Queens of Soul

QUEENS OF SOUL by A.J. Wachtel The depth and diversity of the New England music scene is long and legendary. Incredible music schools, plenty of clubs, and tremendous media support on the air, in print and all over the internet have greatly contributed to the fact that for many decades our local entertainment environment  has maintained itself as one of the best in the world. Amazingly talented people are everywhere. Keep reading and check out seven  stories of such superior … Read More >>

Rules for the Stage

RULES FOR THE STAGE by Jordan Tishler http://www.digitalbear.com/ Know your material. Don’t start and stop. Be prepared to fall down, be heckled, have equipment fall over. Be sure you can sing on key without the monitors. Know what to do if the monitor mix is bad or cuts out entirely. Know how long you have to play. Don’t run over. That’s amateurish. Don’t tell the audience “we have three more for you” only to be told “only two more” by … Read More >>

Janice Tumonis

JANICE TUMONIS: AN APPRECIATION AND REMEMBRANCE by David Bieber Janice Tumonis from Brockton.  But really, where did she come from?  How did she land, fully formed, in our midst? She was a muse to many.  For a moment, she was the Girl of the Year, our 1980s version of Edie Sedgwick, our “it” girl.  Platinum hair, midnight motorcycle jacket, four-inch black pumps and a whirlwind strut that would turn a fashion runway or an ordinary street into the pace of … Read More >>

Greg Klyma

GREG KLYMA  Rust Belted Americana in Camberville by Kathy Sands-Boehmer Greg Klyma is a product of the Rust Belt—Buffalo, NY to be exact.  As his bio states, he’s an old-school troubadour with contemporary savvy.  He’s a guy who has a ton of stories to tell and songs to sing. He’s rambled all over the country but decided to call Somerville home in recent years.  The greater-Boston area has benefited from his presence.  If he’s not on stage doing his own set, he’s sitting in with … Read More >>

Halloween Roundtable

PERRY PERSOFF “Halloween Roundtable”  1 track (8:52) This is what I would call a short entertaining radio play which Perry Persoff originally produced in 2005 for a public radio newsmagazine called Sunrise on WUML  (UMass, Lowell radio 91.5fm). Though the show went off the air in 2008, this piece still manages to get airplay in late October. After a spooky a cappella rendition of “This is Halloween,” Bob Ellis, the play-by-play radio guy for UMass Lowell hockey, acts as the moderator who interviews … Read More >>

Book Review

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BOOK REVIEW TEMPERATURE’S RISING: GALAXIE 500 by Mike McGonigal Paperback. Verse Chorus Press. 192 pages. Review by Francis DiMenno Full disclosure: This book is based upon an online article for which I answered questions sent to me via email. Another factor which might also cloud my already fallible critical judgment: the book reproduces in full an interview I conducted with the band which was first published in The Noise #74 (June 1988). The extended subtitle of this book is indicative: “An oral … Read More >>

Book Review

TRIBUTE: THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOOD by Arthur Orfanos The Mood Publishing; 2012 Review by Francis DiMenno “In the fight between you and the world,” Nietzsche famously pronounced, “back the world.” Solid advice. Although it seems obvious that our own continued existence on earth depends upon mutual cooperation and a sustainable use of resources, the forces of reaction are powerful and relentless, and, all too often, men of good will are ineffectual and apologetic at best and, at worst, … Read More >>

Keith Lockhart

KEITH LOCKHART: CONDUCTOR OF NOTE by A.J. Wachtel One of the first things artists across the world connect with Boston, is the magnificently extravagant July 4 festival that draws more than a half million people to the shores of the Charles River. Once, while experiencing Independence Day in Arizona with maybe only 30 other people watching Scottsdale’s fireworks, I looked around and realized how great it is to share this special event with Keith and the Boston Pops at the … Read More >>