Rita & Lolita

RITA AND LOLITA FULL COURT PRESS Rita: After more than 37 years, 12,775 days, writing this column with my sweet sister, I can’t think of anything good ever written about us ever.  And as the sun sets, the best thing I can think of her is that she smells like a rat.  Lolita: Likewise, the best  thing I can say about my saccharin sibling is that she stands up when she pees, but it makes me think of a great question to … Read More >>

Live Reviews

HUMAN SEXUAL RESPONSE/ UNNATURAL AXE House of Blues, Boston, MA 11/3/17 Shows like these put me in a reflective mood (excuse me – maybe a ROMAN mood) wherein bands that I developed a passion for years ago return from past glories and resurrect the dream that does go on forever – both for themselves and for their fans. I am forever grateful for living in Boston and have experienced so many satisfying musical memories since the mid-’60s onwards. As we … Read More >>

Big Shot

Who is the Big Shot? Only Sheila Roberts Orlando knows for sure, since she took the photo that is linked to this little section of the Big Shot. Go ahead, hit the photo with your cursor if you’ve given up guessing. … Read More >>

Book Review

The History of Rock and Roll. Volume One 1920-1963. By Ed ward. Flatiron Books. New York. 2016. Hardcover. 402 pages. Review by Francis DiMenno This history, which came out about 12 months ago, will provide a wonderful primer for those who are under the impression that rock ’n’ roll didn’t truly really begin until the advent of the Beatles. Make no mistake: toward the end of the book, Ward does devote nearly 100 pages to the events leading up to … Read More >>

Noise Live Picks

“+” after an act implies there are more acts on the bill … Fri Dec 29  CHANDLER TRAVIS PHILHARMONIC @ Cotuit Center for the Performing Arts, Cotuit, MA Tue Jan 2  IZZY HELTAL (EP release show) @ Club Passim, Cambridge, MA Sat Jan 6  T MAX @ The Java Room, Chelmsford, MA Fri Jan 19  T MAX @ Breaking Grounds, Peabody, MA Fri Feb 2  THE BOXCAR LILIES @ Me & Thee Coffeehouse, Marblehead, MA Fri Feb 9  CHELSEA BERRY … Read More >>

Jimmy Harold

JIMMY HAROLD MASTERFUL MUSIC MESSIAH By A.J. Wachtel In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth and Jimmy Harold gave rise to The Rat. Who would ever have thought that his hard work and vision would result in getting world- wide exposure and propelling the Boston music scene’s greatness into mythical heights of Biblical proportions? Hear the Word: Noise: I first met you in 1983 when Mickey O (The Beat Magazine/ Bunratty’s/ Harper’s Ferry/ Jasper’s/ Jumbo’s/ Sir Morgan’s Cove) … Read More >>

Way Out

WAY OUT by Eric Baylies WAY OUT is a pretty amazing and fairly new band based out of Providence. The bassist plays in Daughters, one of the biggest bands to ever emerge from Rhode Island, but this modern new wave, no wave, and punk powerhouse sounds completely different from Daughters. I caught up with guitarist and singer Derek to learn a little about one of my favorite newish bands. Noise: Who is in the band and what do they play? Derek: … Read More >>

Big Shot

WHO IS THE BIG SHOT? No – the Rathskeller can not be the Big Shot. But someone standing atop of this legendary Kenmore Square building, especially if he wore only a jock strap, could be. Click on the photo to see who would do such a thing.  From Rita & Lolita’s 1984 pillow book, Rock Jocks. Photos by T Max. … Read More >>