The BGN News Archive
We couldn't pass up seeing one of our favorites, Endation, at one of
the coolest places, Store 54, on Friday. This was Bob Colby's
last show until the winter is over. He's has had some physical problems and
it's affecting his mobility. Vanyaland did a piece
on him this past week celebrating his dedication to the scene! He's
got 22 months to go until he moves south but he's only getting more famous every
Matt is a drummer with Berklee credentials. His forceful and precise
attack sounds like no other. You would think hitting a drum would sound the
same no matter who did it - not true. Overall his drumming produces a feeling
of overpowering inevitability. Ants' vocals are eruptions of emotion.
The screams are plentiful and visceral. His guitar is ragged but controlled.
As a group it's that interplay between Matt's rigid rhythm and Anthony's emotion
that makes the magic.
When Particles Collide have made a name for themselves. Bob Colby was
championing them very early in the game. Then they won the New Artist of the
Year at the Boston Music Awards. They have a decent fan base and people on this
night were there to hear them and gave them rapt attention. The music is straight
ahead rock and appealing. Sasha the lead singer has a winning stage presence.
It all makes for a good time.
The three day Hassle Fest 7started Thursday. It's been going on for a few years now and this is the place to be if you want to see some new and unusual acts that are bubbling up. I went on Saturday afternoon at Brighton Music Hall.
The organizers, Boston Hassle, did a genius move and added a second stage at the opposite end of the floor. The two stage thing is something they did at the Elks Hall in Central Square for Hassle Fest 2013. The resultant continuous music is a big plus. They also had one side of the hall wrapped in aluminum foil. When the second stage was being used they dropped the lights in the hall.
When I came in the Italian hardcore/industrial/metal Sadist was on. The place was dark and in the middle of the crowd the small stage had some very small lights and the lead singer wore a hockey mask and was singing throat style. The menacing music was enhanced by the staging. One guy decided to mosh and that happening when you couldn't see was disconcerting; in the end not too bad but wow.
Next up was Olivia
Neutron-John. Great name. It's just one woman and a synthesizer. Normally
I'd run to the hills from an act like that but this held my interest. She started
by playing one low note and just staring with a stern face at the audience.
Rather than just play the synth ONJ danced and posed. The singing was mostly
in the screaming mode. She was mixed to sound tinny and distant. I don't know
what she was singing about but she seemed mad about it. The whole thing was
odd yet somehow transfixing. Here is a one
minute video of Olivia Neutron-John at the Hassle Fest 7 that
will give you an idea of what she was doing.
I then saw three acts I didn't get much out of and decided to call it quits.
Later they would have Guerilla Toss who have a big buzz going for them.
They finish the night with Flipper with David Yow singing.
Arthur Freedman caught one of his current favorites last Sunday at the Midway, the Milling Gowns. Personnel are: bass player is Brad Emerson, singer is M, guitarist is Kevin Heinold; drummer is Allen Esser.
In other news...
International Pop Overthrow is coming this week to PA's in Somerville for a four day run on Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat. We took the oportunity to interview IPO creator David Bash ...DAVID BASH INTERVIEW
We still care about the vinyl. Its rarer these days but groups still do it and we love it. This week we got Jon Maceys newest project the Hummingbird Syndicate 45 RPM. Its a gorgeous 60s flashback. Its a guitar soundfest. He has two guitars soloing at the same time on I Want You to Stay. The vocals are undeniably great. Waterfall Away has the 12 strings ringing. For info check www.hummingbirdsyndicate.com Jon is having a record release party on Nov 21...see listings below for details.
Trophy Lungs has their newest Day Jobs on a LP too. The recording captures them at their best. The recording was done in Haverhill at Getaway Rcordings. Im liking it more with each listen. You can hear how they go from loud to soft and how that changes the texture to keep things interesting. I wish I could catch more lyrics especially in the song Tough Calls In Inman Square. More info at antiquerecords.limitedrun.com
Coming up this week....
November 10 (Tuesday) Jonathan Richman with Tommy Larkin on drums will be at the Somerville Theater. Its a 7PM show. Tix are $21. We saw Jonathan and Tommy at the Middle East Up in March last year and it was FANTASTIC!!
November 10 (Tuesday) City Mouse, The Murderburgers, Lucky United, and Mr. Fahrenheit are at O'Brien's
November 11 (Wednesday) International Pop Overthrow is at PA's Nov 11- 15 Day One starts at 7:30 with Trick Wallace Trio, Natalie Flanagan, The Eric Barao Band, Marriage Material, Bedford Davis and SHIRR FB Page for all days
November 12 (Thursday) International Pop Overthrow at PA's Day Two starts at 7:30 with Skyler and The Brit, Oberon Rose, Richie Parsons, The Tripping Souls and Powderhouse
November 13 (Friday) International Pop Overthrow is at PA's Day Three: starting at 7:30 with Corin Ashley then Michael Oliver & The Sacred Band, The Forz, Big City Rockers, John Powhida, Fireking and 1.4.5.
November 13 (Friday) NoBunny, The Monsieurs, Nice Guys and Gym Shorts are at The Middle East Up.
November 13 (Friday) The Furs, Tom Baker and the Snakes, The Blue Ribbons and Peter Buzzelle and The Academy are at The Midway (FB page)
November 14 (Saturday) A Crash Course For The Ravers featuring Mary Lou Lord. Shoud be a good one!! 1-4PM WMFO 95.1FM
November 14 (Saturday) Alternative Ulster, Charlie Don't Surf and Bomb Squad Larry do an afternoon 4PM show at The Midway
November 14 (Saturday) International Pop Overthrow is at PA's Day Four starts at 7 :30 with Arthur Nasson then Cliff Hillis, Lannie Flowers Band, The Brigands, London Egg, Watts and Dave Rave
November 14 (Saturday) The Darlings are up in Salem at In a Pigs Eye.
November 14 (Saturday) Watts are at the Dover Brickhouse in Dover, NH.
November 15 (Sunday) at O'Brien's - U.S. Girls, ESCAPE-ISM, Half Sour, Mini Dresses
And out in the the future we have.....
November 19 (Thursday) This is going to be a fun gig - Muck and the Mires along with The Ugly Beats from Austin and then The Downbeat 5 at Sally O'Brien's
November 21 (Saturday) The Uppper Crust return to Store 54!! Opening the night is a band representing the other end of the social spectrum: The Peasants. And here's a hilarious Jib Jab viddy with the Crust.
November 21 (Saturday) Jon Macey's news band The Hummingbird Syndicate is havong a 45 RPM vinyl record Release show: This is the debut show where the East Coast and West Coast band members all perform a 2 hour concert. We will play the new 45 single plus many songs from the upcoming album, POP TRICKS. You will hear an acoustic set in the middle of the show. We will do our own special versions of songs from our influences. This is at Hibernian Hall in Watertown. (Here's the FB Page for the event)
November 21 (Saturday) The Worried, Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, Two Saints and Charlie Don't Surf are at Koto in Salem.
November 25 (Wednesday) It's Thanksgiving Eve...what better time to head over to the Brighton Music Hall for an amazing line up of The Flamin' Groovies, Muck & The Mires, The Connection and Fireking!! WHOA!!Tix here.
November 25 (Wednesday) A Thanksgiving Eve party over at the Sinclair for the The Daykamp Poster and Photo Show featuring The Sheila Divine, Sidewalk Driver and Weakened Friends.
November 25 (Wednesday) A Thanksgiving Eve party at Atwood's with Jittery Jack and the delightful sounds of DJ Easy Ed spinnin' the platters too!
November 27 (Friday) Reddy Teddy returns to their hometown to play at the Unofficial Winchester High School Reunion.Its at the Winchester Elks Lodge 375 Cambridge St. Winchester. This is an early event starting at 7PM.
December 2 (Wednesday) at Great Scott - Brian Carpenter & The Confessions, Thalia Zedek Band, The Wrong Shapes
December 4 (Friday) Kermit's Finger, Penis Fly Trap, Padded Hell and The Unstables at O'Brien's
December 5 (Saturday) Corrosion of Conformity with Brant Bjork, Saviours, Mothership at The Brighton Music Hall
December 5 (Saturday) it's the Weisstronauts' Holiday Show with The Weisstronauts, Tsunami of Sound and special guests at the Midway
December 8 (Tuesday) Rocket From the Tombs is at the Brighton Music Hall!
December 12 (Saturday) its the 4th Annual Punks for Tots show at the Dover Brickhouse in Dover, NH. Bring an unwrapped toy or 2 canned goods and you get in for free! The Guts (reunion), Genuine Rust, Whiskey Kill, Jimmy Jacked, Diablogato FB event page
December 13 (Sunday) The Rockin' Holiday Flea Market and Bloody Mary Bash (formerly at TT's) is now at Once (Cuisine en Locale) There'll be Vintage clothing + Collectibles, Tons of rare vinyl records, Knick Knacks, Jewelry, Homemade snacks, Music Memorabilia, Cool Holiday Gift Ideas, If you're looking for it, chances are you'll find it there. ...and of course the Bloody Marys!! It all takes place from 11AM to 6PM
December 18 (Friday) The Rationales, When Particles Collide, The Static Dynamic and Stars Like Ours are at Great Scott
December 19 (Saturday) A Crash Course For The Ravers featuring DiabloGato. That's 1-4PM WMFO 95.1 on your radio dial.
December 19 (Saturday) The Figgs and The Upper Crust are at Great Scott
This year the Might Mighty Bosstones have decided their shows should feature all old school Boston garage and punk bands!! This is a AWESOME and most wonderful idea!! Here are the line ups:
December 26 (Saturday)
Hometown Throw Down with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Neighborhoods
and The Upper Crust at the House of Blues
December 28 (Monday) Hometown Throw Down with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Outlets and Stranglehold at the House of Blues
January 2 (Saturday) The Petty Morals celebrate their newly released EP Marked Women at Great Scott along with The Organ Beats, Watts, and Stars Like Ours
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