The BGN News Archive
August 26, 2013
Miss Lyn being up country I decided to hit another Saturday day gig. This time
at O'Briens which often has a barbeque going at the same time and they
did this time but I never saw it. I missed out there.
Not a big crowd, there never seems to be at these things but the people who are there are a nice group and love their music. They all have a nice vibe. This was a bill of mostly punk pop groups.
I walked in on The
Poison Ivy League. Their twist is a small synth in addition to the trio
core. I thought the synth lines added a lot. The overall mix was muddy which
hurt the performance. The next group was muddy too so it was the set up. Their
recordings put them in a good light.
The New Wardens,
a trio, had that same problem with the mix which was especially bad for them
because the guitarist looked like he was doing lots of good moves and he just
could not be heard. It was all bass. They come off much better again on the
Trophy Lungs came
out bounding with energy and overcame all sound problems with just blasting
it out. They would not be denied. Prominent vocals by the bassist and guitarist
push every song along. They had all the qualities on the Pop Punk checklist
but burst though all thoughts of formula with fresh energy and positive pop
effervescence. They had a comfortable presence on stage throwing out compliments
and funny barbs. Their bandcamp page says that members are from different previous
groups, none of which I know. They only have one song on a comp now but have
a CD coming out soon.
I left but there were three more groups to come and THEN
another set of bands to play starting at 8 pm too. Good for you O'Briens.
The Midway and The Middle East does the same thing on Saturdays.
I realize that a good time for family fun but for us die hard punk music fans
Saturday afternoon is a good hit.
Miss Lyn came back to the city and headed over to hipster central; Union Square
Somerville for the Rock n Roll Yard Sale. Lots of vinyl, CD.s and tapes
and turntables even as well as books, vintage clothes and DIY vendor- there
was a cool looking vendor called Tot
Rox selling Sex Pistols dresses for little girls and all kinds of Punk
baby stuff. Pretty funny.
Hey here's the BIG news though: The
Live at the Rat CD is now available for purchase from QRST's...go
get your very own!! Talk about the way back machine and a bunch of awesome memiories!!
Boston's own David Minehan is playing
guitar in The Replacements . The next show is in Chicago
on September 15th The Pixies open for them!! The 3rd show is in Denver
on Sept 21. Gotta luv it!! Congrats David!!
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...
And this Friday (8/30) 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...
and the A Crash Course for The Ravers show we've been waiting for:
James Straight &
The Wide Stance
are on (WMFO 91.5 FM) from 1-4PM this very Saturday (8/31) ....and
as The Reverend 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...
There are a LOT of good shows on Saturday, Sept 7th:
First off in the afternoon there's the
3rd Annual JP Music Festival 12-7 PM at Pinebank field (Perkins Street
at the Jamaicaway) and its FREE!! They have more than 25 musicians, bands, ensembles,
and orchestras with members who live or work in JP, two stages with non-stop
live music, lots of food trucks + carts, activities for kids (Blowfish would
rather be in a dark club right Blowie ? Hey me too!!!) and artist + festival
merch for sale....sounds great!! Then in the evening there's......
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!
AND 9/7 on the North Shore you got Terry
bringing you Two Saints!! (who are AWESOME!!) and Black Fortress
of Opium (and more TBA)
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
Sunday Sept 8: Permafrost, Sarah Rabdau & Self Employed Assassins, Eldridge
Monday Sept 9: The Grownup Noise, The Shods, The Life Electric
Tuesday Sept 10: Raging Teens, OldJack, Roy Sludge, Matt Heaton and the Electric
Wednesday Sept 11: They're gonna have a Dance Party
Thursday Sept 12: Robin Lane, Jules Verdone, The Bristols, Jenny Dee & The
Deelinquents, Thalia Zedek Band, Ruby Rose Fox, Davina Yannetty, Sophia Cacciola
and Michael J. Epstein
Friday Sept 13: The Gravel Pit, The Sheila Divine, The Field Effect, Corin
Ashley, Kenny Chambers of Moving Targets, Emergency Music
And Saturday - WOW!!: The Classic Ruins, O Positive, Three Colors, The Dogmatics,
Reid Paley, Randy Black and the Heathcroppers, Willie Alexander, Mike the Considerate
and the Interns
Bob Colby's Cantab Second Thursday show is coming up on
Sept 12th...he's excited to have psych bands this time around: So
Sol, Jeff Beam, The Free ways and The Moontowers
Pere Ubu is at Brighton Music
Hall Saturday, September 14th!!!
To raise money to help research MS the Crash
Safely benefit shows are taking place over
4 nights in September : Sept. 13 at Oberon in Harvard
Square - DJ/VJ Craig MacNeil of Videodrome Discotheque, The Upper Crust,
John Powhida International Airport and Parlour Bells
Friday 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
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
Chain and The Broken Heels......Then on October 1 at the Beachcomer in Quincy
...Kepi Ghoulie, Miss Chain and The Broken Heels (Italy)...Richie Parsons 10 Song Set...coupla covers...all new original material.
11th Annual Ponderosa Stomp is this October 3, 5 and 5 at The
Rock n Bowl in New Orleans check out their
site for a list of performers etc....
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 really far in advance we're letting you know about John Surette's
punk opera Tomorrow The World will be performed live at the Middle
East, Saturday Dec 14.
Joanie Lindstrom went down south and spent time in Charleston. Check out the page.....Joanie's Charleston Vacation.
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