Posted in music | tour dates on August 29, 2014


Boston has a fervent music scene and MIT's radio station, WMBR, has been documenting it for 25 years via local music show Pipeline!. In celebration of the show's quarter century, they're throwing a festival called "Pipeline! At 25: 50 Years of Boston Rock" featuring over 80 Boston bands from the show's history, many of whom are reuniting just for the fest. Those bands include O Positive, Gigolo Aunts, Honeybunch, Dumptruck, Fuzzy, The Cavedogs, Green Magnet School, Drumming on Glass, and loads more (obviously). It happens at various Boston venues from September 12 - October 12. More info and tickets to the various shows can be found here.

Full schedule below...


Friday September 12th - the Regent Theatre, Arlington
O Positive
Cordelia's Dad
The Freeborne
String Builder
We Saw The Wolf
+ 1 more TBA

Saturday, September 13th - Cuisine en Locale, Somerville
Baby's Arm
Berlin Airlift
The Dogmatics
Eric Martin (of the Neats) & friends
The Turbines
+ 1 more TBA

Friday, September 19th - Cuisine en Locale, Somerville
Curious Ritual
Mistle Thrush
Nisi Period
The Pods
Purple Ivy Shadows
Someone & the Somebodies
Tracy Bonham

Saturday September 20th - Cuisine en Locale, Somerville
Dirt Merchants
Fertile Virgin
The Gravel Pit
Mary Lou Lord
The Sheila Divine
+ 1 more TBA

Friday, September 26th - the Regent Theatre, Arlington
The Barnies
Bill Goffrier (of Big Dipper) & friends
The Jigsaws
Vapors of Morphine

Saturday, September 27th - the Regent Theatre, Arlington
Barry & the Remains
The Downbeat 5

Sunday, September 28th - Brighton Music Hall, Allston
Anastasia Screamed
The Flies
The F.U.'s / Straw Dogs
Men & Volts
The Nervous Eaters
+ 2 more TBA

Friday, October 3rd - the Middle East Downstairs
The Blood Oranges
The Bristols
Robin Lane & The Chartbusters
Lazy Susan

Saturday, October 4th - the Middle East Downstairs
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic
The Clamdiggers (proto-The Upper Crust)
Crazy Alice
Quintaine Americana

Sunday, October 5th - the Paradise
Big City Rockers (Atlantics)
The Charms
The Dents
High Risk Group
Reddy Teddy
Shake the Faith
Willie Alexander & the Boom Boom Band

Friday, October 10th - Cuisine en Locale, Somerville
The 360s
Green Magnet School
Luca Brasi
Permafrost (Miles Dethmuffin)
The Pills
Unnatural Axe

Saturday, October 11th - Cuisine en Locale, Somerville
The Cavedogs
Drumming on Glass
Flying Nuns
Gigolo Aunts
The Natives
The Rising Storm

Sunday, October 12th - the Middle East Downstairs
The Bags
Ed Redeeming Qualities with Carrie Bradley (of The Breeders) & friends
The Gizmos
Kenny Chambers / Electric Ears (doing Moving Targets)
The Underachievers
The Voodoo Dolls



Comments (62)

50 years of Boston rock yields low single-digit # of bands that anyone has heard of/cares about. keep on rockin' beantown

Posted by derek jeter | August 29, 2014 12:45 PM

dumps like a truck (truck, truck)

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2014 12:50 PM

"50 years of Boston rock yields low single-digit # of bands that anyone has heard of/cares about. keep on rockin' beantown"

Once upon a time, cities used to have music scenes. Local bands played at each other shows, shared rehearsal spaces, put out local zines. Small venues had regulars, regardless of what band was playing. It was about the music.

This concept of a scene has died throughout the country. Now it is about RSVPing on Facebook, closure of venues/rehearsal spaces because of gentrification. There is no more community. Bands do not start off small nowadays. Go straight for the national audience via Youtube.

I lived in Boston for a few years and many of the bands on that list were local favorites. Maybe not nationally, but definitely had hometown following. The Sheila Divine were a great band. So were the Gigolo Aunts. The Gravel Pit side project, The Gentlemen, were also great.

I wonder what band "Vapors of Morphine" is. The remaining members of Morphine (a Boston band)?

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2014 2:03 PM

holy shit. The Dogmatics!

almost all these bills have at least one truly legendary live band: Dogmatics, Flies, Unnatural Axe, the Gigolo Aunts.

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2014 2:13 PM

Wow, only two Boston hardcore bands (The FUs and Straw Dogs) and no metal bands. 'Way to support Boston hardcore and metal, Pipeline.

You couldn't get any Slap Shot, Wrecking Crew, Sam Black Church, any two, or all three?

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2014 5:44 PM

It's possible the bands you mentioned never played live on the radio show that the series is celebrating. Why would bands that never played on the pipeline radio show play the pipeline retrospective show?

Posted by Chunks | August 29, 2014 8:18 PM

Is it possible that you have no fucking clue as to who the bands I mentioned are? Yes, but it's not possible - you don't have a fucking clue and it's too late for you to shut the fuck up.

Slap Shot, Wrecking Crew, and Sam Black Church are Boston music institutions. BTW Wrecking Crew played the show 1/18/90. At least one of these bands should be playing this fest, esp. Slap Shot who are the ONLY active Boston hardcore band who formed before 2000 still putting out new music and touring (Converge is neither hardcore nor from Boston so they don't count.) Slap Shot has never broken up and will be three decades old next year.

Nowhere does it say that this festival is for bands who played the Pipeline show only. If it is it's a pretty stupid theme which only shows Pipeline has had their heads up their asses for over two decades because how do you not have Slap Shot or Sam Black Church play your radio show and call yourself supportive of Boston music? Someone has a beef with either band or both bands huh? What else? Those bands have played countless Boston shows and your show never had 'em on WTF? Boston INDIE ROCK ok but that's only one part of it. You don't call your fest a celebration of Boston rock when you have excluded two enormous, vital music scenes from it. No hardcore punk or metal no Mighty Mighty Bosstones or Dropkick Murphys who are ridiculously not part of this either.

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2014 9:59 PM

Look I appreciate Pipeline for all they've done but they look REALLY out of touch with this lineup.

The show wasn't just live bands who played on it, it was records played, too, including records by Boston/metro bands.

How do you not have current Boston/metro bands on this? Hardcore punk, metal, indie rock, shoegaze, ska etc.

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2014 10:07 PM

No one here knows Stranglehold (boston hardcore). Ok.

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2014 10:50 PM

I'm friends with members of wrecking crew and slapshot. Absolutely love both bands and have seen them numerous times. Never dug SBC. Turns out slappy are playing locally the same week these shows are happening. But whatever. No need to be a bitter little babycunt about it.

Posted by Chunks | August 29, 2014 11:01 PM

Oh and by the way, my screen name is named after a song by the classic Boston band Last Rights who you've probably never heard of. And as far as DKM and Bosstones playing this thing, why not Pixies and Dinosaur and a bunch of other bands with 15k guarantees? AFAIK this show is arranged by the founder of pipeline who probably can't cover room costs and guarantees for bigger names, you useless sack of shit.

Posted by Chunks | August 29, 2014 11:12 PM

No Tree. No care.

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2014 11:34 PM

If that Boston "scene" was filled with angry douche canoes like 9:59 I'm surprised they didn't all just die from assholetitus

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2014 1:03 AM

somebody die and make 2:03 king or queen please

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2014 1:32 AM

Hey wtf pipeline there's only two grunge bands on this thing, grunge was very important and vibrant part of Boston that must be respectedmooomooomoooomoooo

Posted by Chunks | August 30, 2014 2:01 AM

'Not being a bitter babycunt about it you jackass, that Pipeline fest is a joke, and I could care less if you're friends with Wrecking Crew and Slap Shot. One or both should be playing this show and I doubt either was asked to play. So what you don't dig SBC, SBC is a Boston institution.

As far as booking TMMBT, DKMs, Pixies, and Dino Jr. Uhhh ask one of them to play and maybe they'd do it for far less than $15K or whatever number you're babbling about. Big bands have played small venues before. For a guy who knows members of Wrecking Crew and Slap Shot you sure don't know that Dicky Barrett (vocalist for another early '80s BHC band called Impact Unit) is very much an old BHC guy who is ultra-tight with members of both bands (he/TMMBT booked Slap Shot one of their last Hometown Throwdown shows at House Of Blues), so you need to take your head out of your namedropping ass and stop talking shit on Dicky Barrett and TMMBT, ok?

I have not only heard of Last Rights, but I have heard them along with Youth Korps '82, Death Wish, The Outpatients, Siege, Negative FX, DYS, SS Decontrol, The Proletariat, The FUs, Jerry's Kids, Moving Targets, Gang Green, Deep Wound (western MA with J.Mascis later Dinosaur Jr. and Lou Barlow later Sebadoh) The Freeze (Cape Cod) etc. so suck a dick with your ¨look at me I'm so oldschool Boston hardcore my username is the title of a Last Rights¨ song. I know Last Rights played only one show, too, aren't I so oldschool BHC knowledge like you?

Grunge wasn't ¨very important and vital part of Boston¨ you idiot, but I know you're being facetious.

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2014 3:53 AM

Push Stars? Named best college band in America by rolling stone magazine and numerous awards by Boston Magazine, lead by Chris Trapper

Posted by John Mack | August 30, 2014 6:36 AM

Hey, I KNOW THE NAMES OF BANDS: Since when is pointing out that a band's guarantee is north of 15k "talking shit about them"? IF I was trying to talk shit I'd say something like "even though DKM makes 60k per month through online merch sales, all but one member is on a 500/wk salary, doled out by a guy who's not even an original member.
Whatever, Mr Hardcore. I hope you get AIDS in your FSU worshipping, scally cap wearing, repressed homosexual ass. Then I hope when you suck my dick in the bathroom at the next hometown throwdown, I catch your AIDS so that then I could give the AIDS to your mom when I do my weekly meetup with her at the nursing home.

Posted by Chunks | August 30, 2014 9:33 AM

Boston people love to fight about where people are from. Siege is ok (Weymouth) but Converge (north shore) isn't. What's the ultimate? You grew up in the middle of Copley Square, right at the library? No, wait. That's too posh. What if you're from Cambridge, where Pipeline is? Sorry not Boston. But by all means Deep Wound, 90 miles away is fine. Schizophrenic and hypocritical.

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2014 9:45 AM

Comin up BOSTON STRONG in the mean streets of greater Melrose/Wakefield. Some dudes from Manchester By The Sea threw down one night at the rat and everyone got messed up bad. Marblehead had their backs.

Posted by Chunks | August 30, 2014 11:07 AM

Lynnfield skinz 4Lyfe

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2014 11:17 AM

Maybe the only thing I hate more than that shithole Boston is people who chose to live there. I think maybe Camden is an all around better city than Boston. The Boston residents on parade in this thread do nothing but support these observations.

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2014 2:00 PM

^ from Rhode Island. Chip on his shoulder.

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2014 2:27 PM

^ wrong again, O'Houlihee. NYC born and bred.

But don't let the facts get in the way of your story

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2014 3:52 PM

Chunks' rant at 9:33pm shows he is a repressed self-hating homosexual.

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2014 9:59 PM

BTW you are talking shit on speculating or revealing what DKMs makes a month alone. How is what they make any of your fucking business? STFU about DKM and TMMBT. Pixies and Dinosaur Jr., too.

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2014 10:02 PM

Oh yeah - as far as you calling me ¨Mr.Hardcore¨, look who's talking Mr.I Know About A Boston Hardcore Band Who Played Only One Show Back In 1982 (1983?) And You Don't (when I do know them hence my reeling off other bandnames to drive home that and in case you run BS about who I don't know who any of the bands I listed were/are.)

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2014 10:03 PM

You're talking sh it about TMMBT and DKMs because you're insinuating that they wouldn't play the Pipeline Fest because their guarantees are too high. That may be true and on a strictly business ¨we have to get paid what we ask for¨ level, neither would play but you see, homophobic dipshit who I shook so badly he broke down and went the namecalling and hoping I get AIDS route like the manchild he is, both bands come from the underground music scene, more specifically the hardcore punk scene - their roots are in that scene.

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2014 10:05 PM

You 2 should get a room already. I'm thinking that Mr. Hardcore is a bottom amirite

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2014 2:17 AM

Speaking of bottoms check out the below ass from New York Craigslist.

I would hit this guy's ass in a heartbeat and I'm straight.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2014 3:45 AM

Another what they call ¨boypussy¨.

Seriously cut off either guy from the belly button up and would you think they're guys? I wouldn't.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2014 3:48 AM

8====B~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3:45/3:48am

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2014 9:34 AM

3:53 Youth Korps were from Connecticut, they only recorded their demo in Boston. The Outpatients were Western Mass, too (odd that you'd mention that Deep Wound were from Western Mass but skip over that fact with The Outpatients).

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2014 11:49 AM

^ Oh so fucking what you fucking nerd.

Jordan Wood from Slap Shot was in Youth Korps and Outpatients appeared on a compilation put out by a Boston/Boston area guy named Gerard Cosloy called "The Bands That Could Be God", so it's not unreasonable to think they were Boston/Boston area based bands. They definitely were part of the Boston hardcore scene despite where they were based. Bold was from Katonah, NY which is much closer to CT than NYC but were/are considered NYHC.

Odd that you'd know where Outpatients were from but not know that it's "Outpatients" not "The Outpatients".

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2014 6:10 PM

Gerard's from Weston. Rich kid. Then he started a label you might have heard of called Matador.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2014 6:54 PM

And Dave Smalley was from VA, your point? Other than that no one in Boston hardcore is truly from Boston? Who gives a shit besides you?

I know Gerard started Matador Records and so what if he did? Again, your point other than to play some kind of "I know this and that and you don't."

Seriously, get a life dude. You call me out for not knowing where Outpatients are from yet call them "The Outpatients" haha dumbass.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2014 7:29 PM

BTW so what if Gerard was rich? You mean his parents were rich. Well check this: Dave Smalley went to Boston University. I believe Choke went there, too. That make them rich kids? That's always been a pretty expensive school.

Oh yeah, Taang! Records was based out of Auburndale - so Taang! isn't Boston hardcore either? I honestly can't think of a single BHC band where most of the members were born in Boston.

Boston hardcore has generally been considered Massachusetts east of Worcester and Rhode Island east of Providence with some exceptions like Deep Wound and Outpatients due to its historically suburban makeup.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2014 7:38 PM

Another exception to the east of Providence rule is Verbal Assault who were from Newport, RI. They're RIHC because they played RI way more than Boston and were one of the first RI bands if not the first RI band to call themselves Rhode Island hardcore with "RIXHC".

The general rule back then was if you played Boston/metro way more than your area and you publicly declared yourself BHC, you were BHC e.g. The Freeze who again were from Cape Cod.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2014 7:54 PM

Greg Lockin' Out Records is from Cape Cod.

The og Dumptruck not Lockin' Out Dumptruck haha.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2014 8:11 PM

Seriously who cares where a band is from?

Septic Death - Boise, ID

Nuff said.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2014 8:19 PM

Anyone who posted between 7:00 and 8:00 has no sense of irony and would be best suited for a teen forum. Sorry you misunderstood my post. We're making the same point.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2014 11:27 PM

I understood your post completely. You're all about how much Boston trivia you know and who is from Boston/metro and who isn't. That's your "point".

What "irony"?

Yet here you are posting on a "teen forum" at 11:27pm on a Sunday.

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2014 1:51 AM

Did you 2 corkers get that motel room yet? Don't forget the lube.

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2014 2:00 AM

^ You would know what to use wouldn't you?

Stop your homosexual fantasies and posts.

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2014 2:04 AM

^ still a bitter babycunt

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2014 2:24 AM

^ Still a repressed homosexual fantasizing about other men having sex with each other and posting pics of gay male escorts.

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2014 2:50 AM

^ yeah we're all the same person, all one person. I think you need more tin foil on that football helmet before they bring you to the zoo.

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2014 8:38 AM

Well if I can say I've contributed anything to this discussion, it would be "bitter babycunt"

Posted by Chunks | September 1, 2014 8:52 AM

Well you can say you've contributed to this discussion but you haven't contributed other than to be a fucking punkass bitch who shit talks TMMBT and DKM under a Last Rights song title you tryhard.

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2014 10:44 AM

"Rhode Island East of Providence" - HAHAHAHA - you are a dolt. What is east of Providence? Pawtucket... then Massachusetts. Lotsa hardcore comin' from Pawtucket.

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2014 10:52 AM

OSHC (off-shore hardcore) was a great scene. 15 miles East of Martha's Vineyard.

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2014 10:58 AM

Hahahaha you're a clueless ass.

Intent To Injure was from Fall River, MA, east of Providence. Boston hardcore.

Rampage was from New Bedford, MA east of Providence. Boston hardcore.

The Freeze was from Cape Cod MA east of Providence. Boston hardcore.

Mental's founder and vocalist was also from Cape Cod, east of Providence. Boston hardcore.

Don't you feel really fuckin' stupid now? If not denial is a bitch.

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2014 10:58 AM

10:58pm hahhahaha

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2014 11:04 AM

10:58 - by your logic, Iron Maiden could be a Boston hardcore band. You're not from here. Buy a map, ok?

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2014 11:07 AM


Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2014 11:47 AM

And how am I a "repressed" homosexual? I'm literally begging you to let me fuck your scally cap wearing headhole with my gaysexual dick until your HIV goes in my pee hole so I can then ram the AIDS home in your moms dirty wrinkled ass. Nothing repressed about it. I want your dirty steroidal mosh pit jock aids.

Posted by Chunks | September 2, 2014 12:10 AM

Wow, Chunks you may want to think about switching to decaf

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2014 7:45 AM

Where's Bullet LaVolta?

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2014 10:52 PM

I have been in this industry for several years and doing quite a bit of money. Although you mentioned here issues related to sex with girls I would add that this is part of enjoying life and I'm dealing with it almost every day.

Posted by Avraham.m | January 7, 2015 4:01 AM

I have been in this industry for several years and doing quite a bit of money. Although you mentioned here issues related to sex with girls I would add that this is part of enjoying life and I'm dealing with it almost every day.

Posted by Avrahm | January 7, 2015 4:06 AM

I heard Boston Rock Festival comes again. Does anyone know where to buy Iron Maiden tickets?

Posted by liton | April 16, 2015 4:09 AM

I think it is rather interesting that none of these bands are listed on the lineups for anyone of this years festivals. Wierd

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2015 4:14 AM

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