Live Reviews

WILLIE ALEXANDER’S PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY ORCHESTRA (first set) Music on the Green Gloucester Meeting House, Gloucester, MA 7/28/17 Sitting behind a tall yellow church. It’s the oldest (1806) surviving meeting house in Gloucester. The others have all burned down. Hopefully Willie Alexander’s performance tonight will not get too hot. His piano sits on the stage displaying stickers that have been picked up from all over the world. Charles Nazarian jokingly introduces the band as the Persistence of Life Orchestra as … Read More >>

Rita & Lolita

NON-AFFILIATED NEW ENGLAND NOBILITY Rita: Here are a few of my favorite things as the summer comes to a close. Lolita: The holidays are coming and there are only 147 shopping days left until Christmas, you cabbage-headed consumer? Rita: No, you witless wonder. The only thing you find favorable is the Dead Sox are now in first place and have plenty of time to blow everything by Labor Day. Lolita: Tsk. Tsk. Tee Max is already making book on them winning the pennant. How about we ask our favorite artists … 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 – please put LIVE REVIEW in the subject. …   Sat Aug 26  WALTER SICKERT & THE ARMY OF TOYS @ The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA Sat Aug 26  THE GILLOTEENAGERS + @ The Cantab, Cambridge, MA Mon Aug 28  DAMON & NAOMI @ The Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, MA Wed Aug … Read More >>

The Big Shot

Who is this one they call The Big Shot? If we asked Coleman Rogers, he would know because he took the photo. For this is just a small piece of a larger photo. If you click on this image you will magically be transported to a place where the full photograph sits in digital space, and it will reveal the identity of the who owns this leg – the one they call the Big Shot for the full month of … Read More >>

T Max Veggie Tour

T Max was inducted into the New England Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum in June of 2017. When was the last time you saw him?  He’s out and about all over New England on his 2017 Vegetable Tour. Come by meet the man responsible for 36 years of the Noise supporting local music… pick up some healthy vegetables while you’re at it. Click on the image of T Max with his Veggiehead to arrive at his 2017 release… Hole in My … Read More >>

Pajama Slave Dancers

PAJAMA SLAVE DANCERS by Eric Baylies The Pajama Slave Dancers ruled college radio in the mid-1980s. Songs like “Defreeze Walt Disney” and “Homo Truck Driving Man” were regional hits that also found their way across the world. Singer Steve Westfield has also played in different bands with Rich Gilbert (Human Sexual Response/ Frank Black), Joey Santiago (Pixies), Lou Barlow (Sebadoh), and Chris Colbourn (Buffalo Tom). After 35 years of on and off being one of the best bands in the … Read More >>

All You Got Tour

ALL YOU GOT TOUR PASSING THE TORCH By A.J. Wachtel Sometimes you hear about an organization that is so good and so right you can’t help but stop and take notice. The All You Got Tour is the perfect example. Co-founders Jacqueline Gabriela and Patty Duffy are making sure that teenage artists have the proper guidance. opportunities and choices as they attempt to follow their dreams. Check out the specifics of how they are making a difference: Noise: Your organization is … Read More >>

CDs – July

THE SUITCASE JUNKET Signature Sounds Recordings Pile Driver 12 tracks This one-man band is an example of outsider art, what with the poetic lyrics, and found objects used as instrumentation and percussion, and the lo-fi recording technology, and the eccentric vocal technique. “Jackie” deconstructs rockabilly; “Evangeline” has a bizarre Creedence vibe. The appealing “Seed Your Dreams” is evocative of guitar-driven hokum jazz; the excellent “Busted Gut” is a letter-perfect classic folk blues; the fascinating “Beta Star” is like some long-lost … Read More >>