Bobby Keyes

BOBBY KEYES: A MASTER OF HIS CRAFT by Julie Dougherty; photo by Dawn Kingston It’s hard not to know who Bobby Keyes is, unless you’ve lived under a musical rock for the past thirty-plus years. He is a master guitar-player.  He is also a prolific songwriter, producer, and recording engineer.  Probably his most cherished role though is that of dad to his eight-year old son, Django, a role that came a bit later in life (he was fifty when Django … Read More >>

David Minehan

DAVID MINEHAN PUNK NEVER GETS OLD by AJ Wachtel Having survived the punk revolution of the late ’70s and early ’80s, I can attest to the magic that surrounded the era. Seeing the Hoods at Cantone’s, the Rat and Chet’s Last Call gives me the credibility to pronounce this trio as one of the most influential audible architects of their time as well. Who amongst us doesn’t have a great memory involving this band? A generation later, Minehan reminds us … Read More >>

Big Old Big One

BIG OLD BIG ONE By Max Bowen When it comes to being a musician, presentation is everything—the right web site, a perfect cover art for the CD, and even the right video. Big Old Big One (BOBO), launched by Eran Shaysh and Daniel Perry, looks to provide high-quality videos for local artists. The videos are shot in a setting selected by the artist, giving fans a look at the faces behind the music, and giving the performers a new way … Read More >>

Barrence Whitfield

JUST THE SAVAGE IN ME A Talk With Barrence Whitfield By Tony Mellor Barrence Whitfield is a walkin’, talkin’, hollerin’, howlin’ repository of pure American music. So full of rock ’n’ roll knowledge, he’s even been offered to lecture in college! His dedication to hippin’ the masses of the world to this country’s rich heritage of primal chest-pounding beats and the lewd, lascivious mixture of sacred and profane bellowing from doomsday hungry leather lungs has spanned 30 years and eight … Read More >>

Sam Reid

SAM REID & THE RIOT ACT by Kier Byrnes In the interest of full disclosure, I used to play with a couple of the members of Sam Reid & the Riot Act in Three Day Threshold but eventually we parted ways.  When T Max pitched a story idea for some of the staff writers about covering Sam Reid & the Riot Act, I jumped at the chance to write about my old band mates’ new project.  Sam Reid & the … Read More >>

Julie Dougherty

PURSUING THE DREAM WITH Julie Dougherty by Julia R. DeStefano “Staying true to your inner compass will always reward you… I believe we are all meant to follow our own individual paths and there’s a little voice inside that guides each of us. Though it is sometimes hard to hear over all the bustle, listen to it and find your own way through this life.” –Julie Dougherty Noise: In the beginning, what led you to pursue music? Was there a … Read More >>

The Bandit Kings

by Samantha Goddess To vastly oversimplify, there are two distant poles on the spectrum of music in which women are primary cast members. There are the rockers (Suzi Quatro, the Runaways, Joan Jett) at the I-can-rock-as-hard-as-the-boys-can end, and there are the singer-songwriters (Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro) at the song-crafty, folkier end. The fertile ground in the middle of that wide musical range is less well worn, and has a vastly smaller population. Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders reign … Read More >>

JJ Rassler, Cuban Heels

BEHOLDEN TO THEE by Joe Coughlin On the, uh, heels of their sparkling release, Behold! (Green Mist Records), I was lucky enough to get the straight poop from the members, who explain not only their sense of history, but their own place within it as regards the bigger picture. It all comes together on the disc; a seamless, lovingly crafted homage to some of their biggest inspirations, while remaining a fresh-baked original recipe all its own, with no filler or … Read More >>