CD Reviews

ABSINTHE ROSE Screech Owl Records The More That We Learn the More We Learn That We’re Wrong 17 tracks Some bands put so much force and passion into their performances that they transcend the less desirable aspects of the genre they chose to showcase. Case in point: this amalgam of thrash and Americana. Kimbo Rose sings for all the world like a countrified Thalia Zedek and the band is so tuneful and versatile (and odd) that they maybe ought to share … Read More >>

Live Reviews

DOOM LOVER DEATH WALTZ ’76 VARY LUMAR SECRET LOVER Radio, Somerville MA 6/13/13 With so many music venues in one place, Union Square is one of the cities hot spots to see local music. Tonight there is a big show at Radio, an eclectic bar with two floors of music. I walk in and am immediately impressed by the band on stage. Their singer is small and spritely, yet she makes up for her size with an enormous amount of … Read More >>

Book Review

BOOK REVIEW TEMPERATURE’S RISING: GALAXIE 500 by Mike McGonigal Paperback. Verse Chorus Press. 192 pages. Review by Francis DiMenno Full disclosure: This book is based upon an online article for which I answered questions sent to me via email. Another factor which might also cloud my already fallible critical judgment: the book reproduces in full an interview I conducted with the band which was first published in The Noise #74 (June 1988). The extended subtitle of this book is indicative: “An oral … Read More >>

Duke Robillard

DUKE ROBILLARD  ON THE ROAD AGAIN    by A.J. Wachtel After dinner, you are tuned into WBZ Channel 4 watching Jeopardy as Alex intones to the final jeopardy contestants: “What do Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, John Hammond, the late Jimmy Witherspoon, Dr. John, Maria Muldaur, and Roomful of Blues all have in common?” You find yourself screaming “Duke Robillard! Duke Robillard! Duke Robillard!” to the TV screen and you curse the stupidity of the blank-eyed threesome. You even know Duke won Blues … Read More >>

John Powhida International Airport

JOHN POWHIDA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT by Eric Baylies John Powhida International Airport is not an actual place as of this writing, but it may be someday. They are one of the most well known and respected bands in Boston. I spoke with John Powhida about music, madness, and all the nations’ airports. Noise: As a courtesy introduction to our readers, who is in the band and what do they play? What other bands do they play in? John Powhida: Peter Moore handles … Read More >>

Noise Live Picks

Listings with an added “+” mean there are other acts on the bill. Every Sunday in June  PARKER’S SUNDAY BLUES JAM @ The Grog, Newburyport MA Every Tuesday in June (6:00)  LARRY GARLAND JAZZ JAM @ The Press Room, Portsmouth NH Every Tuesday in June  DAVE BROWN, DAVE MATTACKS, WOLF GINANDES with Special Guests @ Jalapenos, Gloucester MA Every Thursday in June  NATALIE FLANAGAN BAND @ Tavern at the End of the World, Charlestown MA Every Thursday in June  MEMORY … Read More >>

Rita & Lolita

    BORN TO RUN Rita: June was a great month for popular musicians to be born. Let’s see, off the top of my head, Paul McCartney 6/18, Jeff Beck 6/24, Brian Wilson 6/20, Ray Davies 6/21, Harry Nilsson 6/15, Todd Rundgren 6/22, Prince 6/7, Gary U.S. Bonds 6/6, Les Paul 6/9, Cyndi Lauper 6/22, Mick Fleetwood 6/24, Carly Simon 6/25, and Mick Jones 6/26. Lolita: You left out that John Lennon met Paul McCartney on 6/15. Rita: But I was just … Read More >>