Stop Calling Me Frank at the House of Blues
Charlie’s Kitchen in Harvard Square always has good
bills on Monday nights. The club is problematical because basically about 6
people can see the band clearly but everybody else are behind them...and it
gets seven or eight rows deep...so the chance of actually seeing the band is
We're thinking of going there more though, because the Middle East
has stopped having rock shows that interest us, for the most part. TT
the Bears used to be good for shows all week but now, as Sonia,
they have lots of non-rock and especially non-punk bands in there.
So there we were on Monday upstairs at Charlie's. The Rong has
been getting some buzz but we missed them. But here's
a release by them on Werewold records.
We arrived to a trio called Sneeze beginning their set. They
sounded messy at the beginning, but about half way through the set things got
better. Either we got into it more or they warmed up and got a bit tighter.
The sound was a grungy wash, but rocking hard and that always wins us over.
The guitarist seemed to have some unusual fingering going on with lots of open
strings. Listening to them on
Bandcamp helps to see what they were doing a bit more.
Then it was Nice Guys. This band has fans that have stuck
with them through the years as they change their sound. When we saw them in
of 2016 they were a raw and loose garage band with one minute songs. They
could barely keep things together – but it was fun. By the time we saw
them in January
of 2018 their music style had changed, they had Led Zepplen style big riffs
going on and a unified band attack.
At Charlie’s Kitchen we could hear the next chapter. Now they were super
tight and playing an angular art rock. This music showed lots of discipline
and practice. Some of the two guitar interplay was heading for Captain Beefheart
territory. At other times The Maps came to mind also.
We don’t see that they have much music online. It seems to us that this
batch of songs should get recorded. In any case this band is going their own
way and it’s very interesting.
Nice Guys are playing with Bad Sports at
O’Brien’s on April 4. That’s a recommended
show to hit!!
Lennie - Stop Calling Me Frank
Thanks to the generosity of Stop Calling Me Frank we found
ourselves at the Dropkick Murphys' show at the House of Blues
on Thursday with SCMF as openers. It started with a 40 minute
wait in a line that was long in front of us but way longer behind us. Then it
was a TSA worthy security check point and finally into the club.
People were streaming in quickly. SCMF was on at 7pm and by
the time the set was over the place was filled. We equate SCMF with the small
clubs so to see them on the HOB stage was a novelty. We talked to Lennie
and Dan beforehand and they seemed very calm. On stage they
did the same set they would do at Midway and it worked on the big stage. They
began with “Gimme Life”. That has the band’s blue collar ideals
up front and those are the same as the Dropkick Murphy fans. They got a good
reception on that and you knew all would be well.
You could hear every instrument and in perfect balance. There was zero distortion
and the instruments sounded natural. The sax sounded the best of all. (it made
us think of Clarence Clements’ tone). What a sound system! So, that’s
what they can do.
SCMF had the perfect songs for the night. They were half serious, half funny
and then the drinking songs. They had the perfect songs for being an
opener. Some songs were: “Drinking After Work, “My Baby
Is an Axe Murder from the State of Wisconsin” , “Rockin’
and Rollin’”, and “Whiskey in the Jar”.
Stop Calling Me Frank
When they got to their last song “Whale Baby” the crowd was with
them all the way and we could hear them doing the whale bellowing along with
the band. What a great moment that was. We felt so happy for the band.
The middle band was The Interrupters from LA. They were a
ska band. Some groups use ska for a song or two for variety that not The Interrupters,
they are ska every minute. They play it super tight. They two guitarists are
in constant motion. The singer Aimee was moving and interacting with the audience
up front. The lyrics were about overcoming hardships and offering inspiration.
They kicked things up a level and the audience responded.
We were up front which
was alright but could tell that behind us the crowd was heading for mosh time.
Then as we got pushed around a bit we looked to our left as a crowd surfer
by next to us. We moved out of the stage area at that point. From the next floor
up we could see the middle of the floor moshing and skanking.
At 9pm the Dropkick Murphys started the show. There was dramatic
lighting for the solo bagpipe player. The first song is “The
Boys Are Back”. There's an elaborate light show, the band rushes on
stage, then four small Irish Dancers followed by more of the song, then additional
taller Irish dancers. The stage is packed and smoke joins the lights that never
stop winging all over the place. It’s sensory overload and very exciting.
Things continue in that vein. By this point we had been standing for 3 ½
hours, so we start heading out knowing that others here have been standing much
more than us and who knows how long the band will play.
We never had a look into one of these home stands and thank to SCMF for the
It was a real change of pace on Saturday at the Midway for a hardcore line
up and an added surprise- no cover.. We were looking to catch Neighborhood
Shit. The first band was Where
They Hide from Maine even though they were not listed on the bill we saw.
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They were totally grindcore complete with throat singing. The drumming was
a thunderous roll with some very fast stick action - impressive stuff. The guitarist
and bass were super-fast and precise. It’s funny how the overall effect
is a raging blur but dig down and it’s all built of an intricate structure.
We loved how all three were playing the same complicated rhythm. That made you
nod your head in conjunction.
The throat singing just sounds like argggggggggggghhhhhh but you knew there
was words in there you would love to hear. Sure enough the song
on Bandcamp has lyrics which sound like an internal monologue of some sort.
During the set there were a few moshers who were a indiscriminate on where
they did their karate chops and kicks. Standing in a usually protected place
wasn’t good enough and we ended moving further back. That was true for
the whole night.
Next up was Psychic Weight, a Boston band, and man
were they something. They were more straight up punk hardcore. The singer
took the floor in front of the stage and the band was flailing like
crazy on stage. Just visually alone you could tell they were serious
about the music. Then their frantic moves and intensity radiated a sense
of danger. Add in the moshers and you get the mix that scares off most
of the world and leaves the punks alone. The songs were short. "Whacking
Day" on their Bandcamp
page gives the lyrics. They come off as the rantings of a disjointed
paranoid that you can laugh at if you want.
The next band was not Neighborhood Shit. We figured
either we missed them if they went on first, or if they were going on after
the band their set would be way short. So, we split. The club was full as it
has been for months for these early shows.
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Miss Lyn with an editorial here: First off its a sad time when hardcore punk
bands look like freaking lumberjacks. What's up with all the heavy duty facial
hair?? Gross. But the REAL problem I want to complain about are the rotor-blading
arm-swinging and martial-arts-kicking to the face and chest assholes in the
audience who RUIN it for everyone else. I watched the audience, at many previous
shows, and this day at the Midway as the one idiot was doing his moves...everyone
is focused on where he is and when he might get too close INSTEAD of
enjoying the band. It's a childish selfish act and nothing more. Act like grown
men and if you need that much attention start your own band instead of stealing
from the people on stage.
More band photos below the show listings.
John Keegan went to the City Winery this week where he saw The Flesh Eaters. The band name has always served to hide the celebs that make up the band.
It's John Doe from X and Dave Allen from
The Blasters and then Chris D. John gives a review of the night and there are the usual photos. Hit the photo below to go to the review.
And in other news.....
The NY Public Library now has the Lou Reed Archives. They
have issued a limited edition Lou Reed library card too. We reported that Cornell
had a Richard Hell archive a few weeks ago. The idea of the main stream facilities
accepting punk material is very encouraging. The reality of a Boston Punk archive
is non-existent but very much needed. Here's a write up about it on Brooklyn
There's an interesting looking film out called Room
37- The Mysterious Death of Johnny Thunders directed by Ther Cordero Borhters.
It's premiering in the UK and we hope it comes over here soon. It willbe interesting
to see their take on his death. Lots of people have theories.
Little Billy Lost
have a new video up of “Made
in the USA
Here’s a short
video on the Phil In Phlash show at the Midway Gallery
last week. It shows some pieces and has some comments by Gallery East's Duane
Lucia and Jae Johnson.
Peter’s MOB bandmate Roger Miller also has a Kickstarter.
Roger has an exciting project involving an installation in the Brattleboro VT
museum. It’s called Transmuting the Prosaic: Film, Conceptual Art,
and Music. He will also be artist in residence there for three nights.
There’s a lot to this so check out Roger’s
Here's some good shows coming up this week.....
March 20 (Wednesday) Brian Young
of WMFO and his band The Thigh Scrapers
will be on the Heavy Leather Topless Dance Party Brian should
March 20 (Wednesday) Wine Lips,
Zip-Tie Handcuffs, Baabes at O'Brien's Pub
March 21 (Thursday) Hood Rats,
Andy California, Mongorellis, Sticker Shock at O'Brien's
March 21 (Thursday) Feed The Punks
DJ Night at Jeannie Johnston Pub in JP with Mangled
and DJ Sweets spinning records
March 22 (Friday) The Knock Ups,
Modern Day Idols, Devil Love, The Daylilies at The Midway
March 22 (Friday) Rawstrum, Bad
Larrys, Rolling Stony at Magnolia Pub Gloucester.
March 23 (Saturday) A Crash Course
For The Ravers 1pm to 4pm at http://www.wmfo.org/popout_player.php?bitrate=256
and 91.5FM Medford. This week they have Thee Fightin' Fish in
for a set!
March 23 (Saturday) TRiPLE THiCK,
MOTO, The Hi-End, The Inebriations at The Midway for a 3-7PM matinee
March 23 (Saturday) Baabes, Hambone
Skinny, and A Bunch of Jerks at The Plough. Music
starts at 10PM
March 23 (Saturday) Carissa + The
Cure-Alls, Justine & The Unclean, Tiger Bomb, RunHideFight at Sally
March 23 (Saturday) Tigerman Woah,
Cactus Attack, Coffin Salesman, Nick The Barbarian at Opus Underground
March 23 (Saturday) The Gala, Sapling,
Kid Gulliver, Mister Vertigo at Ralph's in Worcester.
March 23 (Sat) & 24 (Sunday)
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annual, NEW ZINELAND (zine fest)!! Explore two floors of 60+ smalls presses,
distros, artists, writers, and photographers slinging their self-published works
from comics to fanzines, artwork to autobiography, and everything in between.
12-5PM both days. Elks Lodge Bishop Allen Dr Cambridge.
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March 24 (Sunday) Classic Ruins,
The Stigmatics, 1.4.5, The Thigh Scrapers 3-7 matinee at the Midway
March 24 (Sunday) High Test Fest at Ralph's
Rock Diner in Worcester with OC45, Michael Kane & the Morning Afters,
Coffin Salesman, Bad Image, Deranged Youth - 2-8PM
And further out we have.....
March 27 (Wednesday) Baker & The
Double Downs, Muck & The Mires, DJ Easy Ed at ONCE Lounge
March 29 (Friday) The Big Sway,
Bad Larrys & Imaginary Animals at Sally O's
March 29 (Friday) Neighborhood
Shit, Wake of Humanity, Sick Minds, Judgement, The Greying - O'Brien's
March 30 (Saturday) A Crash Course
For The Ravers 1pm to 4pm 91.5FM Medford. This week they have Totaled
March 30 (Saturday) See This World,
The Runouts, DNZL, WarGraves at the Midway for a 3-7PM matinee show
March 30 (Saturday) Bowery Boston presents
The Devils Twins, Party Bois, Ned and the Dirt, Gray Bouchard &
the Dedications at Great Scott
March 30 (Saturday) Electrolux,
Thee Sonomatics, Black Souls Review, special guests The Plimsouls
and its Kim's Rockin' Bday!!!! at Sally O'Brien's
March 30 (Saturday) Fireking, The
Downhauls at Tavern at the End of the World.
March 30 (Saturday) Scott Damgaard
and Richard Mirsky and their respective bands at Club
Bohemia at the Cantab
March 30 (Saturday) Intercourse,
Bed Time Magic, Labor Hex, Pain Chain at The Worthen Attic (141 Worthen
st, Lowell) 7:30-Midnight
March 30 (Saturday) When Particles
Collide and Tiger Bomb at Bayside Bowl Portland ME
March 30 (Saturday) Il Mostro, z/28,
Rockin' Bob Punk Band, Gasoline Virgins at Koto / Salem
March 30 (Saturday) The Radiator
Rattlers, Diablogato, The Von Traps, Loser's Circle up in Haverhill,
MA at RG's Pub 242 Winter St
March 30 (Saturday) A Jumping Jack Flash,
The Rat, Storyville, Mess-Around with Jerry Lehane and
Peter O'Halloran from The Dogmatics joined by James
Young, Dave Barton and his new band Blame The Whiskey,
and Lee Harrington of The Neighborhoods along
weith Tom Baker and Jay Allen. At The Plough
April 1 (Monday)
Gooch Palms, theband Vú, Louzy - at
April 1 (Monday) Lenny Lashley,
Mike Frazier (AF Records), the Old Edison at Charlie's
April 2 (Tuesday) Rock & Roll
Trivia w/ Erin & Brett at the Sinclair 8-10:30PM
April 5 (Friday) Together on Two,
The Gala, Little Billy Lost, Kid Gulliver at Opus Salem
April 6 (Saturday)
Roy Sludge Trio, Barley Hoppers, Easy Ed's Record Hop
3-7PM Matinee at The Midway.
April 6 (Saturday) The Inebriations,
Bled Sabblin, GarageDogs, Gene Dante & TFS at The Midway.
April 6 (Saturday) When Particlas
Collide and Petty Morals at The Plough.
April 7 (Sunday) Tørsö
(CA), Low Vision (Japan), Laughing Stock,
Crisis Actors at The Greek Club in Union Sq Somerville. 7:30PM
April 7 (Sunday) Punking Out Homelessness
3 homeless benefit with State Of The Union, The Brigands, Charlie Don't
Surf, The Only Things at Opus Underground Salem. 2-8PM
April 10 (Wednesday) Slovenly Recordings
presents: Tommy and The Commies, Les Lullies, and The
Monsieurs plus DJ Pete Slovenly at The Midway
April 12 (Friday) Low Dose, Leopard
Print Taser, Labor Hex at O'Brien's
April 12 (Friday) Venom &
Mayhem (Twin sisters from Flight Of Fire, ) unplugged
doing originals & covers, Corolla DeVille, Doug MacDonald Band
- at Tavern at the End of the World.
April 12 (Friday) Brad Marino
Band Record Release Show! at the Button Factory Stage Portsmouth, NH.
Also on the bill Kris Rodgers and The Dirty Gems - FB
April 13 (Saturday) The FU's,
Armpits, Citizens Against People, Crux Decussata at The Midway 3-7
April 13 (Saturday) Classic Ruins
at Tavern at the End of the World
April 13 (Saturday) Stop Calling
Me Frank, Brad Marino Band, Kris Rodgers at Sally O'Brien's
April 13 (Saturday) Rock n Roll Rumble
Prelims #6- Baabes (9PM) Jakals, Set Fire, Birnam Wood
at Once Ballroom.
April 14 (Sunday) Boston Hassle's
Black Market Flea 12-6PM FB
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April 19 (Tuesday) Disaster Strikes,
Gizzaards, Rooftops, Hairspray Queen, Myocaster Coypus at O'Brien's
April 20 (Saturday) A Crash Course
For The Ravers show streams to everyone LIVE Saturdays 1pm to 4pm at
on WMFO 91.5FM Medford. This week we have The Hi-End in to chat, spin tunes,
we'll see what else.
April 20 (Saturday) Brave Hands,
Notches, Tied to a Bear, The Furniture at O'Brien's
April 20 (Saturday) Junkyard, Derailer,
The Hi-End, Demons Alley at Koto in Salem.
April 25 (Thursday) The Proletariat,
Moving Targets, The Northern Skulls at Alchemy Provi RI
April 26 (Friday) Michael Kane
And The Morning Afters, Cuidado, and Lenny Lashley
at the Thirsty First Tavern Lowell.
April 27 (Saturday) The Proletariat
and Moving Targets at Once
April 27 (Saturday) The Stigmatics,
Mongorellis, Thee Sonomatics, Groundlift at Club Bohemia
April 27 (Saturday) Nervous Eaters
CD Release, Mr Airplane Man, Corolla DeVille at 9 Wallis Beverly.
May 3 (Friday) Barrence Whitfield
& The Savages w/ Muck and the Mires at The Middle
May 3 (Friday)
Corolla Deville, Stigmatics and Pop
Gun at Jeannie Johnston's Pub JP
May 4 (Saturday) 61 Ghosts on
91.5 WMFO with Brian Young's Crash Course for the Ravers! 1-4PM
May 4 (Saturday) The McGunks, Silver
Screams, Revilers, Damnation, Live Nude Girls at The Midway 3-7PM
May 4 (Saturday)
Carissa+Cure-Alls, Justine & The Unclean, Tiger
Bomb, RunHideFight at Sally OBrien's
May 11 (Saturday) The Knock Ups,
Ila Minori, Erel, Chad Gosselin of The Big Lonesome at The Midway night
May 11 (Saturday) FUs, GLiDER,
Classic Ruins, Screw.Cart at KOTO Salem
May 11 (Saturday) Cactus Attack,
Diablogato, Jittery Jack & Amy Griffin at the Dover Brickhouse
May 15 (Wednesday) Jon Snodgrass,
Lenny Lashley, Micah Schnabel at O'Brien's Pub
May 17 (Friday) Lily Black, Highway
Chapel, Thee Fightin' Fish, The Negans at Club Bohemia.
May 17 (Friday) Parlour Bells,
Gene Dante and The Future Starlets, and Smitt E. Smitty & The Feztones
@ OPUS Underground in Salem,
May 18 (Saturday) Marko And The
Bruisers, Color Killer, Shore City, Punk Band - 3-7 matinee at The
May 20 (Monday)
Coffin Salesman, Molly Rhythm, Talk Me Off, Double Star
at Charlie's Kitchen
May 24 (Friday) Lo Wreck's birthday with
The Downhauls, The Dents, Duck & Cover and Skytigers
at Sally O'Brien's
May 11 (Friday) FUs, GLiDER, Classic
Ruins, Screw Cart at KOTO in Salem
June 7 (Friday)
61 Ghosts, Cal Cali Band at Tavern at the End
of the World.
June 15 (Saturday) Thee Fightin'
Fish, The Billy Connors Project, A Bunch Of Jerks, Club Linehan A Go Go
- 3-7 matinee at The Midway
July 9 (Tuesday) Some Kind Of Nightmare,
Losers Circle, Nick Barbarian, And Live Nude Girls
at Thirsty First Tavern Lowell.
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