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Gonerfest is sneaking upon us again – per the usual. I’ve joked around every year (minus 2020) since 2015 with friends, old and new, that I CAN’T WAIT ‘TIL NEXT YEAR. Gonerfest is only three days, maybe four technically speaking depending on how much Sunday action you catch. So the excitement for the best weekend of the year is very real, but I must put a quick disclaimer that I always hope the ensuing Goner calendar year (October to September) doesn’t fly by too quickly. BUT it seems like it always manages to do exactly that and we’re suddenly just a couple of weeks away, just a couple of days away, and it’s here again. Time to savor its greatness all over again.

The feeling of its approach is in the air. At least here in Boston. The end of summer/transition to fall is marked by cooler morning temps (50s/60s) and shorter days. IF Gonerfest fell on the last weekend of August, I’m not certain the difference would be as palpable, but there’s a comfort that this transition I just described is PAUSED once you are in the heat of early Autumn Memphis. Don’t get me wrong there have been “chilly” evenings, but during the day? Rare. Hope I didn’t jinx it. But either way, for the obsessive/diehard/passionate/etc fan of music (a prerequisite for the Goner pilgrimage) – giddiness surely fills us until our flights (or drives) touch down in Memphis that Thursday. The in between time is when most of our conversations and attention surely drift to Goner as our Gonerfam share links and flyers of this year’s famed Afterparties.

The day will come and so will hundreds from across the world. Ready to catch 30-50 bands and eager to tell their Uber/Lyft driver what brings them to Memphis. And a decent percentage will perhaps surprisingly know what we’re talking about or be aware of this particular annual weekend in September. Although it’s a ‘small fest’ in comparison to the Coachellas and Primaveras of the world, it is BIG for Memphis and for the global underground rock n roll/punk world. There are bands coming on tour (from the US and abroad), some just coming from out of town to play Gonerfest, and how could we forget all of the groups local to Memphis? Goner Records curation of the lineups is world class. Those dudes have an impressive ability to hone in on the best and most exciting in the garage/punk world while also casting a wider net (especially in recent years) on styles and sounds one might not immediately associate with Goner. So you’ll see Goner royalty like The King Khan & BBQ Show and The Compulsive Gamblers whose members have roots dating to the ’80s and ’90s alongside Snooper and Gee Tee – bands whose ascent has been in the pandemic era. But anyway, the point is Gonerfest Is Coming and it’s probably not too late to make last minute plans? Fall break bitches. Like Ross Johnson once said.

Old timers know this, but for those on the fence… it’s a lot of music and a lot of fun. You can take in all of it – from the opening band on Thursday evening all the way to the Sunday night comedown party. Or something less extreme, which still may consist of seeing dozens of bands at Railgarten and also include the legendary Afterparties. In Gonerfest’s current configuration, the Afterparty can really thrive. These unofficial events are organized by bands, labels, who knows, sometimes months in advance. They are usually announced within a couple weeks of Gonerfest, but I’m pretty sure I’ve seen new events pop up within days or during. Info can be hard to come by unless you know where to look, so I’d advise first timers to check with veterans who are most likely religiously tracking these shows. There are a number of favorable points to be made, but a big one is that the Afterparties take place at a variety of venues. Maybe you’ve heard the joys of the Lamplighter, Bar DKDC, and the Hi-Tone? Each late night haunt has its own charm and character on top of a 3 to 5 band bill. Bring some $$$ as your Golden Pass won’t cover these shenanigans. It’s also doable to catch multiple afterparties in the same night (or early morning), but this almost certainly means you’ll miss some action with shows happening at the same time. Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.

The extra layers of complication all involve meticulous planning and endurance. More on the planning in just a sec. As for endurance, it’s IMPORTANT. I’ll never forget nodding off during Gary Wrong Group at my first Gonerfest on Thursday night. Embarrassing. And that was during the main show, not even an afterparty. Or the time I headed back to the hotel at 10 PM for a short nap with the hopes of coming back in one or two hours for the last bands and any/all afterparties. I sadly got too much sleep that night. One sage local once said “It’s not a binge, it’s a bender,” but Don – not everyone’s willing to level up like that. This is, after all, a special weekend whether you are middle aged rocker with kids at home or a party hard youngster. You will see plenty of both and every one in between at 5 AM on Sunday morning at the Lamplighter. Some have flights to catch in mere hours and a lucky few may be able sleep in. If you want the full experience, you’re going to have to own and accept sleep deprivation. If you want to explore Memphis outside of the Fest experience you better wake up early on Friday and Saturday or better yet block chunks of time for Thursday and Sunday. The weekend will most certainly fly by, but enjoy it. Pace yourself, bask in its greatness, meet new people, hang with old pals, and mostly catch a ton of amazing bands from all over.

ONE more thing – as mentioned before – there are a number of touring bands that play Gonerfest. Check if any are playing near you – before or after. We’ve been lucky to go see/set up shows in Boston over the years for some amazing bands like Leopardo (most recently!), Priors, En Attendant Ana, The World, NOTs, Chook Race, and Ausmuteants.

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Flyer by Jennifer Gori

We are beyond excited to announce!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


1 to 5 PM

PICNICLUNCH – New Bedford trio celebrating 13 years as a band! SUPAP favorites – we love the scratchy modern no wave/minimalist guitar of MR working under a backdrop of funky/danceable bass and drums via DB and MW.

LUPO CITTA – Stealing this from the legendary Dave Brushback:: “Scuzzy late-’80s-Manhattan style downer-rock w/Chris Brokaw on guitar. I think their name is pronounced ‘lupah-cheetah’, which is wicked cool”

BRIDGE OF FLOWERS – Western Mass weird / outsider / psychdelia / rock n roll outfit – rugged and catchy. Both.

JOHNNIE & THE FOODMASTERS – Honorary KLYAM band busting out brand new oldies – like taking the Honda for a new spin in unchartered territory.

FAT CREEPS are BACK! Playing Lilypad This Friday (9/2); Released Two New Songs

@ Great Scott – 11/4/2012 – Photo By Papagiorgio

are back!!!!!!! A brief history lesson for those who don’t know and some reminiscing for those that do: sometime in the year 2011, Gracie and Mariam from the North Shore of Massachusetts formed a band called Fat Creeps. Their first show was at Bangkok Paradise restaurant in Salem, Mass. FC earliest stuff is primitive, raw, no wave. Just some friends having fun was the vibe – whether wearing a helmet at the Elks Lodge in Cambridge or covering Louie Louie at the OAH Hall in Peabody (these were pre-KLYAM attending shows, by the way). And we picked up on that from the very first time we saw them at O’Briens. Which was April 13, 2012. I believe it was the band’s first show with Jim on drums. As Chris wrote:

” Kids need to hear Fat Creeps! Their energy and attitude is always present. I recognize some of the songs, which I want to point out as another trait that separates Fat Creeps from most bands I see: their songs are easily recognizable. I only had to hear some of the songs once for me to remember them tonight, a rare quality indeed.”

Thus began being super fans. If anyone recalls, four years ago, we went on a bender of their shows, seeing them every chance we could. Writing about each one on this very site. And others were taking notice as well; I remember reading an article about them on The Metro as I took my train ride to work. They self-released their debut EP that summer. This album blew us away and inspired us to start our own record label, KLYAM Records, to release it on 10″ vinyl. Around that time Feeding Tube put out a 12″ featuring “Dad Weed” and “Daydreaming.” In 2014, their first full length LP Must Be Nice came through via Sophomore Lounge.

Come to their first show since Fuzzstival 2014 — FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 10 PM, at LILYPAD in Cambridge!!!!!!!


Oh and to stir up your excitement even more, the group has posted two new songs to their BANDCAMP. “IN LOVE” and “MAN IN THE WINDOW”. Check ’em out!!!


Prefabs poster
At last, we are here. I remember being away on vacation last July, when I received a message from Trip Thompson about doing a potential collaboration with Burger Records in releasing The Prefab Messiahs’ first material in over 30 years. I hit play and was serenaded by those Eastern influenced guitar licks on the opening track “SsydarthurR.” It’s eight months later and I’m still spinning or screaming. That screaming sound is probably me or you or kids like you and me. Ahh, see what I did there? Ahh.

But yes, us kids are collaborating with Fullerton, CA’s Burger Records to bring you The Prefab Messiahs’ Maxi-EP “Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive” and the record release show is tonight, March 19th, at the Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge, MA. The Prefabs will be joined by next KLYAM Records releasers, The Barbazons (formerly known as The Fagettes), Secret Lover, and Fedavees. Fedavess go on first at 9. Be there early! 18+ $10. Presented by Illegally Blind & Kids Like You & Me.

You can order a 10″ vinyl record here:
OR simply come out to the show tonight and buy one from us in person!


YES YES YES, brave the snow and come out tonight to catch this EPIC show Kids Like You & Me (KLYAM) is throwing at the Lilypad in Inman Square, Cambridge!

We have loads of rock ‘n’ roll of many varieties on tap for you tonight. Starting at 10 PM SHARP! SHARP! SHARP! is ACLU Benefit and it’s his record release for Old Stuff, Part Two! Following ACLU are Feral Jenny, Atlantic Thrills (Providence), and The Monsieurs!!!

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The Monsieurs

Atlantic Thrills

Feral Jenny

ACLU Benefit

See you tonight!


Flyer by the mighty Gangbang Gordon

First things first, THANK YOU to all of the folks that came out, all the bands that played, The Lysergic Factory Lightshow, and Mickey Bliss & Crew/Cantab Lounge for rockin’ and/or rollin’ with us last Friday for the first KLYAM Presents show of the year. We love all of y’all. Now, we are moving to a new grooving. This Saturday, January 24th @ Lilypad in Inman Sq. Cambridge a new fiesta is in the making. The Monsieurs, Atlantic Thrills (Providence), Feral Jenny, and ACLU Benefit will be tearing it up and down… starting at 10PM and going till 1AM. I’m talking 10 PM SHARP! This thang is getting started on time, no foolies. Seriously get there at 10, don’t make me tell you again! There’s four excellent bands playing and you don’t want to miss any of them or else you fail at life… Oh oh and it’s ALL AGES!!! so bring the kids, the babies, the angsty teens, ehh no old folks. JK, bring em’ too.

So, one more time. Lilypad,  10PM-1AM. ALL AGES. $7-10 sliding scale. Be there.

This will also be ACLU Benefit’s record release for Old Stuff, Part Two, a “collection of my best out-of-print and never-released tracks” – ACLU Benefit

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Feral Jenny

Atlantic Thrills:

The Monsieurs

KLYAM SHOW TONIGHT: The TeleVibes, Future Spa, CHARLIE, Ben Tan @ Cantab Lounge!

Flyer by Cody Pettingil

Hey all you punk slime freaks! It’s Friday night and if you don’t have any plans tonight come out to the Cantab Lounge (Club Bohemia) in Central Square, Cambridge. If you have plans, erase em’. This is much better. We’ve got all the bells and whistles and psych and punk and surf and snot to keep you up all night. The TeleVibes, CHARLIE, Future Spa, and Ben Tan all on one smokin’ hot bill. Oooohhh ahhhhh.
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Show starts at 9! Get there at 8:30. 21+ :( sorry kids. $8.

The TeleVibes


Future Spa

Ben Tan

Kids Like You & Me (KLYAM)


SHOW ALERT: Peach Kelli Pop @ T.T’s (4/19)!

Wow, can’t wait for this one. We’re HUGE Peach Kelli Pop fans and it’s always a blast when PKP comes to town. This show is on Sunday, April 19th at T.T. The Bears in Cambridge and it’s a Matinee Show going from 12PM-4PM. That’s right, you didn’t read it wrong, 12PM-4PM during the day. Presented by the best, Illegally Blind. Now, we just have to wait three more months!

Oh and here’s some legendary Boston PKP footage shot by Mr. Melody Matters. You may recognize some of the handsome gentlemen in this vid ;)

KLYAM Presents: The TeleVibes, CHARLIE, Future Spa, Ben Tan @ Cantab Lounge (1/16)

Jan 16
Flyer by Cody Pettingil
Hey all, just a reminder that this glorious show is happening in 11 short days. Some of my favorite people all on one bill: Psych surf nuts, The TeleVibes, garage gunk gurus, Future Spa, one man classic pop machine, Ben Tan, and just recently added to the bill experimental punk trio, CHARLIE. It’s all going down on Friday, January 16th at the Cantab Lounge/Club Bohemia (basement) in Central Square, Cambridge. 21+ sorry kids :(. Be there at 8 PM or be somewhere significantly less awesome.

The TeleVibes
Future Spa
Ben Tan


Flyer by Erick Fruehling

We will be freezing our asses off in February, but at least we’ll have plenty of rock ‘n’ roll to heat us up haha! Enter Madison, Wisconsin’s FIRE RETARDED, a demonic, boisterous crew of lads (featuring Bobby Hussy of The Hussy) that are hitting up the East Coast and South this Winter! We’re especially excited for their show on Monday, February 9th @ Middle East’s ZuZu in Cambridge w/ The Fagettes, Miami Doritos, and Gangbang Gordon!
. It’s a KLYAM Presents affair and we’re teaming up with weekly Monday night ZuZu hosts, Rad Castle. For everyone else, check out the dates below…

Tour Dates:
Wednesday 2/4 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
w/ Rat Hammer, The Sueves
Thursday 2/5 – Indianapolis, IN @ Sexxx Mansion / House
Friday 2/6 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory
w/ Growing Pains
Saturday 2/7 – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
w/ New Planet Trampoline, Brent Collins, Ancestral Pearls
Sunday 2/8 – Buffalo, NY @ TBA
Monday 2/9 – Boston, MA @ ZuZu
w/ The Fagettes, Gangbang Gordon, Miami Doritos
Tuesday 2/10 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Palisades
w/ Sharkmuffin
Wednesday 2/11 – Baltimore, MD @ The Windup
Thursday 2/12 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Friday 2/13 – Wilmington, NC @ Reggies 42nd Club
w/ Deadly Lo-Fi
Saturday 2/14 – Atlanta, GA @ 529
Sunday 2/15 – New Orleans, LA @ Saturn Bar
w/ Buck Biloxi, Trampoline Team
Monday 2/16 – Austin, TX @ The Grand
w/ A Giant Dog
Tuesday 2/17 – Fort Worth, TX @ TBA
Wednesday 2/18 – Memphis, TN @ Buccaneer
w/ Manateees
Thursday 2/19 – Springfield, MO @ TBA
Friday 2/20 – Kansas City, KS @ Minibar
w/ Lazy, Wet Ones, Kool 100s
Saturday 2/21 – Omaha, NE @ O’Leavers
Monday 2/23 – Madison, WI @ Mickey’s Tavern
w/ Human Kindness
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