Night 1 tonight!

We’re getting the last bits ready for tonight!

Amazing music from The Phil Aiken Army, The Dents, Muck and the Mires and The Sprained Ankles…

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Plus, the chance to win:

Boston Harbor Cruises certificate for four to take the USS Constitution Cruise!

Boston Red Sox autographed baseball signed by Dustin Pedroia!

Two tickets to ANY ArtsEmerson performance in the 2015-2016 season!

A specially selected bangle set from ALEX AND ANI / CHARITY BY DESIGN!

Two chances to win 6 lbs of whole bean coffee from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, including a specially selected set by Mike Oliver!

An after work pool party for 20 people, snacks included at Jillian’s Boston!

We’ll see you at the Midway tonight!!

Meet the bands: The Sprained Ankles

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Let’s just start this out with Tankenstein:

Yes, that’s a kazoo.  Yes, that’s a punk band.

Goofy, garage, punk.  Guaranteed good time. How can you NOT love a song about a vampire girlfriend?

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In fact, Amanda decided to wear her old school Rowdy Roddy Piper T shirt to the first night of Crash Safely because the Ankles are playing.  One-up her and wear your Macho Man Randy Savage gear!

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Meet the bands: The Dents

Who are The Dents?  Well, seeing as you asked:

Jen D’Angora (aka Jenny Dee), Vocals and Guitar. Michelle Paulhus, Vocals and Bass. Craig Adams, Guitar. Kevin Pickering, Drums.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way…

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photo by Eric Law

What do they sound like?

We’ll let the music do the talking…. here’s “Better Off”:

They’re heading to the Midway on 10/17 with the Sprained Ankles, Muck and the Mires and the Phil Aiken Army!  You don’t wanna miss this lineup!

Tickets  $10, 21+.

We’re on WMFO this Tues!

We’ll be guests on Skybar Lusardi‘s show  on WMFO this Tuesday at 8pm!  He’ll be spinning tunes by all of the bands involved in Crash Safely, and Amanda will be on hand with some tracks and all of the information about both nights (including the proper ways to sway the raffle in your favor).

Just don't get grounded throwing lightswitch raves beforehand.

Just don’t get grounded throwing lightswitch raves beforehand.

Listen in at 91.5 FM or online!

Update to the 10/17 show

Unfortunately, Gymnasium have had to drop off the  October 17 bill at the Midway Cafe as their drummer Jonathan was in an accident. We hope he gets better soon!!!

The other members of Gymnasium will still be attending the show and you may even get Rod to sing you something accapella if you buy him a beer first. (Don’t quote us on that.)

New set times and order are as follows:

9:00 Pm – Doors
9:15 PM – The Phil Aiken Army
10:15 PM – Muck & The Mires
11:15 PM – The Dents
12:15 AM – The Sprained Ankles

Thanks everyone and we wish Jonathan a speedy recovery!

Meet the Bands: Unnatural Axe

Do we really have to introduce, you, oh Boston music lover, to Unnatural Axe? Maybe this will jog your memory:

 

Maybe Cheetah Chrome should introduce you.

 

That’s a lot of black and white, now.

What?

What?

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Richie Parsons. Not pictured: Unnatural Axe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Axe remain an amazing punk band that you are required to state that you’ve seen at least once in your lifetime.   They’re giving you a chance to up your punk cred on 10/23, with Township, Watts and Fireking at the Middle East Upstairs.

 

Think you’ll catch ’em next time?  You’ll be waiting- this is their ONLY area show this year.

 

Bring yer whole guild!

Meet the Bands: Watts

Watts have been super busy AGAIN!  In case you’ve missed it, they’ve just come back from New York, after a quick diversion into Portland (ME, not OR). They’ll be helping fellow Crash Safely band Fireking celebrate their vinyl release soon, too!

photo by Micah Gummel

photo by Micah Gummel

Crash Safely will be your chance to get up close and personal with the band before they are called away to another far-flung city in need of their rock services.  (Aren’t ALL cities in need of Watts, really?)

Grab your tickets to 10/23 here, and remember- you can also enter to win lots of goodies at our raffles! See you at the Middle East!

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Meet the Bands: Muck and the Mires

Many of the bands who play Crash Safely are ultra, mega busy.  However, our local garage rock heroes, Muck and the Mires, will be coming to Crash Safely from from a very busy schedule overseas….

In case you didn't know.

In case you didn’t know.

If you follow them on Facebook, you’ll already know about the wondrous inventions they have discovered (spiral escalators!).  You’ll also know that they’ve been around the world, spreading their cool stage clothes and amazing garage rock sound.    If you’re new to the world of Muck, here’s a great introduction:

Muck graces the Midway stage on 10/17, with The Dents, The Sprained Ankles, Gymnasium and The Phil Aiken Army!   Grab your tickets for what’s sure to be a mucky great time!

2015 Lineups!

Poster by Smitty!

Poster by Smitty!

10/17/15 Midway Cafe (21+)

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10/23/15 Middle East Upstairs (18+)

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Roddy Piper

On Roddy, Wrestling, Rock and MS

If you’re friends with musicians, look around your social media feed(s) right now.  Chances are good that you’re being swamped with photos and memorials for Rowdy Roddy Piper, the original pro wrestling Bad Guy. He was instrumental in the Rock and Wrestling thing that exposed many of us to the over-the-top wrestling characters. Piper was a big influence in my life as well, and quite possibly the reason I was able to survive a near daily barrage of threats and violence that today get lumped neatly into the word “bullying.”  I had a jacket airbrushed with his logo and it became armor in a way for me.  People left me alone, rather than try to figure out why I suddenly was sporting jacket that said HOT ROD in lightning script on my back. Later on, some of my very best friends were made based upon my ownership of a Piper T shirt. Roddy Piper had a lot to do with how things panned out for me…

More influential (especially on my pick of sun protection) was They Live, which featured this classic scene:

News of Piper’s death hit me hard, and last night, The Night Ridah and I started looking up some of the classic Piper clips online. Eventually, we came across the infamous “whack Captain Lou over the head with an award” clip.

What was the award for?

Fundraising for Multiple Sclerosis.

Captain Lou’s brother died of MS and Lou became very involved in fundraising, getting Cyndi Lauper involved as well.  At the time of the whack, it was announced that they had raised over 2 million dollars for MS.  In the 1980’s.

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So, yeah.  That was a time when there were no MS medications. None.  The best a patient could hope for would be some IV steroids every so often for flairs and a sympathetic physical therapist. (Go ahead and make that steroid and wrestling joke.)

All of this comes on the heel (ha) of the first official lineup announcement for Crash Safely- 10/17 at the Midway Cafe.

The Midway, last night, hosted the B.L.O.W.W.- the Boston League of Women Wrestlers.

The Midway, where I used to write music reviews  with fellow Roddy Piper fan Joe Coughlin.

Here are the details for 10/17:

$10, 21.  Tickets: http://midwaycafe.com/our/details?id=101710  Le Facebook event

Starring:

The Sprained Ankles

Muck and the Mires

The Dents

The Phil Aiken Army

Gymnasium

Maybe someone will be cheeky enough to cover this tune:

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some answers to alter.  Someone changed the questions again.