Positive Negative Man

POSITIVE NEGATIVE MAN by Sally Cragin PREQUEL I’d been serving on the Fitchburg School Committee for a year, when we invited the Massachusetts Board of Indoor Air Quality to do an assessment on our school buildings, some of which were nearly 50 years old, and needed infrastructural repairs (boilers, roofs, furnace work). Because our School Committee believes in total transparency, we scheduled a public presentation on the work, as reports generated by this department’s inspection were hundreds of pages long … Read More >>

Rick Berlin

RICK BERLIN with THE NICKEL & DIME BAND by A.J. Wachtel On the huge stage of talented New England artists Rick stands out. In the large universe of local stars Berlin is one of the brightest. Four decades into his career, Rick Berlin still tantalizes audiences with his creativity and artistry, and to this day his music is as trend setting and trend breaking as ever. Noise: You’re a Yale graduate. Does this carry the same weight in the entertainment … Read More >>

Birdsong at Morning

BIRDSONG AT MORNING  –  Charming Grace by Harry C. Tuniese Formed in 2008, led by singer/ songwriter/ guitarist Alan Williams, along with compatriots Darleen Wilson (guitar/ vocals) and Greg Porter (bass/ vocals), and a host of new and old collaborators, Birdsong At Morning creates elegant tapestries of sound, words, and music. Here is a trio that been on the local scene for almost thirty years – not collectively – but as participants in many worthwhile projects that have enriched Boston … Read More >>

Infusion Evolution

INFUSION EVOLUTION by A.J. Wachtel One of the best things about the New England music scene is it’s depth and diversity. On one end of the spectrum is the Boston Symphony Orchestra and at the other end are the countless number of street performers located everywhere you turn. Planted somewhere in the middle is Infusion Evolution; a five-piece band from Rhode Island with a sound influenced by many styles and cultures. Noise: You are a groove band influenced by salsa/ flamenco/ … Read More >>

Olneyville Sound System

OLNEYVILLE SOUND SYSTEM by Eric Baylies Olneyville Sound System hail from Providence, Rhode Island. For almost two full decades Dan St. Jacques (vocals and bass) and Adam Autry (drums) have helped create, define, and refine the sound of underground music in Providence and far beyond. I was extremely fortunate to be able to talk to Dan about the days of future past of one of my favorite bands in the history of the universe. Noise: Tell me a little bit … Read More >>

Those Alone

THOSE ALONE by Dr. Swig McJigger Younger readers of The Noise might have difficulty relating to the following, but circa the turn of the millennium Dunkin’ Donuts sold caps bearing a legend along the lines of “Red Sox/ Yankees: The hundred-year rivalry”; this caused an incorrigibly snide talk-radio host derisively to cite the saw, “The rivalry between the Yankees and Red Sox is like the rivalry between a hammer and  nail.” This dynamic comes to mind when regarding Those Alone, … Read More >>

Parker Wheeler

PARKER WHEELER REALLY BLOWS by A.J. Wachtel Parker Wheeler’s name has long been synonymous on the North Shore with his enduring and continuous Sunday Night Blues Party at The Grog. For decades, people have traveled from all around just to be present at these jams to experience some of the best musicians who have dropped in on this weekend-ending, non-stop party.  Listen to what this local treasure has to harp about… Noise: You have had your Blues Party every Sunday at The Grog in Newburyport for the past … Read More >>

Jim Trick

GETTING TO KNOW JIM TRICK by Kathy Sands-Boehmer If Marblehead, Massachusetts had a mayor, Jim Trick would win that election hands-down.  It’s clearly evident that he knows everyone and I mean everyone in town.  It’s impossible to walk down the street or eat a meal at any restaurant without people walking up to Jim to shake his hand and say hello.  Now that Jim’s been playing more shows and has released his latest CD, Further from the Tree, people are … Read More >>