Live Reviews

ZOË LEWIS, BETHEL STEELE me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead, MA 5/10/13 I’m back at my favorite coffeehouse for a performance by Zoë Lewis, whom I had seen a while ago do one song—a duet with  Chandler Travis (“Baby It’s Cold Outside”) and was compelled to catch her complete act. Bethel Steele opens the show after Phillip Murphy’s haiku introduction (with audience participation) about the location of the fire exits. Bethel is a winner of the Passim Iguana Music Fund and will visit high … Read More >>

CD Reviews

LENNY LASHLEY’S GANG OF ONE Pirates Press Records/ Panic State Records                                                   Illuminator  10 tracks Landing somewhere musically between the raucousness of Darkbuster and the country leanings of the Piss Poor Boys, Lashley delivers his most affecting set of songs to date.  Those who have focused only on the humor while missing the pathos in his previous … Read More >>

Corin Ashley

CORIN ASHLEY  FANTASY TO REALITY by DJ Mätthew Griffin Boston singer/songwriter and jet-setting “hyper-mod-pop band” Pills’ member, Corin Ashley, has jumped across the pond to record his second solo album, New Lion Terraces, at the famed Beatles’ Abbey Road Studios. With a circus of the stars line-up performing on the album, Corin breaks the bank to fulfill his 40th birthday fantasy. Noise: Recall your first musical inspirations as a child. Corin: I suppose, like a lot of people my age, the first … Read More >>

Melissa Ferrick

MELISSA FERRICK FINALLY HOME  AND FEELING HAPPY by Julia R. DeStefano   “Songs are snapshots of what you’re going through, and mine involve questioning, searching for completion, joy, and truth, and desperation for relief.  I’m satisfied with my progress as a writer and a human being, and I know I’m going to get better at both.  There will be times when I’ll feel like I’m not improving, and I’ll get through that.” ~Melissa Ferrick   Melissa Ferrick is a woman of many … Read More >>

Johnny A

IT ALL BEGINS WITH A (An Axeman for the Ages) by A.J. Wachtel Johnny A is big league. In a few weeks he will be at the Rock ’n’ Roll Summer Camp playing along with Jeff Beck and Brian Wilson in front of a theatre full of worshippers. Ordinary people like you and me just don’t get to spend our summers quite so elegantly. Check out what other major activities Johnny A is up to… Noise:  You have a new CD … Read More >>

Rita & Lolita

  PRELUDE Lolita: Rita, do you really have to stand right in front of me when I have a perfect view of my boyfriend’s butt… I mean band? Rita: Sorry, I wasn’t aware I was doing that. Lolita: And you’d probably say the same thing if I ask you to stop kissing my boyfriend goodnight.  Rita: What? Lolita: And don’t think I don’t see the way you let him touch you. Rita: Now wait a second. Your stupid boyfriend is the one with the problem. … Read More >>