T MAX’S EARLY DAYS IN BOSTON (1980 – before The Noise) When T Max first got to Boston in 1980 he lived for a short time in Brookline with his wife and a friend of hers from the Vineyard. T Max worked at Erewhon, located on Newbury Street, as a morning produce clerk. The health food store stood across the street from Syncro Sound, The Cars recording studio. He was also playing in Art Yard. He would be out to … Read More >>

CD Reviews

WILLY MASON So Long Baby Shoes 6 tracks Willy Mason is a singer-songwiter from Martha’s Vineyard. He plays with a full band sometimes but its just him on this record. I lived on the Vineyard for a while, so I am always weary of acoustic solo stuff from the musical hell that gave us James Taylor and Carly Simon. I am happy to say that Willy Mason destroys that archetype and hopefully creates a new one. The opening lines on … Read More >>

Rita & Lolita

RITA AND LOLITA GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN Rita:  Every October, my sister the witch, celebrates Halloween and it always reminds me how sad it is that just a few hundred years ago in Salem, people of her ilk were banished from society and never allowed to return.  Lolita: That reminds me of a great question to ask some super stars: “Who has left the New England music scene that you would like to see come back? Tell us why?” PAUL MAURAS (Bluesadelic Band): For me I would love … 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. … Tues Oct 31  MAMADOU @ Halloween Fountain Stage, Salem MA Fri, Sat, Mon Nov 3, 4, 6  DRESDEN DOLLS @ Paradise, Boston, MA Fri Nov 3  MUCK & THE MIRES @ Middle East, Cambridge, MA Fri Nov 3  BOOTY VORTEX @ Thunder … Read More >>

Live Reviews

If you are interested in writing Live Reviews for The Noise, contact T Max at tmax@thenoise-boston.com … GODDAMN DRACULAS LOVE LOVE AMERICAN ECHOES NONE OF THE ABOVE NICK & THE ADVERSARIES SO SOL RICK BERLIN with THE NICKEL & DIME BAND BIRD LANGUAGE MAMADOU CHORUS MEMBERS (of the Footlight Club) “SONNY” JIM CLIFFORD JP Music Fest Pinebank Field at Jamaica Pond, Jamaica Plain, MA 9/9/17 As our esteemed publisher/ editor remembers so well, Jamaica Plain is an area of Boston … Read More >>

Book Reviews

INTO THE MYSTIC The Visionary and Ecstatic Roots of 1960s Rock and Roll. By Christopher Hill. Park Street Press, paperback, 294 pages. Review by Francis DiMenno Christopher Hill is an intelligent and insightful critic, and his enthusiasm for his subject tends to be infectious. He writes here an ambitious but not overly broad commentary on the emergence of a Dionysiac tradition of sixties rock and roll taking place in the midst of an Apollonian power structure collapsing under its own neocolonialist … Read More >>

T Max Tour

Sun OCT 1 SWAMPSCOTT Farmers Market 22 Monument Ave. 10am-1pm Fri OCT 6 REVERE Farmers Market 249 Broadway 12:30-4:30 Thurs OCT 12 WATERTOWN Farmers Market Arsenal on the Charles 2-6pm Wed Oct 18 LAWRENCE Farmers Market 155 Haverhill St, Lawrence MA Noon-2pm Sat OCT 21 WINCHESTER Farmers Market Town Common tween Laraway Rd, Church St, and Waterfield Rd 11:00-1:30pm Mon Oct 23 SO. BOSTON Farmers Market 446 W. Broadway noon-3:00 Wed Oct 25 SALEM MA Julie Dougherty’s Open Mic (co-host) … Read More >>

Magic Dick & Shun Ng

MAGIC DICK and SHUN NG TERRIFIC TWOSOME By A.J. Wachtel It’s always a listening  pleasure when an icon mixes it up with a star of the next generation and travels down an old path in a new, unexpected direction. Magic Dick, the legendary harp player from The J. Geils Band and younger guitar wizard Shun Ng flex their creative muscles together and take us with them on an elegantly enjoyable trip.  Check out these tremendous talents talk about what’s behind their … Read More >>