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June 6,2016

Penski Files
The Penske Files
Photo: Blowfish


To be repetitive – it was another Wednesday at O’Briens, as usual not a lot of people but some good music. The Penske Files (funny name see - def. in Urban Dictionary) are from Canada. They put out an immediately appealing rush of pop punk. The singer had a harmonica brace a la Dylan which is odd in this context but did add a different sound into the mix. They were overflowing with energy. The small stage seemed like it barely could contain them.

The Penske Files
Photo: Blowfish

    I feel for these touring groups playing for small crowds as far as money and attention goes. They put in a lot of time, money and effort and someone like me gets to hear some worthy rock mid-week and I appreciate that. Check out their Bandcamp page

    Joanie Lindstrom played "Gunslinger" by The Digs this last week and I loved the vocal in it and added it to our Top Ten Songs list. They were at Great Scotts on the bill for the When Particles Collide CD release show so I headed out.

The Digs
Photo: Blowfish

    I saw The Digs at Club Bohemia before their Rumble appearance this year. The performance at Great Scotts was similar to that but much tighter in the segues and amped up a bit more. That produced an attention getting wave of rock that won over the crowd immediately. They never dropped the momentum for the whole set.

    The songs are somewhat riff based but always develop into something more complicated and the melody lines are strong. "Gunslinger" was a favorite live also. Another song I loved last time called "Laces" was again a highlight. Andrew Dedousis (ex Drunk Nuns) is a chameleon on bass. He plays whatever the song needs at the moment. He’ll sit on the tonic, play a figured line, play a melodic line or rattle the strings - whatever. He rewards close listening.

    These guys are just starting and it'll be interesting to see them develop. Check out their Band webpage

And in other news .....

Arthur Freedman sent in some photos of a show at Cantab/Club Bohemia of The Knock Ups along with Some Kind of Nightmare from San Diego.

Arthur Freedman
The Knock Ups
Photo: Arthur Freedman
A Freedman
The Knock Ups
Photo; Arthur Freedman
Arthur Freedman
Some Kind of Nightmare
Photo; Arthur Freedman
Arthur Freedman
Some Kind of Nightmare
Photo; Arthur Freedman

Also Arthur has a photo in the De-Mock-Cracide Art Show at Sweet Tree Ink (281 A Mount Auburn Street Watertown Massachusetts (617-818-2373 call for viewing hours) Congrats Arthur!! Here's a pic of Arthur and his Mr. Butch photo.

MR Butch
Arthur Freedman with his Mr Butch photo
at the De-Mock-Cracide Art Show
Photo: Patricia Pelland

Congrats to Boys From Nowhere for finally getting out there - and getting GREAT press. They' ve been written up on Vanyaland and Please Kill Me. Check out the Please Kill Me review here. And....we get to see it in the big screen come September 29th at the Cape Ann Cinema in Gloucester at 7:30PM. Willie Alexander is going to play before the movie is shown!

and WHOA here's a very surreal animated video of Iggy Pop singing (in a very sexy voice) Edith Piaf's La Vie En Rose!!

And there's a GoFundMe project Boston punks should know about...Mark Kennedy of Vivisect, Toecutter, 5 Point and a bunch of other bands is in need of a littel help from his friends. Please check it out here: A New Bed for Sydney.

hey BGN readers in Europe: Cheetah Chrome is coming your way in August!! He's teaming up with Dutch band The Knobs for a few dates, Expect a set heavy on Dead Boys and Rocket From The Tombs songs. More info here at I-94 Bar

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

Watts June 11 (Saturday) Scissorfight, Watts, Goddamn Draculas, Dirt Mall are at Thunder Road

June 11 (Saturday) A day show 4-8PM with Fireking, Big Giant, The First Supper, and Universe Narrows at The Midway

June 11 (Saturday) The Upper Crust, Thee Fabulous Itchies, The Hi-End and Shiny Beasts are at The Midway - there's a lot going on this night- and the show starts at 8PM -check out the FB page.

June 11 (Saturday) The Skeleton Beats, The Black Cheers Go Blank and Art Thieves are at O'Brien's

June 11 (Saturday) A Benefits for Girls Rock Camp Boston with E, Shepherdess, Violet Nox and Lost Lake. There will be DJs, Art work and visuals. Should be a great night!! FB Page

June 11 (Saturday) Fur Purse, The Gala, Noble Rot are at Sally O'Brien's

June 11 (Saturday) The Billy Connors Project is doing a show at PA’s Lounge with Stop Calling Me Frank, The Angel Martins and The Boss.

June 11 (Saturday) Cherie Currie along with Gene Dante, MarianneToilet & The Runs and others at Brighton Music Hall - this is a benefit for

Monster Mike June 12 (Sunday) Mike's Monsters Guitar Third Annual Birthday Bash is on Sunday, June 12 with a long list of bands. Last year it was at TT’s
There's a long list of bands: Jay Allen and the Archcriminals, Andy California, Baluchaterium, Axemunkee, Hambone Skinny, A Bunch of Jerks, Ten Dollar Mistake. Doors are at 2PM and all proceeds go to the MSPCA!! Here's the FB page

And further out past this week....

June 16 (Thursday) Randy Black & The Heathcroppers are at the Tavern at the End of the World.

June 17 (Friday) The Stoves, Topheavy (a reunion), Diablogato, and Stars Like Ours are at The Midway

June 17 (Friday) The Brigands, Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, Doug MacDonald...and Pete Cassini will be rocking as well at Tavern at the End of the World

June 18 (Saturday) Daytime show- Roy Sludge Trio at Sally O's. starts at 1 PM

June 18 (Saturday) an afternoon show 4-8PM with Kenne Highland Clan, HIXX, Jody Moore Band and Club Linehan A Go Go at The Midway

June 18 (Saturday) Thunder Road has The Dwarves, The Queers, White Dynomite, and Decent Criminal Get tix here.

Beach Toys June 18 (Saturday) Fuzbrains presents - Electrolux (featuring Steve Aquino, lead guitarist of the Lyres), on at 9, Thee Sonomatics (10:30), The Black Souls (12) at the wicked cool Hotel Vernon.

June 21 (Tuesday) Allston Pudding Presents an All Ages show with Free Pizza, Nice Guys, and The Monsieurs

June 23 (Thursday) Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling are saying Bye Bye Boston with their last show here - joining them are Petty Morals, Endation, and Psychic Dog - at the Middle East Up

June 25 (Saturday) Dead Kennedys are at The Paradise and they have an AWESOME line up bands playing before them!! Jerrys Kids - 10.15pm, Straw Dogs - 9.30pm, The Welch Boys - 8.45pm and Burning Streets - 8.00pm- Get tix HERE!!

June 26 (Sunday) Making Waves For Autism benefit - featuring John Powhida, The Dogmatics, Girl On Top at Sally O's (this is a 1-5PM show)

June 27 (Monday) Pere Ubu at The Sinclair

July 1 (Friday) Rock The Cradle - A Two Day Benefit for Cradles to Crayons Night 1 is with Cactus Attack, Live Nude Girls, Mark Lind, time and place, Evan Weckbacher and Darn Coyotes at The Midway

July 2 (Saturday) Rock The Cradle - A Two Day Benefit for Cradles to Crayons -Day 2 (this one's 3-8PM) is with The Dents, High School Football Heroes, Mickey Rickshaw, The American Myth and Go Big - at The Midway

Cradle To Crayons July 9 (Saturday) Happy Little Clouds (It's their Album Release), The Rationales, Powerslut and The Knock Ups at O'Brien's

July 9 (Saturday) Tsunami of Sound, Fireking, Popgun, and The Beachcombovers are at The Midway

July 10 (Sunday) Boston Hassle's BLACK MARKET is taking it outside for the summer! They'll be at 420 Amory Street in Jamaica Plain!
The location is T accessible, just a two minute walk across the street from Green Street Station on the Orange Line. Hours - 11AM- 5PM. This one-day outdoor event will spotlight a featured artist, and boasts everything from secondhand to handmade: artwork, zines, body care, records, baked goods, patches, pins, books, T-shirts, leather goods, knits, woodwork, pottery, vintage clothing, jewelery, tea, hair cuts, tarot card readings, face-painting, portraits, & MORE!!

July 11 (Monday) Guided by Voices are at The Paradise

July 14 (Thursday) The Late Risers Club Punk Rock Trivia night will be at "the Greek" in Union Square (more info to follow) Of course Eric Law's team will win but it'll be fun just the same. Starts at 8PM - And there'll be free pizza!! Team BGN will be there too!

July 16 (Saturday) OC45 celebrates their 5 year anniversary at the Middle East Up along with Burning Streets, The Jukebox Romantics and Jumper!

Brigands July 22 (Friday) Fur Purse, Thalia Zedek, Weather Weapon, Phurnne, Death Cloud at the Midway

July 22 (Friday) Screw Cart, Psycho, Rockin' Bob Punk Band, and 4 Sids are at The Cantab down.

July 23 (Saturday) The FUs, Silver Screams, Electric Street Queens, Il Mostro (mems of The Humanoids) are at The Midway

July 29 (Friday) The Warning Shots, Duck & Cover, Quiggs, and Tenafly Vipers are at the Greek in Union Square (FB page)

August 6 & 7 (Sat & Sunday) The Boston Rock Opera presents Stardust to Blackstar: The Lives of David Bowie at Once Ballroom: a concert dedicated to the late rock god David Bowie. "David Bowie taught us all so much about performance and stagecraft. If B.R.O. is going to, like Lazarus, rise up again then it should be to honor and celebrate his amazing music." The night begins with fellow B.R.O. co-founder Mick "Mondo" Maldonado directing and performing Bowie's "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars" with a full band and guest vocalists. Following that, is an original live arrangement of of Bowie's final opus work "Blackstar" performed by an all star band and chorus under the direction of Either/Orchestra's Russ Gershon. The evening continues with a celebration of songs from Bowie's vast catalog as even more Boston musicians take the stage to perform.

WMBR LRC August 13 (Saturday) FRANK ROWE's 65th BIRTHDAY PARTY!!! starring: Kenne Highland, Stop Calling Me Frank, The Dogmatics, Classic Ruins, Richie Parsons Band, and The Stigmatics - at The MIdway

August 15 (Monday) X are at The Brighton Music Hall - nice venue to see them!!

August 20 (Saturday) The Road Devils C.C. Boston Massacre Pre-Party!!! featuring Taxi Driver, The Hi-End AND MORE!!! FB page for more info as it develops

August 20 (Saturday) There's a great daytime (4-8PM) show at the Midway with The Lost Riots, The Scrapes, Whoopi Sticks, Go Blank and Point Blank

August 20 (Saturday) The Upper Crust, Devil on Horseback, Watts, Gymnasium at The Middle East Up.

October 15 (Saturday) Idiot Genes, Duck & Cover, Chanticlear and Jack Widows are at O'Brien's

October 15 (Saturday) The Upper Crust, Hickoids, The Grannies & Devil On Horseback at Once

October 21, 22 & 23 (Fri., Sat & Sun) The Boston Rock Opera presents Hair at Once Ballroom.

Setember 1 (Thursday) Thalia Zedek Band, Minibeast , Black Helicopter, Positive Negative Man are at Great Scott

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

The Digs
The Digs
Photo: Blowfish
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