Aura

AURA – NEW PORTLAND VENUE by Steven Farro On May 25 there was a VIP gathering at the new Portland, ME, venue Aura (formerly Asylum). The nine million dollar renovation transformed this space into one of the best live music venues around.  In an era where we see more live music venues closing it’s great to see one open that has everything. A massive stage with state of the art sound and lights, a street level load in area that … Read More >>

Roy Sludge Trio

THE ROY SLUDGE TRIO ROCKABILLY ROYALTY by A.J. Wachtel In the entertainment world it’s pretty clear: your ears either love rockabilly music or they can’t stand it. This is the way it has always been in the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, and it hasn’t changed at all right up to this very day. You’re either a fanatic who’s ears perk up when you hear the strains, or you’re a dilettante who’s nose turns up in disgust whenever  a song … Read More >>

Six Star General

SIX STAR GENERAL by Eric Baylies SixStar General has been one of the best New England bands, both live and in the studio, for over a decade. I had the chance to talk to bassist-singer Mark MacDougal aka Slick and guitarist Kyle Jackson about the band and the label Mark has run for many years, 75orless records. The band is rounded out by drummer Dan Ulmschneider. Noise: Tell me how the band started. Had you known Kyle for awhile? Was … Read More >>

Book Review

BOOK REVIEW THE DECIBEL DIARIES A Journey Through Rock in 50 Concerts by Carter Alan review by T Max Most people can tell you a few good stories about great rock shows they remember though the haze of drugs and booze. I’ve seen it happen within a group where everyone tries to up the anti with a wild tale from their past rock ’n’ roll experiences. I can play that game as good as anyone with a list that ranges … Read More >>

CD Revs – May

SOULSHA “Rhythm’s in the Melody” 1 track This complex and high-energy track from Soulsha blends a range of instruments in a unique and pleasing way. Along with some upbeat vocals, the band adds the bagpipes, fiddle, drums, saxophone, and trumpet to create their self-described Afro-Celtic funk style. The smooth-bluesy style blends with traditional Celtic sounds from the bagpipe and adds a modern vibe with the fast-paced drumming. “Rhythm’s in the Melody” is aptly titled, as the song contains an excellent … Read More >>

Live Revs – May

Did you ever think you could write about New England-based acts you love and have them read by many fans of local music? The Noise would love to publish your opinions. Send T Max an email tmax@thenoise-boston.com with LIVE REVIEWS in the subject and T will get you started writing live reviews. … MARTYN JOSEPH/ ANTJE DUVEKOT Me & Thee Coffeehouse, Marblehead, MA 3/31/17 Me & Thee Coffeehouse is to New England folk music as The Rat was to Boston … Read More >>

Rita & Lolita

MUSICAL MAYORS Rita: It’s almost time for me to announce my candidacy to get elected Eternal Ruler of the Universe. Lolita: Since your universe consists of four walls and a bathroom you shouldn’t have any problem getting enough votes. But it gives me a better idea. Why don’t we ask this month’s artists a political question? If there was a Music Mayor of the Greater Boston area (New England) – who would it be and why did you vote for him/her? Rita: Let’s keep the gridlock to a minimum … 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 tmax@thenoise-boston.com – please put LIVE REVIEW in the subject. … Tue May 30  COUNT ZERO + @ Once, Somerville, MA Wed May 31  THE SUITCASE JUNKET @ The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA Fri June 2  HEAVY METAL HORNS (25th anniversary show) @ The Cabot Theatre, Beverly, MA Fri June 2  DON WHITE @ … Read More >>