Through Melody

THROUGH MELODY by Edward Morneau I. The fundamental elements sustaining life and evolution are time, place, oxygen, gravity, water, and music. Yes, music. Like the neurotransmitter dopamine, music is the drug of all cultures and arouses in the casual listener and the fully addicted one, evolutionary impulses that fortify health, longevity, language, love, expression, and memory. Music tricks us into remembering its presence in our lives because its properties are manifest in melody, harmony, rhythm, noise, juxtaposition, and repetition – … Read More >>

CD Reviews

VARIOUS ARTISTS Loving the Aliens A Lowbudget Tribute To David Bowie 29 tracks This two disc release is an intriguing collection of songs with varied influences of punk, new wave, metal, jazz, orchestra and gospel. They all share an avante streak of uniqueness as the common denominator on all the cuts. Most of the tunes are unrecognizable for the first few measures until all of a sudden the known hook emerges and you smile at the off the track appeal of … Read More >>

Noise Live Picks

“+” after an act implies there are more acts on the bill If you’d like to start writing live reviews on New England acts of your choice, contact tmax@thenoise-boston.com – please put LIVE REVIEW in the subject. … Tues Sept 26  AMY FAIRCHILD @ Toad, Cambridge, MA Tues Sept 26  JACKALS @ Atwoods, Cambridge, MA Wed Sept 27  SESSION AMERICANA @ Oberon, Cambridge, MA Wed Sept 27  JENEE HALSTEAD @ Salem VFW, Salem, MA Wed Sept 27  THE WEISSTRONAUTS @ … Read More >>

Rita & Lolita

YOUNG GUNS Rita: September is a cool month for many reasons. It’s the ninth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and the third month to have the length of 30 days. It is also the month with the longest name with nine letters and in the Northern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent of March in the Southern Hemisphere.  Lolita: Dear sister, you remind me of a paper tiger. Something that seems threatening but is ineffectual and unable to … Read More >>

T Max Tour

In 2017 T Max was inducted into the Music Museum New England.  Oedipus (WBCN) wrote these words about him… T Max, who in the local Boston rock scene doesn’t he know?  A local renaissance man, T Max is a writer, publisher, musician, songwriter, producer, storyteller and visual artist. Beginning in 1981 T Max stapled together the first issue of The Noise, a fanzine that focused on the burgeoning local underground music scene, concentrating on bands in need of exposure beyond … Read More >>

Barry Goudreau

BARRY GOUDREAU’S ENGINE ROOM by A.J. Wachtel Barry Goudreau is the ex-lead guitarist for the band Boston and is now slinging solos with Barry Goudreau’s Engine Room. This tremendously talented artist is one of the best six stringers around and his classic playing on many of Boston’s famous double lead riffs makes him one of the all-time greats. Goudreau is a guitar god and this is what he has in store for us mere mortals. Noise: Who’s in your new … Read More >>