Full Body Anchor
The Blackout EP
© 2010 Self-Released
And in case you missed us talking about it yesterday in the Jason Bennett video post, Full Body Anchor is playing TONIGHT (12/16) at TT The Bears as part of The Noise 30th Anniversary Celebration! Check out the details below!
New video up from Jason Bennett & The Resistance! “Walking Wounded” shows a first-hand account of a hard working band on the road, rocking out for the sake of rocking out. This is Boston working-class punk rock at its finest – a phrase that may seem like a cliche nowadays, but these guys have been doing it and doing it right for a long time now, so forgive us if you wanted a different description. Think Billy Bragg with more balls and a backing band… and a totally different accent. Is that better for you? This song is great, the video is great – give it a few minutes of your time, we assure you it’s well worth it!
JB&R are playing this Thursday, December 16th at TT The Bears as part of The Noise 30th Anniversary Party, along with Dirty Truckers, Full Body Anchor, and Brittany Gray. 30 years? Seriously? Congrats to The Noise, that degree of longevity is nearly unheard of for a small publication, and the fact that they are able to stay relevant and interesting is a testament to the writers’ and editors’ devotion to the Boston music scene. Help them celebrate by checking out this stacked bill at TTs! Details below:
PGB Tix: MADBALL, Death Before Dishonor, Bitter End, Lionheart, Product of Waste @ Church, Saturday 12/18
Madball is back in Boston for the first time in 2 years! Last time the full band came to town, The Roxy was still The Roxy, and the place almost crumbled to the ground under the full force of New York Hardcore. Now they’re back in town, this time gracing the stage at the brutal confines of Church: smaller venue + cheaper beers = complete and total annihilation insanity!
Madball‘s brought a hell of a bill with them for this show, some of the best hardcore from all corners of the country. From right here in Boston, the legendary Death Before Dishonor. From Texas, Bitter End. From California, Lionheart. And representing Providence, Product of Waste. This is a seriously angry lineup, easily one of the best hardcore shows of the year. You don’t usually get a chance to see a bill like this at a venue the size of Church – you might not get out of this one alive!
Madball – “Down By Law” – Set It Off (1994)
So you’re going to the show, right? How’d you like to get in for FREE? The good folks over at Church have hooked us up with not one but TWO pairs of tickets to give away to this show! To enter, just send an e-mail over to email@example.com with the subject “MADBALL” and you’ll be automatically entered to win! We’ll pick our ticket winners by 3pm on Friday, so if you haven’t heard back from us by then be sure to head on over to Church‘s website and pick yourself up some tickets – you do NOT want to miss this show! (As always, we have better things to do than spam you, we’ll only use your e-mail to notify you if you win.)
The Organ Beats rock. Everyone loves cute animals. The MSPCA is an incredibly worth cause. We think we should just let this video speak for itself – hats off to the Organ Beats (with a little help from some ex-Lost City Angels!) for writing an original Christmas song and donating all of the proceeds from that song to help animals who might otherwise be forgotten in the shuffle of a busy holiday season.
Head on over to The Organ Beats’ BandCamp site to make your donation and be rewarded with the new song “This Christmas”
PGB Tix: Street Dogs Wreck The Halls with Flatfoot 56, Have Nots, Dead Friends @ The Paradise Friday 12/17
For 6 years now Boston punk rock stalwarts the Street Dogs have been returning to their hometown for the holidays to rock The Paradise for their “Wreck The Halls” extravaganza, and PGB’s ready for them with our second annual ticket giveaway to the show! Fresh off the late Summer release of their new self-titled album, the ‘Dogs are ready to whip Boston into a frenzy with their brand of spirit-lifting triumphant punk rock. Street Dogs frontman Mike McColgan, whose departure from Dropkick Murphys in 1998 is thought by many to be the beginning of the downfall of that band, is now carrying the torch of Do Or Die on with the new band. (sue me, I like Gang’s All Here too. Deal with it.)
This year’s Wreck The Halls features a mind-blowing lineup of punk fucking rock. For the Friday show we’re doing the giveaway for (There’s also a Saturday night gig scheduled, but you’re on your own for those tix), local heroes and PGB Favorites Have Nots will be representing Boston on the big stage, ripping through lightning-fast ska punk songs about injustice and societal woes. We highly recommend you check these guys out, here’s a link to download their debut album, Serf City USA, absolutely FREE. Also featured are local hardcore boys Dead Friends, fellow Track Of The Week honorees themselves. The bill will be rounded out by Chicago Celtic punks Flatfoot 56 – a can’t-miss act in their own right. If you’re not familiar with these bands you’re gonna want to be sure to show up early for the show – doors are at 6 and you’re not gonna want to miss a single song! Check out some tunes from each band here:
Street Dogs – “Up The Union” – Street Dogs
Have Nots – “Poisoned Antidote” - Serf City USA
(PGB Track of the Week #8 – July 2009)
Dead Friends – “Dead Friends” – The Afterlife
(PGB Track of the Week #30 – January 2010)
Flatfoot 56 – “Courage” – Black Thorn
Heard enough, want to win some tickets? All you have to do is send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “WRECK THE HALLS”. Include a link to a picture of Street Dogs – whether its a live shot of the band, actual dogs on an actual street, or whatever you come up with. Be creative, have some fun with it! Best picture wins the tickets!
We’ll select our winner Friday afternoon by 3pm, so if you don’t get lucky with us you’ll still have plenty of time to pick up tickets for either the Friday or Saturday show (Saturday’s show features past PGB Track Of The Week honorees Wicked Whiskey, DKM alumni Continental, and Boston hardcore legends The FU’s!) Don’t miss out on this epic Boston event – details below!
Our apologies to Tijuana Sweetheart, who were also on this bill but are not pictured here due to lighting issues while shooting their set. Next time for sure!
“Sweethearts of the Radio”
On The Dial
© 2010 Self-Released
“Sweethearts on the Radio” is one of our favorite songs from Watts‘ brand new album, On The Dial. The entire album is a great listen front-to-back, and Watts will be celebrating the release of this sweet new classic rock opus this Friday night (12/10) at the Rosebud, alongside fellow rock revivalists Auto Interiors and new Cheap Trick tribute act Clock Strikes Ten!
Friday, December 10th
Doors at 8pm / $10 / 21+
9:30pm – Auto Interiors
10:30pm – Watts
11:30pm – Clock Strikes Ten
(DJ Sets by Malibu Lou before the show and in between bands!)
PGB Pick: The Scrooges December Residency @ O’Briens – Night #2 Featuring Cradle To The Grave, Gozu – Wednesday 12/8
Seriously? A Stooges cover band that dresses up as a screaming pack of Santas? What could possibly be better than that? How about if PGB Favorites Cradle to the Grave and Gozu are opening up for them? Now that’s a holiday party I can relate to! Get festive tonight at O’Briens, part of The Scrooges‘ Wednesday night residency in December that features some seriously amazing bands opening each night! Check out the lineups below…
Cradle To The Grave – “Before The Dawn” – Cradle To The Grave
(PGB Track of the Week #52 – July 2010 – FREE DOWNLOAD!)
Gozu – “Jamaican Luau” – Locust Season
(PGB Track of the Week #56 – July 2010)
PGB Pick: A Naked Rock Christmas – Naked On Rollerskates, Cheap Leather, St Helena, Old Jack, Gene Dante @ Church, Tuesday 12/7
Ever heard of the Santa Speedo Run? Every year in December, 500 or so otherwise-sane Bostonians gather at Lir on Boylston Street, rip off their clothes, pop on a Santa hat, and do a mile long run in the lovely Boston winter weather to benefit youth charities in Massachusetts. Sounds crazy, right? You’re right, it is. It’s absolutely nuts. Most of us crotchety New Englanders don’t want to go outside fully clothed in December, let alone run down Boylston and Newbury Streets in nothing but a skimpy skimpy swimsuit. But hey – that’s why they start and end at a bar – liquid courage! (and maybe a bit of blurred vision so no one notices that serious shrinkage going on…) The method may be a little odd, but the cause is more than worth it – this year’s run aims to raise $200,000 for Starlight Childrens’s Foundation, Play Ball Foundation and Hospitality Homes. If you don’t have the cojones to make the run, you can at least chip in a couple of bucks to the cause – either online at the Santa Speedo Run website… or over at Church Tuesday night (12/7) while rocking your friggin’ head off!
Old Jack – “Love Me Or?” – Union Glory
(PGB Track of the Week #59 – August 2010)
Tuesday’s show has been dubbed “A Naked Rock Christmas,” and features some of the city’s best Pop, Rock, and Soul acts. Gene Dante is always catchy, always fun, and always way, way over the top. PGB Favorites Old Jack put on one of the best live shows in the city, packing up the stage with phenomenal musicians and backup singers everywhere to accompany the hauntingly gritty voice of frontman Dan Nicklin. Former Track of the Week honorees St Helena will be debuting a new guitarist in the (RIP) Sun Lee Sunbeam‘s Mike Ward, as well as some new tracks from their upcoming album, scheduled for a 1/15 release. Cheap Leather, a new band on the local scene, has been dropping jaws with their no-holds-barred rock machine since their formation this summer. Rounding out the bill, and helping to put even more Naked into the Naked Rock Christmas, are local rockers Naked On Roller Skates, masters of the irresistable pop hook. All in all, an incredible bill, well worth the $10 price of admission – especially considering that all proceeds are going to be helping area children courtesy of these great charities! While you’re checking out all this amazing local music you’ll be helping out a truly beautiful cause – and you DON’T have to run a mile in a Speedo on a day that the Weather Channel predicts will have a HIGH of 41 degrees to do it!
WAIT! There’s even more incentive to head down to this show tonight! (As if you needed more incentive!) How about a huge raffle with some really sweet prizes?! You could win gift certificates to places like Pavement, Newbury Comics, Cask n Flagon, and Church’s restaurant, passes to screenings at the Coolidge Corner and Somerville Theatres, band merch, PBR merch, and more! So put a friggin’ Santa hat on, get your fake beard out of storage, and head on down to Church to rock out for a great cause! Details and set times below:
Tuesday, December 7th – Church of Boston
Doors at 7pm / $10 / 21+
8:00pm – Gene Dante
8:40pm – Old Jack
9:25pm – St Helena
10:15pm – Cheap Leather
11:05pm – Naked On Roller Skates