Top Ten 2013

T MAX TOP TEN Acts that got my musical excitement buds tingling 1. ZOE LEWIS hi-energy, yet personal, performance at me & thee (Marblehead MA) with Mark Chenervert on clarinet 2. CASPIAN at the Block, absolutely rockin’ the streets of Beverly MA 3. DARLINGSIDE (harmonies galore) with HEATHER MALONEY at me & thee (Marblehead) 4. PUTNAM SMITH cool and lovable at me & thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA 5. ALLEN ESTES (best material in a set) with FABULOUS MUSTANGS opening at Larcom … Read More >>

2012 Top Ten

FRANCIS DiMENNO ECLECTICA: TOP TEN CDs of  2012 1. Big Dipper  Crashes on the Platinum Planet 2. The Chandler Travis Trio  This Is What Bears Look Like Underwater  3. Tim Mungenast & His Preexisting Conditions (aka Timworld)  Dhoom 4. Rotary Club   Second Year In Swine 5. The Weisstronauts  19 Something 9 6. Dirigible Ego  Entanglement 7. Peter Bufano’s Cirkestra  The Hairless Woman  8. Love of Life  …And Time Again 9. The 7CS   Stick Your Neck Out  10. Lauren Bateman   Here I Am …and five outstanding EPs 1. Golden … Read More >>

Top 10 Lists for 2011

Top 10 for 2011 T MAX Top Ten Photos & Writings in each Noise issue of 2011 February: Photo: Jenny Dee on the cover (by Ahsan Rahman). CD Review: The Bandit Kings CD Precious Stones (by Francis DiMenno). March: Photo: Niki Luparelli’s Big Shot (by Vintage Girl Studios) . CD Review: Ed Moose Savage “Go To Helldorado”—a tribute to Billy Ruane (by Francis DiMenno). April: Photo: Ann Marie’s Big Shot (by Louise). Review: Willie Alexander & Preacher Jack live review … Read More >>

Top 10 Lists for 2010

Top 10 for 2010 T MAX Top Ten Favorite Shows in 2010 1. Alloy Orchestra at ShalinLiu (Rockport, MA) with Kristen Miller opening 10/17/10 2. Random Acts of Harmony at the Byfield (MA) Community Arts Center 4/16/10 3. Barbara & David Koen and Willie Alexander at Blackburn Performing Arts (Gloucester) 9/18/10 4. Chelsea Berry at House of Blues (Boston, MA) with Peter Lindberg opening 6/24/10 5. Miss Tess & the Bon Ton Parade and Emperor Norton’s Statinary Marching Band featuring … Read More >>

Noise Top Ten 2007

Top Tens When The Noise does a poll, the results show the average of everyone’s opinion. That tends to make people complain about their little corner of the scene not getting the attention it deserves. This year I chose to skip the poll and go with individual top tens. This way you get to really see what each individual loves. NOISERS’ TOP TEN FRANCIS DiMENNO Eclectica: Top Ten CDs of 2007 1. Erich Groat's Found Missing Volumes 1 and 2 … Read More >>

2006 Noise Poll

Photo: Bang Camaro WHO YOU THOUGHT WAS THE BEST IN 2006 T Max The poll to determine the Best of 2006 was conducted on www.thenoise-boston.com . We received thousands of votes—a far cry from just a few years ago when fewer than 100 mailed-in ballots was the norm. There’s no Maxie Award ceremony year (we do it every other year). If you consider yourself an especially informed local music fan, and would like to be part of our nominating crew … Read More >>