Rita & Lolita

INSPIRATION Rita: Let’s make a pact that we will all try to improve everyone’s quality of life. Let’s make kindness a priority. Encourage people to create. Follow your dreams. Lolita: How ’bout just making one person happy. Like… me. I mean, why not? I like to be happy. I’m much prettier when I’m happy. And that seems to make other people happy. So right now I’ve decided to start a contest for people to send something into the Noise (besides money—or your latest … Read More >>

Thea Hopkins

THEA HOPKINS: EVERYONE LOVES A MIXED GIRL by Julia R. DeStefano “I am definitely not in the acoustic folk bag anymore.  I thought of a phrase like “The love child of Buffy Sainte-Marie and Lyle Lovett” or “The offspring of Patsy Cline and Nick Lowe.”  I’ve also considered “Native Americana” as a catch-phrase, and a nod to my Native American roots.” ~Thea Hopkins Noise: In the beginning, what led you to pursue music?  Was there a catalyst of some sort? Thea: It was a … Read More >>

The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library

THE MICHAEL J. EPSTEIN MEMORIAL LIBRARY by DJ Mätthew Griffin A PhD with his own sense of humor, who integrates all parts of his life to make music that continually stretches from genre to genre with no filler in between, Michael J. Epstein’s intellect has found a harmonious equilibrium between Professor of Audiology/scientist (literally) and pop musician who makes accessible and attention-grabbing music. Noise: I know you’re busy with The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library, helping to stop the world from … Read More >>

Human Sexual Response

HUMAN SEXUAL RESPONSE by Eric Baylies Human Sexual Response existed as a Boston-based new wave- and punk-inspired band from around 1978 to 1982. They released three classic albums during their brief career, Fig 14, In a Roman Mood, and Pound. Along with Mission of Burma, they defined an era in underground rock ’n’ roll in Boston. While never quite achieving national stardom, they had some major college radio hits in “Jackie Onassis” and “Land of the Glass Pinecones” back when I was first … Read More >>

Shea Rose

SHEA ROSE by George Dow Most of the shows that I cover take place in some variation of the dingy rock club. It’s a somewhat disorienting experience to catch the much-buzzed, up-and-coming Boston hip-hop/soul/R&B artist Shea Rose and her band at Boston’s trendy M Bar. The bar looks more like the set of the Jimmy Fallon show than a rock club. Add to the mix the fact that tonight’s event is a feature of Fashion Week Boston, which brings with … Read More >>

Don’t Give Up the Ship

THE HORSE I CALL PEPPER by T Max Last month we left off with Little Hawke and me lost in the woods—and when we finally found our way out, I spotted a white horse with some grey speckles. Since then, I’ve gone back to see the beautiful horse that I’ll call Pepper until I find out his real name. The following time I went to see Pepper, I had my guitar in the car and decided to play a whole … Read More >>

CD Reviews

THE CHANDLER TRAVIS THREE-O This Is What Bears Look Like Underwater  14 tracks On opening track “Little Things,” which sets the tone for much of what is to follow, it seems like Fred Boak, John Clark, Berke McKelvey, and Chandler Travis don’t so much rock out as commit acts of vaguely rock-like instrumental pop which are not quite like anything you’ve ever heard before, unless you happen to be inordinately fond of spacy ’70s jazz pianists, obscure late ’60s prog-rock, … Read More >>