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The time has come to move along. [Apr. 6th, 2017|11:14 pm]
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All content on this Journal has moved to Dreamwidth, where all features here will continue.
Too many security issues here.
It may look a little different there but it's still the same journal.
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SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies : Not Far To Drive [Apr. 2nd, 2017|10:00 am]
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Welcome to SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies:
a weekly exploration of goth, industrial, & dark alternative cover songs, where they came from, who did them originally, and other strange facts!
First time here? Click here for details from first entry.

Following April Fool's Day seems like a great time to put something fun into the mix. So here's an electro-industrial artist driven crazy about a "gift" of pop from the late 80s:

Aesthetic Perfection - She Drives Me Crazy (Fine Young Cannibals)

She Drives Me Crazy was released on New Year's Day 1989 as the first single from English alternative rock act Fine Young Cannibals' second album, The Raw & the Cooked. The song, originally written quite differently under the title, She's My Baby, was recorded at Prince's Paisley Park studios in Minnesota. The falsetto vocals were an unusual turn for lead singer Roland Gift who had intended to use his regular range before the song was re-written. However it worked well to create the memorable hook that made the song the best selling track of their career.
The song has been included on several movie soundtracks, such as The Other Sister, Towelhead, and The Goodbye Kiss, and on over twenty television shows. It has also been covered a few times by artists in a variety of genres: Dolly Parton, Tom Jones, Electric Six, and Aesthetic Perfection.

Aesthetic Perfection, an industrial-pop project created by Daniel Graves, released this version of She Drives Me Crazy on the A Nice Place To Destroy E.P. in June 2012. Graves, who has admitted he listens to a mix of pop, classic rock, metal, and electro, took a bit of negative criticism from some over the cover and responded that they should "have a sense of humor." In one interview he described his interpretation as "calculated chaos." According to the 2014 interview, he enjoys injecting a bit of humor into his work and seems joyful at the thought that this cover is "...all just madness. It was absolutely made with a grin on my face, but I think we’ve reached a point where our fans know to expect the unexpected and that guys with crew cuts and cammo pants know what we’re doing isn’t really their cup of tea." He also thinks it's important to "recognize that there is a whole world of things to enjoy outside your little box." (I happen to agree, which is part of why this blog even exists!)
His mimicry of Gift's vocals, enhanced with his own harsher vocal style makes it pretty evident he's having some fun at everyone's expense. And yet his version of the dance track is surgically reconstructed with industrial precision to make it as exceptional as it might be absurd.

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The Original:



Next week:
Second Sunday Slowly! And we'll feature an interview with a newer darkwave/snythpop group about their cover of a "seasoned" 90s alternative hit!

Comments, suggestions, discussions, etc... welcome! (You do NOT need a LiveJournal account to comment, but all comments are screened for spam prevention.)

I spin next in the Boston area this Friday. Head over to my site for details and future dates on my schedule. ^_^

Explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

Mar 26 - nTTx - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (Michael Jackson)
Mar 19 - The Prodigy - Fuel My Fire (L7)
Mar 12 - Marsheaux - Eyes Without A Face (Billy Idol)
Mar 05 - God Module - Round & Round (Ratt)
Feb 26 - Crystal Castles - Not In Love (Platinum Blonde)

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New England Scene Darkly - April '17 [Apr. 1st, 2017|03:45 pm]
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Here is the April update of New England Scene Darkly, a listing and calendar of events in the goth and industrial dance-club scene of New England.
What started as a simple list of events has grown to include a constantly updated calendar & its own web address, found @ SeeDarkly.Net. Admittedly, it has its flaws & is not entirely as complete as I'd prefer, but I'll keep it running, and hopefully it continues to be a handy resource for many in our local goth community. Thanks for checking it out!
Guidelines and other fixed information about N.E.S.D. are under the event list below in the "fine print."

Here's the monthly update...

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As always, if something has escaped notice or will be announced later please let me know and I will verify and make additions or corrections as needed. Thank you.

Events listed below are regularly weekly unless otherwise noted.

The CUTS are separated by Massachusetts and the rest of N.E.
When links are embedded in the event name and will open to another browser or tab.


Click here for the Massachusetts Link List:Collapse )

Click here for the NH, CT, ME, VT, RI Link List:Collapse )

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Any questions or comments? Contact info can be found here. Thanks.
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SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies : Don't. Stop. [Mar. 26th, 2017|10:00 am]
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Welcome to SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies:
a weekly exploration of goth, industrial, & dark alternative cover songs!
First time here? Click here for details from first entry.

Looking over the features here for the past few weeks and the schedule of what's to come, I realized I've been a little neglectful presenting any covers on the gothier side. Bad planning on my part, nothing more. They are coming. Meanwhile, today's entry highlights a newer Canadian artist with a recent EBM tribute to a track that just don't stop!:

nTTx - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (Michael Jackson)

Michael Jackson released Off The Wall, his fifth solo album (the nineteenth album of his career at age 21,) in August 1979. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough was its first single, released two weeks before the album in July. The track features his sister Janet and brother Randy adding to the percussion by tapping on soda bottles with drum sticks. Jackson's mother, a god-fearing Jehovah's Witness, was initially put off by the lyrics of the song because of their suggestive nature. It probably didn't help that this was the first track on which he began injecting what would became his signature shouts, screams, and grunts that punctuate passionately (some may even say "orgasmicly") so many of his songs. However, Jackson claimed the meaning to be far more innocent and open to subjective interpretation for the listener so it could mean whatever they wanted it to mean.
There is also a theory that "The Force" mentioned throughout the lyrics is a direct nod to Star Wars, influenced perhaps by the film's debut just a couple of years before. Though there may not be anything to officially back the hypothesis, Jackson would later collaborate with George Lucas on his long form music video / space adventure for Disney's Epcot theme park, Captain EO in 1986.
There are only a relatively few recorded covers of Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough considering its popularity, although it has been covered on more numerous occasions in live performance by artists of many genres, including on the 2011 tour of his sometimes chart rival, Prince.

nTTx is an electro-industrial solo-project developed by Toronto-based Gord Clement, influenced by acts such as Kraftwerk, DAF, Skinny Puppy, Gary Numan, Yaz, and Genesis (I keep telling you all those guys were one tragedy away from being full-on goths.) He has a pronounced love of covers by other bands and has said he enjoys doing them because, "it boils down to thinking of some altered reality where a great song was done in this genre, and how that would play out." nTTx has released covers of New Dress by Depeche Mode, Should I Stay Or Should I Go by The Clash, and Suburbia by Pet Shop Boys. His cover of Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough was released as a free downloadable single in July 2016 on the independent record label, WTII. This interpretation has much deeper and thicker vocals, replacing Jackson's orgasmic punctuation with the occasional hard sigh and a martial "HA!" The original was already uptempo and energetic dance-pop with a multi-instrumental arrangement and Clement just speeds it up an extra ten insistent beats per minute to enhanced effect on his synthesized EBM tribute to the "King of Pop."


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Next week:
For the day after April Fool's Day, I can't help myself... and neither can the electro-industrial artist driven crazy about a "gift" of pop from the late 80s!

Comments, suggestions, discussions, etc... welcome! (You do NOT need a LiveJournal account to comment, but all comments are screened for spam prevention.)

I have two (possibly three) gigs lined up for April. As always my site will have updates with the details as they become available. ^_^

Explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

Mar 19 - The Prodigy - Fuel My Fire (L7)
Mar 12 - Marsheaux - Eyes Without A Face (Billy Idol)
Mar 05 - God Module - Round & Round (Ratt)
Feb 26 - Crystal Castles - Not In Love (Platinum Blonde)
Feb 19 - Revolting Cocks- Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? (Rod Stewart)

Directory of All Previous DisCOVERies
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Playlist: Haven 3.24.17 (Burton Bash) [Mar. 25th, 2017|03:11 pm]
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We had quite a fun night at HaVeN for a Tim Burton Bash! Lots of cool costumes about! Like a creepier black and white ball! DJ Sawtooth did an excellent job and I'm certain we can expect him back in the near future!

Next month we break out the Pajamas for the Industrial PJ Party! Keep an eye on my site for the link to the invite and RSVP when you see it. Should be up in the next few days!

If there are any cover songs on my playlist that I've featured on my SeeDarkly SundayDisCoveries blog, I've included a link to its entry for those who want to learn more about them. Enjoy!

Here's what I played:

930
Rob Smith - Witchcraft
Ohgr - Water
The Knife - Heartbeat
Deathface - Call to the Grave (w/Kanga)
Covenant - Afterhours
Depeche Mode - Everything Counts
Avarice in Audio - Welcome To Paradise
Crüxshadows - Monsters (request)

1040
Wumpscut - Wreath Of Barbs (request)
Cure - Lullaby (request)
School of Seven Bells - Kiss Them For Me
Stromkern - Stand Up (request)
Rammstein - Stripped (mix) (request)
Crystal Castles - Empathy
Celldweller - Switchback (request)
Black Boots - This Shit Will Fuck You Up
A Perfect Circle - Counting Bodies Like Sheep (request)

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Sisters of Mercy - Lucretia, My Reflection (request)
Laibach - Tanz Mit Laibach (request)
Ayria - Headhunter (request)
Aesthetic Perfection - The Siren
Rasputina - Transylvanian Concubine (mix) (request)
Repo - Zydrate Anatomy
Full Contact69 - Fuck Off7
Pop Will Eat Itself - Ich Bin Ein Auslander (request)
The Faint - Take Me To The Hospital (request)
Precog - Little Devil
-Til' Tuesday - Voices Carry-
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A full schedule of my upcoming events can be found on my website (Invitation links for Facebook are added in when active, so if you spot them, please click through, RSVP, invite others and share. Every bit helps. Thank you!
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SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies : Pants On Fire [Mar. 19th, 2017|10:00 am]
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Welcome to SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies:
a weekly exploration of goth, industrial, & dark alternative cover songs!
First time here? Click here for details from first entry.

It's time for another trip to the 20th century! The Third Sunday Throwback cover featured in this entry is a punk influenced techno-industrial rager originally performed by the band we know best for "pretending that they're dead" who had something to say about people who don't tell the truth:

The Prodigy - Fuel My Fire (L7)

The all-female L.A. grunge-rockers L7 released their fourth album, Hungry for Stink in July 1994. The album had three singles but Fuel My Fire was not one of them. The track was based to some extent on the instrumentation of a 1990 tune called Lost Cause by the Australian punk trio, Cosmic Psychos.

The Prodigy, bridging big beat styles with rave, punk, hardcore techno and electro-industrial, released the best selling album of their career, The Fat Of The Land, in late June 1997. The album included three of their most popular singles (Firestarter, Breathe, and Smack My Bitch Up) and their cover of Fuel My Fire (featuring Republica leadwoman Saffron in duet with Keith Flint for the chorus) was its denouement.

While they have said in interviews that the album was largely apolitical, it's interesting that the title of the album is derived from the old phrase 'living off the fat of the land', which is representative of those who through their wealth live on the best of resources and leave scraps for less fortunate. Add to that a song that expresses such anger toward those who mislead and betray though dishonesty and it wouldn't be unfair to suggest there's an embedded sentiment that many in today's political climate could find relatable.

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Next week:
Another adventure in pop-made-industrial with a track that's truly off the wall!

Comments, suggestions, discussions, etc... welcome! (You do NOT need a LiveJournal account to comment, but all comments are screened for spam prevention.)

I spin again in western Mass this Friday. Details on that can be found from the links on my schedule, with updates about next month to be posted shortly. ^_^

Explore the darkness,
-Xero


Previous DisCOVERies

Mar 12 - Marsheaux - Eyes Without A Face (Billy Idol)
Mar 05 - God Module - Round & Round (Ratt)
Feb 26 - Crystal Castles - Not In Love (Platinum Blonde)
Feb 19 - Revolting Cocks- Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? (Rod Stewart)
Feb 12 - Roniit - The Beautiful People (Marilyn Manson)

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Playlist: Excess 3.17.17 [Mar. 18th, 2017|02:31 pm]
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Excess moved to a Friday night for St. Patrick's Day. We got to do what we do, the way we do... and wear green doing it! ;)
Specific to the occasion, I started my sets with a "Seven Nations" cover of Under The Milky Way, gave Miss O'Connor a nod with her cover of the traditional Irish poem I Am Stretched On Your Grave, and wrapped my set with Welshman Tom Jones's cover of Kiss. (All covers I've not yet explored on my blog, see below.) All while wearing my shiny lime-green vest! :P
Hope everyone enjoyed it! (You all certainly got the room hot enough!)
Thanks to you all! We'll see you next month for the 7 year anniversary of Excess!

If you visit my website you'll find my schedule of upcoming events, links to RSVP to them, a couple of mixes I've done, and my dark covers blog.

I've been linking any cover song on my playlist that I've featured on that dark covers blog, SeeDarkly SundayDisCoveries, for anyone who wants to learn more about them. Enjoy!

Here's what I played at Excess:

1st Set
Seven Nations - Under The Milky Way
Radclyffe Hall - OMG
Lovage - Stoker Ace
Carolina Chocolate Drops - Knockin' (Mr. Jennings mix)
Sneaker Pimps - Six Underground
The Cure - Pictures Of You
Motor - Pleasure In Heaven
Accucrack - So To Speak
Avec Sans - Running Up That Hill
Covenant - Lightbringer
Legend - City
Sinead O'Connor - I Am Stretched On Your Grave
Tei Shi - Bassically

2nd set
Presets - This Boy's In Love
Junksista - Drug
Fukkk Off - I Give You Bass
Mindless Self Indulgence - Logical Song
Sia - Elastic Heart
Kito & Reija Lee - Sweet Talk
Apashe & Sway - I'm A Dragon
HXLT - White Wedding
Marian Hill - One Time
Portishead - Wandering Star
David Bowie - I'm Afraid of Americans
Precog - Little Devil
Gunship - Tech Noir (Carpenter Brut Remix)
Black Boots - This Shit Will Fuck You Up
Tom Jones/Art of Noise - Kiss
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SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies : Les Yeux L'Avoir [Mar. 12th, 2017|10:00 am]
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Welcome to SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies:
a weekly exploration of goth, industrial, & dark alternative cover songs!
First time here? Click here for details from first entry.

On the latest Second Sunday Slowly feature, we focus on a down tempo track with a bit of an uptempo under-rhythm, inspired by a French film, covered by a Greek duo whose name only sounds French:

Marsheaux - Eyes Without A Face (Billy Idol)

Punk-rocker turned pop-rock icon, Billy Idol released his second solo album, Rebel Yell, in November of 1983. Eyes Without A Face was released as its second single in May 1984. The track is said to be inspired by the 1960 French horror film adaptation of Jean Redon's 1959 novel, Les Yeux Sans Visage. The song title is a direct translation of the film's, which is also a lyric in the song sung by a female vocalist during the chorus. Some analyses claim a deep metaphoric connection between the song and film but on general examination the title would seem to be where the likeness ends; the film is a dry chiller about a scientist who harvests parts from female victims to repair the face of his disfigured daughter, and the lyrics of the song would appear to have more to do with coming to terms with lost love. The song's video might also make some brief reference to the film by way of the appearance of a woman with an obscured porcelain-like face painted in colorful patchwork patterns suggesting a face made-up of multiple parts. Despite the familiarity and catchy nature of his previous singles like White Wedding, Rebel Yell, and his cover of Mony Mony (originally by Tommy James and the Shondells,) Eyes was the first of Idol's hits to break into the top ten of Billboard's Hot 100 chart in the U.S. It has since been covered by Trent Reznor, (with The Urge in his time prior to Nine Inch Nails,) Scooter, the soft rock jazz crooner Paul Anka, and several others.

A synthpop duo formed in Athens, Marsheaux launched their career with a cover of Gershon Kingsley's Popcorn. Since then they have done several covers of note by a number of their synthpop and new wave inspirations: The Promise by When In Rome, Regret by New Order, Empire State Human by Human League, & the entirety of Depeche Mode's 1982 album, A Broken Frame, to name a few.
They included their cover of Eyes Without A Face on their 2012 compilation album E-Bay Queen Is Dead, a collection of unreleased material and b-sides spanning back to their debut, E-Bay Queen. Research indicates the possibility that the cover was previously released in 2011 on a rare edition E.P. of Can You Stop Me?, limited to 500 copies that may have only been available for purchase at their concerts during that year's tour.

Idol's original version of the song renders a velvety ballad with an abrasively energetic rock bridge while Marsheaux's cover has a slow central tempo, buoyed by an animated melody and the undercurrent of another less-pronounced but faster electronic rhythm. Their bridge also elevates the energy, but in place of Idol's aggressive vocal style, they recite those lyrics in a mildly dissonant, monotonic spoken-word manner. It's distinctive as a dance track with its dark imagery counterpointed on a vivid yet flowing beat and is nothing at which to sneer.

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The Original:



Next week:
Third Sunday Throwback to the 20th century, but where this week electric ladies covered the male rocker, next time the lady rockers get covered by techno-industrial fellas.

Comments, suggestions, discussions, etc... welcome! (You do NOT need a LiveJournal account to comment, but all comments are screened for spam prevention.)

I spin this Friday in the Boston region. Check my schedule for details if you'd like to join the party! ^_^

Explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

Mar 05 - God Module - Round & Round (Ratt)
Feb 26 - Crystal Castles - Not In Love (Platinum Blonde)
Feb 19 - Revolting Cocks- Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? (Rod Stewart)
Feb 12 - Roniit - The Beautiful People (Marilyn Manson)
Feb 05 - Leæther Strip - Love Song (Simple Minds)

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SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies : Well Rounded [Mar. 5th, 2017|10:00 am]
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Welcome to SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies:
a weekly exploration of goth, industrial, & dark alternative cover songs!
First time here? Click here for details from first entry.

It's uncommon that I share stories about my past here, but this one is related tangentially to this week's feature. When I was in broadcast radio in the late 90's, I once had a local unsigned band on my show for an interview. They were a goth/rock/metal group called "Nefarion," led by vocalist & guitarist, Jasin Todd. I asked him about the band's sound and remarked that they sounded a lot like the popular 80's hair-metal group, Ratt. He declared live on-air with no hesitation or apology,
"I LOVE FUCKING RATT!"
Lucky for me there was a delay so I got to keep my job, but we all had a pretty good laugh over the phrasing. That band broke up when Jasin joined Shinedown, but the cover featured today is done by another "Jasyn" who also appears to [ahem] fucking love Ratt:

God Module - Round & Round (Ratt)

Ratt, an 80's glam metal band, was formed by the lead singer Stephen Pearcy after the dissolution of its previous incarnation, "Mickey Ratt," (no doubt a playful jab at the beloved Disney character.) They released their first full-length album, Out of the Cellar in 1984. Round and Round was the second single from the LP and the biggest hit of their career.
The video starred supermodel Lisa Dean and comedian Milton Burle. Burle, only in the video up until the first chorus, portrayed both a wealthy blue-blood and his own wife (in drag.)
The track has been featured on a number of video games, films, and TV shows; one of particular note among them- the Christmas episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy.

God Module recorded their cover of Round and Round for the 2011 Das Bunker compilation album, Choice of a New Generation (its origins detailed in a previous entry here.) God Module's previous covers include Little 15 by Depeche Mode (2000), A Night Like This by The Cure (2004), and Me, I Disconnect from You by Gary Numan (2010). Frontman Jasyn Bangert has said all these artists are important to him and "very responsible for God Module existing." Soon after the release of their version of the Ratt classic, they also recorded a cover of The Great Commandment by Camouflage which appears on the 2012 Electronic Saviors Volume 2: Recurrence cancer charity compilation.
The God Module version is vocally harsh and modulated with an aggressive and pounding techno-industrial rhythm, as is their style.

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Next week:
Daylight Saving Time begins in time for another Second Sunday Slowly downtempo cover and the face of the clock you'll turn forward has no eyes!

Comments, suggestions, discussions, etc... welcome! (You do NOT need a LiveJournal account to comment, but all comments are screened for spam prevention.)

I'll spin on St Patrick's Day in the Boston area and a week later in Western Mass. Check my schedule for links to RSVP and the latest details. ^_^

Explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

Feb 26 - Crystal Castles - Not In Love (Platinum Blonde)
Feb 19 - Revolting Cocks- Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? (Rod Stewart)
Feb 12 - Roniit - The Beautiful People (Marilyn Manson)
Feb 05 - Leæther Strip - Love Song (Simple Minds)
Jan 29 - Rammstein - Stripped (Depeche Mode)

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New England Scene Darkly - March '17 [Mar. 1st, 2017|07:30 pm]
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Here is the March update of New England Scene Darkly, a listing and calendar of events in the goth and industrial dance-club scene of New England.
What started as a simple list of events has grown to include a constantly updated calendar & its own web address, found @ SeeDarkly.Net. Admittedly, it has its flaws & is not entirely as complete as I'd prefer, but I'll keep it running, and hopefully it continues to be a handy resource for many in our local goth community. Thanks for checking it out!
Guidelines and other fixed information about N.E.S.D. are under the event list below in the "fine print."

Here's the monthly update...

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As always, if something has escaped notice or will be announced later please let me know and I will verify and make additions or corrections as needed. Thank you.

Events listed below are regularly weekly unless otherwise noted.

The CUTS are separated by Massachusetts and the rest of N.E.
When links are embedded in the event name and will open to another browser or tab.


Click here for the Massachusetts Link List:Collapse )

Click here for the NH, CT, ME, VT, RI Link List:Collapse )

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The "Fine Print"
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Any questions or comments? Contact info can be found here. Thanks.
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