Baabes at the Middle East Up
We hit Once on Thursday with Diablogato being
the draw for us. They played without the sax player. We don’t know if
that’s permanent. But they were burning it up and it looked like they
were burning with the hellish red glow on stage. It actually suited their raging
They sounded even more rockabilly without the sax. That guitar player
has it down. The singer’s voice was raspy and he was drinking honey to
help his throat, again it worked with their music. The bass player was sitting,
then standing on his stand-up bass. It was the whole usual Diablogato package
nicely done up for a Thursday.
The top of the bill was Tsunami Bomb. This is their 20th anniversary
tour. They're a California band and they've played the Warped Tour a few times.
They were garage-y with the cheesy organ going on. The vocalist wasn’t
doing it for us. But there were about 70 people there that seemed to come just
to hear them and they were lively and rocking.
More to our liking was the line up at the Middle East on Friday.
We linked the Baabes'
new video in the news last week. We don’t know what you thought, but
we thought – hey, we wanna see this band live…and that’s what
got us to the Middle East on Friday.
We missed the first two bands, Hambone Skinny and The
Gala. The Gala, who we
saw last week, are hard to miss these days because of an aggressive live
schedule. They're playing wherever and whenever they can and they get new fans
The Knock Ups
Also on the bill was The Knock Ups who we’ve seen a
few times: Keegan reviewed them
three years ago and we saw
them a little later, same year....but not recently.
Gretchen Shea was still impressive with the strong voice that
commanded your attention, which is a great gift for a performer to have. The
bass player Cat Verlico, had a complimentary voice to Gretchen’s. Sometimes
she would do a call and response style and other times a simple harmony back
up, both ways added a lot to the mix. It was the drummer’s first show
but you couldn’t tell.
They have good material. A few songs were very memorable. One was "1969"
which we have on video above and here
is the song on Bandcamp. It's about that particular year and Gretchen’s
Rickenbacker through a Vox amp was a perfect tone for that song. They
also did an older one that we always love hearing, it’s about
hating facial hair. It's “The Anti-beard Beard
Song (Paul Weller's Blues)”. Here’s a video of it when
they did the Rumble. Another song, that we love, is "Dionysius".
The point being they know how to write songs that make an impression. Overall
just a good rocking set.
We saw lead singer of Baabes at last
years Starlabfest. (And here’s a reminder to plan to see that outside
event in Somerville that happens at the end of the summer.) He was in a group
called Jojo and the Angry Girls. We loved the group and his stage presence.
And we were right on that as we found out during The Baabes' wild set.
Jason Ring/Johnny BB was pacing the floor in front of the stage as
the band was setting up. He was like a caged animal. You knew something
was coming. The lead guitarist had a neat looking black and white Mosrite
style guitar and he wore a white suit coat, black shirt and tie....which
later was reduced to just the tie. Hey, it’s a look.
The band kicked up a furious fuzz backdrop as Jason spewed out very wordy songs.
It always seemed he felt the pressure to jam in all his lyrical points which
gave the music some of its urgency. The guitarist never needed more than
a four note riff or two chords alternating to make a song, and some of those
were very catchy.
Jason is a big guy but it’s not just his physical presence that
is imposing but his wild stage antics. He started on the floor, then
spent equal time on stage, often transitioning to the floor with a high
leap (see photo on top of page). He does a lot of gesturing, mugging
and posing which are all to the service of the lyrics. He moves his
feet ala James Brown. It all came across as organic. The band members
were right with him on all counts.
You should look at the videos below to
get a better idea of what they were doing. He was also slugging from
a bottle of champagne, Korbel we think and passed it around to the audience
to drink, a lot of it ended up on the floor too as did other drinks as
Jason did his crazed struts and jumps.
They are headed to the studio again soon to record more! We look forward to
future Baabes shows!!
The Knock Ups' Cat Verlico was in the audience and lovin' it too! We
all were!! And this was their third show as a band? That’s amazing!!
What a show this was!!
And in other news.....
Thalia Zedek has a nice write up in this week's Patriot
Ledger. It talks of her career and then the particulars of her new group
E that will be playing this Friday at the Midway FB
Boys From Nowhere got a write up in the Globe on
Sunday. They tied it in with another film on the Slits. It's wonderful
to see the film getting attention from the large papers.
Ken Stringfellow has been working on Richie Parsons'
new album. Now he’s got some of his own business to take care of with
the 30th Anniversary of his band – The Posies. They will
be at Once on June 15. Pop fans, we’re talking to you!!! Check
out the FB page
Here's some good ole punk reading: Please Kill Me has an article on the
Bromley Contingent from the early punk days in London. There are videos and
quotes and more.
And here's a great article on Deborah
Any of you out there remember the band Chrome, from the late
70's? They are playing at the Middle East UP May 29th
Here's some good shows coming up this week.....
May 23 (Wednesday) Boys From
Nowhere: The Story of Boston's Garage Punk Uprising is at the
Cape Ann Cinema - 7:30 show time. FB
May 23 (Wednesday) Simon Ritt
is performing Johnny Thunders' So Alone album with him are The
Bristols, Evan Shore, Tony Savarino, Mark Chenevert, Adja Snyder, Joe Mazzari,
Phil Aiken, Eric Martin and Bill Dougherty - wow!!!
also on the bill 61 Ghosts - this is at The Lizard Lounge
May 24 (Thursday) Rocking For A Cure For
Huntington’s with The Idolators Featuring Sal
Baglio, Leader of The Stompers along with Jeff Keithline and Sam Wood
Appearing along with these fine musicians Chris Palud with
Jamie Walker Sandy Martin & Joe Donnelly John Surrette
& Friends Dave Barton & Blame The Whiskey Kelly
Knap, Kim Ernst (Bristols) with Eric Martin (Neats)
Billy Connors Project.… doors at 7PM at Thunder Road
May 24 (Thursday) Thrust Club
with Dump Him & Sapling at Once
May 25 (Friday) Whore Paint,
E (record release), Arch Cape at The Midway
May 26 (Saturday) A benefit for Nate at
The Rhumbline Upstairs in Gloucester featuring Sternman and
a bunch of other bands
May 27 (Sunday)
Roy Sludge at Sally O's, Sun. Memorial Weekend
May 27 (Sunday) The Four Point
Restraints, The Guilloteenagers, Surprise Party, American Affairal
(Jess & Tom of Man Trouble) at ZuZu
And further out we have...
May 29 (Tuesday) Chrome at the MIddle East Up.
May 31 (Thursday) Red Hare, Sweet Jesus
(Last Show), Holy Hands, SilverScreams, Pummel at AS220 in Provi RI FB
May 31 (Thursday) Atlantic Thrills,
The Mad Doctors, Fire Heads, Heavy Connection at the News Cafe Pawtucket,
June 1 (Friday) Tom Baker &
The Snakes, Swilson and Duck and Cover at The Tavern
@ the End of the World.
June 1 (Friday) Thee Fightin' Fish
Record Release Party at Club Bohemia also playing are EVERT, Birdgangs,
Captain Martini and the Key Stoners
June 2 (Saturday) A Crash Course
for the Ravers featuring Charlie Don't Surf! 91.5
June 2 (Saturday) Check out JJ Gonson's
pics with Slam Dance - Pictures from the Pit it's
out in Framingham, 4-8PM FB
page for info
June 2 (Saturday) The Black Souls,
Crunchtime & Guests, do a Midway Cafe Matinee 4-8PM
June 2 (Saturday) Fur Purse, Lady
Pills, Miss Geo & DJ Sit and Spinat the Midway 9PM show
June 2 (Saturday) Sheer Terror,
Nothing But Enemies, Brando, American War Machine at The Middle East
- this is an early show 5:30-10:30
June 2 (Saturday) Worshipper, Sidewalk
Driver, Flight Of Fire, Blood Built Empire at Sonia
June 3 (Sunday) The FUs, Working
Poor USA, The Straight Eights, Worm at The Midway for a 4-8PM show
June 3 (Sunday)
Gang Green and Taxi Driver
at Alchemy in Provi RI also a matinee 2-6Pm
June 4 (Monday)Radkey, Aneurysm, Silver
June 5 (Tuesday) Rock and Roll
Trivia w/ Erin and Brett at Sinclair 8PM
June 9 (Saturday) Sternman, Nightbird
and Tragedy at The Middle east Up.
June 9 (Saturday)
Scissorfight, Diablogato, Scrimmy the Dirtbag
at Opus in Salem - and its sponsored by Lord Hobo Brewing company- you know
what that means
June 9 (Saturday) The Neighborhoods
at the Ocean Mist in RI on June 9, Tickets
June 10 (Sunday) Tokyo Tramps,
Jody Moore, Billy Connors Project, Club Linehan A Go Go at The Midway
for a 4-8 PM show
June 13 (Wednesday) The Posies
30th Anniversary Tour with guests Secret Sail at ONCE Ballroom
June 13 (Wednesday) doing their G.G.
ALLIN 25th Death Anniversary Tour the Murder Junkies are at Cafe Nine
in New Haven CT FB
June 13 (Wednesday) Some Kind Of
Nightmare (CA), Silver Screams, BDSX, Sweet Bangs at
Opus in Salem
June 13 (Wednesday) Supersuckers,
Speedealer, Salem Wolves are at Alchemy in Provi, RI
June 14 (Thursday) The Dickies
(40th Year Anniversary) w/ The Queers, Duck & Cover and
Cookbag at The Middle East FB page for
June 15 (Friday) Robert Gordon
is at the Greasy Luck Brewpub in New Bedford, MA opening is Johnny
Barnes & The Nightcrawlers. FB
June 16 (Saturday) GLiDER
Live on Radio 91.5FM Crash Course for the Ravers! wmfo.org
June 16 (Saturday) Benefit for Rosie's
Place with Jerry’s Got Jokes, Threat Level Burgundy, Whoopi Sticks,
Blame it on Whitman, The Runouts this is a DAY show at The Midway
June 16 (Saturday) The Nervous
Eaters, Justine and the Unclean, Stop Calling Me Frank are at Thunder
June 16 (Saturday) GBH
with Pinata Party are at The Middle East Down.
June 17 (Sunday) Micah Schnabel,
Live Nude Girls, Olde Boy, Amy Griffin at O'Brien's Pub
June 20 (Wednesday) Blk Squirrl
Record Release with special guests Andy California
and Sundog at The Midway
June 20 (Wednesday) Reverend Horton
Heat, Big Sandy, Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones at Alchemy Provi RI
June 22 (Friday) Greg Allen's Fringe
Religion, Pop Gun, Muck and The Mires and 138 at KOTO
June 22 (Friday) Tied To A Bear,
Duck &Cover, The Von Traps, Sonic Libido at Opus in Salem
June 23 (Saturday) Gene Dante And
The Future Starlets, Parlour Bells, The Gala, Smitt E. Smitty and special
guest DJ, Gang of One (Hugo Burnham formerly of Gang of Four)
at Once - 8:15PM show time!
June 23 (Saturday) Mr. Airpane
Man, GLiDER, Andy California, Shiny Beast, Thigh Scrapers at Club Boho/The
June 23 (Saturday) The 7CS
and The Rolling Who, are at the Plough & Stars
June 24 (Sunday) Opposition Rising
Boston Record Release Show! with Not A Part Of It, Infernal Diatribe,
Neighborhood Shit, DNZL 4PM matinee show at the Midway
June 24 (Sunday) The Adolescents,
Electric Frankenstein and Duck & Cover at Brighton
June 29 (Friday) Nervous Eaters,
The Gamma Goochies, Euphemia at Geno's in Portland, ME
June 30 (Saturday) Goddamn Draculas,
Jason Bennett and The Resistance, Art Thieves at Middle east Up 6:30
June 30 (Saturday) Rockin' Dune
Tunes at Whitecrest Beach Wellfleet Cape Cod. It’s rocking on
the beach – well, the parking lot next to the beach. Line up : Mr
Airplane Man, Atlantic Thrills, Shiny Beasts, 5 SPF4. It's FREE &
ALL AGES. it startts at 5PM. The town charges to park for the beach until 4:30.
Bonfire on the beach after the show. In memory of our friend Trey Helliwell.
More info here
July 1 (Sunday) Today Junior, Milk,
Dutch Tulips, Soft Pyramids at Great Scott
July 1 (Sunday)
G.G. ALLIN 25th Death Anniversary show with
The Murder Junkies, Smoking Triples, Jonee Earthquake, They Hate Us,
Malcolm Tent at The Dutch Treat Franconia NH Here's the FB
July 7 (Saturday) Pajama Slave
Dancers (reunion) with special guests Trusty Sidekick, Grey
Matter (ft. Eric Gaffney), and The Weisstronauts
July 8 (Sunday) Step 13, Genuine
Rust, The Martians, Cry Havoc at the Midway for a 4-8PM show
July 11 (Wednesday) The Goddamn
Gallows, The Koffin Kats, Viva Le Vox at Alchemy in Provi, RI
July 12 (Thursday) Koffin Kats,
The Goddamn Gallows, Viva Le Vox at The Middle East
July 13 (Friday) Last Ones and
CalCali Band are at Tavern at the end of the world. (Rick must
be back from his Grand Tour!)
July 13 (Friday) Fireking, The
Grip Weeds, Watts, Modern Day Idols at Thunder Road -get
July 14 (Saturday) il Mostro, Psychic
Dog, The Laces, Jim Healey for a 4-8PM show at the Midway
August 4 (Saturday) Scissorfight,
White Dynomite, Northern Skulls, Red Mantis at Once Somerville
August 4 (Saturday)
Descendents w/ A Wilhelm Scream
& Pavers at State Theatre, Portland, Maine
August 8 (Wednesday) The Blasters
come back to ONCE
August 13 (Monday) Agent Orange,
Fea, and more at Ralph's Diner in Worcester
August 15 (Wednesday) Agent Orange
are at the Brighton Music Hall TIX!
August 16 (Thursday) Agent Orange
w/ FEA, Zero Holds at Alchemy in Provi, RI
August 24 (Thursday) Lyres, Glider,
Pop Gun, Knock Ups at Koto in Salem
September 8 (Saturday) Richard Mirsky's
CD Release Party at the Midway (night show)
September 9 (Sunday) Slim Cessna's
Auto Club and Kid Congo Powers at Once - music starts
September 11 (Tuesday) Killing
Joke on their 40th Anniversary Tour at the Paradise FB page
October 12 (Friday) Salem Horror Fest
After Party with Diablogato, Gray Bouchard and the Dedications and
Petty Morals at Opus in Salem
October 20 (Saturday) Nervous Eaters,
Indonesian Junk, Duck & Cover at the Middle East Up
October 27 (Saturday) The Descendents
w/ Teenage Bottlerocket at The Palladium in Worcester FB
page for tix etc
November 2 (Friday) Roky Erikson
at Once. Tix
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