CD Reviews

THE MICHAEL J. EPSTEIN MEMORIAL LIBRARY Faith In Free 3 tracks It’s fitting that this EP is one song broken into three movements because its wide breadth and artistic imagery evoke classical music as much as pop.  In less capable or more austere hands, this could be a disaster, but Epstein and crew pull it off without a hitch.  The first movement, featuring an array of instruments and voices, has a spooky, haunting vibe, and its use of repetition puts … Read More >>

Live Reviews

SPRAINED ANKLES, JAY ALLEN & THE ARCHCRIMINALS, THE MIGS, THE JITTERS Cantab Lounge, Cambridge, MA 8/3/12 This is the year of the competing birthday shows—Bob’s show is next week but he’s got every band in town booked, so I’ve had to take a couple of unknowns (to me) on recommendation. The first of those are the Jitters, hailing from the Worcester area. They’re here on the good word of Myra Evil Streak—“You’ll like them,” she said…which proves either she’s got … Read More >>

Don’t Give Up the Ship

DON’T GIVE UP THE SHIP by T Max PETER GOUTZOS I brought Peter Goutzos over to Project Sound to add some percussion tracks to the songs I’m working on. With “Train Sleep” (an old song penned by my friend Charlie Esposito) Peter added a glass washboard that I think he used finger picks on. When the sound of the washboard comes in I picture girls tap dancing in a rhythm used frequently by Adam & the Ants. He also added … Read More >>

Brad Byrd & Cape Ann

BRAD BYRD by DJ Mätthew Griffin Indie rock/alt-country singer/songwriter Brad Byrd’s debut album The Ever Changing Picture was met with critical acclaim.  He charted on ArtistDirect.com, with the single “Never Came Back” claiming the #1 download from the site, an unheard- of occurrence for an artist on an indie label back in 2005. Popular indie rock radio station WBER Rochester, NY, favored another single off that record “Weird Enough,” charting at #145 amidst some other major label talent. Other various radio stations, … Read More >>

Parkington Sisters & Cape Cod

PARKINGTON SISTERS ARE HOT! by Kevin Finn It is probably a fair statement to say that most people were first introduced to the Parkington Sisters’ music, a winning mix of rock, traditional folk, country and classical, by seeing them support the Dropkick Murphys.  While, the pairing may have initially seemed to be a bit of a curveball, the Parkington Sisters were one of the few Dropkicks’ openers who actually commanded the audience’s attention.  On further review, the pairing makes quite … Read More >>

Keith Lockhart

KEITH LOCKHART: CONDUCTOR OF NOTE by A.J. Wachtel One of the first things artists across the world connect with Boston, is the magnificently extravagant July 4 festival that draws more than a half million people to the shores of the Charles River. Once, while experiencing Independence Day in Arizona with maybe only 30 other people watching Scottsdale’s fireworks, I looked around and realized how great it is to share this special event with Keith and the Boston Pops at the … Read More >>

Rita & Lolita

Lolita: If you want something other than corporate news, the Noise is a perfect place to start. Corporation don’t benefit when we promote the local folks who play in your neighborhood. But you do benefit—and so do the local musicians. In this special double summer issue so we’re going to focus on the two capes of Massachusetts—Cape Cod and Cape Ann. In this corner representing Cape Cod, the cool female quartet, PARKINGTON SISTERS. And to the north,  representing Cape Ann—BRAD … Read More >>

CD Reviews

TWO VIEW REVIEW ROY SLUDGE Deeveeus Records Too Drunk To Truck  16 tracks I don’t drink like I used to, but if T Max keeps sending me this type of band to review I’ll be at the Betty Ford center next year.  With a stellar lineup band and a honky-tonk, country style western trucker swing, this album has that certain something. Roy Sludge has those Johnny Cash vocals down, a storytelling timbre that you have to give in to.  The … Read More >>