Arlen. Here's the FB page for directions etc

December 9- 13 (Fri- Tues) Danny Garcia's Sad Vacation (a film about Sid and Nancy) is showing at The Regent Theater. You can get tix here.

December 9 (Friday) Major Stars, Taiwan Housing Project, Mini Dresses and KSZNK are at O'Brien's

December 10 (Saturday) Charlie Don't Surf will be on A Crash Course for the Ravers with Brian Young on WMFO 91.5 1-4PM

December 10 (Saturday) Thrash'n'Bang Christmas Party at the Midway with The Martians , DestrOi, Crimespree, Pink Parts and Jenn Lombari (of Lucky United) this is a 4-8PM show.

Weistronaughts December 10 (Saturday) The Weisstronauts 18th Annual Holiday Jubilee at 4:00 pm at Atwood's

December 10 (Saturday) Cask Mouse, Diablogato, Salem Wolves, and Nick the Barbarian are at Great Scott.

December 10 (Saturday) Nicole Tamaro Productions Christmas Party with The Silver Mirrors, Legendary Rockin Prophets and + free snacks & swag all at the Greek in Union Sq Somerville.

December 10 (Saturday) Psychic TV at Brighton Music Hall

December 10 (Saturday) The Upper Crust, Tiger Bomb, and The Downbeat 5 are at The Spotlight Tavern in Beverly

December 11 (Sunday) Boston Hassle's Black Market - perfect for getting holiday gifts!! This one-day event boasts everything from secondhand to handmade: artwork, zines, body care, nail art, records, baked goods, patches, pins, books, T-shirts, leather goods, knits, woodwork, pottery, local honey, vintage clothing, jewelry, tea, haircuts, tarot card readings, face-painting, portraits, & MORE!! at The Elks Hall in Central Square Cambridge 11AM- 5PM Here's the FB page

December 11 (Sunday) Check out Sparks at the Armory: a Sunday afternoon acoustic show celebrating the release of "Bizarre Animals," a new photography zine by L.A. photographer Tucker Leary. Starts at 2pm at arts at the Armory Cafe, on the bill are Sam Moss, Vincent and Nicholas Ward of The Furniture.

A show, another show! December 11 (Sunday) X___X, NE Patriots and Shiny Beasts at The Middle East - doors are at 7PM for this show. Check out the write up and vids from when we saw them in 2014

And further out......

December 13 (Tuesday) When Particles Collide are at Atwood's Tavern, 7PM show

December 13 (Tuesday) Shitted Wizard, Shatner and Petty Morals are at O'Brien's

December 17 (Saturday) Roy Sludge is doing at 6PM set at Sally O'Briens

December 17 (Saturday) Just in time for the holidaze- This ain't your granma's flea market....It the Rockin' Holiday Flea and Bloody Mary Bash at Once in Somerville! It's an ALL DAY PARRTAAY and it's Free Admission, Open to all ages,11AM- 6PM THIS is where you get your gifts for everyone! There'll be Tasty breakfast tacos from Cuisine En Locale! Tons of vendors selling: Vintage clothing + Collectibles, Tons Photo booth with Panda Clause and DJ spinnin' music! Here's the FB page

December 20 (Tuesday) When Particles Collide are at Atwood's Tavern, 7PM show

December 23 (Friday) Raging Teens 20th Anniversary Boston Reunion! at O'Brien's (FB page) also on the bill Roy Sludge, Ten Dollar Mistake and DJ Easy Ed's Record Hop between sets!

December 27 (Tuesday) When Particles Collide are at Atwood's Tavern, 7PM show

Greeks christmans January 7 (Saturday) The Johns, The Martians (mems of Bim Skala Bim/Rock Bottom), The Cold Expectations (Album Release) and Medical Maps at The Midway

January 7 (Saturday) The Last Ones, Tsunami of Sound and Stop Calling Me Frank are at Sally O'Briens

January 13 (Friday) Lyres, The Charms, the modifierS at The MIddle East Up.

January 14 (Saturday) Now here's a show you won't want to miss Brian Young's A Crash Course for the Ravers (WMFO 95.1FM 1-4PM) has Andy California as a guest.

January 27 (Friday) Ska and Punk night at the Midway with Hobo Chili, Stray Bullets, Losers Circle, Crime Spree and Gant!

February 10 (Friday) The Upper Crust, Watts and Petty Morals are at great Scott

February 10 (Friday) Lux Lives East Coast is coming again -this event is in Salem at Koto, on the bill are Thee Fabulous Itchies, The Evil Streaks and The Nebulas. Here's the FB Page Lux Lives is a chance for Bands and DJ's and fans to come together to celebrate the life of Lux Interior. Since it's inception, Lux Lives East Coast has raised over $10,000.00 for Lux and Ivy's favorite charity Best Friends Animal Society. This is a GREAT event all around!

March 8 (Wednesday) The Sheckies, Mongorellis, The Prozacs, Meat Depressed at Koto in Salem

CONTACT US - Send us your gig listings, your news and anything else ya got!!

The Forz
The Forz
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Trivia Night by LRC WMBR
Wayne Viens Interview
Abbey Lounge Reunion
David Minehan Interview
Middle East Holiday Party
   We interviewed David Bash on the week where his International Pop Overthrow is coming to town. It's some backgroud on the history of the event and of course talk about POP..........
David Bash Interview
   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
   John Keegan get some great photos at the Cramps tribute night at the Middle East Down. .....
All Cramped Up
   It's always a special time when The Damned play. As Halloween looms The Damned hit The Royale...John Keegan reviews and has photos......
Review of The Damned at The Royale
   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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