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July 11, 2022

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Gene Dante and the Future Starlets at Geno's

John Keegan did two excellent shows in succession and he had to drive a few miles to do it. Friday 6/24, he went to Geno's in Portland, ME then on Saturday he went to Wellfleet, on the Cape, for the Rockin’ Dune Tunes.

So we have a video slide show where he mashes up the two shows. Geno’s had Tiger Bomb and Gene Dante and the Future Starlets and Wellfleet had Tsunami of Sound, Angry Debutantes (see the photos with their huge beehive hairdos), Andy California, and Margaret Garrett. In true rock and roll fashion, the cops broke up the Rockin’ Dune Tunes show at 11:15 pm. Shiny Beast and Atlantic Thrills never got to play.

The slideshow soundtrack is "Crystal Pier", an original Tsunami of Sound tune written by drummer Rick Sanger.

John played in bands for both of those gigs. At Geno's Kenne HIghland's Airforce was also onthe bill. You can read about it and see a photo of John on stage in Kenne Highland's column from July 4th. And in Wellfleet Crow Follow also played.

Midway And Happy Anniversay to The Midway Cafe, our favorite club in town!! The Midway celebrates 35 years later this month with "35 and Still Alive" - and we are so glad they are still doing it!!! They are having a three day celebration Friday July 29 - Sunday July 31. Check out the gig listings below for more info and links.

We featured the Nervous Eaters' “Wild Eyes” song/video last week. This week critic Jim Sullivan revealed that he wrote the liner notes for the Eaters' upcoming album. He also states that four more singles will be released before the album comes out in November. And don't frget Nervous Eaters Single Release with Robin Lane & Linnea's Garden are at the Brighton Music Hall this Friday July 15th!!

Somerville Art Beat is this coming Saturday July 16th 11AM to 10 Pm in Davis Square. There is a ton of stuff going on but music wise there's Tiffy at 2:30at the Elm Street Stage and Dutch Tulips at 9PM at Seven Hills Park Stage. See gig listings below Blondie albums for Art Beat links.

It’s sticker shock with Blondie’s vinyl box set. Against the Odds: 1974-1982. It’s $406.00 on Amazon The Super Deluxe Collector's Edition presents their first 6 albums expanded to include over 4 dozen demos, alternate versions, and outtakes - plus, a 120-page discography and a 144-page hardback book. It has 10 LPs one 10" LP and one 7" Single.


There’s a treasure trove of leads for the garage fan in the book Five Years Ahead of My Time: Garage Rock from the 1950s to the Present.

You might think you know everything about garage but author Seth Bovey digs deep. He gets to another layer most will not know. In the original garage era he hits all the obvious bands and gives some perspective and short analysis along with it. Then he delves down and spotlights some obscurities. We’re lucky in the computer age to be able to hear the music of the groups he mentions with a short search on YouTube.

Five Years Ahead of My TIme 5 years ahead Five Years ahead

Another valuable chapter is on garage music around the world. It’s a revelation to get the stories and band names from Japan, New Guinea and elsewhere.

Bovey then tells the tale of the garage revival in the 80s. We gained renewed appreciation of Greg Shaw and the effect that his Who Put the Bomp magazine and record label had on the rise of garage during the punk era. The only Boston band that gets attention here is DMZ/Lyres. He has a DMZ promo photo in the book. Here and in the rest of the book the story might be familiar to you but it’s still a good run down of the facts and reminds you of the overall arc of how things happened. The book came out in 2019.

There’s more on the book on the Pop Diggers website Here it is on Barnes & Noble


Jeff Twiety We found a mention of the Boston scene in Jeff Tweedy’s (Uncle Tupelo, Wilco) autobiography Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back) from 2018.

Uncle Tupelo’s first recording was done at Fort Apache in Roxbury with producers Sean Slade and Paul Kolderie. There’s a little on Sean and Paul in Tape Op magazine.

Because the band heard gunshots outside the studio they decided to sleep in some nights. They liked Sean and Paul. They were like “cool older brothers, but they still knew when to crack the whip.” The band give them a lot of credit. “Thanks to Sean and Paul, in just ten days we became a real band. We left believing we were good. They told us we were, and it became so." Here’s the book at Brookline Booksmith


Goth Beach

You might have gone to the beach so far this summer but did you get to a “Goth Beach”? That’s what Walter Sickert & His Army of Broken Toys is singing about. At his beach Robert Smith, Siouxsie Sioux and Elvira show up.

Among Legends

Among Legends, on Little Rocket Records, are from Ontario, Canada and have a string a albums under their belt.

They've been compared to Alkaline Trio. This video/song “Magnolia” is about a break up that the couple is trying to do without anger. There's lots of change ups which give the guitarists and drummer chances to jump start the song a few times. We love the drummer. Those start up rolls are killer. The vocalist has a bit of emo in the voice and he delivers the vocals with power ... and you can understand most of the words, which is useful, because the songs have plentiful lyrics.

Their new album, Take Good Care, is on Bandcamp and it's full of similar hard hitting punk.

Their song “Baywatch” depicts the characters who work on Bay St. in Toronto. It paints a picture in a minute ten seconds flat.


Carmelita did her most recent Bay State Rock show with some new equipment and boy could you notice the upgrade!! Her voice had in studio quality.

She played “Pete Lost the Beat” by Joe Gittleman, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones bassist and songwriter. John Lynch of Watts is on the track. It was some MMB style ska that shows that he has something to give after the demise of the Bosstones.

She played Jim Lough’s “You” a sharp tune that's also a fund raiser for progressive candidates in the upcoming elections. The track is on Bandcamp

Anngelle Wood's most recent Boston Emissions was curated by Bleu, who will be at the Sinclair (August 27) celebrating the 20th anniversary of his album Redhead. Anngelle interviews Bleu and he pics the songs you hear.

He fills up the show with a lot of local music through the years: Gigolo Aunts, Rocket Science, Damone, Bang Camero, The Rudds, Expanding Man and plenty of Bleu. It’s a trip back to the late 90s in the Boston music scene.

WMFOBrian Young is having a busy week with his band and radio show. A Crash Course for the Ravers is going back in the studio and will be inviting guests to come in. If you’re in a band you should contact him at WMFO or on the Crash Course for the Ravers Facebook page.

His band the Thigh Scrapers has a new CD finished (titled simpley The Thigh Scrapers) and delivered and they have a new YouTube channel. The YouTube channel has some live vids and the video for their last song released “8 Ball Shifter” is posted also.


On Joanie’s WMBR’s Late Risers Show on Thursday she played a new Michael Monroe song: “Young Drunks & Old Alcoholics” from the new album Live Too Fast To Die Young ... and it’s a ripper!! Anyone who's seen Monroe at his Boston shows will never forget them. We saw him at the Middle East Show in 2016. At that show people we all talking about the show he did at Great Scott’s a few years earlier. Monroe always has a top notch band and that goes for his records too.


Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico interviews Joe Nelson of Trust Records. Trust Records is releasing The Kids Will Have Their Say by SSD.

That’s just one of the classic punk albums for the label but Joe explains that re-releasing classic punk albums is their reason for being. Right now they have records by The Circle Jerks and 7 Seconds. According to Nelson the label has big and long time plans.



Geoff Palmer has a new song “Stuck With You” on a new compilation album Punk Rock Raduno Vol.5. This is another primo Palmer effort. Catchy as hell and with so many recording extras that it sound full and robust and there just a nice spirit to it.

BTW Punk Rock Raduno is a live, fiour day, all ages, free festival in Bergamo, Italy. It's this week - July 14-17, 2022. Geoff Palmer and Kurt Baker are perfromign this year along with a ton of other international punk/pop bands. It's also live streamed so you can watch it from whereever you might be!! Check it out here Punk Rock Raduno and here is their Bandcamp page with digital albums of all the last 5 Punk Rock Radunos.

The Gypsy Moths just released their new album Following the Races this week. The thing that gets our attention is their songwriting. Off the four songs that you can hear on Bandcamp there's “Effortlessly” and “Relieveo.” Those are two examples of their ear catching craftsmanship. The album has nine cuts in all.

The Dollyrots are coming to Sonia on Sunday 7/17 and they just released a digital single. The a-side is a revamping of “Alone Again (Naturally)” the sad suicide song by Gilbert O’Sullivan from 1972. Even though they pump it up with power chords and speed it up, it still holds an emotional tug if you listen to the words, which are clear.

“That’s Not Even All” has the same sonic attack as “Alone Again” which makes us think that the live show will be damn good.

Here's some good shows coming up ..... **NOTE** double check with the clubs before going - many shows are getting canceled or postponed these days.

Kid Gulliver July 14, 2022 (Thursday) Kid Gulliver & Double Down at The Plough

July 14, 2022 (Thursday) Vic Firecracker, Me In Capris, Motel Black, The Forest Effect at Faces Brewery Malden. FB page.

July 15, 2022 (Friday) Nervous Eaters Single Release with Robin Lane & Linnea's Garden at Brighton Music Hall FB page

July 15, 2022 (Friday) Chris Brokaw/Chris Guttmacher duo and The Shrikes at Blue Bag Records (2325 Mass Ave in Cambridge.) Facebook event page

July 16, 2022 (Saturday) Somerville Art Beat 11AM - 10PM in Davis Squre Somerville. Tiffy is on at 2:30 at the Elm Street Stage and Dutch Tulips at 9PM at the Seven Hills Park Stage. Here's the Art Beat Main Page.

July 16, 2022 (Saturday) All Things Must Go - a Yard Sale for Once - Who doesn't love Once? Loved the old brick & mortar Once?? Here's the Once Yard Sale - They need to empty out their storage of some ONCE memorabilia. "Please come take some. This is an opportunity to get a souvenir you couldn’t get when we closed. Come by and say hey." 40 Hobart St, Brighton. Noon to 5PM. FB page.

DollyrotsJuly 16, 2022 (Saturday) Micah Schnabel, Coffin Salesman, Amy Griffin, Olde Boy at the Taproom at Faces Brewing Co. in Malden. FB page.

July 17, 2022 (Sunday) SkyTigers, Working Poor USA, The Errorists, Cherry Pop, Loser Birds

- it's a 3PM matinee show at The Midway. Facebook page

July 17, 2022 (Sunday) Double Feature!! Danny Garcia/Chip Baker films Nightclubbing The Birth of Punk Rock in NYC. and Sid: The Final Curtain at The Regent Theater - 7:30PM Tickets here Danny Garcia will be there to do introduce the film and for a Q&A after the film. FB page

July 17, 2022 (Sunday) The Dollyrots, Don't Panic at Sonia 7PM

July 21, 2022 (Thursday) Skybar Rising & Rum Bar Records presents Summer Sizzler @ The Square Root with The Hi-End, The Dents, Carissa Johnson starting at 8PM.

July 22, 2022 (Friday) Mad Painter, The Stigmatics, Doug MacDonald Band do an early show at The Jungle - music starts at 6PM. FB page.

July 22, 2022 (Friday) Heavy Leather Horror hosted by Kelly Kapow and Lauren "LP" Piandes, with burlesque by Jynx Merlot, and musical guests Warthog,
Hammered Saint, Baabes
at Koto in Salem.

July 22, 2022 (Friday) Brix'N'Mortar at Ralph's Diner, Worcester.

Kansas CityJuly 23, 2022 (Saturday) Hardcore Matinee with Second Spirit & More TBA at Alchemy, Provi, RI. 5:30-9:30PM FB page.

July 23, 2022 (Saturday) Hallapalooza - Summer Music Festival Featuring several Red on Red Records Artists along with other local talent - starting with Rolling Nectar, Speedfossil (at 1PM), Justine’s Black Threads, Cold Expectations, Mike Fritz Jazz Trio, The Daylillies, Andrea Gillis Band, The Day Breakers at Craft Food Halls - Revolution in Lexington. FB page.

July 23, 2022 (Saturday) The Chelsea Curve, Little Billy Lost, Tsunami of Sound and DJ Sherman at Bone Up Brewery Everett.

July 26, 2022 (Tuesday) Exsanguination, The Prozacs, Working Poor USA, Hippocrisis at The Midway

July 28 - 30, 2022 (Thurs - SundayFriday) Nice Fest in Davis Square the Crystal Ballroom and the Rockwell. Nice Fest site for schedule, info and tix.

Rock show poster July 29, 2022 (Friday) Sidewalk Driver and Weakened Friends are at The Wellfleet Beachcomber

July 29, 2022 (Friday) 35 and Still Alive - The Midway Day 1: CE Skidmore & The Damn Fine Band, KCUF and SHAKE FB page.

July 30, 2022 (Saturday) 35 and Still Alive - The Midway Day 2: Rick Berlin, Muck and The Mires, Andy California, Gene Dante & The Future Starlets, Fireking,
Lenny Lashley's Gang Of One, Thalia Zedek Band, Jay Allen & The Archcriminals, Hobo Chili, Loser's Circle, Richie Parsons, Britt Walsh, Jake Tringali
FB page

July 30, 2022 (Saturday) Tiber Bomb (celebrating the release of their 2nd album, "Sugar Buzz), Greg Allen’s Fringe Religion are at The Square Root FB event page.

July 30, 2022 (Saturday) Mellow Bravo, Cocked N Loaded, Sidewalk Driver at The MIddle East Down.

July 30, 2022 (Saturday) Key of Caustic, Tysk Tysk Task, Leah Guanipa, WiredForSound at Union Tavern, Union Sq in Somerville,

July 30, 2022 (Saturday) Plymouth Punk Rock Flea Market at The Mayflower Brewing Co. 12-5PM FB page

CranktonesJuly 31, 2022 (Sunday) 35 and Still Alive - The Midway Day 3: The Crank-Tones with The Fathoms Trio and The Hi-Fi Lowdowns 3PM Matinee - FB page.

August 3, 2022 (Wednesday)  Jasmyn, Linnea's Garden, Junior Classics, Daphne Blue Underworldat O'Brien's

August 4, 2022 (Thursday) Deprogrammer Cult, Duck & Cover, C.O.B. , Give Up! at Sammy’s Patio in Revere. Facebook page

August 5, 2022 (Friday) Brunt of It, Stray Bullets, Joystick, Jerry's Got Jokes at The Midway

August 5, 2022 (Friday) Sunshine Riot, Amy Mantis, Your Friends in Hell and Glowbox at The Square Root - Facebook page

August 6, 2022 (Saturday) The Very, Crow Follow, and Home Despot at The Square Root

August 6, 2022 (Saturday) Mint Green, FLKL, Dutch Tulips at Faces Brewing Co. Malden. FB page.

Art BeatAugust 7, 2022 (Sunday) Scurvy Dog Parking Lot Mega-Show - it's FREE and it starts at 2PM with Knickerbocker5 ... then Greg Allen’s Fringe Religion, Epochsis, Bug Bites,We Own Land, Grip Bite, Public Nature, Sasquatch and his Full Moon Boys, Killer Kin, the Doosh Bags and Tall Teenagers (9:30pm). FB page.

August 12, 2022 (Friday) Today Junior, FEEP, Falcon Brunch at The Middle East Up.

August 12, 2022 (Friday) La Armada (R.D./Chicago), Zeta (Venezuela), Neighborhood Shit, Sick Minds, Born from Demise, Hard Target at Sammy's Patio Revere Beach. FB page. 7PM.

August 13, 2022 (Saturday) Summer Shimmer at Once @ Boynton Yards - a full day and night of glam rock and glitter! This Outdoor Festival has it all! Come out and support your local musicians and vendors. There will be food, bar, live music, PLUS Glam Karaoke with The People's Karaoke and a costume contest Glampionship with trophies for the glammiest of them all.” also 8 local bands including Gene Dante & The Future Starlets, The Jacklights, Sapling, Linnea’s Garden, Weakened Friends, Happy Little Clouds and The Pom Poms...this is an all day event with vendors etc- FB page.

August 13, 2022 (Saturday) Vampire Lounge - Goth Night at The Hawthorne Hotel in Salem with DJ Kuro! FB page.

Plymouth FleaAugust 19, 2022 (Friday) Messer Chups, The Devils Twins, Damnation at Askew Provi, RI

August 20, 2022 (Saturday) The Fleshtones, GLiDER, & Tiger Bomb w/ Emcee DJ Brian Young - The Magic Room - FB page.

August 21, 2022 (Sunday) Voice Of Addiction, Brix'N Mortar, Blame it on Whitman, Color Killer - 3PM matinee at The Midway

August 26, 2022 (Friday) Bone Up Brewing Sixth Anniversary Bash! 3 days of music! The Guilloteenagers, Blood Built Empire, Lesser Glow, and Worshipper. FB event page is here.

August 26, 2022 (Friday) Kepi Ghoulie + Friends, Bad Idea USA, Adult Learners at Faces Brewing Co. Malden. FB page.

August 27, 2022 (Saturday) Kids Like Me & You (KLYAM) Spring & Summer Program at Morse-Kelley Playground a couple blocks from the Armory. line up to be announced.

August 27, 2022 (Saturday) Phantom Ocean, Orbiter, Minusworld, Thrust Club - 3PM Matinee at the Midway Cafe FB page

August 27, 2022 (Saturday) The Worst, Typhoid Rosie, Marianne Toilet and The Runs, Breaking Up at The Middle East Up.

Tiger Bomb August 27, 2022 (Saturday) Bone Up Brewing Sixth Anniversary Bash! Organ Meats, The Weisstronauts, DnA’s Evolution, Benthic Realm, Attest, Sky Tigers, and Crowfeeder. FB event page is here.

August 28, 2022 (Sunday) Bone Up Brewing Sixth Anniversary Bash! Sunken City, Blue Manic, DnA’s Evolution, North Star the Wanderer, and Sexless Marriage. FB event page is here.

September 2, 2022 (Friday) The Woggles with Muck and Mires & The Chelsea Curve at The Porch in Medford

September 4, 2022 (Sunday) Somerville Rock + Roll Yard Sale in Union Square Somerville. FB page for updates!

September 7, 2022 (Wednesday) Kids Like Me & You (KLYAM) Spring & Summer Program with Leopardo from Switzerland at O'Brien's

September 8, 2022 (Thursday) D.R.I at Alchemy in Provi, RI - FB page.

September 10, 2022 (Saturday) Key of Caustic at The Flying Embers Tap Room (152 Hampden St, Boston, MA 02119)

September 16, 2022 (Friday) The Loud Neighbors, Paper Tigers, Salem Wolves, Holy Hands at Dusk Provi RI

Rock Show poster September 17, 2022 (Saturday) Kids Like Me & You (KLYAM) Spring & Summer Program at Lincoln Park Somerville (near Union Square) more info to come.

September 17, 2022 (Saturday) Punks For Pets with Joy Boys, Sleep Mode, Sourpunch, Musclecah, Ghost Grrrl, The Debutantes, The Something Somethin’s, The Stigmatics - at The News Cafe - early show starting at 1PM. Bring something for the doggos and kittehs check the Donation List on the FB page.

September 23, 2022 (Friday) Soulside, Verbal Assault, Bedmaker, Wrong War at Once at The Armory - 6PM!! . Tix and info

September 24, 2022 (Saturday) The Superfonics have reunion gig at the Midway with Classic Ruins and Shiny Beasts

September 24, 2022 (Saturday) Supersuckers, White Dynomite at The Middle East Up.

September 25, 2022 (Sunday) Come is doing their first home town show in NINE years at the Middle East Up with Home Despot.

September 29, 2022 (Thursday) Early Exit, Paper Tigers, Long Autumn, Robotic Hawks - Middle east Up.

October 5, 2022 (Wednesday) Dr. John Cooper Clarke at City Winery

Rock show posterOctober 7, 2022 (Friday) Joan Jett Birthday show with Anrea Gillis & Friends and Sue Minichiello & friends doing EVERYTHING Joan Jett. At Sally O'Brien's

October 9, 2022 (Sunday) L7: Bricks Are Heavy 30th Anniversary at Big Night Live FB page.

October 11, 2022 (Tuesday) Agent Orange, Midnight Creeps and Gnarnia at Alchemy in Provi, RI FB page.

October 15, 2022 (Saturday) Third Annual Punktoberfest at Thirsty First in Lowell...check the FB page for updates, bands etc.

October 20, 2022 (Thursday) June of 44, The Thalia Zedek Band at The Middle East Down

October 21, 2022 (Friday) Key of Caustic at The Square Root.

October 23, 2022 (Sunday) Dead Boys with The Briefs and Suzi Moon at The Vault in New Bedford. FB page.

October 28, 2022 (Friday) FEAR performing The Record in its entirety at The Middle East Down - FB page.

November 5, 2022 (Saturday) The Mahones, The Pourmen, The Gobshites at Askew in Provi.

November 20, 2022 (Sunday) Hardcore Stadium presents - The Trouble at the Middle East Down (alas this show is sold out)

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