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DS Staff Picks – Gina Skidz’s Top 10 of 2015

Another year-end is upon us! As we prepare ourselves to deal with family, long lines and fistfights over parking spaces (wait…does that just happen in Boston?!), let’s blow off some steam with some of the most badass punk albums of 2015.  I think I missed the deadline for both 2013 and 2014, so this is my first Top 10 List since I’ve been on staff at Dying Scene.  A few caveats to my list:

1. I tried my best to stay away from the major albums of 2015.  While there were some really good ones, my intent was to highlight some awesome up-and-comers.

2. I did include EPs as well as albums.  Some were just too damn good to pass up, and I couldn’t resist.

3.  They are in no particular order.  Comparing two totally different genres or calling an EP better than an album just seemed nonsensical to me (or maybe I was being lazy?).  Hey, it’s punk rock–no rules!

Keep reading to see my Top 10 of 2015, in no particular order.



Bryan McPherson announces details of hometown Boxing Day Blowout shows

If you live in the greater Boston area and you haven’t seen Bryan McPherson  blow the roof off any of the area’s show-going establishments, you’ve really done yourself a disservice. Astute readers will recall out rundown of a particularly special night at the Midway Cafe back in June.

Anyway, the folk-punk troubadour has announced preliminary details behind a couple of hometown holiday shows that’ll take place at the very same Midway. Dubbed the Boxing Day Blowout due to the event taking place the day after Christmas, there are actually two shows lined up; a 4pm all ages matinee that features Jenn Lombari (Lucky United), Carissa Johnson and, of course, OC45. Tickets are here. That’ll be followed by a 21+ show that kicks off at 9pm, and features Matt Charette, Time & Place and Live Nude Girls…and it wouldn’t be unlike McPherson to play another barn-burner of a set until the wee hours. Tickets for that one are here.

McPherson is presently touring the Pacific Northwest in support of his latest (and undeniably greatest) album, “Wedgewood,” which was self-released on his OFD Records earlier this year; stream/buy it here. While you’re at it here’s the sitdown we did with McPherson in advance of that album.



Upstart Fest 2015 announces second round of bands

The second batch of bands have been announced for the 5th annual Upstart Fest. Hudson Falcons, OC45, Lost in Society, A Minor Revolution, and Legally Fucked will all be joining the previously announced acts Avenue RockersCry Havoc!Two Man Advantage, and Posers, with more bands to be announced soon.

The tour runs between Portland, ME and Baltimore, MD in late September/early October. You can check out the full list of dates and locations here and we’ll be sure to keep you updated as more bands are announced.



Show review: Darkbuster plays secret show in Boston with OC45, Rebuilder, and Blood Stained Brindle

Picture this:  you’re in a beloved local band, you haven’t played a show this decade, and you decide to announce 2 shows that immediately sell out.  What would you do?  Well, if you’re Boston’s Darkbuster , you would quickly announce a one-off show at a small venue, call yourself P. Diddler and the Fearsome Foursome, and watch as that immediately sells out, too.

Last night, Darkbuster (or rather, P. Diddler) kicked off a short string of reunion shows in support of their new and long-awaited album, No Revolution.  Before taking the stage for the next two nights at the Sinclair in Cambridge, MA, Darkbuster played to a sold-out crowd at a much smaller venue.  Read all about it, and check out a fan-submitted video, below.



OC45 (Boston punk) stream new EP “Burn It,” announce two-month US tour

Boston punk act OC45 just released a new EP titled Burn It, and they have made the entire thing available for streaming. You can give it a listen below, and purchase it on their Bandcamp page.

Burn It is OC45’s first release since 2013’s When It Hits. The band will be touring the US in support of the release from early April through the beginning of June – dates/locations can also be found below.



OC45 streaming “S.C.A.B.” off upcoming EP “Burn It”

Boston punks OC45 are streaming a new song called “S.C.A.B.” The song features Jon Cauztik of Stray Bullets/Have Nots. You can check it out below.

The song will appear on their upcoming “Burn It” EP,  due out March 15th. In case you missed it, OC45 recently released a video for “Roberry,” a track off of their 2014 EP, When It Hits.  You can watch that here, and check out an interview they did with Dying Scene back in April. They will be touring this fall.



Free music: The Enders (hardcore punk) release “Hardcore Family, Vol. 1” compilation

Indiana punk rockers The Enders are celebrating their fifth anniversary as a band, and they released a punk rock compilation called Hardcore Family, Vol. 1, as a way of saying thanks.  You can download the 32-track compilation here, and stream it below.

The comp is a good mix of bands you may have heard of (The Hex Bombs, OC45, Cry Havoc!), as well as some relative newcomers.  In the words of The Enders’ frontman Benny No-Good:

This is a compilation made up of tracks by bands we consider as close as family. Some we’ve toured with, some we’ve played only a few shows with, and some are just great friends and supporters. The thing they have in common is that they are all great people making great music.



10 Punk Songs That Will Make Your Week (curated by Dying Scene editor Gina Venz)

Ever wonder what the folks who run Dying Scene have been listening to lately?  We’re going to pretend you said “yes” to that question and feature a curated playlist from a different DS editor each week with the intent of exposing you to some new kickass punk bands. This week’s installment comes to you courtesy of editor Gina Venz.

Discover some new tunes, and see if Gina managed to cover every possible punk sub-genre, below.



Ocelot Records releases free Punk ‘N’ Roll BBQ 2014 Compilation

Each year Ocelot Records, formerly Boston Bloghead, puts on a charity event to raise money for Rawkstars Inc., a non-profit corporation that helps kids through music programs. For 2014, Ocelot Records went a step further than just a big show and raffle, they created a 25-band digital compilation (20-band CD) to help raise money for the cause.

The compilation includes punk, rock, and metal bands from all over New England and beyond and you can stream it below.

You can pick up the digital compilation for free at the Ocelot Records Bandcamp site or if you want to help out, you can donate or buy a tangible copy of the release for just $3.00 where all proceeds go directly to Rawkstars Inc.



OC45 announces tour dates with Koffin Kats, Jukebox Romantics

Boston punks OC45 have only been off-tour for a couple months, but they are heading back out again this September.  This time, they are traveling with New York’s The Jukebox Romantics and Detroit’s Koffin Kats as they head through the Midwest and West on a 2-month jaunt.  You can find all the tour dates below.

In case you missed it, OC45 recently released a video for “Roberry,” a track off of their 2014 EP, When It Hits.  You can watch that here, and check out an interview they did with Dying Scene back in April.



DS Show Review and Photo Gallery: Street Dogs, Lenny Lashley and Matt Charette from Boston’s Midway Cafe

Mike letting the crowd take over

As of this writing, Boston punks Street Dogs are part of the way through a tour of Europe with fellow Pirates Press labelmates Bishops Green. Prior to heading across the pond, however, the five-piece stormed Boston’s Midway Cafe for a couple warm-up shows. Billed as the Crooked Drunken Sons, Street Dogs took to the stage for an early-evening acoustic matinee gig and followed up with a fully plugged-in late night set. It’s no great mystery that the Street Dogs are widely known as a hard-working, blue collar street punk band. And while they may not play out with quite the same road dog regularity as in their younger years, the band more than make up for that with high energy, give-it-all-you’ve-got live performances that leave little, if anything, left in the tank. The newest Street Dogs (Matt Pruitt of Have Nots and Lenny Lashley on guitar, Pete Sosa on drums) seem no doubt cut from the same cloth as longtime core members Mike McColgan and Johnny Rioux, now in their second decade as nucleus of the band. Case-in-point: the band could quite easily have rested on their laurels and used the early evening set as a way to work the kinks out of a few songs, shaking off the cobwebs and being content with flubs and false starts. Instead, the took the opportunity to play a full acoustic set that, while rare for a band in this genre to attempt, came across as every bit as earnest as their typical high-energy plugged in sets.

Hard work and double duty were recurring themes on the evening, as support for the early set came from local singer-songwriter Matt Charette (whose stellar solo full-length, Back East, is available to stream here) and Lenny Lashley, a full time Street Dog who’d already carved a name out for himself as a singer and songwriter through his solo work and his Darkbuster days. Charette then joined the Street Dogs on accordion, mandolin and crowd-surfing duties as the evening progressed. Support on the nightcap came from the Barroom Heroes and OC45. The former have established a reputation as one of the better young bands in the scene, while the latter are established road dogs who themselves are in between lengthy tours of their own.

Check out our photo gallery from the evening set below!



DS Interview: Boston’s OC45 sounds off on touring, recording, and “Robbery”

I first caught on to Boston’s OC45 when I saw them play the Middle East upstairs a couple years ago, and I was instantly hooked.  They play catchy songs with an edge, and they don’t take themselves too seriously despite gaining increased recognition as a touring punk band.  Lucky for me, I get to say I knew them before they were famous, as they may very well be someday, and I got to sit down with the foursome for an interview before they leave for a tour that will take them to Montreal’s Pouzza Fest and Punk Rock Bowling.  Keep on reading below to find out how they got started, how they stay friends on the road, and maybe something about that band name…



OC45 premieres video for “Robbery” and announces U.S. tour dates

Boston’s OC45 are debuting a brand new video for “Robbery,” off of their 2013 EP When It Hits. The song tells the tale of the desperation that comes from not making ends meet, and resorting to robbery to survive.  The video was a collaborative effort between the band and director Daniel Roman, as well as a cast of local actors and musicians who volunteered their time to work on the project.

OC45 will be heading out on a U.S. tour this spring, so check out their upcoming tour dates as well as the video below.



OC45 streams new track “Robbery” and announce U.S. tour dates

Boston punks OC45 are streaming a new song called “Robbery,” in advance of the release of their new album, “When It Hits,” later this fall.  The album is a follow-up to 2012’s “Class and Cruelty.”

In addition to the release, OC45 is planning a full U.S. tour starting on September 21st.  You can stream “Robbery” and check out the tour dates here.