Noise Live Picks

Listings with a (+) at the end means there are other acts on the bill Every Tuesday in Sept  THE WOOD PEPPERS @ Jalapenos, Gloucester MA Every Tuesday in Sept (6:00) LARRY GARLAND Jazz Jam @ The Press Room, Portsmouth NH Every Thursday in Sept  NATALIE FLANAGAN BAND @ Tavern at the End of the World, Charlestown MA Every Saturday in Sept (11pm) SOULELUHJAH @ the Middle East, Cambridge MA Every Sunday in Sept  PARKER WHEELER’s Blues Party @ The Grog, Newburyport MA Wed + … Read More >>

Book Review

ROCKS OFF: 50 TRACKS THAT TELL  THE STORY OF THE ROLLING STONES By Bill Janovitz. St. Martin’s Press; 413 pages; hardcover. Review by Francis DiMenno Boston-area musician Bill Janovitz is the author of the 33 1/3 series book Exile on Main Street (Continuum 2005), in which he discussed—some might even say dissected—every track on the album. Janovitz’s latest book tells the story of “the world’s greatest rock ’n’ roll band” but with a novel twist: their history is explored through a chronological commentary … Read More >>

Book Review

THE GRAMMAR OF ROCK:  ART AND ARTLESSNESS IN THE 20th CENTURY By Alexander Theroux. Fantagraphics Books.2013. Hardcover. 346 pages. Review by Francis DiMenno Two things I’ve got to say right off. First is that Mr. Theroux was a teacher of mine way back in the 1970s and I even hung out with him on Cape Cod for an afternoon or two. Second is that he is a witty guy, a very witty guy, but I am very jealous of him, because … Read More >>

Kathy Sands-Boehmer (me & thee)

Kathy Sands-Boehmer me&thee coffeehouse by Max Bowen Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, and Ellis Paul—names that are known by most  music lovers. Now add all local greats such as Sarah Blacker, Jenee Halstead, and Girls, Guns and Glory. It’s this blend of newcomers and veterans, both local and regional, that has elevated me&thee to a must-visit destination for lovers of folk music since it was founded 43 years ago. Located within the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, the coffeehouse … Read More >>

Book Review

BOOK REVIEW A MUSICIAN’S COMPLETE GUIDE TO BETTER SOUND by BILL WYNN 49-page e-book Review by Joel Simches At 49 pages, this work from world-renowned live sound engineer Bill Winn is more of a pamphlet than a book.  Think of this as a treatise for bands to better understand how live sound works in a concert venue and how to be better prepared for the process of live performance as it relates to sound reinforcement.  Winn takes this process to the stage by … Read More >>

Book Reviews

THE STORY OF BOBBY CHOUINARD DRUMMER EXTRAORDINAIRE by Roger Chouinard Forward by Billy Squire Signature Book Printings; 2012 Review by A.J. Wachtel People usually associate Bobby Chouinard with Led Zep’s Jon Bonham’s playing behind the beat. But in many ways his life was more like Keith Moon’s in its intensity and shortness. Chain-smoking and clutching a can of coke or a bottle of beer with his trademark huge grin is a typical offstage memory of this Brockton legend, and no … Read More >>

CD Reviews

MICHAEL CHORNEY & DOLLAR GENERAL        Hall of Records Dispensation of the Ordinary 9 tracks In this current era of compressed, incessant pulse, it is a genuine pleasure to hear a music so gentle and gracious that it feels like a quiet stream flowing through your body. It takes real talent to craft this style and Michael Chorney & Dollar General have a full till to offer. Last spring I reviewed their CD release show at Club Passim, … Read More >>