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If you’d like to start writing live reviews of New England acts of your choice, contact tmax@thenoise-boston.com – please put LIVE REVIEW in the subject. … BARRENCE WHITFIELD & THE GRITS AND GROCERIES ORCHESTRA THE DELTA GENERATORS The Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA 2/27/16 It’s a cold February night on the waterfront in Fall River, Massachusetts, and the stony exterior of The Narrows’ Center for the Arts tells nothing of the happenings inside. The place is a true … Read More >>

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JON BUTCHER AXIS/ HIRSH GARDNER, JOHN FANNON & THE EIGHT TRACKS Johnny D’s, Somerville, MA 1/22/16 There is a good feeling in the club before the songs even start. This is the early show and it begins at 7:30 and will end a bit after 9:00. There are another two completely different bands from 10:00 until closing. A lot of people in the packed house are  vets of the local music scene and are here to hear great music from these two … Read More >>

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DANNY BEDROSIAN & SECRET ARMY/ SARAH & THE WILD VERSATILE Opus, Salem, MA 12/20/15 Tonight, North Shore native Danny Bedrosian is taking a break from his main gig as long time keyboardist in George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic and is bringing his three-piece side project, Secret Army, to the basement room of an upper scale Salem restaurant. Opening the bill, Sarah & the Wild Versatile, is led by two artists, singer Sarah Seminski and guitarist Eric Reardon, whom I am already … Read More >>

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WRITE A LIVE REVIEW You can improve your local music scene by taking the time to write about a show in your area. Write a live review of a New England act or acts of your choice at any venue you prefer. Email it to tmax@thenoise-boston.com with LIVE REVIEW in the subject. It will be posted on our website so all our readers can learn more about what you have experienced. Write to T Max at the same address for … Read More >>

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JONATHAN RICHMAN (featuring Tommy Larkins on drums) Somerville Theatre, Somerville, MA     11/10/15 I have appreciated Jonathan Richman since the beginning of his career with The Modern Lovers, but sorry to say I hadn’t paid much attention for many years now. Then he comes “home” and we are blown away and completely enchanted. What a soul he has – not afraid to bare it with his singing, songwriting, and dancing antics – all charming, whimsical, fun, and heartfelt. The songs … Read More >>

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ARLO GUTHRIE/ SARAH LEE GUTHRIE 50th Anniversary Alice’s Restaurant Tour The Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA 10/9/15 It’s really hard to believe that it’s been a half century since the events told in Arlo’s solo monologue during his classic song have passed.  Fifty Thanksgivings have gone by since he feasted in Great Barrington and got arrested for littering in Stockbridge. Tonight starts with Sarah Lee Guthrie, Arlo’s daughter, opening the night with an a cappella song, and like her father, she has a very personal and … Read More >>

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CARAVAN OF THIEVES/ BIRD MANCINI   Me & Thee Coffeehouse, Marblehead, MA   9/11/15  “My mom always wanted me to be a priest,” Billy Carl Mancini, the droll half of the carnivalesque Roslindale-based duo Bird Mancini, tells the rapt listeners at the Me & Thee, “then I became a musician. She wasn’t happy.” But we sure are. With his bowler hat, shades and quiet demeanor, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Mancini suggests a hipper, bearded Boston version of the Captain from Captain & … Read More >>

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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 >>