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May 21, 2018

Baabes at the Middle East Up

We hit Once on Thursday with Diablogato being the draw for us. They played without the sax player. We don’t know if that’s permanent. But they were burning it up and it looked like they were burning with the hellish red glow on stage. It actually suited their raging rockabilly.


They sounded even more rockabilly without the sax. That guitar player has it down. The singer’s voice was raspy and he was drinking honey to help his throat, again it worked with their music. The bass player was sitting, then standing on his stand-up bass. It was the whole usual Diablogato package nicely done up for a Thursday.

The top of the bill was Tsunami Bomb. This is their 20th anniversary tour. They're a California band and they've played the Warped Tour a few times. They were garage-y with the cheesy organ going on. The vocalist wasn’t doing it for us. But there were about 70 people there that seemed to come just to hear them and they were lively and rocking.

Tsunami Bomb
Tsunami Bomb

More to our liking was the line up at the Middle East on Friday.

We linked the Baabes' new video in the news last week. We don’t know what you thought, but we thought – hey, we wanna see this band live…and that’s what got us to the Middle East on Friday.

We missed the first two bands, Hambone Skinny and The Gala. The Gala, who we saw last week, are hard to miss these days because of an aggressive live schedule. They're playing wherever and whenever they can and they get new fans each time.

The Knock Ups
The Knock Ups

Also on the bill was The Knock Ups who we’ve seen a few times: Keegan reviewed them three years ago and we saw them a little later, same year....but not recently.

Gretchen Shea was still impressive with the strong voice that commanded your attention, which is a great gift for a performer to have. The bass player Cat Verlico, had a complimentary voice to Gretchen’s. Sometimes she would do a call and response style and other times a simple harmony back up, both ways added a lot to the mix. It was the drummer’s first show but you couldn’t tell.

They have good material. A few songs were very memorable. One was "1969" which we have on video above and here is the song on Bandcamp. It's about that particular year and Gretchen’s Rickenbacker through a Vox amp was a perfect tone for that song. They also did an older one that we always love hearing, it’s about hating facial hair. It's “The Anti-beard Beard Song (Paul Weller's Blues)”. Here’s a video of it when they did the Rumble. Another song, that we love, is "Dionysius".

The point being they know how to write songs that make an impression. Overall just a good rocking set.


We saw lead singer of Baabes at last years Starlabfest. (And here’s a reminder to plan to see that outside event in Somerville that happens at the end of the summer.) He was in a group called Jojo and the Angry Girls. We loved the group and his stage presence. And we were right on that as we found out during The Baabes' wild set.

Jason Ring/Johnny BB was pacing the floor in front of the stage as the band was setting up. He was like a caged animal. You knew something was coming. The lead guitarist had a neat looking black and white Mosrite style guitar and he wore a white suit coat, black shirt and tie....which later was reduced to just the tie. Hey, it’s a look.


The band kicked up a furious fuzz backdrop as Jason spewed out very wordy songs. It always seemed he felt the pressure to jam in all his lyrical points which gave the music some of it’s urgency. The guitarist never needed more than a four note riff or two chords alternating to make a song, and some of those were very catchy.

Jason is a big guy but it’s not just his physical presence that is imposing but his wild stage antics. He started on the floor, then spent equal time on stage, often transitioning to the floor with a high leap (see photo on top of page). He does a lot of gesturing, mugging and posing which are all to the service of the lyrics. He moves his feet ala James Brown. It all came across as organic. The band members were right with him on all counts.


You should look at the videos below to get a better idea of what they were doing. He was also slugging from a bottle of champagne, Korbel we think and passed it around to the audience to drink, a lot of it ended up on the floor too as did other drinks as Jason did his crazed struts and jumps.

They are headed to the studio again soon to record more! We look forward to future Baabes shows!!

The Knock Ups' Cat Verlico was in the audience and lovin' it too! We all were!! And this was their third show as a band? That’s amazing!! What a show this was!!

And in other news.....

Thalia Zedek Thalia Zedek has a nice write up in this week's Patriot Ledger. It talks of her career and then the particulars of her new group E that will be playing this Friday at the Midway FB page

Boys From Nowhere got a write up in the Globe on Sunday. They tied it in with another film on the Slits. It's wonderful to see the film getting attention from the large papers.

Ken Stringfellow has been working on Richie Parsons' new album. Now he’s got some of his own business to take care of with the 30th Anniversary of his band – The Posies. They will be at Once on June 15. Pop fans, we’re talking to you!!! Check out the FB page.

Here's some good ole punk reading: Please Kill Me has an article on the Bromley Contingent from the early punk days in London. There are videos and quotes and more.

And here's a great article on Deborah Harry.

Any of you out there remember the band Chrome, from the late 70's? They are playing at the Middle East UP May 29th

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

Boys from Nowhere May 23 (Wednesday) Boys From Nowhere: The Story of Boston's Garage Punk Uprising is at the Cape Ann Cinema - 7:30 show time. FB page

May 23 (Wednesday) Simon Ritt is performing Johnny Thunders' So Alone album with him are The Bristols, Evan Shore, Tony Savarino, Mark Chenevert, Adja Snyder, Joe Mazzari, Phil Aiken, Eric Martin and Bill Dougherty - wow!!! also on the bill 61 Ghosts - this is at The Lizard Lounge

May 24 (Thursday) Rocking For A Cure For Huntington’s with The Idolators Featuring Sal Baglio, Leader of The Stompers along with Jeff Keithline and Sam Wood Appearing along with these fine musicians Chris Palud with Jamie Walker Sandy Martin & Joe Donnelly John Surrette & Friends Dave Barton & Blame The Whiskey Kelly Knap, Kim Ernst (Bristols) with Eric Martin (Neats) Billy Connors Project.… doors at 7PM at Thunder Road

May 24 (Thursday) Thrust Club with Dump Him & Sapling at Once

May 25 (Friday) Whore Paint, E (record release), Arch Cape at The Midway

Points showMay 26 (Saturday) A benefit for Nate at The Rhumbline Upstairs in Gloucester featuring Sternman and a bunch of other bands

May 27 (Sunday) Roy Sludge at Sally O's, Sun. Memorial Weekend 6- 8:30Pm

May 27 (Sunday) The Four Point Restraints, The Guilloteenagers, Surprise Party, American Affairal (Jess & Tom of Man Trouble) at ZuZu

And further out we have...

May 29 (Tuesday) Chrome at the MIddle East Up.

May 31 (Thursday) Red Hare, Sweet Jesus (Last Show), Holy Hands, SilverScreams, Pummel at AS220 in Provi RI FB page

May 31 (Thursday) Atlantic Thrills, The Mad Doctors, Fire Heads, Heavy Connection at the News Cafe Pawtucket, RI.

June 1 (Friday) Tom Baker & The Snakes, Swilson and Duck and Cover at The Tavern @ the End of the World.

June 1 (Friday) Thee Fightin' Fish Record Release Party at Club Bohemia also playing are EVERT, Birdgangs, Captain Martini and the Key Stoners

June 2 (Saturday) A Crash Course for the Ravers featuring Charlie Don't Surf! 91.5 WMFO 1-4PM

THunders June 2 (Saturday) Check out JJ Gonson's pics with Slam Dance - Pictures from the Pit it's out in Framingham, 4-8PM FB page for info

June 2 (Saturday) The Black Souls, Crunchtime & Guests, do a Midway Cafe Matinee 4-8PM

June 2 (Saturday) Fur Purse, Lady Pills, Miss Geo & DJ Sit and Spinat the Midway 9PM show

June 2 (Saturday) Sheer Terror, Nothing But Enemies, Brando, American War Machine at The Middle East - this is an early show 5:30-10:30

June 2 (Saturday) Worshipper, Sidewalk Driver, Flight Of Fire, Blood Built Empire at Sonia

June 3 (Sunday) The FUs, Working Poor USA, The Straight Eights, Worm at The Midway for a 4-8PM show

June 3 (Sunday) Gang Green and Taxi Driver at Alchemy in Provi RI also a matinee 2-6Pm

June 4 (Monday)Radkey, Aneurysm, Silver Screams

June 5 (Tuesday) Rock and Roll Trivia w/ Erin and Brett at Sinclair 8PM

June 9 (Saturday) Sternman, Nightbird and Tragedy at The Middle east Up.

June 9 (Saturday) Scissorfight, Diablogato, Scrimmy the Dirtbag at Opus in Salem - and its sponsored by Lord Hobo Brewing company- you know what that means

June 9 (Saturday) The Neighborhoods at the Ocean Mist in RI on June 9, Tickets

WFMO June 10 (Sunday) Tokyo Tramps, Jody Moore, Billy Connors Project, Club Linehan A Go Go at The Midway for a 4-8 PM show

June 13 (Wednesday) The Posies 30th Anniversary Tour with guests Secret Sail at ONCE Ballroom

June 13 (Wednesday) doing their G.G. ALLIN 25th Death Anniversary Tour the Murder Junkies are at Cafe Nine in New Haven CT FB page

June 13 (Wednesday) Some Kind Of Nightmare (CA), Silver Screams, BDSX, Sweet Bangs at Opus in Salem

June 13 (Wednesday) Supersuckers, Speedealer, Salem Wolves are at Alchemy in Provi, RI

June 14 (Thursday) The Dickies (40th Year Anniversary) w/ The Queers, Duck & Cover and Cookbag at The Middle East FB page for tix etc

June 15 (Friday) Robert Gordon is at the Greasy Luck Brewpub in New Bedford, MA opening is Johnny Barnes & The Nightcrawlers. FB Page

June 16 (Saturday) GLiDER Live on Radio 91.5FM Crash Course for the Ravers! stream 1-4PM

June 16 (Saturday) Benefit for Rosie's Place with Jerry’s Got Jokes, Threat Level Burgundy, Whoopi Sticks, Blame it on Whitman, The Runouts this is a DAY show at The Midway

June 16 (Saturday) The Nervous Eaters, Justine and the Unclean, Stop Calling Me Frank are at Thunder Road

Cal Cali June 16 (Saturday) GBH with Pinata Party are at The Middle East Down.

June 17 (Sunday) Micah Schnabel, Live Nude Girls, Olde Boy, Amy Griffin at O'Brien's Pub

June 20 (Wednesday) Blk Squirrl Record Release with special guests Andy California and Sundog at The Midway

June 20 (Wednesday) Reverend Horton Heat, Big Sandy, Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones at Alchemy Provi RI

June 22 (Friday) Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, Pop Gun, Muck and The Mires and 138 at KOTO in Salem

June 22 (Friday) Tied To A Bear, Duck &Cover, The Von Traps, Sonic Libido at Opus in Salem

June 23 (Saturday) Gene Dante And The Future Starlets, Parlour Bells, The Gala, Smitt E. Smitty and special guest DJ, Gang of One (Hugo Burnham formerly of Gang of Four) at Once - 8:15PM show time!

June 23 (Saturday) Mr. Airpane Man, GLiDER, Andy California, Shiny Beast, Thigh Scrapers at Club Boho/The Cantab

June 23 (Saturday) The 7CS and The Rolling Who, are at the Plough & Stars

Sternman June 24 (Sunday) Opposition Rising Boston Record Release Show! with Not A Part Of It, Infernal Diatribe, Neighborhood Shit, DNZL 4PM matinee show at the Midway

June 24 (Sunday) The Adolescents, Electric Frankenstein and Duck & Cover at Brighton Music Hall

June 29 (Friday) Nervous Eaters, The Gamma Goochies, Euphemia at Geno's in Portland, ME

June 30 (Saturday) Goddamn Draculas, Jason Bennett and The Resistance, Art Thieves at Middle east Up 6:30 PM show

June 30 (Saturday) Rockin' Dune Tunes at Whitecrest Beach Wellfleet Cape Cod. It’s rocking on the beach – well, the parking lot next to the beach. Line up : Mr Airplane Man, Atlantic Thrills, Shiny Beasts, 5 SPF4. It's FREE & ALL AGES. it startts at 5PM. The town charges to park for the beach until 4:30. Bonfire on the beach after the show. In memory of our friend Trey Helliwell. More info here on FB

July 1 (Sunday) Today Junior, Milk, Dutch Tulips, Soft Pyramids at Great Scott

July 1 (Sunday) G.G. ALLIN 25th Death Anniversary show with The Murder Junkies, Smoking Triples, Jonee Earthquake, They Hate Us, Malcolm Tent at The Dutch Treat Franconia NH Here's the FB page

Punk band July 7 (Saturday) Pajama Slave Dancers (reunion) with special guests Trusty Sidekick, Grey Matter (ft. Eric Gaffney), and The Weisstronauts

July 8 (Sunday) Step 13, Genuine Rust, The Martians, Cry Havoc at the Midway for a 4-8PM show

July 11 (Wednesday) The Goddamn Gallows, The Koffin Kats, Viva Le Vox at Alchemy in Provi, RI

July 12 (Thursday) Koffin Kats, The Goddamn Gallows, Viva Le Vox at The Middle East

July 13 (Friday) Last Ones and CalCali Band are at Tavern at the end of the world. (Rick must be back from his Grand Tour!)

July 13 (Friday) Fireking, The Grip Weeds, Watts, Modern Day Idols at Thunder Road -get tix here.

July 14 (Saturday) il Mostro, Psychic Dog, The Laces, Jim Healey for a 4-8PM show at the Midway

August 4 (Saturday) Scissorfight, White Dynomite, Northern Skulls, Red Mantis at Once Somerville

Photo showAugust 4 (Saturday) Descendents w/ A Wilhelm Scream & Pavers at State Theatre, Portland, Maine FB page

August 8 (Wednesday) The Blasters come back to ONCE

August 13 (Monday) Agent Orange, Fea, and more at Ralph's Diner in Worcester FB page

August 15 (Wednesday) Agent Orange are at the Brighton Music Hall TIX!

August 16 (Thursday) Agent Orange w/ FEA, Zero Holds at Alchemy in Provi, RI

August 24 (Thursday) Lyres, Glider, Pop Gun, Knock Ups at Koto in Salem

September 8 (Saturday) Richard Mirsky's CD Release Party at the Midway (night show)

DickiesSeptember 9 (Sunday) Slim Cessna's Auto Club and Kid Congo Powers at Once - music starts at 8:30

September 11 (Tuesday) Killing Joke on their 40th Anniversary Tour at the Paradise FB page

October 12 (Friday) Salem Horror Fest After Party with Diablogato, Gray Bouchard and the Dedications and Petty Morals at Opus in Salem

October 20 (Saturday) Nervous Eaters, Indonesian Junk, Duck & Cover at the Middle East Up

October 27 (Saturday) The Descendents w/ Teenage Bottlerocket at The Palladium in Worcester FB page for tix etc

November 2 (Friday) Roky Erikson at Once. Tix here.

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Jesse - Diablogato
Photo: Blowfish

The Knock Ups
The Knock Ups


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