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 >>

CD Reviews

SHEPHERDESS  Tiny Radars I’m Saving Myself for Shepherdess 9 tracks Anyone who hasn’t followed Hilken Mancini’s post-Fuzzy work has made a grave mistake.  This second record from Shepherdess finds Mancini on top of her game, leading the band through a set of songs that are in debt as much to riot grrl punk as they are to the power pop that she is known for.  The music has a ferocity to it, but never at the expense of a good … Read More >>

Live Reviews

WALTER SICKERT & THE ARMY OF BROKEN TOYS/ THE RATIONALES/ THE FIELD EFFECTS/ RUBY ROSE FOX Brighton Music Hall, Allston MA   3/23/13 I arrive at Brighton Music Hall before any bands have started playing and I’m impressed at how many people are already here this early in the evening. There’s a burlesque act onstage, to which I’m only half paying attention as I seek out familiar faces in the sizable crowd. Ruby Rose Fox starts their set and plays a few … Read More >>

Incoming Mail

A LITTLE THANKS Hey there T Max, I just wanted to give you a shout and thank you very, very much for the kind write up in the April edition of the Noise. This is my first ink, brother! I nearly fainted when I heard I was mentioned in the Noise. Never knew a young little whipper-snapper from the North Shore could actually make some impact somewhere! Haha! But, again, thank you so very much. This has really meant a lot to … Read More >>

Live Show Picks

Listings with an added “+” mean there are other acts on the bill. Every Thursday in May  T MAX + Singer/Songwriter Shuffle @ Giuseppe’s. Gloucester MA Every Thursday in May  NATALIE FLANAGAN BAND @ Tavern at the End of the World, Charlestown MA Fri May 31  ABSINTHE ROSE + LP Release Show @ Cambridge Elks Club, Cambridge MA Fri May 31  WHAT TIME IS IT, MR. FOX? + Celebration of new album Little Bit of Blue @ Shalin Liu, Rockport … Read More >>

Mary Lou Lord

MARY LOU LORD HAS IT ALL by A.J. Wachtel The first time you see and hear Mary Lou perform you realize she’s incredibly talented; just listen to the passion and emotion in her voice. She’s got the look. She’s got the ability to write a great melody or do an even better cover of a song than the original version; and her presence onstage and off is of the highest caliber. As an artist, Mary Lou Lord has it all. Noise: I’ve heard you are currently … Read More >>