Rita & Lolita

IN THE SUMMERTIME Rita: Summertime and the livin’ is easy. Unless you’re putting a magazine together—and your half-sister is out of her mind. Lolita: Are you referring to me? Rita: You’re the only half-sister I have. Lolita: Well, I am not out of my mind. I just got back from Portland, ME, via Provincetown, MA (Hi Zoe Lewis!) so I could visit my friends in Allston, MA (Hi Wayne!), but then I hit Hadenville, MA (Ray!) to look at an old guitar before … Read More >>

Noise Live Picks

Show that list “+” means there are more acts on the bill. Thur Aug 22  SARAH BLACKER CD Release @ Passim, Cambridge MA Fri Aug 23  LOVEWHIP Video Release Party @ The Midway, Jamaica Plain MA Fri Aug 23  FARRENHEIT @ Blue Ocean Music Hall, Salisbury Beach NH Sat Aug 24  ALLOY ORCHESTRA The Black Pirate @ Cape Ann Community Cinema, Gloucester MA Sat Aug 24  PESKY J. NIXON + The 4th Annual Ramble @ Salisbury Beach, NH Sat Aug … Read More >>

Jim Rice Threw Me A Ball

JIM RICE THREW ME A BALL   by T Max   One of the best stories I tell during my live performance goes back to August 23, 1987, at Fenway Park. On that day, my brother John from Colorado was with me—it was his birthday—and he loves going to the world’s most beloved baseball park. We sat in the centerfield bleachers and I brought my baseball glove, as I always do. At the end of batting practice, Red Sox center … Read More >>

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 >>