Friday’s show at the Middle East started with just Jerry’s
Kids and Straw Dogs. There was a NYC show with that
bill and they thought they would bring it to Boston. Then other bands jumped
in: Mung, Moving Targets and then the
Bullet LaVolta reunion, which has been on everyone’s Want List
for a long while. Then the project got the moniker “Boston Massacre
2018” Members of the bands showed up at radio stations to promote
the show. They went to Bay State Rock on WAAF on Sunday night
and Joanie’s Late Risers Club on WMBR on Thursday (and
yes, that is a reminder that those are shows to catch every week). In the end
it was a sold out Middle East Down before we knew there was interest but you
never know what really brings people out.
During Jerry's Kids
Every band was something to catch on this bill. We knew that but still missed
Mung. We knew we missed a good set because that was the first
thing everyone was talking about when we got there. And who was there? There
were lots of older punks but a good amount of young fans too. Then the people
we knew: John Hess, Nicole Tammaro, Tom Baker, Justine Covault, Eddie
Barese, Terry Powers, Mr. B and Chris (Mr. B was the first to record
Jerry’s Kids on This is Boston Not LA), some Duck & Cover guys (Chris,
Daniel and Damien), Swid, Katie the Cleaning Lady, Joanie Lindstrom,
Kenne Gizmo and Gee Julie, Todd Purple, Jae Johnson, Jay Snow, John Santos
and Korin Luikart, Curt Florczak, Dogmatic Jimmy O’Halloran, Mark
Davis, Al Quint, Eric Law, Matt Lambert, Arlene Boyer, Mark Kennedy, Mitch
and Henry from Shiny Beasts, Andrew, and Steve Prygoda,
even Mike Gorham (Left Nut) made it out!
Straw Dogs are the metal version of The FU’s.
Remember when all the hardcore bands went metal? That was confusing. The FU’s
have been playing steady lately so they were all practiced up and had it together.
You just had to get used to the different attack from the FU’s which didn’t
take long. They sounded powerful by any metric.
John Sox continues to shine as lead man in all band
configurations. About mid-set they brought out Steve Martin
from the original group and that made a three guitar onslaught. They
did “Tie Your Mother Down” which was on one of their Eps.
It was a long and generous set. All the sets this night were long. We
thought the hardcore bands gig short sets?
The club was uncomfortably crowded but the AC was on. It was obvious from the
talk and the attendance that the Jerry’s Kids reported
‘final show’ was the big draw. The Straw Dogs with three guitars
was loud but Jerry’s Kids upped that threshold two fold. They meant business.
The moshing started immediately.
Bob Cenci was lurching and kneeling in a full on driven way.
He also had his moment in the vocal spotlight. The set covered a lot of territory.
In the latter part of the set they were playing some uncharacteristic atmospheric
sounds that we slowly realized was The Doors’ song “The End”
to mark their end, but the set went on still. They marked their career closing
with a set to remember.
Now that was three sets and that was plenty. It was an unenviable chore for
Moving Targets to follow that. Moving Targets
is often left out of the classic hardcore listings and we all know that’s
wrong. In a lot of ways Moving Targets had the most interesting songs
of them all. Kenny Chambers and crew have done sets
here and there through the years and they are always the same high quality.
They had that sharp guitar rattle that is their trademark. They do
their singing but seemed to relish the, longer than you would expect,
instrumental interludes between the singing. There they bear down and
did their work on the chord changes. As musicians they were reaching
deep and in that focused energy they spoke volumes.
Then members of Bullet LaVolta joined them and that reunion
commenced. Boy, do people miss Curt aka Yukki Gipe
and they are not wrong. Curt immediately owned the stage. The personality comes
pouring out with the singing. We are missing something not having him active
in a band. A big highlight was “Dead Wrong” with everyone yelling
that phrase. It was a crazy set and in the end John Sox joined
the whole troop on stage and they did the Stooges’ “I Feel Alright”.
There were promises of a surprise. There was a "TBA" as the final
act. Since a member of the Foo Fighters crew was involved with organizing the
show the hint was that one of the Foo’s would show up. Nope. After the
band stopped it was soon, “Pay the bartender and the club is closing”.
Fine with us, having it all local heroes was what it was about anyway. And you
know…Jerry’s Kids ‘final show’? Let’s
We took the early show at Sonia on Saturday to catch up with
Today Junior. There weren’t many others who did the same.
Just about a dozen people there for the set. Despite the empty room and antiseptic
stage the band warmed the room up with their set. Their music was full of feeling
and yearning. They got noisy but there was always heart in the middle of the
songs. Guitarist Harry had his own set of chords that were
constantly moving. That coupled with the falsetto singing, gave the overall
sound it’s Today Junior branding. They debuted several new songs that
continued in the same style, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
It’s no secret that we love this band. They don’t sound like anyone
else and that’s maybe the problem with getting people to listen. We're
glad they continue to increase their body of work and can only urge people to
give them a listen. Give them a listen!!
Following them was Sun Parade. They played pop that was based
on the 60’s the 70’s and some synth sounds from the 80’s.
It’s written and performed so well it almost doesn’t sound real.
One song called “Shuggy
Mtn Breakdown” sounded like it belonged on a 70’s movie soundtrack.
Moreover, listening to it made us feel like we were watching them in the movie
performing it. It went further; it felt like we were in the movie too. It was
They had two singers fronting the group. They had close harmonies and that
reminded us of Hall and Oats. This is a long way from anything punk but we had
to appreciate the musicianship. They received a nice review in the Globe.
It will be interesting to watch the future of this Northampton Ma group.
More band photos below the show listings
And in other news ....
This year's Rat Beach Party will be held FRI Aug 31- SAT Sept 1 & SUN Sept
2 --Labor Day Weekend. MOnday is a holiday so be sure to check it out.
We talked about some radio shows in the show reviews above this week, here’s
another one. This Tuesday at 8pm on Rising, Skybar’s
show on WMFO 91.5 FM he is going to interview Chris Brat about
Duck and Cover’s new CD Rob Them Blind. We have
one song from that (“Live It Up”) on our Top
We also have Skybar’s WMFO mate Brian Young
on that list with the Thigh Scraper’s “On
the Radio”. That's a ripping tune that was recorded at Woolly
This week's Facebook action from the BGN included: A video showing
the work of Punks
With Lunch - that’s a group of punks feeding the homeless.....
the phony baloney façade put up by Target that shows CBGB’s
awning rebranded TGRT – oh, don’t get us going!..... and
this week’s Punk Past where we see Willie Local
played the Channel in 1988 with The Divinyls. All at our Facebook page
Also...there is a documentary being made about Color Killer called Color
Killer Save Punk. Ironbound Films, which is Daniel
A. Miller, Seth Kramer, and Jeremy Newberger, based
in NY, have started a Kickstarter page to fund the doc. You can
check that out here. And....
Color Killer has JUST released their new album Generation
Z this friday July 20. You can get it (and other merch )
Hey did you check out our Color Killer interview yet??? if
you missed that last week go here: COLOR
Paul Collins has a new album in the works- release date- September
28 from Alive
Natural Sounds "Out of My Head, his new record,
is a return to the pure, unadulterated sound he helped create in his youth.
On this new album Paul not only sings, but plays all the drums and most of the
guitars as well."
September 14th is the Records Collecting Dust II
Film Premiere at Regent Theatre in Arlington: it "focuses on the East Coast
cities of Boston, New York and Washington DC, and includes in depth interviews
with twenty eight highly influential people from the 1980’s hardcore punk
rock music scene." Including- Bob Cenci (jerry's kids)
and John Sox (The FU's) as well as Ian MacKaye of
Minor Threat/Fugazi, John Joseph of Cro-Mags, Dave
Smalley of DYS/Dag Nasty, Amy Pickering of Dischord Records, John Sox
of FU's, Walter Schreifels of Gorilla Biscuits/Quicksand, Roger Miret of Agnostic
Front and Clif Croce of The Freeze." FB
We are not familiar with the recording studio world but wanted to mark the passing of Mike Denneen
that has been mourned by the whole
Boston rock community. Look at his list of credits and be amazed and feel the debt we owe someone we never knew.
Mike Denneen's credits.
New this week is Joanie Lindstrom's latest vacation in Colombia. A revealing look into what to expect if you are thinking of
going there. Joanie's Columbia vacation.
Last but not least RED
INVASION ...remember them?? one of Miss Lyn's favorite bands is
reforming to do two shows!! And they are killer shows too!
1- September 12 (Wednesday) Cheetah Chrome's new "Dead Boys",
The Ghost Wolves - added to the bill- The Nervous Eaters
and the reformed Red Invasion!! at Sonia. 2- December 1 (saturday)
Red Invasion with Funeral Cone and Brix N'
Mortar and one more TBA. @ The Middle East Upstairs
Photo: Miss Lyn
Here's some good shows coming up this week.....
July 26 (Thursday) Distressor,
Offside, Psychic Weight, DNZL at O'Brien's
July 26 (Thursday) The Runouts,
Sonic Libido, Mercury on Mars, KCUF at Club Boho at The Cantab
July 26 (Thursday) Radium Girls,
Thrust Club, Lonely Leesa and the Lost Cowboys, Yes Commander at Once
July 26 (Thursday) D.O.A 40th Anniversary
Tour at The Middle East Up- doors are at 7PM
July 27 (Friday) The F.U.'s, Grey
Matter, Scare City at Ralph's Rock Diner, Worcester
July 27 (Friday) Hixx &
RoadSoldier at Beatnicks in Worcester
July 28 (Saturday) Punk Night at The Chit
Chat with The Radiator Rattlers, Jonee Earthquake Band, Kermit's Finger,
Wkeah, The Lipstick Boys at the Chit Chat Lounge Haverhill, MA
July 28 (Saturday) Rockin' The Dune Tunes
with Sport Shakes, Love Strangers, Carissa Johnson, Cordobas at
Whitecrest Beach Wellfleet Cape Cod 5-9PM
July 29 (Sunday) Color Killer,
State of the Union, The New Frustrations, The Stigmatics at The Midway
for a Matinee Show 4-8PM
And further out we have...
August 3 (Friday) Sternman, Deep
Space Diving Suit, Get Set Go, Fuzzy Bumble at PA's Lounge Union Sq
August 3 (Friday) Carissa Johnson
& The Cure-Alls, The Life Electric, Psychic Dog, The Appleyards
at The Middle East Up
August 3 (Friday) Bim Skala Bim,
The Dogmatics & the World premiere of the film Chet's
Last Call at Grumpy's Pub in Falmouth, MA FB
page for more info
August 3 (Friday) Blondie
are playing out at Mass MOCA also on the bill And The Kids
Mass MOCA page
August 3 (Friday) PanzerBastard,
Taxi Driver, Brix’n Mortar and The Downhauls
at Opus in Salem
August 4 (Saturday) Nervous Eaters,
Jeremy and The Harlequins, Justine and The Unclean at The Middle East
Up- early evening show- doors at 6:30
August 4 (Saturday) Muck and the
Mires, Tiger Bomb, The Gala at Sally O'Brien's
August 4 (Saturday) DJ Easy Ed
presents The Fathoms, Trabants, The Fearless Leaders at The
August 4 (Saturday)
Descendents w/ A Wilhelm Scream
& Pavers at State Theatre, Portland, Maine
August 5 (Sunday) Richie Parsons
presents a Sunday afternoon acoustic duo show! Featuring Martin-Morell
(Eric Martin of The Neats and Steve Morell of The Del Fuegos)
, Richie Parsons Duo, David & Therese (feat.
David Fredette from The Upper Crust), Eamonn McKeever & Linda S.
Viens - this is an early show starting at 4PM
August 8 (Wednesday) The Blasters
come back to ONCE - according to Once this show IS happening.
August 11 (Saturday) Tigerman WOAH!,
Threat Level Burgundy, The Screw-ups do a matinee show at the Midway
August 11 (Saturday) Billy Squire
presents: A Night On The Delta featuring Andy California, Billy
Squire, Detroit Rebellion, Hambone Skinny, and Red House
at The Midway
August 11 (Saturday) MATB, The
Lost Riots, The Prozacs, Wretched Hive at The Hotel Vernon in Worcester.
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!
Silver Screams will be opening up for them. TIX
August 16 (Thursday) Agent Orange
w/ FEA, MOTO and Zero Holds at Alchemy in
August 16 (Thursday) Michael Kane
& The MAs, Reverand Dan, Volstead Act, Jonee Earthquake at the 13th
Floor Music Lounge -JJs Tavern Florence, MA
August 17 (Friday) Wreckless Chords presents:
Gang Green & The Dogmatics...with...Diablogato,
Antibodies, Worm- at the C Note in Hull - start time is 7 PM
August 17 (Friday) Richie Parsons
Band, Tiger Bomb, Random Ideas at The Bayside Bowl in Portland, ME
August 24 (Friday) Actor|Observer
(Record Release) w/ Long Time at Great Scott
August 24 (Friday) Tarantula Brothers,
Black Leather Lagoon (members of The Gala US), The Egos
at KOTO Salem FB
August 24 (Friday) Lyres, Glider,
Pop Gun, Knock Ups at Koto in Salem
August 25 (Saturday) Silver Screams,
The Black Cheers, (Rockin Bob) Punk Band, Grand at the Midway for a
matinee show 4-8PM
August 25 (Saturday) Stop Calling
Me Frank, Hi-End, The Stigmatics, The Legendary Cazbats at Club Boho
at The Cantab
August 26 (Sunday) Sunday Matinee with
Reason To Fight, Abductors, BFC, Pint Killers at the Midway
August 28 (Tuesday) In The Whale,
Tied To A Bear, Blood Built Empire at O'Brien's Pub
August 28 (Tuesday) FAVL (from
Italy), Brix N' Mortar, The Martians, Union Boys at Opus in
August 30th to September 2nd 6th
Annual Rat Beach Party The C-Note on Nantasket Beach! More info to
August 31 (Friday)
Battery Bridge, Elle Zee, Corrola DeVille, Screw Cart
and Fat Randy at Club Bohemia
August 31 (Friday) MATB, After
The Blackout, Time Out Timmy, Color Killer, Cook Bag at Beatnik's in
September 2 (Sunday) Banshee, Funeral
Cone, Feedbag, Time Out Timmy, Sewer Buddies day show 4PM- at The Midway
September 8 (Saturday) Mobina Galore,
New Warden, Stray Bullets, Lucky United, MOTO at The Midway - 4-8PM
September 8 (Saturday) Richard
Mirsky's CD Release Party at the Midway (night show)
September 8 (Saturday) The Queers
on a boat!! doing the Rock On! Concert Cruise FB
page for tix etc
September 9 (Sunday) The Queers,
The Prozacs, CityState, Color Killer, Wretched Hive at the Waterfront
Tavern Holyoke MA FB
page doors at 7Pm
September 9 (Sunday) Punks For Pets 2018
w Special Guest Mobina Galore at The News Cafe Pawtuckeet RI FB
September 11 (Tuesday) Killing
Joke on their 40th Anniversary Tour at the Paradise FB page
September 12 (Wednesday) Cheetah
Chrome's new "Dead Boys", The Ghost Wolves - added to the
bill- The Nervous Eaters and the reformed Red Invasion!!
at Sonia. This is one of only two shows Red Invasion will be
doing. FB page
September 13 (Thursday) MC50 presents
Kick Out The Jams - The 50th Anniversary Tour - whoa!! This is Wayne
Kramer celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the MC5...with special
guests!! At the Paradise. FB
September 13 (Thursday) Fall-Fest 5 Day
1: featuring The Avengers! also on the bill - Silver
Screams, Boot Rot, City Problems and a bunch more bands. It’s
at Alchemy. Music starts at 8PM Here's the FB
September 13 (Thursday) Hudson
Falcons, Genuine Rust, Sonic Libido and more TBA at This is an ALL
AGES Matinee! at Thirsty First: Tavern & Grill, Lowell.
September 14 (Friday) Records
Collecting Dust II Film Premiere at Regent Theatre in Arlington:
it "focuses on the East Coast cities of Boston, New York and Washington
DC, and includes in depth interviews with twenty eight highly influential people
from the 1980’s hardcore punk rock music scene." Including- Bob
Cenci (jerry's kids) and John Sox (The FU's) as well
as Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat/Fugazi, John Joseph
of Cro-Mags, Dave Smalley of DYS/Dag Nasty, Amy Pickering of
Dischord Records, John Sox of FU's, Walter Schreifels of Gorilla Biscuits/Quicksand,
Roger Miret of Agnostic Front and Clif Croce of The Freeze." FB
September 18 (Tuesday) ALL AGES MATINEE-
1-6PM : Hudson Falcons, Genuine Rust, Sonic Libido, Losers Circle
at the Thirsty First Tavern in Lowell.
September 22 (Saturday) The Dogmatics,
The Dents, HEAP at Cafe Nine in New Haven CT
September 23 (Sunday) The McGunks,
Quiggs, Port City Saints, The Martians do a Sunday day show at the
September 23 (Sunday) FEAR
Plus Special Guests at the Middle East Down- Tix are $25...but maybe you'll
want to shell out $125 for ameet and greet and early entry. Please!!
September 28 (Friday) Have Nots,
Lenny Lashley's Gang of One, Cuidado, Blood Stained Brindle at The
Middle East Up
September 28 (Friday) Stop Calling
Me Frank, Soraia, Hambone Skinny & The Connection
at Sally O'Brien's
October 12 (Friday) Salem Horror Fest
After Party with Diablogato, Gray Bouchard and the Dedications and
Petty Morals at Opus in Salem
October 15 (Monday) Jagger Holly,
MATB, The Prozacs, Mongorellis, Color Killer at Beatnik's in Worcester.
October 15 (Monday) Jagger Holly,
Mongorellis, The Prozacs, Jimmy Jacked, Color Killer at Opus Salem
October 18 (Thursday)
The Proletariat, Savageheads, Silver Screams at
October 20 (Saturday) Nervous Eaters,
Indonesian Junk, Duck & Cover at the Middle East Up
October 27 (Saturday) Lyres, GLiDER,
the modifierS at The Middle East Up- Early show doors at 6:30PM
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
November 10 (Saturday) The FUs,
GLiDER, Classic Ruins and Screw Cart at Club Boho
@ The Cantab. This is show 1 in a series called The Rosebud Rocks...remembering
and celebrating our beloved Rosebud in Davis Square that was sold 4 years ago.
December 1 (Saturday) the second and final
Red Invasion show - with Funeral Cone and
Brix N' Mortar and one more TBA. @ The Middle East Upstairs
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