Photo: John Keegan
We were having a good winter run with next to no weather issues until
this week. We got cramped with snow falling on good gig nights. We scooted
out to see the Real Kids after the Thursday night/Friday foot
of snow even with a forecast of snow for that night at midnight.
We were happy to see the Midway was on the full side. With
this bill it seemed that no way were people gonna skip it. We missed
Richie Parsons. For his set he had a guitarist and cello player
up there with him doing his popalicious material. He has even more new
material in the works. This whole new second wave of music from him
is an unexpected pleasure. We cant wait for the new songs.
The Real Kids played the next set at 10 pm. We saw Artie
Sneiderman in the crowd. He tried to go the Worcester show that
got cancelled because John got hurt during the load in. The group seemed
energetic and in good spirits even while setting up.
They proceeded to play a edgy rocking set. The playing was sharp,
the guitars biting and the vocals strong. John Felice said later
that he tried to make the set all upbeat rock with just the slow version
of Common at Noon as a change of pace. We were amazed at how
many songs they didnt play which tells us they have a large set
list to draw from these days. They also did a few new songs. They fit
in the set seamlessly. John says hes got plenty of new songs in
the pipeline too. Rick Harte said the new recorded
material is getting to the finish line.
The set seem to go by super-fast. There were standout versions of
All Night Boppin and Shake Outta Control. They
never got to Baby Blue and All Kindsa Girls that were
on the set
list. Solid Gold from the first LP was the encore song.
That seemed to have a whole new life as they rocked it home.
It was a wonderful crowd. When the songs ended it wasnt just
applause but that sort of din that comes in a wave full of clapping,
whooping and yelling. John said after the set that he loved playing
with that response.
Judd on drums nailed all the fills that make the songs pop
out. Hes an interesting musician with a long history that should
be written up. We were standing in front of Dickie on bass and
hearing that warm tone putting out the moving and melodic bottom is
a treat. It was that warm tone juxtaposed with the harsh treble of the
guitars that made the gig for us.
Photo: John Keegan
If you are a long time Boston punk fan you cant help but get
caught up in the whole history of it when you see Billy Cole and
John side by side playing the songs that we now know will go
on for a long time to come. We have a lot of notable front men but they
are the one duo that inspire.
It was a set not to miss. I feel bad for the Worcester people. Maybe
they can reschedule that.
Muck and the Mires
Photo: John Keegan
After the Real Kids set it was talking with friends as Muck and
the Mires did a fast set up and before you know it theyre
off and running. Its like a needle hitting the groove and its
going to play to the end
with no space between the songs. You know
what its like. Its a rush of British Invasion like songs.
They are irresistibly catchy and flying by one-by-one. Like they say
in their own song, its hypnotic.
Linda - Muck and the Mires
Photo: John Keegan
We are always drawn to and entertained by Lindas fills and accents.
Somehow they capture your ear as if they were melodic. Its a wonder
and she always smiles and does back ground singing also. Amazing!
Badass Mother Fuzzers
Photo: John Keegan
The Badass Motherfuzzers came across the pond from France.
It took them a couple of songs to sink into their trio of meat and potatoes
garage punk chops. A decent if unspectacular end to a another rockin'
night at the Midway.
See the link below for more photos of this night by John Keegan.
We never stop appreciating how we have easy access to groups like
the classic Real Kids and gems like Muck and the Mires.
Its nice to be a Boston punker!!
And in other news.....
Long time Boston Musician Rick Berlin who founded Orchestra
Luna has just had his first book Paragraphs published!! Here's
in the Boston Globe and a Q & A with Rick
and the Jamaica Plain Gazette ....and you can buy Rick's book on
Amazon.com here: PARAGRAPHS
by Rick Berlin
When the Red Hot Chili Peppers played the TD Garden the guitarist
Josh Klinghoffer did a short solo section playing Mission of Burmas
Thats When I Reach for My Revolver.
Here's the Video from the Boston Globe
Yet another reason to practically live at the Midway...they
are cranking up their Saturday Afternoon Hard Core Shows again
in March! Its in by 4 out by 8pm and you will have your ears bleeding.
Check out gig listings below.
Zippy went punk this week.
Discord, the DC based label, has just put ALL its music on Bandcamp.
That means you have access to everything at no price. They even have
the first demo of Minor Threat ...check
it out here!!! Just go to Bandcamp (that link over to the left)
put in the band name you want and the music will be there.
about it on iD here
It's another vacation for Joanie Lindstrom who's
hell bent on visiting every record store in the world. This time it's
beautiful Portugal: Sintra, Lisbon. Porto and Coimbra
Jon Macey is featured on the Five Bands website. (Johnny
Angel was spotlighted a while ago check that
out here) There are five Fox Pass songs posted. Three are
from 1974. Then there is the very interesting 1975 recording of Jonathan
Richman and Fox Pass doing Gloria at the Club.
A lot of influences can be heard on all the music by Macey. Its
what makes it so interesting. Heres the
Five Bands Macey page
Rum Bar Records turns 21 and is
'gonna make you ache' for
Tom Baker and the Snakes debut full length 'Lookout
Tower' is coming out in March 2017.
to Send us your name and win the new CD and tickets to their
Release show at Sally O'Brien's
with Duck & Cover, the Dents and Stars like
Ours, on Sat. Feb 24.
(deadline Wednesday Feb 22)
Here's some good shows coming up .....
February 14 (Tuesday) Howardian,
The Monsieurs, JoJo and the Angry Girls at Zuzu!
February 14 (Tuesday) Doped
Up Dollies, The Pomps, Mickey Rickshaw and Whoopi Sticks
are at O'Brien's
February 14 (Tuesday) The 6th
Annual Ruby Rose Fox Valentine's Day Show at Atwood's Tavern
February 11 (Saturday) Tavern
at The End of The World Presents: Trusty Sidekick, Fireking,
and The Trick Wallace Trio
February 11 (Saturday) Hummingbird
Syndicate, Rebel Vargas, Red Right Hand and Eliza and the Organix
are at PS's Lounge
And further out......
February 17 (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!
February 18 (Saturday) DJ Easy
Ed presents The Crank Tones plus Easy Ed's Record Hop!
for an early show (4-8PM) at The Midway
February 18 (Saturday) and for the
evening show at The Midway we have Amos Fortune, Endation, Lotus
Ignite and GrandEvolution
February 18 (Saturday) The 8th
Annual Welch Boys Ron Holbrook Memorial Shows benefiting His Mansion
(Night Two) featuring Panzerbastard, The Welch Boys , Warning Shots,
Beantown Boozehounds, Mark Doherty and the Pink Killers, Jason Bennett
and the Resistance and Lenny Lashley
February 22 (Wednesday) Ten
Dollar Mistake are at PA's Lounge
February 22 (Wednesday) There's
a special benefit show featuring Tigerman Woah!, Town Meeting, These
Wild Plains, and Creaturos at State Park in Kendall Square.
Proceeds will be donated to the Sacred Stone Legal Defense Fund
February 24 (Friday) Zip-Tie
Handcuffs, Hey Zeus, Wolfsmyth and Tenafly Vipers are at
February 24 (Friday) Actor/Observer,
Energy and Partywolfe are at Great Scott
February 25 (Saturday) Duck & Cover,
the Dents, Stars like Ours, Tom Baker & the Snakes at Sally
O'Brien's - This is the CD Release party for TB & The Snakes CD
Bar Records (here's
the FB page)
February 25 (Saturday) The
Billy Connors Project is @ the Cantab with Corrola Deville
and Jimmy Bez.
February 25 (Saturday) Sasquatch &
the Sick-a-billys return to Worcester! along with Marianne Toilet
& the Runs, Leaving Eden and Tigerman WOAH all at the
Cove Music Hall in Worcester. FB
February 26 (Sunday) Roy Sludge
Trio is doing a 6PM show at Sally O'Brien's
February 28 (Tuesday) The Hi-End, Low
Babies, Four Point Restraints, and the Instamatics are at
the Midway Feb 28 Here is the
March 1 (Wednesday) Puppy Problems,
Emmett McCleary (MTL), Ricecrackers, Du Vide and Ozlo
are at O'Brien's
March 3 (Friday) Robyn Hitchcock
March 3 (Friday) Japanese Monster,
Red Right Hand, The Additions, The Tenafly Vipers at The Midway
March 3 (Friday) Oh The Humanity,
The Run Outs, Electric Octopus and The Port City Saints at Club
Bohemia Cantab down
March 4 (Saturday) The Manglers,
The CWB (Reunion), The Grommets and The Only Things at The
Midway - Early show 4-8PM (FB
March 4 (Saturday) Jittery Jack &
Miss Amy are at Atwood's for a 4PM show
March 4 (Saturday) Hambone
Skinny and The Guilloteenagers at Club Bohemia at The Cantab
March 4 (Saturday) Trusty Sidekick,
Even Twice (NYC), Nick and The Adversaries and Gymnasium
at The Midway (night show)
March 4 (Saturday) Jittery Jack
& Miss Amy Griffin at Katrina's in Gloucester
March5 (Sunday) Save Ferris,
Baby Baby and Petty Morals at Brighton Music Hall
March 8 (Wednesday) Fully Celebrated
Orchestra, Trinary System at The Midway
March 8 (Wednesday) The Sheckies,
Mongorellis, The Prozacs, Meat Depressed at Koto in Salem
March 9 (Thursday) A benefit for
Outside the Lines (the special needs art studio) at Thunder Road-
Barrence Whitfield & Dennis Brennan will be playing.
March 10 (Friday) Agent Orange, The
Queers, & Guttermouth at ONCE Ballroom FB
March 11 (Saturday) Off World, Lon
Chaney Jr., Garbage Point, The Ghost Boys at The Midway - this is
an afternoon show 4-8PM
March 11 (Saturday) The Slaves,
a British punk duo from the UK are at Great Scott
March 11 (Saturday) The Knock Ups,
The Forz, The Furs and The Evil Streaks are at O'Brien's
March 17 (Friday) Boston Hassle
Presents: Simply Saucer, Poppy Seed & The Love Explosion, Dyr Faser,
Doug Tuttle, Major Stars at the Middle East Up (FB
March 17 (Friday) Sasquatch
And The Sick-a-billys Return To Salem! along with Damnation,
Creepin Cadavers and The Womps at Koto in Salem
March 18 (Saturday) Roy Sludge
Trio for a 4:00 pm show at Atwood's
March 18 (Saturday) Reason Enough,
Words Of Truth, A Breed Apart (from NYC), One Less Scumbag and KUYA
at The Midway - an afternoon 4-8PM show (FB
March 18 (Saturday) DFMC (Dana
Farber Marathon Challenge) Benefit Show with Sidewalk Driver,
Township, The Fatal Flaw, Red Red Rockit at The Midway
March 18 (Saturday) The Digs
are having an EP Release Party at the Middle East Up ! Also on the bill
are JRV and Psychonaut Underground - FB
March 19 (Sunday) Ruby Rose Fox
is at Atwoods.
March 23 (Thursday) Beans On Toast,
The Old Edison, Troll 2 and Miketon & The Nightblinders at
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.
March 25 (Saturday) 45 Adapters
(from NYC), Blood Stained Brindle, The Damn Garrison and
Quiggs at The Midway - this is an early show 4-8PM
March 25 (Saturday) You might
as well just plan on staying at the midway all day coz their night show
is The Hi-End, M.O.T.O., Modern Day Idols and Hello Susie
March 25 (Saturday) BETH
& The Black Cheers at Sally O Brien's - FB
March 26 (Sunday) Ruby Rose
Fox is at Atwood's
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 2 (Sunday) Six Organs Of Admittance
and Minibeast are at Great Scott
April 8 (Saturday) The Kurt Baker
Combo, Soraia, Watts and The Connection at O'Brien's Here's
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 (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
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.
more Indo Junk at Rumbar Records, as Malibu Lou says "We
are carrying slabs of the wax version too!!"
May 12 (Friday) Rockin' Bob Punk Band
w/ Special Guests TBA at O'Brien's
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 17 (Saturday) Held Hostage,
Point Blank, Infernal Diatribe, Profit Margin at Koto in Salem
September 16 (Saturday) Chameleons
VOX At the Middle East
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