LIVE REVIEWS: November 2007

  SCARCE, BLIZZARD OF 78, DIRTY TRUCKERS, THE CRUSHING LOW T.T. the Bear’s, Cambridge, MA 10/6/07 This show was picked as The Noise live show of the month so my expectations are high. Opening the night is never easy, but The Crushing Low’s Matt Belyea thrashes his tom toms and Scott Lerner bashes out the chords of “40 Miles till Detroit” to a crowd that is quickly picking up in numbers. Ed Healy plays the serious role as lead singer/guitarist … Read More >>

LIVE REVIEWS October 2007

BLEU, HOORAY FOR EARTH WFNX Disorientation 2007 Bank of America Pavilion, South Boston, MA THE NEIGHBORHOODS Late Risers’ Club 30th Anniversary The Basement, Boston, MA 9/13/07 This is more of a diary of a day than a live review. After Saturday Morning Softball I rush home to shower then make it over to the northern harbor side of South Boston to meet up with a bunch of guys and gals I’ve been rehearsing with for the past week to sing … Read More >>

LIVE REVIEWS September 2007

  ATTACKING FREQUENCIES OF THE SUN, SUPERPOWER, GUT, HOOF Great Scott’s, Allston, MA 6/24/07 Sunday night madness. Hoof plunges into their set with no warning, a psychedelic doom dirge replete with furious, skillful drumming and groaning, grumpy guitars. It’s a seamless jam punctuated with massive crescendos—a soundtrack for a movie that hasn’t been written yet. One minute they sound like The Melvins; at another point I’m reminded of Pink Floyd’s Live at Pompeii. Hoof succeeds in taking the room on … Read More >>

LIVE REVIEWS: July-Aug 2007

AL JANIK, BROTHER MOSLEY/ GUSTER      Kirkland Kissoff Kirkland Café/ Earthfest The Hatshell 5/26/07       Right after Saturday Morning Softball—No Matter What I rush over to the Kirkland Kissoff and catch the end of Brother Mosley’s set. They’ve got a jammy/college party feel—“Dancin’ In the Streets” sticks in my head. The new bass player, Rob, has his friends hi-fivin’ his performance at the end of the set.       Fellow softball player Al Janik is a wonderful spirit who performs because … Read More >>

LIVE REVIEWS June 2007

THE DENTS, VAGIANT Abbey Lounge, Somerville MA 5/11/07       This is it—The Dents’ final show. They’re breaking my heart! Before the show, I sit around with guitarist Craig Adams as he talks about the Boston rock glass ceiling. And hitting it. Makes me wonder two things: What level of success was the band anticipating? Didn’t they know they were too good to be enjoyed by the local rock scenesters and taste-makers who set the pace around here? But I don’t … Read More >>

LIVE REVIEWS May 2007

AD FRANK & THE FAST EASY WOMEN Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA 4/6/07       Descending into the Lizard Lounge, I leave two of my unfortunate friends behind because Ad Frank & the Fast Easy Women have filled the place to capacity! Ad Frank (Noise poll winner: stage presence/ Phoenix nominee: vocalist) is looking debonair in a suit and Ned Gallagher (drums) wears a white T-shirt with “AD” scrawled across the front like a myspace stalker.  They start off the night with … Read More >>

LIVE REVIEWS April 2007

ROBBY ROADSTEAMER, FLUTTR EFFECT Dodge Street Bar and Grill, Salem, MA    3/10/07       I’m eager to finally see Fluttr Effect. I’ve heard a lot about them but have never heard their music. They appear onstage in this former fish market all wearing either all black or black and white. Kara, the ultra-dynamic lead vocalist, wears a white petticoat over her black jeans. They’re a five-piece but with a cello instead of a bass and a MIDI marimba in place of a … Read More >>

LIVE REVIEWS March 2007

  WALTER SICKERT & THE ARMY OF BROKEN TOY Abbey Lounge, Somerville, MA 2/15/07 Edvard Munch said, “Illness and madness and death were the black angels that stood by my cradle.” These same black angels inhabit Walter’s phantasmagorical microcosm. Wearing a black top hat festooned with feathers, he’s Svengali with a palette of colorations-samples, radio static, and experimental electronics. The ethereal Edrie kneels on the stage surrounded by a beautiful, bizarre menagerie of toys including antique dolls, a parrot, a child’s phonograph, a wind-up cymbal-slapping … Read More >>