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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 >>

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JIM TRICK/LINDA SHARAR me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead, MA 9/26/14 Me&thee is hoppin’ with energy for their hometown optometrist/guru of sorts—Jim Trick.  Host Phillip Murphy reminds us that me&thee is “the oldest church-based coffeehouse in Marblehead on Mugford Street,” then he brings up his evil twin brother who wears the most ridiculous hat (a Yankees cap) and raps about the fire exit instructions.   First up tonight is Linda Sharar who is quick to pleasantly correct that she’s from Andover, not North Andover. She … Read More >>

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SESSION AMERICANA me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA   9/12/14 My first time back for me&thee’s new season and it’s good to see booker Kathy Sands-Boehmer, host Tony Toledo, and musical guest, old friends Session Americana. What started out as Session Americana’s basic project with a bunch of cool guys sitting around one mic sharing tunes has developed into a more sophisticated stage setup—but that’s just to help the audience appreciate the sound of each of the musicians equally. Setting the stage, at … Read More >>