The Return of The Violent Femmes

No offense, but we stopped listening to The Violent Femmes back in 1982, the year their big hit album, the self-titled disc with their ‘big hit single’ Blister in the Sun, was a constant on new wave radio.

You remember…

“When I’m Out Walking

I strut my stuff

And I’m so strung out”


Since then…not so much, although a quick listen to their new disc, We Can Do Anything on YouTube, indicates that f you enjoyed tem now, you’ll have a great time seeing them live when they play The Orpheum on Friday night.

The Sound of Discharge

Sometimes the search for a band with an interesting name gets a little weird…but maybe in a good way when it comes to the hardcore British punk band Discharge.

According to their Facebook page, Discharge's music “is characterized by a heavy, distorted, and grinding guitar-driven sound and rawly shouted vocals, with lyrics on anarchist and pacifist themes.”

Anarchist and pacifist are not themes usually covered by a single band, so there’s potential (if you can hear the lyrics over the ‘grinding’ guitars. Admittedly, we had a hard time understanding anything but the chorus (Sate Control! State Control!) watching alive cut on YouTube called State Violence State Control + Realities Of War, but there’s no denying the energy they bring to the stage.

How that energy translates to actually being in the room with them remains toe seen.

Discharge play the Brighton Music Hall on Oct. 12. Earplugs recommended.


A Night of Goth, Industrial, Power Noise

Here’s something we just learned about…and we have to admit it scares us just a bit.

“Corrosion is a monthly nightlife event in Boston. They play the best in goth, industrial, power noise, and other dark alternative music, with a heavy focus on new music.”

What the heck is ‘goth, industrial, power noise’ you ask?

We found a video for Corrosion and watched it a few times. All we can figure is that they play loud, angry dance music and footwear is an important part of the outfit for anyone attending.

If that’s you thing, then help Corrosion celebrate its second anniversary on Sept. 3 at the Brighton Music Hall. We can’t wait to read your emails.


Frankenstein Lives!

I may not listen to him as much as I used to, but every so often I find myself driving down the highway with Frankenstein or Free Ride blasting on the stereo, thinking of those time my mom would yell at me to turn that music DOWN.

In other words, Edgar Winter has been with me, musically speaking for decades and the chance to see him live, even after all these years, is an event no music fan should miss.

As the press release says, “Edgar Winter, along with his brother Johnny, was one of the most popular, recognizable recording artists of the ‘70s. Technically proficient in every aspect of music, a prolific songwriter, and a master at stretching his skill and imagination, Edgar's music encompassed many genres of music, including rock, jazz, blues, and pop, that appealed to a wide range of music fans. 

Edgar invented the keyboard body strap early in his career, an innovation that allows him the freedom to move around on stage during his multi-instrument high-energy performances. He was also the first artist to feature a synthesizer as the main instrument in a song. “Frankenstein” revolutionized rock and roll and opened up a whole new world of possibilities with experimentation and sound.”

(Damn, that brings back memories: While my mom ‘put up with’ the occasional Edgar Winter song in the car, played at a low level, she absolutely banned listening to Edgar’s brother, the late, great Johnny Winter.)

He’s playg in Beverly this Saturday night. Go. Don’t think about it. Just go. Maybe I’ll see you there. Send your review to me at



Edgar Winter will perform with his band at The Larcom Performing Arts Theatre, 13 Wallis Street, Beverly, on Saturday, October 8th at 8:00 p.m.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m.  This is open to patrons of all ages.   Tickets are $29, $39 and $49.  For more information call 978-922-6313 or visit

ABBA: Love Them or Leave Them?

We’ll be the first to admit – we don’t get ABBA.

And we will also (gladly) admit that we are in the minority, at least when measured on a global scale. The Swedish foursome has a huge and devoted following around the world, even if the pleasure of experiencing them, like the experience of eating fermented shark, eludes us.

So, would we feel any better seeing an ABBA cover band? Who knows? Arrival From Sweden thinks they can change your mind. Just read their press release, “Millions of people all around the world celebrate the Arrival From Sweden show as the best ABBA show in the world; in fact this is the only ABBA show the world needs. This production is the closest you will ever get to see ABBA!”Insert the name of your favorite band in place of ABBA and you have to admit that’s a pretty gutsy statement to make.

But Arrival From Sweden has a trump card to play: They not only wear exact copies of the original staging clothes of ABBA, a permission granted by the ABBA clothing designer, Arrival From Sweden is also the only group who has been given an unreleased ABBA song directly from Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson of ABBA.

Still on the fence? Here’s a video of the band performing live.

Arrival From Sweden lands at The Wilbur on Sept. 29.