John Powhida International Airport

JOHN POWHIDA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT by Eric Baylies John Powhida International Airport is not an actual place as of this writing, but it may be someday. They are one of the most well known and respected bands in Boston. I spoke with John Powhida about music, madness, and all the nations’ airports. Noise: As a courtesy introduction to our readers, who is in the band and what do they play? What other bands do they play in? John Powhida: Peter Moore handles … Read More >>

Corin Ashley

CORIN ASHLEY  FANTASY TO REALITY by DJ Mätthew Griffin Boston singer/songwriter and jet-setting “hyper-mod-pop band” Pills’ member, Corin Ashley, has jumped across the pond to record his second solo album, New Lion Terraces, at the famed Beatles’ Abbey Road Studios. With a circus of the stars line-up performing on the album, Corin breaks the bank to fulfill his 40th birthday fantasy. Noise: Recall your first musical inspirations as a child. Corin: I suppose, like a lot of people my age, the first … Read More >>

Johnny A

IT ALL BEGINS WITH A (An Axeman for the Ages) by A.J. Wachtel Johnny A is big league. In a few weeks he will be at the Rock ’n’ Roll Summer Camp playing along with Jeff Beck and Brian Wilson in front of a theatre full of worshippers. Ordinary people like you and me just don’t get to spend our summers quite so elegantly. Check out what other major activities Johnny A is up to… Noise:  You have a new CD … Read More >>

Mary Lou Lord

MARY LOU LORD HAS IT ALL by A.J. Wachtel The first time you see and hear Mary Lou perform you realize she’s incredibly talented; just listen to the passion and emotion in her voice. She’s got the look. She’s got the ability to write a great melody or do an even better cover of a song than the original version; and her presence onstage and off is of the highest caliber. As an artist, Mary Lou Lord has it all. Noise: I’ve heard you are currently … Read More >>

Scott Alarik

SCOTT ALARIK  by Kathy Sands-Boehmer Pete Seeger has called Scott Alarik “one of the best writers in America.” It’s true. Alarik is one of the most foremost purveyors of prose about folk music who has ever put words on paper or a computer screen. Known primarily as a folk music critic and analyst, he tried his hand at writing a novel and the result was Revival: A Folk Music Novel. This book highlights the highs and lows of a seasoned musician … Read More >>

The Black Cheers

THE BLACK CHEERS  by Kevin Finn The Black Cheers recently released the excellent 5-song EP Delete Delete, which has quickly become my favorite local release of the year.  It’s the rare punk record that does an outstanding job of capturing the raw energy of a live show, for which recording engineer Mike Cunniff deserves some major props.  It’s also the first recording to feature Danny O’Halloran, best known for his drumming in Darkbuster, taking the reins as frontman, a task he is … Read More >>

Secret Lover

  DO YOU HAVE A  SECRET LOVER?  by DJ Mätthew Griffin Worcester’s Secret Lover is a mysterious foursome. They’re an enigma that recalls the decadent era of Velvet Underground and the paranoia of New York’s no wave scene. The band’s femme fatal, Sally is their siren vocalist; John’s twangy post-punk guitar beckons the Gang of Four; Dave beats the skins; and Lars dreamily looks up to the stars while playing bass. Sitting down with the band and giving them their first … Read More >>

Eli Polonsky

ELI POLONSKY  by Dr. Swig McJigger “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” George Santayana’s well-known warning particularly resonates with me in the penultimate month of the year, specifically during the annual fundraiser for radio station WMBR. I get carried away and pledge multiple times, soon thereafter chewing on life’s gristle as my scant funds are diverted to 88.1 FM; the pattern’s been repeated for the most of this millennium. Thanks to the Noise, I had the … Read More >>