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Punk Rock Bowling: Night Three – English Beat, Skints (Bunkhouse), Conflict, Krum Bums (Backstage Bar)

As Refused finished up their headlining set at the main stage of Punk Rock Bowling Sunday night, I was already on my way to a night of ska with The Skints, English Beat, and ‘surprise’ guests Mighty Mighty Bosstones. With plans to also catch Krum Bums and ‘surprise’ guests Conflict, I wouldn’t be able to stay in one place too long.

I stayed at the Bunkhouse long enough to see The Skints and The English Beat – whom I had never seen and fulfilled all of my dreams of what their show would be like. Even the photographers took a moment in between shots to do a little dancing. The eager crowd showed their love for the ska legends with a bouncing dance floor and smiles abound. But enough of the ska and over to crust for me, as I took the hike to the Backstage Bar down the road. The problem with going around to all these venues is that the travel-time forces me to miss some of a set.

This was the case as I finally secured entry into Backstage Bar and saw Krum Bums performing their last song. I was bummed, but I have seen the Austin punks many times, and I have a feeling this time will not be my last. Besides, I was really here to see the main event Conflict. The band was scheduled to play the main stage before headliners Dropkick Murphys the following day, and this set was an intimate preview of what was to come. I love this band, and despite the growing age of its members, they still have plenty of energy to put on a great live set.

After Conflict finished up I was back to Bunkhouse to catch the last bit of Bosstones’ set, playing “Devil’s Night Out”, in its entirety. But no shots were taken for this set, this was to be pure enjoyment, no work.

You can have a look at all of the photos from the night’s club shows below.



Punk Rock Bowling Festival: Day One (Rancid, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Sick Of It All, TSOL, Anti-Flag, Bombshell Rocks, Sniper 66)

Photos and words by milhouse and hopeless romantic

The first day of Punk Rock Bowling always begins with a meeting of hungover, yet still fresh punks – gathering for shuttles to get carted off to Sam’s Town or Gold Coast for an attempt at bowling. The Dying Scene crew never lasts very long, but it is always a fantastic time. This year, our lane mates seemed to have begun the party long before us, and ended up spilling drinks on the lane. After that, any semblance of seriousness went out the window, and the drinks started flowing a little more freely. The downside with bowling is that you are forced to miss the beginning events of the weekend, including an Infa-Riot pool party, and a free-screening of “Salad Days: A Decade of Punk In Washington DC”.

By the time I got back around the fest grounds, I had missed Sounds of Threat and Success!, but was front and center in time to see Austin punks Sniper 66 rip it up (I would later see the band perform at the Plaza Pool Party).

Bombshell Rocks came out swinging and put on a great live show. Their energy pumped up the crowd as the late afternoon of the festival set in. Their melodies were infectious and got people moving in the crowd.

Anti-Flag played the main stage just a few short days before their new album, “American Spring”, hit stores. The band tore through their set with so much energy and chanting that they could have been the headliner. Posting up near Chris is always a good idea, as there is no shortage of jumps during his set (a photographer’s favorite). The crowd favorite was “Fuck Police Brutality,” which got the pit moving and middle fingers in the air.

California legends TSOL took the stage as the sun started to go down, showing the crowd that they can still put on a great live show. My favorite (as well as the crowd’s) was their hit “Code Blue”, which touches on every funeral director’s hidden desire.

Sick Of It All is the epitome of NYHC. As the sun set, these guys brought one of the most lively sets of the night. The crowd eagerly waited for them to take the stage and went absolutely wild as they tore through the night with a frantic energy.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones hit the stage with their infectious ska-core, playing fan favorites like “The Rascal King” and closing with “The Impression That I Get.” During their set, the band announced that they were the surprise guests for one of the club shows the following night, playing “Devil’s Night Out” in its entirety.

Headliners for day one were East Bay legends Rancid. To fans delight, the band performed “And Out Come The Wolves” in its entirety, and was true to the track listing, playing one legendary song after another. For many of us “older” punks in the crowd, this album was one of the first (or at least, one of the most influential) 90s punk albums that got us into the scene. Rancid proved why they are punk legends and why that album has stood the test of time. A little guest appearance from Interrupters guitarist/organist Kevin Bivona rounded out the set. I left after “Journey to the End (of the East Bay)” to get ready for the club show featuring my favorites Bishops Green, in addition to Booze & Glory, The Beltones, and headliners The Templars. Up the punx and skins!

Have a look at the complete day one gallery below.



Riot Fest announces preliminary Denver lineup (Pixies, Rancid, Bosstones, Alkaline Trio and more)

The preliminary lineup for the Denver dates of the 2015 Riot Fest has been announced, and it seems to be already worth the price of admission. The event, which is being dubbed “Riot Fest And Rodeo,” will feature the likes of Rancid, Pixies, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Alkaline Trio, Motorhead, Flogging Molly, Thrice, Iggy Pop, The Lawrence Arms, Desaparecidos, 7 Seconds, The Vandals, Less Than Jake, Andrew WK, Gwar, Teenage Bottlerocket, Pup, American Nightmare, Joyce Manor and more…and that’s just the “Dying Scene friendly” bands. Other major acts include Anthrax, Snoop Dogg, Tenacious D, Modest Mouse, Run DMC, Ice Cube, The White Buffalo, De La Soul, Eagles of Death Metal, and a crapload more. Check out the official flier below, and stay tuned for “more headliners” to be announced shortly.

Riot Fest And Rodeo takes place from August 28 to August 30.



Mighty Mighty Bosstones announce Eastern US tour dates with Street Dogs and The Interrupters

Good news for East Coast fans of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones! In the run up to the legendary ska-core octet’s opening slot for the Foo Fighters at Boston’s Fenway Park, they band have announced a brief run of Eastern US tour dates. If you’re in New York, Connecticut, DC or Philly, this’ll be your first chance in quite a while to see the Bosstones. Oh, and they’re bringing fellow Bostonians Street Dogs for the July 9-17th dates…AND SoCal ska punks The Interrupters have been announced as additional openers from the 11th through the 15th!

Most tickets go on sale this coming Saturday (May 2nd), except the Foo Fighters show, which sold out months ago. Head below to check out the full rundown.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones last released The Magic of Youth in 2011 through Big Rig Records, but keep your fingers crossed for new music from the band.



The Mighty Mighty Bossones & a reunited The Loved Ones added in final Groezrock 2015 lineup announcement

At long last, the final lineup announcement for this year’s edition of Groezrock has been made! Joining the likes of Lagwagon, Satanic Surfers, Pennywise, Millencolin, and many others are Boston ska-core pioneers The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and a reunited Philadelphia punk band you may know as The Loved Ones. Not too shabby, eh?

Groezrock 2015 will take place on the 1st and 2nd of May in Meerhout, Belgium. Click here to check out the single-day lineups, and head over here to grab your tickets!



The best punk-related releases of Record Store Day 2015 (Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Social Distortion, Dave Hause, OFF! and more)

As you’re probably aware given the recent barrage of Record Store Day release posts here on the pages of Dying Scene, April 18th marks the eighth annual installment of every music lover’s favorite holiday!

The official US list of Record Store Day releases have officially been published. While 2014 was, in my opinion,  bit of a down year comparatively, 2015 seems to be anything but. As always, your friendly Dying Scene staffers took the time to highlight the best of this year’s punk-related releases so you don’t have to (though I stress to you that “punk-related” is applied a bit liberally here). We’ve got everything from new Dave Hause material to reissues of a classic 101ers album (featuring Joe Strummer) and Social Distortion’s self-titled album and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ Question The Answers to Cory Branan covering the one-and-only Prince to live sessions from OFF! and Cobra Skulls. Check out our list below, and chime in on the comment section to let us know what you’re most looking forward to.

If you care to peruse the full, official Record Store Day release list, you can do so right here.



The Mighty Mighty Bosstones announce West Coast shows, detail 17th annual Hometown Throwdown

Boston ska-punk legends The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have announced they will be playing three shows on the west coast in December, and they’ve also announced the details for their 17th annual Hometown Throwdown. All dates can be found below.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones last released The Magic of Youth in 2011 through Big Rig Records, but keep your fingers crossed for new music from the band.



Awesome Video: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones play “The Impression That I Get” with Jimmy Kimmel on bass clarinet

During their recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones were joined by Jimmy Kimmel himself in playing their classic song “The Impression That I Get.”

You can check out the video, in which Kimmel plays the bass clarinet, below.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones last released The Magic Of Youth in 2011 through Big Rig Records. The band will be embarking on short run of west coast tour dates later this week.



Video Tribute: Dicky Barrett turns 50!

There’s a moment in the outstanding documentary The Other “F” Word in which Bad Religion’s Brett Gurewitz says something to the effect of “punk rock wasn’t meant to grow up and get old, but it did, so deal with it.”  Case in point: Dicky Barrett, inimitable frontman from legendary, genre-defining skacore act The Mighty Mighty Bosstones turned 50 last weekend!

In honor of the event, Dicky’s band (alongside the Gaslight Anthem and longtime Boston rock veterans Barrence Whitfield and the Savages) played a massive 50th birthday party show at Boston’s City Hall Plaza on Saturday. Prior to the Bosstones’ set, a well-made tribute video was aired to the capacity crowd. It features well-wishes from local scene veterans, a few surprise national icons from across the entertainment world and, most importantly, Dicky’s friends and family. Watch the video below.

On a personal note, Dicky and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones are almost single-handedly the reason that yours truly stumbled into this thing called punk. I owe him well more than the solitary high-five that I’ve given him over the last couple decades. Happy 50th, Dicky!



Asbestos Records launches Kickstarter for benefit ska compilation

Asbestos Records is showing some love for a friend in need, and they’re looking for some help via Kickstarter to get it done.  Efren Santana, the tenor sax player for Hepcat, is facing some pretty hefty medical bills incurred during a lengthy hospital stay due to a lung infection earlier this year, and the label brought together some of ska’s finest to share some new, previously unreleased, and/or live tracks on a major compilation cd.

The comp will include Big D and the Kids Table, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Slackers, Spring Heeled Jack, and a whole bunch more.  You can check out the full story and donate to the project here.



The Mighty Mighty Bosstones announce Way Out West Tour

Ska-punk legends The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have announced some August dates for their Way Out West Tour.

Check out the dates and locations below.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones last released “The Magic Of Youth” in 2011  through Big Rig Records.



10 Bands That Make The Boston Punk Scene Better Than Yours

Boston Breakout from the Street Dogs 2013 Wreck The Halls show at Boston’s House of Blues.

A flip through the pages that cover the last decade or so in the annals of Boston punk history reveals a scene very much at a crossroads. Coupled with the slow burnout of the street punk and ska-core flames that lit much of the fuse for the previous decade, the increasing impact of gentrification in some of the grittier, working-class areas of the city (perhaps best typified by the closure of the legendary Rathskellar club, aka “The Rat”, in the Kenmore Square neighborhood to make way for a high-end hotel and the ongoing Boston University sprawl) created a veritable power vacuum in the scene.

As a direct result of that power vacuum, you haven’t been paying attention to what’s been going on in Boston for the last decade. Shame on you. Boston is back, in a major way.

While the 2014 Boston punk scene may not necessarily be aligned with the rough-and-tumble, blue collar days of yore, what does carry over is the spirit of camaraderie. Boston has always been a scene that looks out for each other, and the current scene is no different. The sounds are more diverse than ever before: traditional street punk and hardcore blend with throwback pop-punk and the ever-emerging Tiny Engines Records sound. Nick Gold, who waves the Boston punk flag high at the Run Don’t Walk blog, notes that “the punk scene (in Boston) is small, tight-knit, and has a family atmosphere because simply, we take care of our own.”

Sal Medrano, most recently of the band Rebuilder, echoes Gold’s sentiment: “Through all of this mess, we haven’t given up. When a venue or basement gets shut down, we always find a way to keep it alive. We have an extreme amount of loyalty to one another. If you look at Dropkick Murphys and Bosstones, both took out small local bands on national tours when they reached national level. Still to this day both bands host week-long events at house of blues once a year in which the line up has local Boston acts. Both these bands don’t have to do that but it’s helping to pass the torch. Eventually someone will have to fill their shoes.”

Case in point: The recent passing of two Boston firefighters while in the line of duty cast a pall over the city. Inspired by the events, Mark Lind (Ducky Boys/The Warning Shots) and scene vet Josh Smith sprung into action and organized a benefit show on short notice. The goal was to raise $10,000 for the firefighters’ memorial fund. Bands like Street Dogs, Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One, Ducky Boys, The Welch Boys and a reunited-for-the-first-time-in-a-decade Avoid One Thing volunteered their services, and bands like Bouncing Souls and the Dropkick Murphys and Rancid and Paul Westerberg contributed items to the affiliated raffle. The cause was so successful that a second night was added, and close to $40,000 has already been raised before the raffle even starts. That’s Boston punk.

No post on the Boston scene would be complete without a nod to the old guard that are still out there kicking ass and taking names. A sincere debt of gratitude is owed to bands like the Bosstones and the Dropkicks and Slapshot and Street Dogs and Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One and Continental and Ducky Boys and Transit and Jonathan Richman and Ramallah who have kept the fires burning. Were it not for that top tier of bands giving a shit about holding the door open for then next act through, this scene would have asphyxiated many years ago. But what follows is an homage to those aforementioned shoe-fillers. The scene probably wouldn’t be what it is now without guys like Ryan Agate and Clay Fernald and venues like O’Brien’s Pub and Great Scott and the legendary Middle East.

Head below to check out our playlist of the ten up-and-coming Boston area bands that make this scene the best damn one to be a part of.



Avoid One Thing to reunite for Boston Firefighter Fundraiser show w/Street Dogs, Ducky Boys, Lenny Lashley + more

Boston punks Avoid One Thing, founded and fronted by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones‘ bassist Joe Gittleman, have announced plans to reunite for their first show in a decade, and for a great cause.

The band will join a roster that already includes Street Dogs, Ducky Boys, Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One, The Welch Boys, Burning Streets and Duck & Cover for a show to benefit the official Lieutenant Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy Memorial Fund. Walsh and Kennedy, based out of the Engine 33/Ladder 15 house at the famous intersection of Boylston and Hereford Streets, were both killed tragically while fighting a fast-moving fire in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.

The fundraiser will take place Tuesday, April 22nd at Great Scott in Allston, and will also feature raffle items from Dropkick Murphys, Rancid, Swingin’ Utters, the Boston Bruins, the Boston Red Sox and many more. Stay tuned for ticket info.

Avoid One Thing’s last album, “Chopstick Bridge,” was released via SideOneDummy Records back in 2004.



The Mighty Mighty Bosstones post Hometown Throwdown footage

Ska-punk legends The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have posted footage from 2013’s Hometown Throwdown, set to their song “They Will Need Music.”

You can check it out over here.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones last released “The Magic Of Youth” in 2011  through Big Rig Records.



Video: DS writer proposes to her girlfriend on stage at Mighty Mighty Bosstones show

It’s a slow news day and I thought this was pretty cool so maybe you will too.  It’s a video of one of our DS writers proposing to her girlfriend on stage during the Mighty Mighty Bosstones show in Boston last night (12/29/13).

Check it out below.  Congrats you two crazy kids.