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UPPER CRUST/ LAST STAND/ DON’T CALL ME FRANK/ THE BRISTOLS T.T. the Bear’s Place, Cambridge, MA 7/17/15 This Noise correspondent is egregiously weak for women, which is germane to this review because as he crossed the threshold of the venue one half of The Bristols breezed by his left elbow while he paused to shell out the admission charge to Meghan the door girl; thus positioned within a nexus of three of the commonwealth’s most beautiful girls, the rest of … Read More >>

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JENNIFER GREER The Lily Pad, Cambridge, MA    7/11/15 This is my first time seeing a show at Inman Square’s famous art space, The Lily Pad.  There isn’t an empty seat in the house so I have to stand in the back. The room is about half the size of Club Passim’s listening room, however what it lacks in size, it makes up for in acoustics.  The grand piano set up on stage sounds fantastic. It’s as rich and melodious … Read More >>

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BIRD MANCINI BAND Blackthorne Publick House, So. Easton, MA                            4/11/15 We here at The Noise have been big boosters of Ruby Bird and Billy Carl Mancini, with their svelte sound and savvy tunes. As an acoustic duo, they always pack a pop punch and bring joy to their fans. Now, with debut of Joel White on bass and Joe Jaworski on drums/vocals, they have become a rockin’ force. … Read More >>

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ELLIS PAUL/ REBECCA LOEBE Me & Thee Coffeehouse, Marblehead, MA                         3/27/15 Okay, you may notice that I end up at Me & Thee every Friday night. Maybe I’m hooked on the pastries sold at halftime, but it’s more likely about having my soul recharged with the highest quality, low volume performances available in New England. As I step through the Unitarian Universalist church door, I am greeted by … Read More >>

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LIZ LONGLEY/ JESSE TERRY Me & Thee Coffeehouse, Marblehead, MA                         2/27/15 Quoting from his bio: “At the core of it all, his personality—sunny naivety meets gritty wisdom—is what sets Jesse Terry apart.” That description really nails it right from the beginning of his show when he lightly greets us with “Thanks y’all” then rolls into his believing in the good times, “Let the Blue Skies Go to Your … Read More >>

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TONY SAVARINO & THE SAVTONES/ COLIN DWYER/ DR. GRANT & THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA BAND Midway Cafe, Jamaica Plain, MA 2/17/15 Above the stage a Pabst mirror decal hangs ominously, perhaps making all reflections literal. To the left of the stage waits the men’s rooms door’s collage of celebrities from yesteryear, either in black or white or a color that has now faded to match the others. The bust of some long-dead figure on a shelf keeps watch over all. Dr. … Read More >>

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GUILLERMO SEXO Middle East Upstairs Cambridge, MA                 1/16/15 18-plus night at the Middle East Upstairs, and the place is banged out. Barely room to stand anywhere without almost getting the chicken kabob knocked out of me. It’s a full four-band bill but I’m here to catch the infectiously haunting Guillermo Sexo. I’ve been listening to Guillermo Sexo’s latest CD Dark Spring for several days prior to the show and loving it. Let’s … Read More >>

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THE JON BUTCHER AXIS (CD release)/ EVAN GOODROW Larcom Theatre, Beverly, MA 11/8/14 I arrive at the Larcom minutes before the show and see that the wall of Marshall amps on the stage is ready to go. Larcom owner David Bull and presenter/promoter Peter Van Ness welcome the excited audience to an evening dedicated to the music of Jimi Hendrix. Before we enter the time capsule to the late ’60s, Evan Goodrow and stand-up bassist Mark Zaleski warm up the … Read More >>