Skinny Pigeons

SKINNY PIGEONS by Joey Ammo Django Reinhardt was a guitarist/composer of French nationality and Romani (gypsy) ethnicity. He is often regarded as one of the greatest guitarists to have ever lived. After his third and fourth fingers were paralyzed in a fire, Reinhardt used only the index and middle fingers of his left hand to play. He created an entirely new style of jazz guitar technique which has since been dubbed “gypsy jazz,” and has inspired guitarists of all generations … Read More >>


CONTINENTAL  by Kevin Finn Those who follow Boston punk rock know Rick Barton as one of the scene’s biggest heroes.  From playing on such great Outlets’ tunes as “Knock Me Down” to co-founding The Dropkick Murphys and playing on their best records, Rick has a resume that few in this town can touch.  These days, he’s joined forces with his son, Stephen, in Continental, an extremely versatile outfit that takes the fire of punk rock and filters it through a … Read More >>

Walter Sickert

WALTER SICKERT & THE ARMY OF BROKEN TOYS by Meghan Chiampa Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys are a septet of seaside carnival Steamcrunk intergalactic wizardry. Musically talented as wildly theatrical, the Toys talk about their deep-set philosophy of their performance and art.     They will be playing a Dia de los Muertos show at Cuisine En Locale on November 1st.  The Toys talk to The Noise about that show and have plans for a tour next summer, lots of … Read More >>

White Dynomite

WHITE DYNOMITE by Joey Ammo The Model Café in Allston is empty at 7:30pm. I’m having a beverage with three of the four members of Boston punk/rock band White Dynomite: bassist Tim Catz, guitarist John Darga, and lead singer David Unger (drummer Craig Riggs is on vacation in Greece today). In keeping with their name, White Dynomite takes the stage in white suits, shirts and ties and performs with white instruments, and white amplifiers. Tim describes the music as “Punk/Soul … Read More >>

New England

NEW ENGLAND  by A.J. Wachtel Shoulda, woulda, coulda doesn’t have the same sad connotations to a rock ’n’ roll band today as it did in 1980. The Internet and YouTube have drastically turned the music scene and business on it’s ear in terms of availability and distribution; and getting signed to a major label isn’t the guarantee of consummation it once was. But back a few decades it was the ONLY way to climb the ladder of success and achieve fulfillment and accomplishment in … Read More >>

Chris Smither

CHRIS SMITHER by Kimmy Sophia Brown Chris Smither is an American bluesman who is blessed with a smoke and honey tinged voice, an army of responsive, dancing fingers that pick wonderful tunes from his Collings guitar (while his feet tap the rhythm), and an ear for lyric writing that rivals the originality and humor of Randy Newman, Paul Simon, or Joni Mitchell. I’ve been a fan of Chris Smither since I was a junior in high school in 1972, although … Read More >>

Will Dailey

WILL DAILEY NATIONAL THROAT  by Max Heinegg I caught up with perennial Boston Music Awards winner Will Dailey at an unadvertised gig at Toad in Cambridge. Fresh off a tour of France, Will and his trio debuted songs from his forthcoming CD, National Throat, all of which illustrated his skill in taking varied musical genres and uniting them under the banner of honest, emotive songwriting. From the psychedelic “Castle of Pretending” to “Once in a Century Storm,” which is one part … Read More >>

Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket

BIG OL’ DIRTY BUCKET by Blake Maddux Lynn-based band Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket is a joyous but combustible celebration of funk, rock, and hip-hop. Usually with a double-digit number of members on the stage, BODB creates a sound that is larger than any venue that it plays. Its live musical nods to artists such as Led Zeppelin, Sly & the Family Stone, and Bell Biv Devoe indicate the members’ wide-ranging influences. Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket released its eponymous debut in … Read More >>