The Dead Boys
So...Blowfish went to see that band calling themselves The Dead Boys....
As Matt Burns said, "It's only $15.00, why not go and see?"
He was talking about the "Dead Boys" show at Once on Monday.
Michael Kane and the Morning Afters
To our mind the lineup of bands before the "Dead Boys" was worth
the money in itself. But we missed most of Michael Kane and the Morning
Afters and heard just two songs. There was no Cheryl Crane
on bass! Is that a permanent thing? They were a good fit for this bill. They
are new but everything that comes out of them is steeped in a love of early
Duck and Cover
Duck and Cover was next and you know we love those guys. It
was different seeing them up on a raised stage. They went full throttle. They
did a new song and it was one of their best yet. They ended with Stand
Corrected which is their most popular. They show us directions where punk
can grow. They add an extra dose of melodicism and expanded musical influences
without giving up power, grit or attitude.
It was more punk with the Quiggs. This time
we didn't focus on Swid on bass (who was tremendous)
but forced ourselves to check out the group as a whole. We finally
zeroed in on their straight ahead punk and heard some good songs.
They don't mind a simple"we don't give a fuck" as a lyric but
most of their lyrics say more than that. A notable song was When
We Were Young. The two guitars trade chord strums at the
beginning - simple but effective. The lyrics are about lost innocence.
is the song on Bandcamp
The Dead Boys
When the time came for the "Dead Boys" the club
was three-fourths full. For a month the discussion has been, is it worth going?
The common comment, "there's no Stiv." But still there was
Cheetah Chrome and Johnny Blitz. They came
on to lots of cheers. The lead singer had lots of NYC attitude and we liked
that. He didn't try to be Stiv, he did it his way and it fit well. He did mimic
the hang yourself with the microphone chord thing that Stiv did.
The set started with Sonic Reducer, video above, and Cheetah
doing Jimmy Zero's great guitar intro. The best
moments all night were those classic monster riffs that the band
was known for back in the day.
The band was up to the challenge. They were well chosen. The
guitarist Jason "Ginchy" Kottwitz has played
with Syl Sylvain and the Bulemics.
Bassist Ricky Rat was one of the co-founders
of Detroit's legendary glam punker the Trash Brats.
There was a big crowd pushed up to the stage who were eating it
all up. No credibility problem for those people. Behind them a
small mosh pit. Then after about six or seven songs, they stop.
That was it! Set over. Our jaws dropped.
The Dead Boys
All this build up and a short set? They did come back for an
encore. The Dead Boys was so much about Stiv
that any attempt without him comes up short and in this case a
short set. Some of the songs: All This and More, Ain't
it Fun, Ain't Nothing to Do and What Love
And in other news ....
We knew this day would come but didn't want to think about it-
Out of the Blue Gallery has to move out of their current space
by December 1. They are having various fundraiser shows and they
also have a paypal link for donations. Please
go here to see a letter from Tom Tipton and see the link and
see the calendar for their events coming up. Check out thier
FB page too!!!
The 40th Anniversary of the L.A.M.F.
LP is being marked by a series of concerts with Walter
Lure, Clem Burke, Glen Matlock and Mike Ness.
They are in NY and LA. Get dates and locations, etc. here
on Brooklyn Vegan
Bob Colby gave an update on his moving situation
and why Boston gets to keep him a little longer. It's very interesting
too. It gives an insight into the main problem of getting a cheaper
place to live.
Check it out here
Clea Simon was a rock critic of note in the
80's and 90s. She was published in the Boston Globe.
She now has a mystery novel set in the Boston music scene of that
era called World Enough. It's to be released on Nov 1
. It can be pre-ordered
on Amazon. The teaser says: "The casual camaraderie of Boston's
club scene hides something darker. A night out to hear some music,
a band she used to love: But when onetime rock critic Tara Winton
accepts an assignment from her former editor, she must revisit
not only the old scene but everything she holds dear." Her previous
books were mysteries involving cats with titles like: Mew
Is For Murder, Probable Claws and The Feline Mystique
A movie of the last Black Sabbath tour called The
End of the End is coming out on September 28 in movies theaters ……
Here's the Trailer
Bent Shapes is calling it quits.
Announcement here . They will play their final show at Great
Scott on December 16th alongside Beware The Dangers
Of A Ghost Scorpion! and Laika's Orbit.
event page here We thought they did the indie rock thing better
than most. They were quirky and intelligent and they rocked. They
did a cover of the 2x4's Bridgeport Lathe. Hearing
that live was always a highlight. Bridgeport
Lathe on Bandcamp
Pearl Jam has a movie out also - It's a concert film that
chronicles Pearl Jam’s legendary performances at Wrigley Field during
the Chicago Cubs historic 2016 season. It will be at the Kendall Cinema on Oct
about it and get tix here.
And speaking of films- its not music but its a big part of most of our lives......Blade
Runner 2049 debuts in local theaters soon October
where you're gonna go to see it.
new tune from Johnny Angel (Wendell)
Here's some good shows coming up .....
September 25 (Monday) Loser's Circle,
Mongorellis, the Scutches, and Blame It On Whitman @
September 28 (Thursday) Name That
Punk Tune!! Hilken Mancini is playing DJ and Queen of Punk Gilmore
"GtotheT" Tammy, Your Game Show Hostess with Most Mostest for a night
of fun, prizes, bitchin' sounds, drinks etc...starts at 7:30 at Once Tix
September 28 (Thursday) Patti
Smith discusses her newest book Devotion (Why I Write)
Info and tix here
September 28 (Thursday) Boston Fuzzstival
Day 1 is at The Elks Lodge in Central Sq , Bishop Allen Drive. PLaying:
Dent, Birthing Hips, Kal Marks, halfsour, Gravel, La Neve, Rick Rude - Ensemble,
Blau Blau, Dazey and the Scouts
Starts at 6PM (FB
September 28 (Thursday) Stiff Little Fingers
are doing their 40th Anniversary tour they have Death by Unga Bunga opening
for them - at the Brighton Music Hall
September 29 (Friday) Brian Young's
ACCFTR A Crash Course for the Ravers featuring A Tribute to
Thunders with Simon Ritt! 1-4PM WMFO 95.1
September 29 (Friday) Boston Fuzzstival
Day 2 is at Once - playing: Ava Luna, Ovlov, Horse, Jumper of Love,
Bat House, A Band Called E, Lisa/Liza, Laika's Orbit, Way Out, earthquake party!,
Mint Green - starts at 6PM (FB
September 29 (Friday) Il Mostro,
Silver Screams, BDSX and The Von Traps at O'Brien's
September 29 (Friday) Jay Allen
and The Archcriminals, The Black Souls, Roy Sludge at The Midway (9PM
September 29 - October 1 (Fri-Sun) The
Rat Beach Party at the C Note in Hull. There's a ton of bands on these
three days including The Beachcombovers, Charlie Don't Surf, Club Linehan
A Go Go
(featuring our own Kenne Highland and John Keegan)
State of the Union, Pop Gun, The Stigmatics ...so please check
out the FB page for full info
FB PAGE.... Also check out this great article from Bill
Copeland Music News it's got info and SET TIMES fior all three days.
September 30 (Saturday) Boston
Fuzzstival Day 3 is at Somerville ARTFarm(just outside Union Sq.) Playing:
Dirty Dishes, MV & EE, Loone, The Kominas, Sammus, Mini Dresses,
Gymshorts, Honduras, Steep Leans, Olden Yolk, Peach Ring, Boston Cream
Starts at 1PM (FB
September 30 (Saturday) Love and
Flame show at the C Note in Hull Fred Pineau, T.B. Player
and Gary Soprano will be playing in the group. One perk is
that they will be playing Rondy Rush the song they did in 1977
when they were in Third Rail.
September 30 (Saturday) Tiger Bomb
w/ Watts & The Connection live at Bayside
Bowl in Portland, ME
And further out we have...
October 2 (Monday) Cryostasium,
Rawstrum, Petridisch, Hannah Judson at PA's Lounge
October 7 (Saturday) A Boston Punk Rock
Benefit for Rosie's Place featuring The Welch Boys, Jason Bennett &
The Resistance, Pint Killers, and Guns of Brighton
9PM show at The Midway FB
October 8 (Sunday) Petty Morals
are having a Ballroom Blitz at Once Ballroom with a Flea Market and Art
Show -also on the bill Muck & The Mires, The Dazies and Lady
Pill (set times and more are on the FB
page) It's 2PM- 8PM
October 8 (Sunday) The Crank-Tones
are at Atwoods. This is a 4PM show. Atwoods is a great place for dinner too!!
October 9 (Monday) It's another fun night
of Rock and Roll Trivia at ONCE Lounge by Rocker Zine....starts
October 13 (Friday) Silver Screams,
Idle Pilot, Black Cheers and Psychic Dog at Koto/Salem
October 14 (Saturday) Rumbar Records presents-
The Dirty Truckers celebrate Jamie's Dirty 50th BDay! Also
on the bill- Watts, Kris Rodgers and the Dirty Gems and AM
Stereo at The Midway (9pm)
October 14 (Saturday) The Worried,
Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, Classic Ruins are at The Parlor, Providence,
October 15 (Sunday) Refuse Resist
10th Anniversary Show! with special guests Disaster Strikes, All Torn
Up, Neighborhood Shit, and Cry Havoc This is a 3PM
start matinee show at The Midway.
October 18 (Wednesday) The Nekromantix
and The Brains at The Middle East Down 7PM- Midnight show Tix
October 20 (Friday) Hey Hey Record Party
Par-Tay! - Andy California celebrates the release of his new
7 inch and don't forget to bring the money says Andy. He par-tays with Sticker
Shock and Johnnie and the Foodmasters - 10PM @ The
Jeanie Johnston Pub- Check out the Facebook
page- worth it for the visuals alone.
October 20 (Friday) Boston Hassle
presents Boston Underground Summit 10! Featuring Panicsville
(Chicago), Diva Karr, S Nicaenum, Manes Prophet (VT), +DOG+,
Service ....MORE TBA at the Massasoit Elks Lodge Bishop Allen
Dr Central Sq Cambridge. FB
page The 9 bands will set up round-robin-style in two rooms, 3 stages and
take turns playing a song. When the cycle is complete, the loop repeats again...and
again... and again. First cycle starts at 8:30.
October 26 (Thursday) GRCB Halloween
Fundraiser Cover Show! at O'Brien's - it's a load of Boston rockers
doing covers as various bands...in the mix you've got Hilken Mancini,
Samwise Faye, Liz Vom Teufel, Megan Sutton, Anjimile Yvonne, Jennifer Turpin,
Liz Vom Teufel, Erin Genett Cat Verlicco, Jenny Bergman and Flight
of Fire and a lot more people.... they'll be doing Cramps, The Pixies,
Spice Girls and Led Zepplin. ....Stick around for costume prizes for Best DIY
Costume! Best Group Costume! Scariest Costume! Most Creative Costume! Costume
that needs the most explanation! ...it's gonna be a FUN night!!
FB page Haunting your our earlobes this year: Beware the Dangers
of a Ghost Scorpion!, Sinnet, and Boston Cream. It
all starts at 10PM
October 28 (Saturday) Tube Fest,New England's
all day instrumental celebration, is coming to the Midway Cafe - on the bill:
The Fathoms, Tsunami of Sound, SPF4, Matt Heaton and The Electric Heaters, 9th
Wave, The Derangers, The Spytones, The Beachcombovers
November 3 (Friday) Indonesian Junk,
Justine and the Unclean & Gymnasium at Tavern
at the End of the World.
November 3 (Friday) The Woggles,
Muck and the Mires, Stupidity, Andrea Gillis Band at The Middle East
November 4 (Saturday) Fireking,
The Billy Connors Project, Hummingbird Syndicate, Tracy Chevrolet
doing a 4PM Matineee show at The Midway
November 4 (Saturday) Loser's Circle
w/ Rebuilder, Dead Bars, and Settlers at OBriens
November 4 (Saturday) Human Sexual
Response at HOB
November 9 (Thursday) The Proletariat
at ONCE Ballroom w/ Siege and Black Beach
November 9 (Thursday) If you are in NYC
or can get to NYC Celebrate Stranded in the Jungle: Jerry Nolan's Wild Ride
the new book by Curt Weiss that covers 40 years of L.A.M.F.
and is A Tale of Drugs, Fashion, the New York Dolls, and Punk Rock. Also there'll
be music by with Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, and ...book reading, panels,
Q&A, guests, book signing. It's at The Delancey in the Lower East Side 7-10PM
Page for directions and more info He's at Out of the Blue/Cambridge on
the 12! see below.
November 10 (Friday) CH3 (Channel
3), The FUs, Silver Screams, Fast Times Punk at The Middle East Up
- 8-Midnight show
tix here Read about
CH3 here. there's links for tix etc too
November 10 (Friday) The Proletariat
are at Narrows Center for the Arts w/ Black Beach in Fall River,
page for info)
November 11 (Saturday)
Hasselfest #9 this year has Pere Ubu
and a ton of other bands at Once- get
the info on the FB page here.
November 12 (Sunday) readings by author,
Curt Weiss from Stranded in the Jungle / Jerry Nolan's
Wild Ride &...Greg Allen's Fringe Religion plays "Jerry
Nolan & the Profilers" live ! followed by Lyres, GLiDER, MOTO,
Tiger Bomb and Thigh Scrapers ~ at Out of The Blue
page Reading is at 2:15 and bands follow...times are ont eh FB page.
November 10 (Friday) Curt Weiss
covers 40 years of L.A.M.F. and is A Tale of Drugs, Fashion, the New York Dolls,
and Punk Rock in his new book Stranded in the Jungle: Jerry Nolan's Wild
Ride Also, rock and roll with the Thigh Scrapers, Tiger Bomb, Moto,
Glider, and the Lyres starts at 2:15. Here's
the FB page Also added to this show Greg Allen & The Fringe
Religion who go on right after the reading.
December 2 (Saturday) DJ Easy Ed
presents: The Cranktones plus Easy Ed's Record Hop!
4-8PM matinee at The Midway...followed by......
December 2 (Saturday)
Watts (45 Release), Diablogato, Duck
& Cover, A Bunch of Jerks at The Midway
December 8 (Friday) Rumbar records
is throwing a HUGE record release party of the new Justine
and the Unclean record Get Unclean....It's
at Once and there will be bands in the ballroom and in the Lounge. Check out
this list!: In the Ballroom- The Upper Crust, Hey Zeus, Tom Baker and
the Snakes, Justine and the Unclean ....In the Lounge - Cold
Expectations, Roy Sludge Trio, Pinecone Teeth and Jay Allen
- doors at 7:30 show starts at 8:15.
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