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January 25,2016


It was Tuesday and it was frickin’ cold but Great Scott was on the full side. It was billed as a “Welcome Home” show for Black Beach and The Midriffs who just finished a southern tour. Both bands expressed their appreciation of the turnout and it did feel like the crowd cared. There was moshing from the first song to the last for the two bands. The young crowd was very energetic. It felt like a weekend gig.

Black Beach
Black Beach

   Black Beach was in top form. Everything is raw with them, there are no smooth edges. Just like the moshers you have to dive in and go with it. The volume is up and the feedback is squealing with some clear surf toned sections sticking out of the distorted soup. The verses are sung and the choruses are yelled. Most songs sound like jams with tempos and volumes going up and down.
    Midriffs are pretty much the same thing with psych riffs replacing the surf licks of Black Beach.


    I didn’t get great photos because I was trying to avoid getting hit by slammers. While I was being timmy a couple were making out passionately in front of the stage with moshers zinging back in forth within inches of them. PHOTO HERE. This is just a short video showing the scene while Black Beach were playing.

    I kept thinking how healthy the music scene was that this many people came out and joined these young bands for a celebratory night mid-week in the winter. I then thought of last week’s tribute show for Allen Devine, again a night where people came out to show they care. The nights had different feelings and music but both demonstrated the depth of the Boston music scene.

Holy Holy Review by John Keegan CLICK HERE

   There were loads of gigs during the weekend. Johnny D’s is continuing their special shows leading up to their closing. There was the Holy Holy show at the Wilbur showcasing Bowie's music. John Keegan got the best photos you will see anywhere from that gig - check the link above. We headed to the Midway on Friday. The club was on the full side even early with Mongorellis a new group with Ed Lynch of the F.U.’s on bass.


    They were hard without being hardcore. The songs had some hooks in the choruses. I would like to hear all the material again. One song they announced was a love song called Choke You, so was it then? It seemed like it. It was more in the pop punk vein and I thought it was the best of the set. They got some moshing going which would be the beginning of much more during the night. A side note for guitar fiends; the guitarist has THIS MOSRITE a new one being made by Dana Mosley daughter of Semie.
    I talked to Slimedog of Thrash n’ Bang who told me that the night was an unofficially dedicated to Keith Brooks who was much loved on the hardcore scene centered on the Midway. He passed away earlier this month.

Neighborhood Shit
Neighborhood Shit

    Neighborhood Shit got the moshing going big time with very short hardcore bursts bridged by some sonic sludge. The slamming expanded to the edges of the main floor and it was hard to get a safe spot. There were some big guys doing the arm windmills and Kung Fu moves. One guy piggy backed on another and they ran across the room and into a bunch of people who went down like bowling pins; quite a sight. I didn’t get many photos – to busy avoiding the mayhem.
   Neighborhood Shit's songs are about things in their hood, which is Southie. They hate the inflowing affluence. If you can’t do anything about it that doesn’t mean you can’t sing about it. The lead singer talked about Keith Brooks and lead a club toast to him.

See This World
See This World

   See This World has Dave Tree in it. Their songs were more elaborate than the other groups and the lyrics addressed problems in the larger world.
   All night there was a whole thing going on about Tree beer. So check it out: "Blue Hills Brewery is proud to partner with the legendary Boston rock band TREE to release the band's signature brew, TREE BEER. Dave Tree worked hand-in-hand with our Brewmaster Andris to design a beer that will appeal to the common man! It's a Kolsch style ale with a nice smooth taste and a crisp finish. There's just enough hops to satisfy all types of craft beer fans, and at 7.5% abv, it's packs a punch." and its available around Boston so ask for it.
   I never did stay long enough to see Dot Rats but checking out the info online the crowd went bonkers for them.

We have some catch up from last week from Sunday Jan 17. John Keegan has some photos of the Midway show with Black Souls, First Supper, Fireking and the group he plays sax in Jiblantos. CLICK HERE

In other news...

Fireking is in the studio recording another album Speedway which they hope to have available in 2016.

Bowie New York City declared January 20th David Bowie Day

And MIT is honoring David Bowie this Friday Jan 29th with an Orchestral Tribute to David Bowie "MIT Music and Theater Arts' orchestral concert tribute to David Bowie will feature the Boston area premieres of Philip Glass Symphonies No. 1, “Low” and Symphony No. 4, “Heroes.” Both works were inspired by David Bowie and Brian Eno's groundbreaking albums that were part of the famous "Berlin Trilogy" of Low, Heroes, and Lodger. " The concert is completely sold out.

Here's some good shows coming up this week.....

January 29 (Friday) Conmen, Shepherdess, Casanovas In Heat and Nomad Stones at O'Brien's

January 29 (Friday) The Dictators - NATUR - Neutral Nation are at The Parlor Newport, Newport RI (FB page for more info)

January 29 (Friday) Phil Collins Beat, Thee Itchies and others are at Dusk in Provi, RI. (FB Event page)

Punk Aerobics January 30 (Saturday) Punk Rock Aerobics at The Sinclair - classes start at NOON! (FB page)

January 30 (Saturday) The Dictators - Lenny Lashley's Gang of One - Nick and the Adversaries - Neutral Nation are at Great Scotts

January 30 (Saturday) Lyres, The Paul Collins Beat and the modifierS are at The Middle East Up. BUY TIX here

January 30 (Saturday) Reddy Teddy is playing at a 10 Jam for Ink Jam Tattoo in Arlington . 6-10 PM at the Knights of Columbus, Arlington MA. Check out the FB page for more info.

January 30 (Saturday) Angela Sawyer (of Weirdo Records) & Gabe Stoddard present their Open Mic Night

January 31 (Sunday) Charlie Don’t Surf, The Damn Garrison, Evan Weckbacher, & some very special surprise guests at The Midway this is a 4PM

And out in the future we have.....

February 4 (Thursday) Highway Chapel is at Hennessey's Hooley House 25 Union St (by Haymarket) Boston.

February 5 (Friday) The Shiny Beasts and The Knock Ups are at Jeanie Johnston Pub in JP. each band is doing two sets, alternating sets.

Lyres February 5 (Friday) Randy Black and the Heathcroppers are at Tavern at the End of the World.

February 5 (Friday) The Silks, The Dirty Truckers and The Furs are at The Midway

February 6 (Saturday) Roy Sludge with Duke Levine & Johnny Sciascia at Atwoods this is a 4PM show

February 6 (Saturday) Magic Shoppe (celebrating their EP Release) Zip-Tie Handcuffs, Bong Wish and S.S. Cretins at Great Scott

February 6 (Saturday) Koto in Salem goes MOD with The Forz, Tiger Bomb and The Evil Streaks

February 7 (Sunday) The Manglers, The Grommets, Jason Bennett & The Resistance are at The Midway for a 4PM show

February 8 (Monday) Punk Rockin' And Pastie Poppin' Burlesque at The Midway!!

February 12 (Friday) Chetstock #1 2016 will be at Once Lounge @ Cuisine En Locale!! They will also be filming a documentary with lots of interviews and great Chet's stories. This is a memorial event to support Pine Street Inn in honor of Chet. And check out the killer line-up of bands: Moose and the Mudbugs, Liz Borden Group, Pajama Slave Dancers, Dogmatics, Bim Skala Bim, Dogzilla Reunion (with special appearance by AEF) and Chet's All Stars - more info soon check the FB page for updates. And you can get your tix here.

February 13 (Saturday) The Quiggs will be on Brian Young's A Crash Course for the Ravers on WMFO 95.1, 1-4PM.

Punk Art February 13 (Saturday) Lux Lives! A celebration of all things Lux and The Cramps is back this year at Dusk in Provi, RI featuring The Buzzards (members of thee Itchies and The Worried), Rumble Party and Thee Icepicks also music by DJs Ty Jesso and Kogar the Swinging Ape -(FB page)

February 17 (Wednesday) Poison Idea, Child Bite, The FUs, LIVVER and Profit Margin at Once Lounge (FB event page)

February 17 (Wednesday) Duck and Cover are on the bill at the Middle East with (ex Hanoi Rocks') Michael Monroe and Hardcore Superstar (Tix almost sold out folks act fast here)

February 18 (Thursday) Keytar Bear is at The Midway...a bear's gotta play but it's cold outside!! He's on before Queereoke.

February 19 (Friday) Taxicab Cowboy , The Galvanics, The Brigands and Phil Yates & The Affiliates at PA's Lounge

February 19 (Friday) wow this should be interesting Russian Punk bands Naive and Matrixx are at the Middle East down. More info on the FB event page

February 20 (Saturday) Brian Young's A Crash Course for the Ravers has The Hummingbird Syndicate as special guests. 1-4PM 95.1 WMFO

Magic Shoppe February 20 (Saturday) Diablogato and Gold Blood & Associates along with DJ Valdez the Sinner will be shaking it up at Store 54.

February 20 (Saturday) Classic Ruins, Fireking and Plume are at The Tavern at the End of the World

February 20 (Saturday) Quiggs, Howie & The Scrapes, Electric Octopus, and The Black Cheers are at The Foundation Room at the House of Blues (FB page for this excellent gig!)

February 20 (Saturday) M.O.T.O. , Stop Calling Me Frank, Sprained Ankles and The Johns are at The Midway

Chetstock February 26 (Friday) Township is having their Vinyl Release Party, also on the bill When Particles Collide - at Great Scott

February 26 (Friday) Jittery Jack & Miss Amy along with Cactus Attack and The Alrighters are at O'Brien's

March 19 (Saturday) The Devil's Twin and Diablogato are at O'Brien's

March 19 (Saturday) Lux Lives! A celebration of all things Lux and The Cramps is back this year at The Bayside Bowl in Portland, ME featuring
The Gamma Goochies, Thee Ice Picks and Video Nasties
- also music by DJs Ty Jesso and Kogar the Swinging Ape -(FB page)

March 25 (Friday) OK whoa....this is gonna be a wild night...go if you dare...S&M punk band GASH is at PA's Lounge...also on the bill is DISIPLINE: Boston queer BDSM Punk.

April 1 (Friday) "Drop Ya Mic and pick up yer paint brush" is a show of Musicians' art work at Once Lounge...check out the FB page..the list is looooonnnnggg. Providing music for the event will be The Old Edison, Tom Baker and the Snakes, Stars Like Ours and Ringtail. $9 cover with free apps, art at 6PM msuic about 8:30.

April 1 (Friday) Kenne Highland 60th birthday party at The Cantab Club Bohemia

April 2 (Friday) Kenne Highland 60th birthday party at the midway (this is his actual birthday!) An afternoon 4PM show -more info to come

April 2 (Friday) the night show at The Midway is Wussy and The Thalia Zedek band.

April 3- 22 (Friday) Rock n Roll Rumble at Once Lounge

April 5 (Tuesday) The Legendary Shack Shakers, The Pine Hill Haints and Diablogato are at Great Scott

CONTACT US - Send us your gig listings, your news and anything else ya got!!

Black Beach
Black Beach
Neighborhood Shit
Neighborhood Shit
Neighborhood Shit
Neighborhood Shit
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Middle East Holiday Party


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