Book Review

BOOK REVIEW The Paragraphs. By Rick Berlin. Cutlass Press, 2016. Paperback. 248 pages. Review by Francis DiMenno The memoir form is a strange and wondrous beast. It tends to be less comprehensive than an autobiography, and therefore also tends to be impressionistic rather than concrete; terse rather than prolix; luminous rather than opaque. Impressionistic, terse and luminous is largely what we are given here; this book is mostly sweet, sometimes tough, and never, ever stuffy. All the verbal fireworks are … Read More >>

Noise Live Picks

“+” after an act implies there are more acts on the bill If you’d like to start writing live reviews on New England acts of your choice, contact – please put LIVE REVIEW in the subject. …. Wed Apr 26  ORVILLE GIDDINGS & ALLEN ESTES (Julie Doughert’s Open Mic) @ VFW, Salem MA Wed Apr 26  COMMIT SAMANTHA @ The Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, MA Thur Apr 27  RUBY ROSE FOX @ Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston. MA Fri … Read More >>

Goodnight Moonshine

Quick Q and A with GOODNIGHT MOONSHINE by Kathy Sands-Boehmer Goodnight Moonshine is a very cool pairing of two very talented members of two very popular bands: Molly Venter of Red Molly and Eben Pariser of Roosevelt Dime.  Their new self-titled CD is a potpourri of music stylings ranging from country to Americana to a pop/psychedelic mashup that is an instant classic.  Well worth the listen.  You’ll be hooked. Noise: I’m always interested in the creative process, especially when musicians … Read More >>

Alek Redfearn & the Eyesores

ALEC K REDFEARN & THE EYESORES by Eric Baylies Alec K. Redfearn & the Eyesores are a long running, influential avant garde rock and roll jazz explosion from Providence. They have been blowing minds all over the world for over two decades. It was my privilege to speak with band band leader Alec to pull back the curtain a little behind the magic band. Noise: Please tell me who is in the band and what they do. Alec: Right now … Read More >>

Jimmy Bez

BEZ SEZ – JIMMY BEZ By A.J. Wachtel This talented artist came into my universe when I got a message from his mother who I originally knew as a waitress at The Rat decades ago. She told me that “Johnny Angel Wendell (The Blackjacks, The Swinging E’s) told me to get in touch with you to give my son some press.” I’m glad she did, this young singer/songwriter/guitarist extraordinaire sure can play! Listen to what he has to say… Noise: … Read More >>

CD Reviews

KIER BYRNES & FRIENDS Blarney: A Compilation of Irish Music 14 tracks Any lover of folk music has probably also cultivated an appreciation for traditional Irish tunes such as “The Irish Rover,” which opens this compilation. It is clear from the vocal gusto with which Byrnes attacks these numbers that he is a long-time aficionado of the form. “Star of the County Down” is notable for its traditional Irish percussion. “Jar of Porter” is a well-known Irish drinking song, here … Read More >>