CD Reviews

  THE NEIGHBORHOODS The Last Rat: Live at the Rat ’92 (2-CD collection) 31 tracks The Neighborhoods may not have been the best or brightest Boston band back in the halcyon ’80s, but like many of their all-but-forgotten contemporaries—the Outlets, Dogmatics, Lyres, or anything with John Felice in it back then—they were always a sure bet for a good time, a solid rock ’n’ roll band that wrote good songs, delivered with enthusiasm.  This two-CD set, recorded live at the fabled Rat … Read More >>

Rita & Lolita

Lolita: Wow, it’s hard to believe that spring starts in March—but I am looking forward to some mild weather. I’d like to forget the February 10-foot snow drifts that were outside my door. Rita: What Lolita is trying to say is, “Welcome to the March online-only issue of the Noise.” We do this every March—so don’t think that we’ve given up on print issues. In fact it’s the print issues that make our websites so popular. The Noise in print … Read More >>

Live Reviews

KRISTA PAGE & RADIO MAMBO Sally O’Briens, Somerville MA 1/29/13 Tonight I am out delivering bundles of the Noise to clubs all over the city. It’s a fun job as I usually get to stop in a bunch of places and see what’s going on.  One of my favorite locations is Union Square, an area rich with local talent boasting several clubs that showcase live music seven nights a week.  I stop by Sally O’s and am immediately floored by this girl … Read More >>

Book Review

TRIBUTE: THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOOD by Arthur Orfanos The Mood Publishing; 2012 Review by Francis DiMenno “In the fight between you and the world,” Nietzsche famously pronounced, “back the world.” Solid advice. Although it seems obvious that our own continued existence on earth depends upon mutual cooperation and a sustainable use of resources, the forces of reaction are powerful and relentless, and, all too often, men of good will are ineffectual and apologetic at best and, at worst, … Read More >>

Jon Butcher

JON BUTCHER  GOES BACK TO THE FUTURE  by A.J. Wachtel Jon Butcher is a showman in every true sense of the word. Behind his charismatic smile is a heart full of soul and passion. And now, a generation later, he brings his iconic flashy licks front and center and revisits a great former band—Jon Butcher Axis. Read on and learn the differences between fact and fiction as the plot thickens in Butcher’s legendary life. Noise: In three sentences, give me … Read More >>

Secret Lover

  DO YOU HAVE A  SECRET LOVER?  by DJ Mätthew Griffin Worcester’s Secret Lover is a mysterious foursome. They’re an enigma that recalls the decadent era of Velvet Underground and the paranoia of New York’s no wave scene. The band’s femme fatal, Sally is their siren vocalist; John’s twangy post-punk guitar beckons the Gang of Four; Dave beats the skins; and Lars dreamily looks up to the stars while playing bass. Sitting down with the band and giving them their first … Read More >>