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The bill at Great Scotts on Thursday had a few bands we like and one we wanted to check out. The Cavemen's name has been thrown around in conversations and we just missed them one night where they were dressed as their name implies - cavemen. The story as heard from Mr B. is that the band was started and all the songs written by a guy who is now gone. The band members change all the time but continue to play the same songs. Is that a group or a cult?

CavemenThe Cavemen
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The name is not arbitrary, they're primitive sounding. Garage music is too developed a term for them, it's cave music. They do have focus and everything hangs together. They have fun and it's fun to listen too.

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Ovlov is a band that other bands listen to. We saw them at the Middle East in April. They didn't spend much time talking; it was all business as they did their thing. It starts with a loud blast that never lets up. The guitarist is doing some interesting fretwork marked with constant variety that gives the songs some different overtones. The drummer was fast and furious. There were times when it seemed he couldn't put in enough fills and rolls. He was jamming everything in there and hitting it hard while he was doing it. He alone was a show.

Of all the songs, the last one stood out. It had a more traditional feel to it with a four chord progression that was march like. On top of that the vocalist gave his best performance of the night. It was a very good set but a set of songs like the last one would have been great.

Black Beach
Black Beach
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Black Beach is one of our long time favorites at this point. They're guitar heavy. The songs are light on lyrics. They get 'em over with and then drill down into a group jam. And they are a unified band, they are drawing from the same well. They make a hurricane of sound and the common inspiration is at the middle. To the listener it gives the instrumental sections a meaningful power. It's has a focus rather than a meandering feel. Importantly, it all sounds modern rather than a rehash of old genres despite big doses of Surf and Psych. Many songs have a simple repetitive riff that carry sections along but other times it's just a maelstrom. They were in great form.

It was also another case of a busy drummer and this time the bass with a razor tone is right with him as they lay the groundwork for the heavy and lively sound. The only song I come away with is one of their first songs called Rats which involves screaming about Rats. The hysteria about rat infestation fits the music.

This was a release party for a Black Beach/Nice Guys split single. Read about it on The Noise

We missed Nice Guys but they're similar to the three other groups on this night, meaning they're a good representative of current garage/punk bands that are out there carrying on the scene started so many years ago. If you are still involved with the Boston scene these are some the bands you should be checking out.

Even as we walked into O'Brien's on Saturday for a good bill we knew we missed a an equally rocking afternoon show at the Midway with The McGunks, Pint Killers, The Martians, & Taxi Driver. As the night went on we found Slimedog and Nick Hebditch (of Fast Times) had gone to the early show. We always claim we don't have a life and go to a lot of shows but alas sometimes life does require attention. Nick told us he's playing bass with the Nervous Eaters now and will be playing with them at the Midway's Dirty 30 Anniversary Party on July 30. So that means he and his father Allen will be side by side on stage. That makes our little punk hearts go pitter patter. We've GOT to be there for that, life or no life.

We missed Losers' Circle but don't forget to preorder their record to help them pay for it and start their tour. You can do that HERE!

Duck and Cover
Duck & Cover
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Now here at the BGN we like to give you a wide variety of bands...but of course we have favorites. So we have to report that we saw Duck & Cover....again. We saw them in April also here at O'Brien's. This was much like that show but somehow the songs seemed even sharper and hard hitting. Right off we could hear Chris' voice was in good form and high in the mix. The overall sound was a tight group sound. The bass had a warm tone and he was playing very simple but melodic lines perfect for the songs. The drummer was in the pocket and slamming. The guitar work is providing crunch one minute and ear candy fills and driving licks the next. All this is to the service of songs that would stand on their own without it.
Hey, we could go on and on. Just get to see them, OK?

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Diablogato was in the semifinals of the Rumble this year, so this was a chance to see them without the big crowd of that gig. We've seen them a few times (here's one) and they're always good. Like a lot of groups that play the Rumble they seemed to have upped their game. The set was high on the excitement level. With the baritone sax in the group the overall sound has a thick and heavy attribute to it that most bands don't get.
A quick look and listen makes you think they are rockabilly but rockabilly doesn't have the punch that these guys have. They seem to wrestle with that problem in their Facebook description: "We're not rockabilly. We're not punk rock. We aren't garage, soul, gothic southern swamp darkness, or straight mid-century American rock and roll." No need to parse that when they are such a fun band to see and hear live.

The standup bass player plays half the set perched on his bass. There are times when that baritone sax comes through the mix and rattles your innards with the low tones. There's tasty riffage coming out of the Gretsch playing guitarist...and Jesse Meyer on drums is one hard hitting dude. This ss another band you should be out there supporting.

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We saw a few songs by our faves Quiggs. We don't want to just keep talking about Swid on bass but gee, let's talk about Swid on bass. The guy is all over the stage and all over the fretboard. The mix at O'Brien's just happened to favor the bass and man, he was ripping. He's in competition with Carl Biancucci for most notes in a bar. He does a few slides and tricks but we give the nod to Carl who has a bigger chest of moves still. Swid also plays regular guitar in PanzerBastard. That guy is a phenom.

It was a long time coming but they finally had Out of the Blue Gallery Fund Raising Show. This space did sort of came from out of the blue. It’s mainly an art gallery with concerts as a side. They mostly have low key quirky acts but are open to anything. People hang on to these live playing opportunities and there was a full day of music from 2 pm to midnight. We were there at the beginning and had to leave this! Sunday is our day to do the BGN.

Out of the Blue Gallery
Out of the Blue Gallery
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John Keegan was playing when we got there and he was going to stay through the day so we'll have a fuller review when he gets his material together which would include amazing photos we assume. It’s was a small group listening to Club Linehan A Go Go as we arrived. Keegan was blowing sax and Mike Quirk was not on bass but regular guitar. Hey, we didn’t know he could do that.
Club Linehan A Go Go
Club Linehan A Go GO
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There was a slight reshuffling and Kenny Kaiser joined Kenne Highland for a short set from The Kenz. It was The Twin Cities of the Mind in all its psych glory. Keegan on the Thunder Tube – small and gurgling, this thing really makes the tune. It was Matt Burns on gong. Give that guy anything and he hits it rhythmically.
The Kens
The Kenz with Matt Burns
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Mike Stewart from WMFO was there as well as Brian Young acting as MC for the day. Tsunami of Sound got the reverb up and running fast for a set of surf.

We were able to talk to Chicago Vin ex of Greg Allen’s Fringe Religion and he was interesting. Also did some catch up with Dan McCormack of the Last Ones. His daughter is now in a band with Stars Like Ours guitarist. The group is called Debra. There’s another instance of the next generation coming on.
Dan also said that Rick Coraccio is doing the Grand Loop of boating via the Erie Canal and Great Lakes and the whole thing takes a year! Holy Moly! So this was going to be the last show for the Last Ones for a while. They have had about four shows this year.

As we left to do the BGN we realized that there were eight more hours to go. A lot of people were putting time and effort into saving this space and that is an awesome thing!!

And in other news.....

We’ve seen some good sets by Loser's Circle. Rather than do a formal fundraising page thing they're banking on pre-sales to get the money to release their new album. Help them by doing that… GO HERE!! Jack White on Popular Mechanics

Stiff Little Fingers are doing their 40th Anniversary tour. On top of that they have Death by Unga Bunga opening for them who blew us away with their performance at Great Scotts. This show will be at the Brighton Music Hall on Sept. 28

Jack White of the White Stripes has been written up in a lot of magazines but Popular Mechanics? Yes, he’s in the July/August issue. The article is about the Detroit factory that makes his vinyl records for his label Third Man Records. It’s an uplifting story of people producing plastic.

This is hilarious: Pizza Tramp (from Wales) doing My Back’s Fucking Fucked on the great blog Just Some Punks Songs.
You can’t say punk doesn’t relate to everyday problems. In the video the band plays in a set that looks like a cardboard box and the they feign back problems. It's a killer song and a great video! Watch it, you'll be glad you did!!

We were blown away by Jim Jones in his Jim Jones Review show at Church back in 2014 He's got a new band now Jim Jones and The Righteous Mind and they are touring...Europe...we hope we can get some of that good stuff over here soon but until then here's a viddy of them in France.


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

June 23 (Friday) Club Linehan A GoGo, Johnny Plankton, The Unoriginals, Mad Painter are at McGann's Pub FB page for directions etc Starts at 8 PM nice and early and its right near Near TD Banknorth or the Gahden as we usedta call it.

June 23 (Friday) Billy Connors Project, Corolla DeVille and Carissa Johnson at The Tavern at the End of The World

June 23 (Friday) Dave Tree is putting on a benefit for his friend Chuck McNally at Hibernia Hall in 151 Watertown St in Watertown - bands will be See This World, Riki Rocksteady, Mollusk and Pelvic Thrust. Starts at 8PM

June 24 (Saturday) Scuzzy Yeti & Kingdom Of Love! are guests on Brian Young's A Crash Course for the Ravers on WMFO 91.5 from 1-4PM

Show benefit June 24 (Saturday) Punk Rock Matinee at the Middle East Up Doors @ 1PM - Michael Kane & the Morning Afters, Dan Webb and the Spiders, Hudson Falcons, Jason Bennett and The Resistance - show ends at 4Pm FB page

June 25 (Sunday) The Central Flea is a ode to our roots; a Brooklyn-style flea welcoming all styles of goods from Boston Art and Vintage to Afro-punk and Salvage, Food Trucks to Fair and its from 11AM- 5PM FB Page here

June 25 (Sunday) Punk Oi Matinee at The Midway with Working Poor USA, Moose Knuckle, DestrOi! and The Abductors 4-8PM

June 25 (Sunday) Roy Sludge is at Sally O'Brien's and its a FREE show! 6 - 8:30 PM

June 25 (Sunday) The Monsieurs, Neutrinos, Harvey Garbage and Super Natural are at The News Cafe News Cafe
43 Broad St, Pawtucket, RI

June 25 (Sunday) Hudson Falcons, Warning Shots, The McGunks and Lucky United are at Firehouse 13 in Provi RI- show starts at 5Pm FB page here

And further out....

July 1 (Saturday) Loser's Circle Whoopi Sticks, Exit Academy (formerly Noisebreaker) and Electric Street Queens are at The Midway for a matinee show 4-8PM

Oh the Humanity July 2 (Sunday) FOTOCRIME, The Milling Gowns, Bedroom Eyes at O'Brien's

July 7 (Friday) Mr. Airplane Man, Tall Teenagers, Andy California and Little Tomb are at The Providence Garage Fest at the News Cafe in Pawtucket, RI.

July 7 (Friday) Cortez, The Humanoids, The Heave Ho and Test Meat are at O'Brien's

July 13- 16 VIVA EAST Rockabilly Weekender and Custom Car Show in Marlboro, MA check out the info here.

July 14 (Friday) Bim Skala Bim Concert Cruise (Check out FB page for details)

July 15 (Saturday) LYDIA LUNCH Retrovirus, Doomsday Student, (NE) Pats, Peach Ring are at The Elks Lodge on Bishop Allen Dr. Central Square Cambridge- Thank you Boston Hassle!! FB page here.

July 15 (Saturday) Devil Music Record Release Show w/ Oneida and A Band Called E at Great Scott

July 15 (Saturday) Charms, Tiger Bomb and The Knock Ups are at the Chit Chat Club in Haverhill MA.

July 17 (Monday) Township, The Dents, Love Love and Weather Weapon at The Midway- Night 1 of the Midway Dirty 30.

July 19 – July 30: The Midway’s Dirty 30th Anniversary Celebration Spectacular

Rockabilly July 20 (Thursday) Kal Marks, A Deer A Horse (NY), Nice Guys and Zip-Tie Handcuffs at O'Brien's

July 21 (Friday) Stray Bullets, Hobo Chili, Warning Shots and Stop Calling Me Frank at The Midway!! Night 5 of the Midway Dirty 30.

July 22 (Saturday) DJ Easy Ed Night with The Cranktones, The Barley Hoppers and Fearless Leaders at The Midway!! Night 6 of the Midway Dirty 30.

July 22 (Saturday) N egative Approach, Bloodclot, Opposition Rising, PanzerBastard, Buried Dreams and Ritual Blade at The Hardcore Stadium Bishop Allen Dr Central Sq Cambridge. Show starts at 6PM.

July 22 (Saturday) Mr. Airplane Man returns to town. They'll be at The Lily Pad in Inman Square with Thalia Zedek. FB page

July 26 (Wednesday) Thrust Club, sister, Death Cloud and Double Star are at The Midway

July 29 (Saturday) The Real Kids, Muck & The Mires, Watts and Gene Dante & The Future Starlets night 13 of the Midway Dirty 30!!

July 27 (Thursday) The Upper Crust, Supersuckers at ONCE Ballroom

July 27 (Thursday) Hambone Skinny, Detroit Rebellion and Jon Bach are at The Plough & Stars

Falcons July 30 (Sunday) Fast Times Nervous Eaters, BarRoom Heroes, The Revilers -4-8PM at The Midway!! Night 14 of the Midway Dirty 30. at The Midway

August 5 (Saturday) Brian Young's A Crash Course for the Ravers has Carissa Johnson - on WMFO 91.5 from 1-4PM

August 5 (Saturday) The Silver Mirrors, Instant Shawarma, The Facc-Tones and The Sound Down Cellar at The Midway

August 5 (Saturday) The Knockups, The Caught Flies, Black Hatch and the Labor Pains are at The Chit Chat Club in Haverhill

August 5 (Saturday) Rancid and The Dropkick Murphys are at the Brockton Fair! 4:30-9Pm check out the FB page

August 6 (Sunday) World/Inferno Friendship Society with Diablogato and Stars Like Ours at The Middle East

August 8 (Tuesday) Poptone...which is Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins from Bauhaus, Tones on Tail and Love and Rockets are at The Paradise

August 12 (Saturday) The Modern Voice, Black Helicopter, Wrought Iron Hex, Scuzzy Yeti at The Midway

August 13 (Sunday) Pinkerton Thugs all ages punk show at The Middle East = also on the bill The Warning Shots and Duck and Cover. This is a daytime show- 1-6PM Check the FB page for more info as it is posted.

Colby Birthday August 13 (Sunday) - This is Bob Colby's 65th Birthday Extravaganza - it is also he LAST show in Boston!! Viva Gina, DYR FASER, The Land of Enchantment, Kingdom of Love, Cold Expectations, Carissa Johnson (solo acoustic), The Very, Randy Black and the Heathcroppers and The Wrong Shapes. At Once in Somerville and the show runs 3PM until Midnite! FB page

August 27 (Sunday) Stop Calling Me Frank, State of The Union, The New Frustrations, The Only Things at The Midway - afternoon show 4-8PM

September 7 (Thursday) Teenage Bottlerocket and OC45 at The Middle East

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 16 (Saturday) Chameleons VOX At the Middle East Also on the bill: Soft Kill , Way Out and The Milling Gowns FB Page

September 20 (Wednesday) X doing their 40th Anniversary Tour- at the Brighton Music Hall

September 22 (Friday) The Ataris and The Queers at The Middle East - this is an early show- 6PM -10Pm

September 28 (Thursday) Stiff Little Fingers are doing their 40th Anniversary tour they have Death by Unga Bunga opening for htem - at the Brighton Music Hall

November 4 (Saturday) Human Sexual Response at HOB

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Black Beach
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Duck and Cover
Duck and Cover
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Crash Course for the Ravers on Saturday WMFO

John Felice Inerview
Joanie's London Manchester Vacation
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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