Book Review

SMALL TOWN TALK Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix & Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock. By Barney Hoskins. Da Capo Press, 2016. 402 pages, hardcover. Review by Francis DiMenno If you read this book expecting to get some interesting and previously obscure gossip about the characters listed in the title, you certainly won’t be disappointed. But one of the key names listing from that impressive title roster (along with Paul Butterfield, Todd … Read More >>

The Suitcase Junket

THE SUITCASE JUNKET Mustachioed Multi-Instrumentalist Music Man By A.J. Wachtel Defining The Suitcase Junket (Matt Lorenz) into just one genre of music can’t be done. Naming his many stylistic influences is much easier. Categorizing the music this unique one man band produces is much more difficult than just accepting his enchanting and enthralling sound. This gripping artist really showcases the depth and diversity of the New England music scene and deserves your support and attention. Listen to what this clever … Read More >>

Geoff Pango & Mr. Curt

GEOFF PANGO & MR CURT Mr. Curt has been around creating music longer than I’ve been covering the local music scene. I first was aware of his band Pastiche when they won Boston’s most prestigious music competition, The WBCN Rock ’n’ Roll Rumble, in 1980. Since then (and prior to that) he’s taken on many project: Urban Ambience, The Exi’s, and Urban Caravan are but three of fifteen project he’s manned before his current musical marriage. Geoff Pango has been … Read More >>

CD Reviews

If you are based in New England and would like your latest release reviewed, send a hard copy to The Noise/ T Max, 40R Highland Ave #219, Salem, MA 01970. … THE CHANDLER TRAVIS PHILHARMONIC Iddy Biddy Record Waving Kissyhead Vol. 1 4 tracks Waving Kissyhead Vol. 2 13 tracks Decades from now, local music historians will look back and see that Chandler Travis created his own genre, quirky pop. This two pronged, unevenly divided set of songs is his … Read More >>

TOP 10

T MAX (The Noise publisher/ singer-songwriter) Top 10 New England Live Acts I Loved in 2016 1. Don White – Poignantly funny with the ability to be heart breakingly serious the next moment.  A true master of the stage. 2. Melissa Ferrick – Super energy and intelligence that transfers to every audience member. 3. The Suitcase Junket – Creative musical Jeti who manages multiple tasks and makes it look easy. 4. Bird Mancini – Two wonderfully talented performers that balance … Read More >>

Noise Live Picks

“+” after an act implies there are more acts on the bill If you’d like to start writing live reviews of New England acts of your choice, contact tmax@thenoise-boston.com – please put LIVE REVIEW in the subject. … Sun Jan 29  KEITH ASACK (CD Release) @ Keep the Edge Studios, Quincy, MA Mon Jan 30  RICK BERLIN @ The Midway, Jamaica Plain, MA Tues Jan 31  THE WOLF SISTERS (record release) + @ Atwoods, Cambridge, MA Tues Jan 31  EVENFALL … Read More >>

Cushing

CUSHING By Eric Baylies Cushing is a three piece post punk band from Portland, Maine. They are one of the best and most exciting live bands in New England, and they are pretty great in the studio, too! I had the good fortune to speak to Serge about Portland, rock, and everything else. Noise: Please tell me who does what in the band, and what they do. Serge: Evan Coffey plays bass, Ric Loyd plays drums and I (Serge Vladmiroff) … Read More >>