We had to check out the "Dead Boys" at Sonia. We did see them at
year ago. There was another incentive – Red Invasion
were opening. That last time we saw them was
It made sense to have Red Invasion on the bill because
Joey Boy was a rabid Stiv Bator’s fan. He actually
got on stage with Cheetah Chrome in 2008 at the Unnatural Axe 30th
Reunion show. He was on fire that night. He was on fire at Sonia
too. The whole band payed solidly, with little or no seams showing,
for all their time away. It was maybe not as 100% crazy as it used to
be but still lots of energy. There were several songs that had hooks
that worked. To us it seemed they worked better than back in the day.
Their last song "Disconnected" which they consider their hit
was good but the earlier ones held their own.
The band was digging into their instruments as Joey sang with intensity and
emphasizing with punching and other gestures. It was representative of all we
liked about them back in their heyday. We’d love to see more shows.
Duck & Cover
The Nervous Eaters were on the bill but somehow didn’t
make it and Duck & Cover filled in with less than
a day's notice. They did a similar set as when they played the Middle
East Down opening
for the Dickies.
They played new material off their new Rob Them Blind CD and it’s
some of their best. “Live
It Up” has that chorus where they sing, “you’re going
down again” with the emphasis on “down again” that is an example
of how D&C catch your ear. They did again in “Borrowed Time”.
The other way was with those structured guitar interplays like they did with
the introduction to “Wasted”
The intro to “Yeah Don’t You” brought “I Fought the
Law” (Clash version) to mind but then went its own way. We could go on,
their whole set is those 3 minute punk shots guaranteed to make you a fan. They
sounded perfect with the sound at Sonia.
The Ghost Wolves are from Austin. They are a duo with
guitar and drums. We’ve gone from where it was unique to White
Stripes, to now, where it’s a common line up. Their music was
primitive garage stomp via the blues. There was some slide guitar. It
was reminiscent of The Cramps to some extent but the guitarist/vocalist
had a lighter demeanor. She was entreating people to sing along and
have a party time. She did a lot of jumping around and that was pretty
The people up front were very into it and indeed having a party time.
They have been going since 2011 and have a load of releases. See on Bandcamp.
The original Dead Boys are down to Cheetah Chrome
and Johnny Blitz. The lineup was the same as the Once gig a
year ago. The lead singer, Jake Hout, who has the unenviable
job of filling in for Stiv Bators did as well a job as anyone
They began with "Sonic Reducer" which we thought was a mistake,
I mean where do you go from there? However they were following the opening
tracks from Young, Loud and Snotty. As it turned out there’s
no problem with what order you play those classic songs. The set was
filled with favorites.
The best thing we liked was hearing Cheetah play. He has that classic tone
and in some ways it didn’t even matter what song he was playing, his guitar
If you saw the Dead Boys back in the day it’s hard not to miss
Stiv but the audience was going bonkers for this excellent line up pumping
out the Dead Boys repertoire. There was vigorous moshing going on during
the whole set. Everyone was loving it and even us punk veterans were
happy to get these songs done up in such excellent fashion.
Cenci, Quint, Blackmore and Sox
Friday it was to The Regent in Arlington. A movie and two
bands seemed like a good deal and that’s a venue with seats!
Records Collecting Dust II had interviews with hardcore
band members from Boston, New York and DC, whereas Dust I was oriented
to the West Coast.
The talk was about first records bought, favorite records, and records you
would grab in case of a fire. Not an earth shattering matter but a conversation
that you have often if you are a record fanatic (and we are). The Boston hardcore
LP’s got plenty of mentions: Jerry’s Kids, DYS, The Freeze,
FU’s and Stranglehold but there was surprising
diversity. Choices went from A (Animals) to Z (Zappa - by John Sox!).
Quint, Cenci and Blackmore taking questions
Al Quint, who knows more about hardcore than anyone, was a
highlight. Many were uncertain as to what LP to grab in case of fire, not Al
who plopped a box on his lap and said, ‘these’. Damn the women and
children – that box is getting to safety.
Al has a lot of insights. Here's a good interview from him - click here.
There was some Q&A after with the director Jason Blackmore, Bob
Cenci, Al Quint and John Sox.
Then there was a set by The Antibodies from the South Shore.
We saw them at the Gang
Green show at the C Note. They did some of the same songs; “In
My Eyes” , “Blacked Out” and “Oi to Your Mother”.
They looked at home on the big stage and the theater gave them a big
blue/purple video backdrop with ‘Antibodies’ at the top.
That was cool.
At one point the singer and guitarist listed their favorite and influential
LP’s; that’s what the movie makes you do. It gets in your
The FU’s were in the same line up as we saw them at
the Space Center and the Father’s
Too reunion. The band did their usual tight set. They also looked glorious
on the big stage with the huge blue screen behind them.
The old material is classic but one of the best songs was a new one. They have
an EP coming out and it should be yet another chapter is the bands history.
Of all the hardcore groups the FU’s and John
Sox have proven themselves over the long haul and they have done it
by putting in the hard work.
Being able to sit made it so easy to listen closely and enjoy the set.
Mentioning the FU’s at the Space Center reminded us that the
All Ages hardcore movie was shown there. In a month we will have
the Chet’s Last Call documentary. The
Boys From Nowhere has been shown and has some more upcoming. We
are in a good era for films. The thing is you have to first go through the time
period and then hope you live long enough to see the movie concerning it, 30
and 40 years later!!
Saturday we saw three of the four bands at O’Brien’s.
DNZL, In The Meantime and Oh, The
Humanity are playing in a similar style. They are all a mix of punk,
hardcore and thrash with some emo in the vocals.
We've been looking to catch DNZL after seeing their
set at PA’s
Lounge last June. Saturday they revealed an even more souped up
group. They were tighter and more assured all around. The lead
singer, Mel, has charisma and he was hard to take your eyes
off of. He had dramatic stage moves, often moving off the stage and
into the crowd. Vocally he was doing a lot of screamo but alternated
that with a pleading tone, or even a prayerful one. At those points
the band would go to a very low volume and when they slowly brought
it back up, often with a rapid drum roll, you couldn’t help but
be swept up with it.
The drummer, John, is a beast. It’s not that he didn’t
play the beat but that there was so much more going on that it got lost in the
mix. It was a sort of shock and awe technique. It was busy playing and he was
hitting hard. The sweat was pouring out of him from the first song. That explains
why he basically plays in his boxers only. The busy attack is actually common
to these sort of groups and the In The Meantime drummer did it too, but John
had a visceral savage attack. Look at the video above where we caught a small bit of
it at the beginning especially.
The kicker is that he only has been playing
a year and never had a lesson! The bass player kept up with him and that’s
a miracle. The bass player used some repetitive and melodic figures that put
a framework down that you could hang on to.
It was one exciting set.
In The Meantime
In The Meantime, who we've also seen at PA’s
Lounge , Club
Bohemia (RIP) and here at Radio
(RIP), have impressed us more and more with every show as we get familiar
with their material along the way. They benefit from a two guitar attack.
They hit the riffs and chords hard and they often sing with three vocals
going which adds to a powerful overall sound. We went on about the DNZL
drummer but the In The Meantime drummer was in the
They did one song that began with a fifties rock progression and sung in that
style but the song soon launched into a heavy thrash but it’s a cool change
up. This was a set where we often were just taking it all in with pure pleasure.
We only wanted the set to go on more.
Oh, The Humanity
Oh, The Humanity are touring to promote their new
split EP with The Hideout, the group we missed this
night. They have some killer songs with choruses that the audience loves
to sing along with. The older song that worked that way was “Lola”
which has lyrics that go, “my eyes were like video cameras”
that has a big emotional effect in the context of the song and people
really got into that. Even Mel from DNZL,
who requested the song, got on stage to join in, which was funny because
during his set he was often off stage. It had lots of repeats and every
one hit its mark. They often got to that same point at other times during
the set.They played “Roadsick” from their last CD and that
had another heart rendering moment in the chorus when they sang, “Everything
I am in spite of everything else.”
Oh, The Humanity
What frames these moments is the double guitars with every note arranged to
create a sweeping panoramic sound. At times they almost get epic. They have
some metal in the sound that contributed to their branded attack.
That was the third set of top notch punk/hardcore. I don’t see a lot
of older punks at these shows but this music is a continuation of punk and if
you want to see what groups are doing now these are some of the groups to catch.
More band photos below the show listings
Photo: Mark Davis
On Thursday Mark Davis was at the Paradise
and took some photos of the MC5. By all reports, and a few
vids we saw, they were raging like back in their prime. Today we can appreciate
how raw they were in the sixties. That was a time of love and flowers but the
MC5 were mad and punky. Only Iggy would be comparable for the same time period.
To view all of Mark's photos click the photo below.
And in other news.....
At The Regent Theater this week is The
Public Image is Rotten (Thu-9/20, Sun-9/23 & Wed-10/3
Kurt Baker Combo is coming to Boston!! One show only at Sally O'Brien's
Nov 10. with Muck and the Mires, Stop Calling Me Frank and Kris Rodgers
and the Dirty Gems
Lyres have released the status on their next album: “LYRES
finyl (sic) recording session for our new album IS booked for
sunday, monday, tuesday october 28th, 29th and 30th…..planned are 7 NEW
songs including two brand new originals and a revamped version of poets classic”
They still have their GoFundMe
page going if you want to be part of Lyres history.
Rum Bar Records has released a CD by The Peawees
from Italy called Moving Target. The first song they posted
for free on Bandcamp was ”Walking Through My Hell” which is
a blistering romp sounding a lot like early Elvis Costello. Another song is
“The Stranger” which is rocking at the same level but has a Del
Shannon feel to it. This band has been together 20 years and they sound fresh.
Here's some good shows coming up this week.....
September 18 (Tuesday)
Ian Moore with his full band PLUS Xanna
Don’t & The Wanted at Thunder Road
September 18 (Tuesday) ALL AGES MATINEE-
1-6PM : Hudson Falcons, Genuine Rust, Sonic Libido, Losers Circle
at the Thirsty First Tavern in Lowell.
September 19 - 23 (Weds-Sun) Bust
Out Boston Music Festival at The Burren - a five night festival dedicated
to Boston Music by "womxn". FB
September 19 (Wednesday) Bust
Out Boston Music Festival at The Burren Day One - NEON BLK
(fka Radclyffe Hall), Abbie Barrett & Band, ZOLA
September 20 & 23 (Thurs & Sun) Regent
from Sept 19 to 23 the new The Public Image is Rotten.
September 20 (Thursday) Richie
Parsons plays before Queeraoke - that's 8-9:30 - at the Midway
September 20 (Thursday) Boston
Emissions is back. They're doing early shows at Hennessy’s upstairs,
across from City Hall.
Doors at 7:30. Music starts at 8:30. Food served all night. This night they
have Baabes, Set Fire, 123 Astronaut. Check out the FB
page for directions etc.
September 21 (Friday) Thalia Zedek
Band album release party with special guests Helen Money and
Sleepyhead at The Midway
September 21 (Friday) Bust Out Boston Music
Festival at The Burren Day Three- VQnC, Petty Morals, Stars Like Ours
September 21 (Friday) Punk Night with
Crimespree, The Straight Eights, Worm, The Woods at Pinz - Kingston
FB page for info and direction
September 22 (Saturday) A Crash Course
for the Ravers
has Adam Sherman
as guest!! 1-4PM WMFO
September 22 (Saturday) The Knock
Ups, Titans of Industry, Sweetcreem, MIDI Myers at The Midway
September 22 (Saturday) Bust Out Boston
Music Festival at The Burren Day Four - The Devils Twins, Dark Matter,
Magen Tracy & the Missed Connections, Susan Cattaneo, Cujo, Flight of Fire,
Happy Little Clouds, Lily Black, PowerSlut, Citrusphere, Mint Green, Lonely
Leesa & The Lost Cowboys
September 22 (Saturday) 1st Annual
ONCE FEST at Once - An all-day and night festival of more than 10 local
bands alternating sets in the Ballroom and Lounge. Check the FB
page for more info
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) Roy Sludge
B'day Jamboree at Sally O'Brien's 6PM & Free
September 23 (Sunday) Vivi'd
presents Agnostic Front and Death Before Dishonor
at the Middle East UP -this is an early show- doors are at 3:30PM.
September 23 (Sunday) FEAR
at the Middle East Down- Tix are $25...but maybe you'll want to shell out $125
for a meet and greet and early entry. Also on the bill are Slapshot
and the Pint Killers.
September 23 (Sunday) Bust Out Boston Music
Festival at The Burren Day Five - Oompa, Melissa Ferrick, Shepherdess,
Aversed, Aubrey Haddard, Carissa Johnson, Marcela Cruz, sister, Emily Grogan,
Fur Purse, Cruel Miracle, Thrust Club, Radium Girls
September 26 - 28 (Weds-Friday) The Regent
Theater in Arlington is showing of Bad Reputation
which is all about Joan Jett.
September 28 (Friday) Thee Fightin'
Fish, Graneros, Jakals at Opus in Salem
September 28 (Friday) State of
the Union's CD release party at the Midway with The
Gala, Gene Dante and The Hi-End.
We heard some of that material and it is awesome!!! FB
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
September 28 (Friday) When Particles
Collilde, Dirty Dottys, Bloom at O'Brien's
September 28 (Friday) Shiny Beasts,
Tiger Bomb at the Plough
September 28 (Friday) Fuzztival
Night 1 at Once with The Monsieurs, Corridor, Rick from Pile,
NICE GUYS, TRIM, Dump Him, La Neve, Rick Rude, Leopard Print Taser, Hairspray
Queen, Blue Ray- Show starts at 7PM
September 29 (Saturday) Fuzztival
Night 2 at Once with What Cheer? Brigade, Olden Yolk, Mr. Airplane
Man, Really From, Anna Fox Rochinski, Bong Wish, Oompa, Carinae, Lady Pills,
Edge Petal Burn, Love Stranger - show starts at 7PM
September 29 (Saturday) Kermit's
Finger, New Frustrations, More Beer Please, Instamatics 4-8PM At the
September 29 (Saturday) TNG
(The Next Generation), Thee Fightin' Fish, Binge Magick, The Kicks at The Midway
September 29 (Saturday) Party
Bois (record release!) along with Carissa Johnson, Andre Obin
and Dj Michael V at Great Scott
September 29 (Saturday) Crunchtime,
The Hi-End, State Of The Union, The Worried at Koto in Salem
September 29 (Saturday) The Radiator
Rattlers Record Release Party with Tigerman WOAH!, Michael
Kane & the Morning Afters, Rooftops at RG's Pub in Haverhill, MA
October 1 (Monday) Major Stars
*tour kickoff* Chris Brokaw Rock Band & Bong Wish
at Charlie's Kitchen
October 2 (Tuesday) Rock n Roll
Trivia at The Sincalir!! FB
October 2 (Tuesday) Coffin Salesman,
Bob Cenci, Troll 2 and 1 more tba at Opus in Salem
October 5 (Friday) Kid Gulliver,
The Hi-End, The Stigmatics at The Jeanie Johnston Pub in JP
October 5 (Friday) At the C Note in Hull
- 61 Ghosts, 1.4.5., Classic Ruins, Johnny Thunders Orchestra
October 6 (Saturday) Art Thieves,
Stemwinder, Michael &TMs, Blood Built Empire at O'Brien's
October 7 (Sunday) The Crank-tones
are at Atwood's 4-6PM
October 8 (Monday)
Loser's Circle, Coffin Salesman, Voice of Addiction,
Cook Bag at Charlie's Kitchen
October 12 (Friday) Brix'n'Mortar,
DNZL, Secret Spirit, The Kreutzer Sonata, Rooftops at 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 13 (Saturday) The Pack
A.D., Tom Baker & The Snakes, The Gala at ONCE
October 13 (Saturday) Satan, The
Humanoids, Hessian, Black Mass at Great Scott
October 14 (Sunday)
Punkcake's Halloween Market with lots of cool
vendors and music by The Evil Streaks, The Demon Seeds, Coffin Salesman
at Ralph's Diner 12-5PM FB
page for more info
October 14 (Sunday) 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 15 (Monday)- October 18- Thursday
Jonathan Richman at the Middle East Up.
October 17 (Wednesday) The Damned
are back and at The Paradise.
October 18 (Thursday)
The Proletariat, Savageheads, Silver Screams at
Sonia -FB page
October 19 (Friday) Sidewalk Driver,
Watts, Justine and the Unclean at Thunder Road
October 19 (Friday) Halloween Show with
Kid Gulliver, The Knock-Ups, Ski Bunny, Sapling will include
Special Halloween covers and a full cover set with The Knock-Ups doing Siouxsie
and the Banshees. At jeanie Johnston Pub in JP
October 20 (Saturday) Nervous Eaters,
Indonesian Junk, Duck & Cover at the Middle East Up
October 20 (Saturday) Stop Calling
Me Frank, Crunchtime, The Jiblantos and The Black Souls at The Midway
for a 4PM matinee.
October 21 (Sunday) Boston Premiere of
the Chet's Last Call Documentary at The Regent Theater
Arlington with live performances byR andy Black and The Heathcroppers,
The Dogmatics, Bim Skala Bim, TBA Allstars - starts at 7PM TIX
October 26 (Friday) The Humanoids,
Slim Jim and the Mad Cows, Maiden New England, Electric Street Queens at
October 26 (Friday) The Radiator
Rattlers, Kermit's Finger, Black Hatch, The Grommets at O'Brien's
October 27 (Saturday) Benefit for Mission
22/Dennis Donahue's Birthday Show! with Kind Crew, Neighborhood Shit, Sick Minds,
Jerry's Got Jokes, and Whoopi Sticks at The Midway -Early Show 4-8PM
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
October 29 & 30 (Mon & Weds) Now here's
how to do Halloween!! At Symphony Hall this Halloween season when Keith Lockhart
and members of the Boston Pops visit The Bates Motel and perform the original
score of the Alfred Hitchcock film, "Psycho", in
sync with the film on the big screen. One of the greatest suspenseful thrillers
of all time, this cinematic masterpiece comes alive with Bernard Herrmann's
spine-tingling score performed live. The unforgettable and disturbing slashing
chords played during the now famous shower scene are just as terrifying now
as they were to first-time audiences in 1960.
November 2 (Friday) Roky Erikson
at Once. Tix
November 3 (Saturday) Coffin Salesmen,
OC45, The BUndles, Burn Burn Burn at O'Brien's
November 4 (Sunday) Book release party
for Poetry for the Neon Apocalypse by local Punk Poet Jake
Tringali with Mint Green, Ski Bunny, The Sewer Buddies, Jenn
Lombari, Hyber at The Midway 4-8 PM. FB
November 10 (Saturday) Kurt Baker
is coming to Boston!! One show only at Sally O'Brien's Nov 10. with Muck
and the Mires, Stop Calling Me Frank and Kris Rodgers and the
November 11 (Sunday) DNZL, Standard
Issue, Psychic Weight, TBA - 4-8PM Early Show at The Midway
November 11 (Sunday) Save the date!! Brian
Coleman who has published the much talked about Buy Me
Boston book will be having a slideshow and panel discussion (including
our very own Paul Blowfish Lovell, oh yeah dn David Bieber) to promote the book.
It's at The Brattle Theater - more info as it becomes available.
November 17 (Saturday) It's HIXXGIVING!!
The joyous return of the annual celebration of white trash culture and redneck
vittles. This year they'll have newcomers - Alice Highland,
New Jersey's Sex Zombies, Your hosts- HIXX
and the formidable Screw Cart. This will, no doubt, be off
the hook! The buffet will be provided by the bands. Hixx asks that you bring
non perishable food items, as always, for a local woman's shelter. At The Midway
November 17 (Saturday) Post Punk
1977-87 Cover Night at Sally O'Brien's - 3 super groups will be covering
songs from 1977-87. (punk, new wave, synth pop etc)
The groups are: Chuck Ferreira, Josh Pickering & friends,
Duncan Wilder Johnson & friends, and Anthony Kaczynski
& friends. FB
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
This is an early show- doors are at 6:30
December 9 (Sunday) Trusty Sidekick,
Stigmatics, Crunchtime. Dick Pics do a Matinee 4-8 show at The Midway
December 15 (Saturday) Duck &
Cover, Stop Calling Me Frank (Album Release), State of The
Union, The Angel Martins Early Show 4-8PM at The Midway
December 22 (Saturday) Greg Allen's
Fringe Religion, Classic Ruins, 1.4.5, Fireking - Early Show 4-8 at
January 12 (Saturday) IL Mostro
(CD release) w/ Cortez, Scuzzy Yeti & Wrought Iron Hex
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