Eli Paperboy Reed and the True Loves

THE INSIDE SCOOP ON ELI “PAPERBOY” REED & THE TRUE LOVES by Andrew Leader Eli “Paperboy” Reed seems out of place at the 2007 Boston Music Awards.  The event, held at the Orpheum Theatre in December last year, is mostly dominated by pop-punk, metal, and hip-hop acts.  Reed and his blues buddies, including the likes of James Montgomery, David Hull, Johnny A, Barrence Whitfield, and George Leh, share the stage midway through the evening.  Reed sticks out like a sore … Read More >>

Me & Joan Collins

ME & JOAN COLLINS: JOANIE LOVES ROCK ’N’ ROLL by Shady Here’s something different: a rock band that is more concerned with the roll than the rock. Out of the ashes of the Collisions, Bo Barringer (guitar and vocals) scrapes together a pop band with soaring melodies and a dual guitar attack that is also less concerned with the attack. Rounding out the line-up is Jen Grygiel (guitar and vocals) and Jason Marchionna (drums). Don’t worry kids, they have a … Read More >>


    THE ANDWUTZ by Kier Byrnes The Andwutz aren’t your ordinary rock band. Hell, nothing about these girls is what I’d call ordinary. Four devastatingly cute chicks who can rock the hell out of their instruments is something you don’t see every day. Also, this Waltham-based band recently released a new CD called Project 4 am to much critical acclaim and even won a national contest hosted by Curly Grrlz Skateboards in recognition of their music. The band starts … Read More >>


    SALVATORE BAGLIO: THE EVOLUTION OF AN ARTIST by Robin Umbley What do you do when you’re in a rock ’n’ roll band, gain a little bit of national prominence, have lots of fans, a run of success, and come to realize that the creative direction you are heading in isn’t the same road that everyone wants you to follow? Then what happens when your band has run its course but you still have music in your head, heart, … Read More >>


  SESSION AMERICANA THE TRUE SPIRIT OF AMERICA by Shady The intimate surroundings of Toast, a new hang in Union Square, mate perfectly with the music of Session Americana. It’s a dark, yet warm and intimate spot—this despite the hard cement floors and low ceilings. The new hot spot has rounded high velvet covered booths and round metallic tables. These tables are in lock step with the table that the band plays around. I’ll explain more about that later on. … Read More >>

Chello Chix: Breaking the Mold

CELLO CHIX: BREAKING THE MOLD by Michael Bloom It’s understandable why you wouldn’t often think of rocking out on a cello. Maybe you’d think instead of that scene in Take the Money and Run, where Woody Allen is trying to play one in his high school marching band. But appearances can be deceiving; the cello actually has a surprisingly vibrant niche in rock. Cream’s Jack Bruce played cello on their Wheels of Fire LP, and Jimmy Page scored a cello … Read More >>


MY OWN WORST ENEMY by Nancy Neon My Own Worst Enemy may have appeared to be under the radar with the releases of Treblemaker in 2000 and No Guarantees in 2003, but their current CD Total Action (release party on 11/2 at the Abbey Lounge) has landed them on the map. Pete Weiss has produced almost all the songs on the band’s three CDs and has earned the undying admiration of My Own Worst Enemy. In fact, the band considers … Read More >>


DREAMCHILD DON’T OPEN THAT DOOR by Michael Bloom Working in close proximity for long enough, bands may grow to resemble close families. Shared tastes may spread from music to aesthetics, to lifestyle, to metaphysics. They may get to where they finish each other’s sentences. They learn to both prop each other up and stay out of each other’s way, as if by instinct. And when they play, they become more than the sum of their parts, a confluence of sound … Read More >>