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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 >>

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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 >>