Eli Polonsky

ELI POLONSKY  by Dr. Swig McJigger “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” George Santayana’s well-known warning particularly resonates with me in the penultimate month of the year, specifically during the annual fundraiser for radio station WMBR. I get carried away and pledge multiple times, soon thereafter chewing on life’s gristle as my scant funds are diverted to 88.1 FM; the pattern’s been repeated for the most of this millennium. Thanks to the Noise, I had the … Read More >>

Kate Taylor

KATE TAYLOR by A.J.Wachtel Coming from the first family of music in Massachusetts bears with it certain responsibilities. For decades, Kate and her brothers have treated the world to their specific sounds of creative compositions. And now in the new millennium, another generation of Taylors delights us with their talents. Here is the gospel according to Sister Kate… The Noise: In 2009, you released your CD Fair Time! and a documentary DVD with Film Truth Productions called Kate Taylor—Tunes from the Tipi and Other … Read More >>

CD Reviews

BIG DIPPER Almost Ready Records Crashes on the Platinum Planet 12 tracks Big Dipper was one of the A-list bands of the ’80s and early ’90s because of, not in spite of, their seeming frivolity. Admittedly, the band had some heavy competitors, such as the Volcano Suns (from whence they emerged), as well as Dinosaur Jr. (intense; not funny) and the Pixies (intense; funny; not altogether wholesome). But Big Dipper was and is a pure product of  America, and, specifically, of … Read More >>

Live Reviews

DON WHITE, CHRISTINE LAVIN Me & Thee Coffeehouse, Marblehead, MA 11/2/12 Me & Thee is packed on this chilly rainy night as Christine Lavin launches with an a cappella ditty of electronic loops layering her voice. The song is all about her being at Me & Thee on a Friday night. She’s like a funny Laurie Anderson. Then, on a guitar-accompanied tune, she gets the entire audience up and out of their seats to do 150 movements. It’s amazing how … Read More >>

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 >>