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show preview: Screaming Females at ONCE Somerville on Saturday, July 7


if you’re looking to rock out this holiday weekend, indie punk trio Screaming Females will be playing in Somerville in support of their seventh studio album, All at Once, which came out earlier this year. The New Jersey band worked with producer Matt Bayles (Pearl Jam, Mastodon) and modeled the album after a salon-style gallery show. They wanted the new album to capture the spontaneity and energy of one of their live shows.

Drummer Jarrett Dogherty said: “When you’ve been a band for 12 or 13 years, the resources can dry up and you just go back to what feels comfortable. The other option is that you develop stuff that a younger band would not have been able to do.”

$15, Saturday, July 7, 8:30 p.m., ONCE Lounge and Ballroom, 160 Highland Avenue, Somerville,


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on tour: Dropkick Murphys


in support of the band’s ninth album, 11 Short Stories Of Pain & GloryDropkick Murphys  kick off its tour tonight in Bethlehem, Penn. before finally shipping up to Boston to play a series of hometown dates.

Celtic-American punk band Dropkick Murphys have become ambassadors for Boston. Since forming in 1996, the band has sold  4 million albums worldwide with 2005’s The Warrior’s Code achieving an RIAA Gold certification and the single “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” nearing double platinum and appearing during a key moment of Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-winning The Departed. Most recently, 2013’s Signed And Sealed In Blood netted their second consecutive Top 10 debut on the Billboard Top 200, and debuted at number 6 in Germany. They updated the Boston Red Sox anthem “Tessie” in 2004. The band created The Claddagh Fund in 2009 to help support addiction recovery as well as children’s and veterans’ organizations.

On the new album, the song “4-15-13” pays homage to the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing. “Since that day, we felt like not taking the challenge to write a song about what we all went through would be taking the coward’s way out,” bassist Ken Casey reflects. “We put more importance on writing that piece of music than anything we’ve ever done, because if you’re going to touch that day, it has to be done right. We went through so many emotions with that whole experience, as did everyone in Boston. It changed the city forever.” The song “Rebels With A Cause” was written about kids who are given up on, and left behind by a system that has written them off as hopeless. “Paying My Way” is about the way up and out of addiction and the dream of bigger and better things in life.

Dropkick Murphys is:

Al Barr (lead vocals)
Tim Brennan (guitars, accordion, mellotron, whistles, vocals)
Ken Casey (lead vocals, bass guitar)

Jeff DaRosa (banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, acoustic guitars, vocals)
Matt Kelly (drums, percussion, vocals)
James Lynch (guitar, vocals)


2/21/17 – Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center *+
2/22/17 – Columbus, OH – Express Live! *+
2/24/17 – Clive, IA – 7 Flags Event Center *+
2/25/17 – Hinckley, MN – The Grand Minnesota Taste Together *
2/26/17 – Sioux Falls, SD – The District *+
2/28/17 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater *+
3/1/17 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom *+
3/2/17 – Little Rock, AK – Metroplex Live *+
3/3/17 – Robinsonville, MS – Horseshoe Tunica – Bluesville *+
3/4/17 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City *+
3/6/17 – St. Petersburg, FL – Janus Live *
3/7/17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live *
3/8/17 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues *
3/10/17 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues *+
3/11/17 – Washington, DC – Shamrockfest Dropkick Murphys ONLY
3/12/17 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount *+
3/15/17 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
3/16/17 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
3/17/17 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
3/18/17 – Boston, MA – Agganis Arena
3/18/17 – Boston, MA – After Party @ House Of Blues with Pro Boxing
3/19/17 – Boston, MA – TBA

* w/ Blood or Whiskey
+ w/ The Interrupters
Note: Following the March 18 Agganis Arena show, the band’s official after party at House Of Blues on Lansdowne Street will feature the St. Patrick’s Clash II Pro Boxing with local hero, U.S. Marine Afghan Veteran and undefeated Light Middleweight Mark “Bazooka” DeLuca (16-0, 10KOs), as well as top local talent and some of Ireland’s best fighters. Proceeds from the after party will benefit The Claddagh Fund charities.

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music preview: Perfect Pussy at Middle East on Wednesday, December 16



There isn’t a much better band name out there right now than Perfect Pussy. If there’s a cool reasonably-priced t-shirt I’m absolutely buying one. Being a female music critic I tend to avoid white male music critics as much as possible but on occasion I’ll read Rolling Stone or Pitchfork or NME listen to NPR’s All Songs Considered. Last year the guys on All Songs Considered RAVED about Perfect Pussy, a punk riot grrl-ish band out of Syracuse New York. The music’s fierce, fast and furious. The lyrics bold and feminist. Just as punk should be.

Perfect Pussy is:

Meredith Graves (vocals)

Ray McAndrew (guitar)

Garrett Koloski (drums)

Greg Ambler (bass)

Shaun Sutkus (synths)

Perfect Pussy plays The Middle East Nightclub Upstairs on Wednesday, December 16, 2015. Doors at 8pm.




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show preview: Irish Handcuffs at O’ Brien’s on Thursday, October 22, 2015

making its U.S. debut, IRISH HANDCUFFS are a pop-punk quartet from Regensburg, Germany which formed in 2011 and have since released several 7” records including splits with Dan Webb and the Spiders and 7 Years Bad Luck.  

support bands include:

Boston four-piece punk band DAN WEBB AND THE SPIDERS formed in 2009 they have released 5 records and toured in seven countries. Their latest LP is Perfect Problem [Gunner Records]. 

Montreal’s THE FAMINES are a noise garage rock duo. They released the LP, TOO COOL & OTHER SONGS [Pentagon Black] on July 31, 2015.

Local band COURTERS are a surf-punk trio from Allston, Ma. 

Show starts at 8pm Thursday, October 22, 2015. 21+

venue info:




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show preview: Girlpool at Middle East Club October 5 and 6, 2015

I saw Girlpool a few months ago and was impressed by the two piece’s impressive and captivating performance. The pop duo formed in Los Angeles a few years ago and is a band on the rise with cool harmonies, lovely vocals and strange and thoughtful lyrics.

Girlpool is:

Cleo Tucker (guitar, vocals) 

Harmony Tividad (bass, vocals)

Girlpool’s 2015 Fall U.S tour kicks off with two nights at the Middle East Nightclub– Monday October 5 and Tuesday October 6. 

Girlpool Facebook & Twitter

venue info:

Middle East Nightclub

472-480 Massachusetts Ave

Cambridge, Mass.

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choice quote: film

“Or they’re like me, they’re on Ambien and hair dye.”
— James William Lindberg [ex-Pennywise/ The Black Pacific]
The Other F Word

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Larry and His Flask: music review


brothers Jamin (drums/vocals) and Jesse Marshall (Double bass, harmonica/ vocals)
Ian Cook (lead vocals/guitar)
Dallin Bulkley (guitar/vocals)
Kirk Skatvold (mandolin/vocals)
Andrew Carew (banjo/vocals)

from: Bend, Oregon


Infuse punk, ska, swing and rock for high-energy exuberance. hip attitude. Great live show. Caught them opening for Frank Turner. Actually thought they were from Ireland.

EP: Hobo’s Lament out September 25

label: Paper + Plastick

my picks:

“Big Ride” makes me think of Reel Big Fish meets Squirrel Nut Zippers




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Dead Dog: power punk

from: Brooklyn

full-on punk with screeching feedback, potent drums, jangly guitar and urgent dual-girl vox
super-charged and resonant
reminds me of 90s punk-pop band That Dog

check out “Swallow It” swallow

my picks:
“Hate Song”
“Worth It”

PR: Riot Act Media

purchase self-titled album at Amazon: Dead Dog

tour dates
04.19.12 – Asheville, NC @ the Get Down
04.20.12 – Winston Salem, NC @ Krankie’s w/ Bastard of Fate
04.22.12 – Harrison, VA @ the Blue Nile
04.23.12 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
04.24.12 – Takoma Park, MD @ Electric Maid
04.25.12 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
04.26.12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio
04.27.12 – East Setauket, NY @ Setauket VFW
04.28.12 – New Brunswick, NJ @ The Alamo
04.29.12 – Easthampton, MA @ the Flywheel
05.03.12 – Worcester, MA @ the Distant Castle (basement show)
05.04.12 – Buffalo, NY @ (basement show)


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