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DS News: Punk Rock Museum, Fred Schneider (B-52s) and Michael Grecco team up for book signing event

If you’re one of those people who prefers your punk to be a little more of the “post” variety, the Punk Rock Museum has something pretty cool cooked up for you next weekend. On Sunday, August 27th, they’re hosting a book signing event centered around Michael Grecco’s best-selling “Punk, Post Punk and New Wave: Onstage, […]

If you’re one of those people who prefers your punk to be a little more of the “post” variety, the Punk Rock Museum has something pretty cool cooked up for you next weekend.

On Sunday, August 27th, they’re hosting a book signing event centered around Michael Grecco’s best-selling Punk, Post Punk and New Wave: Onstage, Backstage, In Your Face 1978-1991“. Grecco was a long-time scene staple in both NYC and Boston (and eventually worked for powerhouse Boston rock radio station WBCN – rest in peace) and took many iconic images of those formative scene days.

The B-52s, as shot by Michael Grecco

Some of those pics featured none other than Fred Schneider and his legendary band, the B-52s. Schneider wrote the forward to Grecco’s book, and as fate would have it, they’ll both be on hand to sign books and tell stories. Plus, if you buy the book on-site, you get admission to the whole museum! Also…maybe just maybe…you’ll get to meet one of your favorite Dying Scene contributors! If you’re in Vegas next Sunday, head over to the Punk Rock Museum from 5pm – 7pm and check it out!

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DS Photo Gallery: Catbite, Bacchae & Riverby @ Saint Vitus (2022-11-12)

It seems like Philadelphia ska band, Catbite is everywhere these days. This past year has seen them on tour with the likes of Streetlight Manifesto, Jeff Rosenstock, Mustard Plug, Anti-Flag, and Screaming Females to name a few. And topping it all off with a cherry on top, they embarked on their first ever mini headlining […]

It seems like Philadelphia ska band, Catbite is everywhere these days. This past year has seen them on tour with the likes of Streetlight Manifesto, Jeff Rosenstock, Mustard Plug, Anti-Flag, and Screaming Females to name a few. And topping it all off with a cherry on top, they embarked on their first ever mini headlining tour a week or so ago which has had them playing in hometown Philadelphia, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and the show which I was able to catch in Brooklyn at Saint Vitus. (Oh yeah, remember last month when Brittany Luna guest appeared at Gaslight Anthem?)

Saint Vitus was the first time they’d played NYC as a headliner and Brit, Tim Hildebrand, Ben Parry, Esteban Flores, and Chris Pires were beyond stoked as they opened up the set with fan favorite, “Creepin” from last year’s spectacular LP, Nice One. This fast-paced “on the upbeat” ripper is one of that classic kind of ska songs that wouldn’t at all be out of place if it were slipped into a mix with songs off the first The Specials album. Its frenetic pace had the packed room at Saint Vitus in full-blown skankin’ mode right off the bat. From here the band rolled right into their cover version of Neon Trees’ “Everyone Talks” which the band released earlier this year as part of a 4 song split with Mike Park of Asian Man Records (to name just one of his countless accomplishments). Obviously where the Trees start off their original with a sort of late 50’s R&B crooner style before they kick into its indie rock sing-along chorus, tonight Catbite started off with a slow rock steady beat before literally kicking into the chorus which they re-imagined into a total ska romp.

With barely any time between songs to catch their breath, the band stomped from one song to the next, culling a set list comprising the most upbeat and raucous of their material from their two full-length LPs (Nice One as well as their eponymous debut). Needless to say, the crowd at Saint Vitus which had come to skank, pogo and mosh like their lives depended on it were handed the perfect soundtrack to do just that. Things would get seriously crazed throughout the hot and sweaty room for all-out R-O-C-K-E-R-S like “Asinine Aesthetic” and “Amphetamine Delight”.

But who would have guessed that things could get even hotter as the crew kicked off the encore with “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” and “Excuse Me Miss” from Nice One. By this time the band had the crowd full-blown out of control dancing and singing maniacally. All in all, it was truly something to behold. Fortunately, Catbite has no intentions of slowing down in the near future and I know that I’ll be skanking along to them in a couple of weeks when they’re scheduled to open for Bouncing Souls in both Brooklyn at Brooklyn Made as well as everyone’s favorite New Jersey joint, Crossroads in Garwood, NJ. (Both shows at Crossroads are sold out but there are still tickets available for the Brooklyn Made gig).


I would be remiss if I didn’t at least mention the night’s two opening bands. Starting off the evening was a band out of Philadelphia that I was not at all familiar with prior to this evening called Riverby. I’m not sure what they’re putting in the water down in the City of Brotherly Love but damn, Philly keeps spitting out really interesting new bands almost as fast as they produce ill-behaved sports fans (sorry, I just couldn’t resist). Lead singer, August Greenberg, possesses quite an engaging stage presence as they led the band through a breakneck-paced set which at times reminded me of the band Heart on amphetamines. All in all, I did enjoy their rough and ragged set and do think that they could be a band to keep your eyes on in the future.


Next up was the band Bacchae out of Washington DC. I’d seen Bacchae a couple of months ago opening for The Linda Lindas and to be honest wasn’t all that impressed. Friday night at Saint Vitus however, changed my mind. The growth shown by the band in a few short months was truly inspiring. With a sound that brings to mind early B-52s crossed with the No Wave sound of downtown NYC circa early 80’s with bands like Bush Tetras, Liquid Liquid and quite noticeably early Sonic Youth was quite invigorating. Both Katie McD (lead vocals and keyboard) as well as Rena Hagins (bass and backup vocals) have grown tremendously in their stage presence and ultimately put on a fantastic set.

Check out full photo galleries from each of the bands below!

CATBITE Slideshow

RIVERBY Slideshow

BACCHAE Slideshow

  1. Hey! There are only people with they/them pronouns and he/him pronouns in Riverby. I’m glad you liked them because I do too, just please make it more of a practice to find out people’s pronouns like you do their names. Often it’s as easy as checking their bios, like in their case. Thanks!

    • I misread their Insta bio initially. Updated the story accordingly. Thanks for keeping us honest!!

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The Creepie Crawlies at The Kilowatt, 8/11/23

DS Show Review & Gallery: The Rinds, Creepy Crawlies, Class of ’77, Blobby KaBoom & The Least Friends (Kilowatt, San Francisco 8/11/23)

After more than 20 years, The Kilowatt in San Francisco’s Mission District has started hosting shows again, and even better, many of them are free. This August night (which was cold and foggy like most summer days in the city) we got a full line-up of local punk bands and a solid crowd. The Bay […]

After more than 20 years, The Kilowatt in San Francisco’s Mission District has started hosting shows again, and even better, many of them are free. This August night (which was cold and foggy like most summer days in the city) we got a full line-up of local punk bands and a solid crowd.

The Bay Area has a long tradition of parody bands, and just plain silly punk bands. Blobby, KaBoom & The Least Friends follows this tradition with lead singer Nettie Kaboom appearing here with a spectacular wig that went flying halfway through their set, Fun, fast pop-punk.

Class of ’77 are a fairly new group of Bay Area punk veterans. Formed as a tribute to the sound of 1977 they plan to have original music available on their web site.

The Creepy Crawlies formed in 2020 but recently went through some lineup changes, adding Flexx Bronco’s drummer Thor Dsr and new bass player Zoran. They’ve also been getting attention in the Bay Area scene, drawing bigger crowds and playing bigger venues. They plan to record in the fall.

Closing out one great show were Oakland’s The Rinds who have been putting out solid garage punk for 12 years. Their 4th LP Everything Dimed! is soon come out on Sacramento’s Outloud Records

Check out our moody black & white photos of the whole show below:

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Dying Scene’s Interview with Ovef Ow at Chicago’s Empty Bottle

DS’s interviewed Chicago’s own art-punk band Ovef Ow with a fun photoshoot outside Empty Bottle just before their show. In the interview, the band explain how they got their name, describe who they are, and tell us how important the music community is. Enjoy the interview and give them a listen and a follow. Dying […]

DS’s interviewed Chicago’s own art-punk band Ovef Ow with a fun photoshoot outside Empty Bottle just before their show. In the interview, the band explain how they got their name, describe who they are, and tell us how important the music community is. Enjoy the interview and give them a listen and a follow.

Dying Scene (DS): Please introduce yourselves and tell me who you are and your roles in the band.

Marites Velasquez, I play bass and sing.

Sarah Braunstein, I play drums and sing.

Nick Barnett, I play guitar artillery.

Kyla Denham, I play synth and sing.

DS: I am sure you get this a lot, but what does Ovef Ow mean? 

SB: Haha oh yes, we get asked a lot. It means nothing, it means whatever you want it to mean! In reality, it’s what our former band’s old logo (Me Jane) says when you turn it upside down. Friend-of-the-band Tim Breen designed that logo, and it’s a really great abstract design. When Me Jane came to its end and Nick joined up with us, we knew we were something new but couldn’t figure out a name. And here we are! 

DS: How would you describe your band and music to someone who hasn’t heard or seen you? 

Nick Burnett (NB): Colorful art rock in a cave…on Neptune.

DS: Your band has a unique image. Tell me about what inspires your look. What role does fashion play in it? Have you always coordinated outfits for your performances? Who makes your outfits?  I love them. What inspired your look for tonight’s show?

Sarah Braunstein (SB): Coordinating our outfits started pretty early on. Like before a show, we’d pick a theme or a color and everyone would try to dress to the theme with stuff we already had. It’s only been in the last year that we’ve taken things to the next level and gotten a few band outfits. So far, it’s been a combination of buying pieces, mostly from Fashion Brand Company so far, and making matching looks for Nick. One of Marites’s many skills includes sewing, she made his custom jumpsuit and some other stuff!

DS: DS saw you guys open for Otoboke Beaver and Drinking Boys and Girls Club at Thalia Hall. What was that experience like?

NB: It was a wonderful experience, but at the same time to preserve the music, I mostly tuned out the crowd. Otoboke Beaver and Drinking Boys and Girls Choir are both flawless live bands, so I did not want to mess up too much!

Marites Velasquez (MV): Playing Thalia Hall was a big highlight for us. We’ve played a lot of the other smaller venues around town over the years, so this felt like a big deal and an honor to be added to this bill. We were pretty nervous before the show, but I think that translated into excited energy on stage. The room sounds amazing. Hopefully we’ll get to play there again soon! 

Kyla Denham (KD): It was such a fun night for us. Playing in front of a large crowd you could feel the energy in the room which was really exciting. The Thalia Hall staff was amazing as well.

DS: What goals and plans do you have for 2024? Should we expect more shows? New music? What else?

MV: I’m ready to keep writing new songs and get back into the studio as soon as possible. Even though our album just came out last fall, we’ve had a lot of those songs for several years. Our sound keeps evolving and I would love to capture that on our next release.

DS: What does music mean to each of you? What is the importance of art punk and new wave? And, what role do you play in your music scene and community?

NB: I’m not sure where I would be without music. I’m not sure if I can stop creating music if I tried. Music is every person in my family. It’s every molecule. Community plays a key role in our band. Without home bases like Liar’s Club, and the Empty Bottle and bands like Impulsive Hearts and Lollygagger and DIY’s like VCR. I’m not sure we would’ve made it through the rough times! So in review, I’m really not sure of much of anything other than the music is great and the community is the best!

MV: Music has been an important form of expression for me. I was pretty shy as a kid but standing on stage performing music allowed me to find another way to share who I am. Art punk and new wave has a lot of freedom and inclusivity — you can get away with anything, experiment and try new things, and it’s cool.

DS: You are a Chicago band, if bands came to Chicago, what five places would you recommend that they do?

NB: Bric a Brac Records, EB, Vito and Nick’s Pizzeria, Liar’s Club, Sportsmens 

SB: That’s a pretty good list. I love Liar’s Club with my whole heart. I’m going to assume this band enjoys coffee and looking at beautiful objects so, I’d say they should go to The Center of Order and Experimentation, as well. 

MV: Empty Bottle, Liar’s Club, WhirlyBall, The Art Institute of Chicago, and Midwest Buy and Sell

DS: What are five bands that have inspired you as a group?

NB: Low, Meatwave, Reverend Horton Heat, and Goat 

SB: the B-52s, Sleater-Kinney

MV: Blonde Redhead, Warpaint, Priests, Romeo Void, and Sonic Youth.

DS: What are five bands that you’ve been listening to this week?

NB: The Messthetics, Gouge Away, Hum, Beth Gibbons, and Desire

SB: Mary Timony, Marika Hackman, Mannequin Pussy, Fever Ray, and Kate Bush (always).

DS: What five Chicago bands should we check out?

NB: Lollygagger, Bloodhype, Impulsive Hearts, Melkbelly, and Shannon Candy.

SB: Clickbait and Así Así.

DS: Who would you like to collaborate with? And why?

NB: Bloodhype. Right now they have one of the most dancy serious funny crazy awesome shows around.  

KD: We would like to collaborate further with the amazingly talented Pamela Maurer who was the creative powerhouse behind our music video for Fauxtography.

DS: What else would you like to share with Dying Scene’s readers?

NB: Buy our album so we can finally set up our Vegas to L.A. tour! 

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Festivals & Events: The B-52s, Redd Kross, Pansy Division, more to play Mosswood Meltdown 2024

Mosswood Meltdown has announced its lineup for 2024. The B-52s, Hunx and His Punx, Big Freedia, Redd Kross, Pure Hell, Egyptian Lover, Pansy Division, Bush Tetras, Go Sailor, Wifey, Gibby Haynes and the Paul Green Rock Academy, Space Lady, Die Spitz, Sheastie Boys, Diesel Dudes, Trap Girl, Non Plus Temps, Hot Laundry, Gumby’s Junk, Baus. The festival will be hosted by John Waters and will also feature a drag contest hosted by Peaches Christ. Mosswood Meltdown will take place July 6-7 at Mosswood Park in Oakland, California.

The B-52s to host exhibit of art created by apes at the Punk Rock Museum

The B-52s have announced that they will be hosting an exhibit of art made by apes on August 31 at the Punk Rock Museum in Las Vegas. The event runs from 3-5pm and a limited edition signed poster will be available along with the ape art. The apes’ paintings were all based on B-52 album covers. All of the proceeds will go to Save The Chimps, a sanctuary for chimpanzees who have been rescued from labs and from the entertainment industry. The art will be on display at the Punk Rock Museum from August 25-September 1. Tickets for the event are on sale now. Check out a video of the painting process below.