Live Show Picks

Sat Feb 23  ALLOY ORCHESTRA @ Somerville Theatre, Somerville MA Sat Feb 23  DAN WEB & THE SPIDERS @ the Middle East, Cambridge MA Sat Feb 23  SASQUATCH & THE SICKABILLYS @ Lucky Dog Music Hall, Worcester MA Sat Feb 23   JASON BENNETT & THE RESISTANCE (4:00 pm) @ Midway Cafe, Jamaica Plain MA Tue Feb 26  BOBBY KEYES @ Chianti, Beverly MA Fri Mar 1  RYAN JACKSON TROIKA  CD Release @ Precinct, Somerville MA Sat Mar 2  THE … Read More >>

Rita & Lolita

IN THIS ISSUE Lolita: We call our February issue the appreciation issue because the contributors of the Noise get to air their Top Ten lists. The lists reflect each writer’s opinion in their choice of category, which can rage from top bathrooms to top artists—the only rule is that the list pertain to New England music in 2012. Find the contributor that you agree with the most. Rita: Also in this issue are features on SECRET LOVER, THE BLACK CHEERS, … Read More >>

2012 Top Ten

FRANCIS DiMENNO ECLECTICA: TOP TEN CDs of  2012 1. Big Dipper  Crashes on the Platinum Planet 2. The Chandler Travis Trio  This Is What Bears Look Like Underwater  3. Tim Mungenast & His Preexisting Conditions (aka Timworld)  Dhoom 4. Rotary Club   Second Year In Swine 5. The Weisstronauts  19 Something 9 6. Dirigible Ego  Entanglement 7. Peter Bufano’s Cirkestra  The Hairless Woman  8. Love of Life  …And Time Again 9. The 7CS   Stick Your Neck Out  10. Lauren Bateman   Here I Am …and five outstanding EPs 1. Golden … Read More >>

CD Reviews

DARLING PET MUNKEE You Better Believe It! 7 tracks Darling Pet Munkee (Michael J. Epstein, Sophia Cacciola, and Cathy Capozzi of Axemunkee) presents a follow-up to their earlier release “Glows in the Dark!” which also featured a kaleidoscopic collection of comic-book-ad-themed sonic pulp. Opening track “Hypno Coin” belongs firmly in the Sparks/Queen axis of idiosyncratic and operatic rock. “Scary…,” with its use of ominous soundscapes, electronic effects, and droning overtones,  features a deliberately abrasive post-punk sound in the school of … Read More >>

Live Reviews

VARIOUS ARTISTS Chandler Travis’ 9th or 10th Annual Boston Christmas Cavalcade Benefit for the Homeless Johnny D’s, Somerville MA 12/13/12 A great night for an important cause hosted by an incredibly entertaining cast of characters. The Cape Cod’s Chandler Travis holds his annual benefit tonight, and as I enter the door I’m thinking what a cool example of the closeness of our very diverse entertainment scene. The Classic Ruins, Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents (“I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”), … Read More >>

Book Review

BOOK REVIEW A MUSICIAN’S COMPLETE GUIDE TO BETTER SOUND by BILL WYNN 49-page e-book Review by Joel Simches At 49 pages, this work from world-renowned live sound engineer Bill Winn is more of a pamphlet than a book.  Think of this as a treatise for bands to better understand how live sound works in a concert venue and how to be better prepared for the process of live performance as it relates to sound reinforcement.  Winn takes this process to the stage by … Read More >>

the Dejas

THE DEJAS by DJ Mätthew Griffin For the last five years the Dejas, Callie Lipton and Aaron Katz, have toured the Northeast spreading their original music everywhere from house concerts to festival stages. In 2007, the Dejas won the Seacoast Eye on the Arts Alternative Band of the Year award. In 2009 the band released Speeding Softly, which soon garnered the Dejas many music licensing deals. The Dejas’ songs have appeared on The Beautiful Life, produced by Ashton Kutcher, the Lifetime movie Lip Service, … Read More >>

Don’t Give Up the Ship

BACK IN NATURE by T Max As promised, Pepper’s real name will be exposed in this continuing episode. For those just starting to read this column, Pepper is a horse that I befriended in Topsfield, MA. Peter Goutzos (Little Hawke) calls and asks if I want to find that bridge again and take photos of it this time. I jump on it because it involves a hike through this big beautiful meadow in Topsfield. Before the hike we decide to … Read More >>