The BGN News Archive
January 12, 2015
After a lack of gigs because of the holidays this last week
saw the clubs busy again. The extreme cold slowed us down a bit but we had to
come out of the cave for the first show at the Greek American Club
in Union Sq.
People were wanting a replacement for the much missed Radio, The Greek
American Social Club is right down the street from Radio. Walking toward it
I heard it before I saw it. It's funny, when you walk in you are right onstage
with the band just like it was at Radio. The club is small and clean.
Jack Widows were what I was hearing when I walked up to the club. They had
a brutal driving song called The Grind that they should record soon. They are
hard rock and metal. I welcomed the dose of loudness after a week without. They
just formed in 2014 but all the members have been in bands for years.
Next up is Black Cheers who we've
seen and liked. Dan O'Halloran sings upfront and Chris from Duck
and Cover is on guitar. This was the punk I really wanted; Dan rasping out
the vocals and three guitars to take care of business. The bass player was giving
strong backup vocals that perked up a few songs. Another funny thing: The drums
were moving forward so this older guy there put a crate of water bottles in
front, when it still moved he sat on the bottles for a few songs. How's that
for audience participation?
I look around and counted about 35 people. That is pretty good for the minimal
outreach for the gig. It was a nice feeling show and place; we have to hope
it keeps going.
I then club jumped to the Cantab to see The
Forz. I had heard them on Crash Course for the Ravers a while
back. They come from the South Shore and play English Invasion style rock. They
dress a little in the 60's fashion (boots, pegged pants) but don't make it a
big thing. There second song was Psychotic Reaction by Count Five. I'm
always amazed that more people haven't covered this song through the years.
I was glad to see it done at last. They did a good job on it, adding a harmonica
for just this song. The main attraction is their own material written like a
Cavern era group. A few songs absolutely capture it. One song is a minor seventh
chord being pushed around in an unusual way. In one way it shouldn't work but
it does and it sounds like some early Zombies song. It's not all 100%
there but this is a young group and if they keep going it could be one cool
thing. There's no power like Muck and the Mires but Forz keeps
the fun in the mix. The drummer is so 60's sounding it makes you realize how
drumming stylyes have changed. He's heavy on the rolls and accents. The only
other person doing this is Linda from Muck. The Forz
have done so much right I hope they continue because they will get better with
We love the early gigs and TT's had a 6 pm show with Randy Black and the
Heathcroppers. My ears and mind were still frozen when I walked in on Embrionic
but their last song got my attention with Siobhan Mcauley's mighty voice. This
night they had Danny Lee as a special guest on drums which made it all
It's no secret we love Randy Black the Heathcroppers. (We've
raved about them before) They are subtle, sophisticated and they satisfy
the mind as well as the ears. On this cold night they are like a warm fire for
the soul. There seem to be new songs in the set and they switch around the old
ones just to keep things fresh. I don't think in rock you can see communication
between players better than in these three musicians. On the softer numbers
I could see Larry on drums scrapping the symbol for an effect. Randy puts his
guitar down and lets the drums and bass do the work during an amazing and soulful
cover of Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood. I would love to see Matt's bass
work on that transcribed in Bass Player Magazine. He was playing a series
of triads and pedals, and then sliding notes while holding another one at the
same time. All the while he used open strings to keep a fuller and even sound.
It was a bass showcase.
They ended with our fave - Sadness Comes in Waves. That song just gets
to us. Randy shouted from the stage that every time they do "waves"
they get a ton of shit from everyone. But they did it anyway and got a very
loud round of astonished applause, it's really an amazing song.
Next up was Litehouse with the legendary Matt Burns. Matt's played
with a lot of people through the years as a full band member and as an oft used
fill in but I don't think he's ever played better than with Litehouse. They
don't take any time getting up to speed and exuding the up tempo energy and
positive spirit which is their thing. Clara Wellons stakes out center
stage and not only sings with a world class voice but also dances and jumps
around like an embodiment of the music's liveliness. The second song is using
the word 'flowing' in the lyrics and Clara's singing style and movements also
seem to flow. That was a nice trick.
Their originals are all upbeat and straight ahead rockers. The guitarist George
Perkins seems to spend an inordinate amount of time on the ground and the others
crouch down with him too - just an odd thing. He was out of tune for a while.
People, use those tuners!! I was surprised to see Tony Kaczynski in the
club (even though
he sits in with Litehouse. ) because I knew he had gig next door at the
Middle East Up but he came before his show and sat in on a few numbers. One
was The Buzzcocks Ever Fallen in Love and that was an undeniable blast
of fun. This was a nice three band line up for an early gig. There were only
about 30 people there at the most.
This week for some excellent shows ......
January 12 (Monday)
Punk Rock Burlesque at The Midway!!! and on this very night it's
their Second Anniversary
so there's a special party goin' on!!
January 14 (Wednesday)
Black Helicopter, Bedtime Magic and Fire for Cavemen are at Great
January 15 (Thursday)
Powerslut, Fur Purse, Hammer and Snake and Axemunkee at O'Brien's
January 15 (Thursday)
Neeson's Moving to California Rager! Kyle Neeson is
the lead singer of Cocked and Loaded, now he's moving to California.
Here's the bill: Quiggs (at 9PM) I Am Become Death (9:45) and
Phantom Glue (10:30) (others TBA) Starting the night off and spinning
between sets will be DJ Mark Francis of WMBR Late Risers Club
January 16 (Friday)
The Memphis Rockabilly Band is at Johnny D's in Davis Square.
(This is an early show!! Doors at 5:30 show is at 7:30. It's pre-Bim Skala Bim
) Hey Carl Perkins called them the best rockabilly band I have ever seen.!!!
And they include Billy Coover on lead guitar, sax and vocals, Roy
Sludge on lead vocals, guitar, and keys, PJ Justice on upright bass
and vocals and Judd Williams on drums. Not to be missed!!
January 17 (Saturday)
Punk Rock Flea Market is at it again!! This time is at Bridge Nine Records
in Peabody! This one is gonna be a big 'un. Lots and lots of cool stuff! It's
going on from 10Am to 6PM...
January 17 (Saturday)
Watts are having
a CD Release party at The Midway also
on the bill are Gymnasium, Love Love and Kris
Rigers & The Dirty Gems
January 17 (Saturday)
Sidewalk Driver headlines at the Sinclair (its their
record release show) - also on the bill are The Organ Beats, Worshipper
and Leo Leo
January 17 (Saturday)
Up in Portland, ME the Bayside Bowl has a very interesting show and
FREE: The Flipsides, Litehouse and Britta Pejic et sa Band de
And coming up beyond this week there's....
January 22 (Thursday) at TT's there's
Creaturos, Weyes Blood, Doug Tuttle and Nightime Sunshine
January 23 (Friday)
a very Punk show at Club Bohemia at The Cantab with The F.U.'s, Urban
Waste, Notox and Middle Son.
January 24 (Saturday) A great punk hardcore
oi matinee show (4-8PM) at The Midway with Rat Trap, Blastmat, Barfight
Champs, Pus and Aftermath. this is an all ages show.
January 25 (Sunday) -
Fireking doing their residency at The Midway. This night they
have The Wrong Chaneys on the bill with them.
January 29th (Thursday)
We has a lot of fun at The Late Risers Summer Party playing trivia a year and a half ago. They are going to do it again at The Independent
. The BGN team got trampled last time and we're looking to save face this time.
January 30 (Friday) -
Here's another Endation gig!! We are blown away by them every time we
see them. So, at O'Brien's we have Bent Knee, Something
Like A Monument, Left Hand Does and Endation - don't miss these guys
they are amazing!
January 30 (Friday) Kingsley Flood
headlines at The Sinclair along with The Grownup Noise and The
January 31 (Saturday) there's a killer
ALL DAY show at The Midway...Mark Lind presents Boston's
Burning 2. So Show One- 4PM All Ages features: The Welch Boys,
Hudson Falcons, Burning Streets, Diablogato and Live Nude Girls playing
between sets. Show Two - 9PM 21+ features: Stray Bullets, Hudson Falcons,
OC45, New Red Scare and Art Thieves. It's $16 for an all day pass
or $10 for a single show.
January 31 (Saturday) at Sally O'Brien's
conveniently located in fabulous Union Sq Somerville turns into Sally's
A Go Go - Muck and the Mires, Tsunami of Sound and The Shambolics.
January 31 (Saturday) Adja The Turkish
Queen is doing a record
release show at The Plough and Stars. This will be a great intimate
place to see Adja perform!!
January 31 (Saturday) down in Providence
at Dusk are Paraplegics, NoTox, Monsignor Meth, Deathstate & Creeps
and its only $5!!Here's the
February 1 (Sunday) Starts
the Swindlers' residency at the Midway and on this day they have
Charlie Dont Surf.
February 2, (Monday) Tigerman Woah!, Cactus
Attack and the Radiator Rattlers are at Opus Underground in
February 6 (Friday) There's a Winter
Rock Extravaganza at the Greek American Social Club in Union Square
with The Eric Barao Band,
Claws that Catch, Right on Red and Soft Pyramids
February 7 (Saturday)-
The Middle East has The
Drax (Goddamn Draculas) Record Release Show
along with Aquanutz, Township, Planetoid,
and Party Bois
February 7 (Saturday)
- The Midway has Bella's Bartok, The Sprained Ankles,
The Pity Whores, Trashawk and Whoopi
February 13 (Friday)-
the thirteenth show!!: The Cretins, Duck and Cover, Scrapes, and
The Quins are at The Middle East Up this is a
February 13 (Friday)-
Tim Catz 50th Birthday Party featuring White Dynomite, The Humanoids,
Muck And The Mires, Worshipper and DJ sets by Joanie Lindstrom at Great
February 16 (Monday)-
Thee Icepicks (from Portland, ME), The Egos, The Boglins, &
Tsunami Of Sound! are at Opus Underground in Salem, MA
February 20 (Friday) It's the Second
Annual Lux Lives
celebration of all thing Lux Interior and the Cramps!! at The
Midway, who better to play this night than The Evil Streaks, Thee Icepicks
and The Skeleton Beats...along with Kogar the Swinging Ape.
February 21 (Saturay) Midway
Matinee with Urban Waste, Progree, Sick Joke, Honest John and Incidious
- this is an All Ages show doors arte at 4PM.
February 23 (Monday)
-The Ungraded, Quiggs, Duck & Cover and The Runouts are at Opus
Underground in Salem, MA
February 28 (Saturday) One can never get
enough Roy Sludge and he's at Johnny D's in Davis Square.
March 6 (Friday) Opus Underground
and It's Gonna Get Weird continue to produce great shows up in Salem.
Tonight is no exception: Whiskey Kill, Diablogato and The Red Pennys...a
March 7 (Saturday) and talk about good
bills - this
one is EXCELLENT! Sean Coleman comes back to Boston with his band
the Quazars along with Little
Lesley and The Bloodshots and The Red Pennys
March 8 (Sunday) Mark your calendars! Gail
Corcoran is putting on an all
ages show at the Midway Cafe featuring... The Sheckies, The FUs,
Jimmy Jacked, and Jagger Holly (members of the Hollywood Blondes
and The Johnie 3!) And she's having a bake sale too!
March 28 (Saturday) - Township is
at the Midway.
May 22 (Friday)-
You have been warned - Book the flight now: Sleep Chamber!! Doing their
only show in 34 years in Tel Aviv, Israel at UTC+02. Not only is this their
first show in 34 years -
its their LAST SHOW ever.
July 18 (Saturday) Mission of Burma
opens for The Foo Fighters and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones at
and of course The New England Shake-Up! September
25,26,27 2015! Keep yourself updated at their
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