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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.



Teaser Video: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones announce Hometown Throwdown 16

Ska-punk legends The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have announced the dates for their annual Hometown Throwdown in Boston. This year’s Throwdown will take place at the Boston House Of Blues on December 27th, 28th, and 29th.

Click here to check out a teaser video for the event.

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



10 things you probably didn’t know about Dicky Barrett (Mighty Mighty Bosstones)

If you’re a fan of ska, you probably know who the Mighty Mighty Bosstones are. And if you’re a fan of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, you definitely know who Dicky Barrett is. He’s been the band’s frontman since their inception and, though he has become a household name in the ska/punk scene, there are still a lot of interesting facts you may not know about Mr. Barrett.

Test your knowledge here.



Video: Mighty Mighty Bosstones play “Rascal King” and “The Impression That I Get” live @ Amnesia Rockfest

If you missed legendary ska-punks the Mighty Mighty Bosstones‘ performance at last weekend’s Amnesia Rockfest, you’re in luck! Videos of the band playing their classic songs “Rascal King” and “The Impression That I Get” have surfaced onto the internets.

Grab your dancing shoes and click here to check the videos out.

The band released their ninth studio album “The Magic Of Youth” through their own label Big Rig Records in December, 2011.



Stream Mighty Mighty Bosstones documentary “Road To The Throwdown”

You can now stream a near-full length documentary entitled “Road To The Throwdown,” which focuses on the Mighty Mighty Bosstones 2007 reunion. Click here to check it out.

The band last released their ninth studio album “The Magic Of Youth” on their own label, Big Rig Records, December 6th, 2011.



Bouncing Souls, reunited Amazing Royal Crowns to open Mighty Mighty Bosstones “Hometown Throwdown” shows

We’re still over a month away from this year’s edition of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones‘ annual “Hometown Throwdown” series, but we’ve finally got word on a couple of the announced acts that’ll be serving as openers for the ska-core legends.

New Jersey punk vets Bouncing Souls will open night number 2 (December 30), while the newly reunited Amazing Royal Crowns will open the third and final night (December 31st)! No word on opening night openers or other support acts, but of course we’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, click here to check out the Amazing Royal Crowns’ classic “Do The Devil,” released back in 1998. (Editor’s note: The Rhode Island psychobilly band were known as the Amazing Crowns at the time after legal pressure to drop the “Royal” from there name.)



Joe Gittleman of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones on the band’s first show, a James Hetfield (Metallica) cameo, and more

Joe Gittleman, founding member of Boston ska punk legends The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, recently put the spotlight on five defining moments in the history of the band.  Check it out here.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones released their ninth studio album “The Magic Of Youth” on their own label, Big Rig Records, December 6th, 2011.



The Mighty Mighty Bosstones announce “Hometown Throwdown 15” holiday shows

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have announced their annual string of hometown holiday shows. You can check out the dates here.

The band released “The Magic Of Youth” last November.



Rare Song: The Kickovers (Street Dogs, Weezer, Mighty Mighty Bosstones) – “The Good Life”

Boston based music podcast Mutiny On The Microphone recently featured a song on its latest podcast by The Kickovers, a short-lived group that featured Nate Albert & Joe Sirois (Mighty Mighty Bosstones) Johnny Rioux (Street Dogs), and Mikey Welsh (Weezer). The song “The Good Life” can be found on the band’s Fenway Recordings album Osaka, which saw a limited release in 2002.

“The Good Life” can be heard as the second song played on Episode 23 of the latest Mutiny On The Microphone podcasts.  Check it out here.



Have Nots to support Mighty Mighty Bosstones on summer mini-tour

Boston ska/punk band Have Nots have announced that they will be supporting The Mighty Mighty Bosstones on a few of their early August tour dates.  To view those, click here.

Have Nots’ most recent album, “Proud,” was released in 2011 on Paper + Plastick Records.



Tour: Mighty Mighty Bosstones announce summer mini-tour

Ska powerhouse, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, have announced they will be heading out on a short mini-tour in the US this summer in support of their 2011 release, “The Magic of Youth.”

You can check out a full list of dates and locations for the mini-tour here.

“The Magic of Youth” was released on December 6th 2011 via the band’s own label, Big Rig Records.



COVER ART OF THE YEAR BATTLE – 2011 (Flogging Molly, Misfits, Mighty Mighty Bosstones and more) – VOTE NOW

The wait is finally over…it’s time for our “Cover Art of the YEAR” Battle. You, our faithful readers, cast thousands of votes in last year’s Cover Art Battles and gave us eight solid Cover Art of the Month winners (yeah, we know…we got off to a late start).

Now it’s time to cast your votes one last time for 2011 to determine who will take the title of “Cover Art of the F’ING Year!” Take a look at the gallery of monthly winners here, and cast your vote. Don’t forget to share with all of your friends…let’s get this thing raging!

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