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 >>

Thea Hopkins

THEA HOPKINS: EVERYONE LOVES A MIXED GIRL by Julia R. DeStefano “I am definitely not in the acoustic folk bag anymore.  I thought of a phrase like “The love child of Buffy Sainte-Marie and Lyle Lovett” or “The offspring of Patsy Cline and Nick Lowe.”  I’ve also considered “Native Americana” as a catch-phrase, and a nod to my Native American roots.” ~Thea Hopkins Noise: In the beginning, what led you to pursue music?  Was there a catalyst of some sort? Thea: It was a … Read More >>

Shea Rose

SHEA ROSE by George Dow Most of the shows that I cover take place in some variation of the dingy rock club. It’s a somewhat disorienting experience to catch the much-buzzed, up-and-coming Boston hip-hop/soul/R&B artist Shea Rose and her band at Boston’s trendy M Bar. The bar looks more like the set of the Jimmy Fallon show than a rock club. Add to the mix the fact that tonight’s event is a feature of Fashion Week Boston, which brings with … Read More >>