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 >>

On Your Deathbed

ON YOUR DEATHBED by Eric Baylies On Your Deathbed is one of the best and longest running heavy bands in New England. Some of the members have roots to hardcore and metal scenes stretching back 25 years. I had the chance to speak with On Your Deathbed singer Bob Mendell about everything from hardcore to L.A. Guns to pro wrestling. Noise: Who is in the band and what do they play? Bob: I, Bob Mendell, am on vocals,  Caz Gadles … Read More >>

Through Melody

THROUGH MELODY by Edward Morneau I. The fundamental elements sustaining life and evolution are time, place, oxygen, gravity, water, and music. Yes, music. Like the neurotransmitter dopamine, music is the drug of all cultures and arouses in the casual listener and the fully addicted one, evolutionary impulses that fortify health, longevity, language, love, expression, and memory. Music tricks us into remembering its presence in our lives because its properties are manifest in melody, harmony, rhythm, noise, juxtaposition, and repetition – … Read More >>

CD Reviews

VARIOUS ARTISTS Loving the Aliens A Lowbudget Tribute To David Bowie 29 tracks This two disc release is an intriguing collection of songs with varied influences of punk, new wave, metal, jazz, orchestra and gospel. They all share an avante streak of uniqueness as the common denominator on all the cuts. Most of the tunes are unrecognizable for the first few measures until all of a sudden the known hook emerges and you smile at the off the track appeal of … 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 Sept 26  AMY FAIRCHILD @ Toad, Cambridge, MA Tues Sept 26  JACKALS @ Atwoods, Cambridge, MA Wed Sept 27  SESSION AMERICANA @ Oberon, Cambridge, MA Wed Sept 27  JENEE HALSTEAD @ Salem VFW, Salem, MA Wed Sept 27  THE WEISSTRONAUTS @ … Read More >>