August 19, 2013
We went over to the Midway this past Saturday to check out an afternoon of story telling and music. This is a new idea that's sprung from the head of Mark Lind (Ducky Boys). We thought it to be an interesting idea and we really wanted to see Chris Brat's new band Duck & Cover so we fought insane traffic (as did everyone else it seems) to get there. Mark opened up the afternoon by introducing this new idea and started in on some story telling of his own... he talked about his mom, who was there, and introcuded her to us ... then he went into a story about seeing a therapist for three years and why he kept going back...and then he really opened up to tell us about how he's hatinng himselrf for watching True Blood and how his life has changed since he started putting lotion on his feet...yes you read that right lotion...on...his...feet...Mark Lind...yup....gee, it was like a therapy session itself...and entertaining too! Hey I'd go again...who knows what you might get to find out next time!!
Well next up was Duck & Cover and you know....new unit is rockin' just as hard as the, sadly now on hiatus Acrobrats. Song structures are similar with the unexpected extras that perk them up like the tandem lead lines right out of the 70's. The set curveball was a souped up version of the George Harrison song "What Is Life". Chris's voice is what gives everything an extra perk. He puts all the energy he has into every song. He was sweating bullets and in the end on his knees looking drained. We loved the set and will check them out again for sure and you all should too! There's some upcoming gigs of theirs listed below...
Also playing was Loser's Circle which has risen from the ashes of Refuse Resist.
This Thursday 8/22 at the Middle East up- Union 13, The FU's, Red Line Rebels and Brunt of It.....
Watts are supporting Cheap Trick at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on August 25th.
AND here's some really big news: Boston's own David Minehan is playing guitar in The Replacements for a three show mini tour for the Riot Fest starting August 25th in Toronto!! This is a big deal-at the Toronto show Iggy & The Stooges and Rocket from the Crypt open for them and in Chicago on September 15th The Pixies open for them!! The 3rd show is in Denver on Sept 21. Gotta luv it!! Congrats David!!
Hey this coming Sunday August 25th Chris &Jennifer Daltry of What Cheer? in Providence are joining forces with the Somerville Arts Council to bring The Somerville Rock n Roll Yard Sale to Union Square. There'll be Records + Vintage + DIY Handmade stuff!
Weds Aug 28th is a Benefit Show for the Lets Go To The Rat movie....at Johnny D's ...show starts at 7:30
But wait- WHAT?? Roy Rubenstien is moving to Asheville NC!!! So bid him a fond adieu at his going away party at Radio on Weds, Aug 28th!! Amy Prohaska is putting it together and so far she's got My Own Worst Enemy, Corin Ashley, The Vivs and Kevin Stevenson providing the music for the night...
Friday August 30th The Queers are at Church (with The Dwarves)
and there's a great show at Radio UP with Ragged Old Flag, The Scars and Radiator Rattlers....
Also on 8/30 The Monsieurs are having a "Tape Release Party" at O'Brien's with The Thick Shakes, Radio Control and Psychic Yardsale...
Oh yes Mark the calendars folks coz James Straight & The Wide Stance are on A Crash Course for The Ravers (WMFO 91.5 FM) from 1-4PM on Saturday August 31st ....and as The Reverand Joe Fagan says: "This is web streamed folks so you can tune in on your smarty pants phone from where ever you are!"
and in the evening - (7PM-11PM) there's a very special show at the Middle East up with Continental, Duck & Cover and The Scrapes...
Richie Parsons is getting visited by his friends in Italy again and luck for us they also are in great bands and play gigs in town when they are here...Sunday Sept 1 at Radio Giuda will be headlining also on the bill The Kurt Baker Band and The Legendary Rockin' Prophets and Dan Garrison.
Pere Ubu is at Brighton Music Hall Saturday, September 4th!!!
There are a LOT of good shows on Saturday, Sept 7th:
9/7 at Club Bohemia at the Cantab down - The FU's, Psycho, Insult & Oblivion...
Saturday 9/7 Middle East Down - what a great line up!! Its Barrence Whitfield and The Savages LP Release show with Mucky Myers....ooops I mean - Muck & The Mires, The Downbeat 5 and Jittery Jack!! Excellent!
Also on 9/7 James Straight & The Wide Stance return to Copperfield's on Brookline Ave in Boston.... Check out our write up and pics from the last time they played there - its actually a great place to see these guys!
Also on Sept 7 Plumerai is playing at O'Briens with The Veldt, The Dazzling Dooms; The Dying Falls and Violet Machine.
After 9/7 comes 9/8 and that starts a whole week of TT's 40th Anniversary Celebration!! Clear your calendars my friends...there'll be some great shows (all in the works at the movement but GOOD- I mean hey its TT's!!)
To raise money to help research MS the Crash
Safely benefit shows are taking place over
4 nights in September : Friday Sept 13at Oberon in Harvard
Square - DJ/VJ Craig MacNeil of Videodrome Discotheque, The Upper Crust,
John Powhida International Airport and Parlour Bells
Saturday Sept 14 at The Davis Square Theater Somerville - The Nickel & Dime Band, Township, The Duckbills (members of the Figgs), Mount Peru and Tsunami of Sound
The Next weekend Sept 20 & 21 are at The Midway.... Friday 9/20 Titanics, Corin Ashley, The Unholy III, The Phil Aiken Army and Lenny Lashley's Gang of One
Saturday 9/21 - Sidewalk Driver, Gene Dante and The Future Starlets, My Own Worst Enemy, The I Want You, & Cotton Candy
another Awesome show alert!!:9/21 Upstart
Fest 2013 - The Northeast's Biggest and Best Punk Rock Party will be at
the Middle East Down with Koffin Kats, Hudson Falcons, Turbo AC's,
Two Fisted Law, American Pinup, New Red Scare, Svetlanas (U.S.S.R.), Cry
Havoc, The Old Edison and OC45 - DOORS AT 5PM!!!
If you are not in Boston don't despair...this show is touring and may be coming to a city near you check out their website!
Also on the 21st - At Radio is a celebration of Joan Jett's Birthday!! So its Ladies of the 80's cover songs night...
Rat Reunion Beach Party
9/14 & 15 At The Red Parrot , Nantasket Beach in Hull September 14th (Saturday noon to 6 pm) -- Rat Musicians Cookout/Small Jam!, September 14th (Saturday 6 pm to close) -- Red Parrot (Beach Bar) Rat Jam! , Sunday, September 15th (noon to close) -- The Main Event -- Rat Veteran Bands in All Rooms of The Red Parrot!
So far the band list is as follows Slow Children, The Beachcombovers, The Boize, The Derangers, Cindy Daley, formerly of Lovelace, Liz Borden, JetSet, The GraveDancers , State of The Union, The Workers (w/ Sev Grossman, David McClean!), The Kenne Highland Clan, FoxPass, Red House, Tsunami of Sound, Heavy Weddle & Sweet Release - and the list continues to grow!
There's a special show on Monday September 30th at Charlie's Kitchen with Unnatural Axe, Kepi Ghoulie and special guests all the way from Italy: Miss Chain and The Broken Heels...Richie says he has loads of new material they'll be performing!
October 12th -WAS going to be Cal Cali's Rat Reunion - but he's moving it because of Spit Reunion #2!!! On October 12th At Bill's Bar on Landsowne St....DJs will include Tony V, Paul V and Steven Strick and music so far will be by Robin Lane and Lizzie Borden & The Axes..get info timeline and buy tix at their website
And a big congrats goes out to The Darlings who were voted best local band by Scout Magazine!! YAY!!
Jenny Dee & The Deeliquents have been maing some changes...to their sound!! They've gone from soul to "elo, girl group, new wave, pop retro"... and you can hear a sample of the new sound on their BandCamp site....
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